2016 MLB Mock Draft: Final Mock 5 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 24-41
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 9, 2016
San Diego Padres: Jordan Sheffield, P, Vanderbilt
- Jordan Sheffield provides tremendous value at 24. Sheffield went 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 2016. Some believe Kyle Wright is a better prospect than Sheffield which is why there is an outside chance Sheffield slips out of the top 23.
San Diego Padres: Jared Horn, P, Vintage HS (CA)
- Jared Horn has been impressive in 2016 with a 96 mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 94 mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 87 mile per hour power curveball, and an 78 mile per hour slider. His variety of pitches along with his effective ability to bat make him a top 25 prospect.
Chicago White Sox: Nolan Jones, 3B, Holy Ghost HS (PA)
- The Chicago White Sox take a developmental player that can develop into a future starter or possibly a DH. Nolan Jones is the top bat left. Jones has dealt with a back injury and is only batting .280 this year. Despite this, he's considered a top 20 prospect so even if scouts find holes in his game he won't fall past this pick even if he slides further than most think.
Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Muller, P, Jesuit Prep College HS (TX)
- Baltimore gets another arm. Kyle Muller can hit home runs and has incredible command with his pitching accuracy. Velocity on his curveball and slider does need to improve, but he's the top pitcher here at this point.
Washington Nationals: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest
- Washington gets the top bat left. Will Craig is batting .379 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI's in 2016. Craig hit more home runs and RBI's down the stretch, but his batting average decreased. Craig is a great lead off bat who is beginning to creep up boards. With Craig you have to rely on his home runs and line drives because he's not a base stealer.
Washington Nationals: Ryan Boldt, CF, Nebraska
- Washington needs an upgrade at center fielder. Ryan Boldt is a great option here and he makes almost too much sense for the Nationals.
Texas Rangers: Taylor Trammell, CF, Mount Paran Christian HS (GA)
- Texas drafts a bat here. Taylor Trammell was a running back that ran for over 2,000 rushing yards in football. Trammell has deadly speed and base stealing, but the rest of his game needs to be developed in the minors.
New York Mets: Chris Okey, C, Clemson
- The Mets can go with the best player available. I think that's Chris Okey despite his rocky start in 2016.
- Okey had a .315 batting average, 57 RBI, 16 doubles, and 12 home runs. Okey has struggled in 2016, but the Mets may look past that at 31.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Drew Mendoza, 3B, Lake Minneola HS (FL)
- The Dodgers no longer have Jimmy Rollins. Corey Seager is their shortstop of the future and they can still take Mendoza since he can play third base or shortstop. That's why adding a third baseman like Drew Mendoza is a smart decision.
St. Louis Cardinals: Cal Quantrill, P, Stanford
- The St. Louis Cardinals hope to find John Lackey's replacement here. Cal Quantrill provides tremendous value at this spot. I honestly thought about giving the Pirates Quantrill, but Quantrill's durability concerns will cause him to slip to the sandwich portion of the first round.
- Cal Quantrill is easily Stanford's best pitcher since Mark Appel. Quantrill went 7-5 with a 2.68 ERA in 17 starts pitching over 110 innings as a true freshman.
- Cal Quantrill went 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 3 starts as a sophomore in 2015. Quantrill dealt with Tommy John Surgery and that's the only reason why he's projected to go outside the top 20. Quantrill went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 2016 during 3 starts and missed the rest of the season suffering season ending injuries in multiple years. Quantril has an exceptional ERA when healthy, but durability is a huge concern with him right now. One team with the luxury of looking past that is the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals: Jake Fraley, LF, LSU
- LSU left fielder Jake Fraley is a great fit for the Cardinals as an outfielder for depth after losing Heyward and that's probably due to his .307 batting average at LSU which was the eighth best batting average on the team as LSU had 8 batters with batting averages of above .300 in 2015. Fraley is the best player available, and the Cardinals have the luxury to take the best available player despite losing as many players as they did in the offseason.
Cincinnati Reds: Robert Tyler, P, Georgia
- Cincinnati drafts another pitcher. Robert Tyler, once a top 5 pick has struggled in 2016, so he now falls to the Reds in the late first round.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Logan Shore, P, Florida
- The Dodgers got this pick after failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser. Logan Shore is the Friday Night Starter in Florida's starting rotation. He's 11-0 with a 2.44 ERA with 3 complete games, 2 shutouts in those complete games, and 1 no hitter. Shore looks like a superior prospect statistically when you compare him to A.J. Puk so getting Shore here is a great value pick for the Dodgers.
Oakland Athletics: Anthony Kay, P, Connecticut
- Oakland needs multiple starting pitchers in 2016. Anthony Kay is the top pitcher left at this point in the late first round. Kay is 9-2 in 17 starts with a 2.65 ERA. His 6 no decisions and fastballs that max out with a 94 mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 93 mile per hour 2-seam fastball are the biggest concerns right now with Kay.
Colorado Rockies: Cody Sedlock, P, Illinois
- Colorado takes the top pitcher here. At this point that is Cody Sedlock. The 6-4 210 lb pitcher has a 5-3 record and 2.49 ERA in 12 starts in 2016. Sedlock is a project, but remains the top pitcher here.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Austin Berger, P, Windermere Prep HS (FL)
- Arizona needs other pitchers besides Zach Greinke and Shelby Miller. Austin Berger from Windermere Prep High School is the top arm left at this point. Berger might only have one year of experience as a starter. He went 6-1 with a 0.40 ERA at Windermere Prep HS while posting a 96 mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 90 mile per hour 2-seam fastball, and an 82 mile per hour curveball.
Atlanta Braves: Matt Thiass, C, Virginia
- Atlanta grabs a developmental catcher here. Matt Thiass had a .323 batting average and 10 home runs in 2015. He has a .375 batting average, 10 home runs, and 59 RBI's this year. Thiass has done enough to be considered the top catcher after Zack Collins and Chris Okey in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Zach Burdi, P, Louisville
- The Pirates draft a relief pitcher here. Zach Burdi has 25 relief appearances and 11 saves in 2016. His 2.20 ERA is very impressive and the 6-3 209 lb pitcher knows how to sling it.
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