2016 MLB Mock Draft: Final Mock 5 Rounds
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 9, 2016
Philadelphia Phillies: Alex Speas, P, McEachern HS (GA)
- Philadelphia takes the top pitcher here. At this point that is Alex Speas. Speas should round out the Phillies rotation with his potent fastball that is 96 miles per hour with both a 4 seamer and 2 seamer when starting. If you put Speas in the bullpen his fastball can go up to 100 miles per hour.
- Speas went 8-6 in 15 starts in 2016. He also posted a 3.50 ERA which may explain why he dropped from 43 to 52 on one Big Board. I got Speas in Philadelphia for now, but this pick will probably change in my final five round mock draft after finding this out about Speas.
Cincinnati Reds: Todd Peterson, P, Lake Mary HS (FL)
- Lake Mary HS had a special player in shortstop Brendan Rodgers in 2015. This year their top player is Todd Peterson who may be able to crack the Reds starting rotation at some point.
- Todd Peterson's team is 3-9 in district play. Peterson is 7-6 with a 2.06 ERA in 2016 and that is what is saving face on Lake Mary High School this season.
Atlanta Braves: Spencer Steer, 3B, Millikan HS (CA)
- Speaking of shortstops Spencer Steer of Millikan HS is the next player to be picked.
- Millikan has the versatility to play shortstop or third base. He bats like Bryce Harper, throws like Derek Jeter in the infield, and has a glove similar to Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals. Steer could move up into the first round and is a great value pick here.
- I had Millikan as a shortstop. With Dansby Swanson also in the Brave system, Steer may have to move over to third base in the MLB.
Colorado Rockies: Joey Polak, 3B, Quincy Notre Dame HS (IL)
- Colorado gets an infielder that can play five different positions in the infield with the 6-5 225 lb Joey Polak. Polak can play catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, or infield. That versatility makes him a great plug in play guy in the infield.
Milwaukee Brewers: Cole Stobble, 3B, Millard West HS (NE)
- Milwaukee takes the top infielder here. Cole Stobble has the versatility to play third base, shortstop, second base, or first base with his versatility. He can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts. He has the tools you look for in a 5-tool infielder with a .437 batting average. Stobble lacks the arm strength to play shortstop so he will likely convert to third base, second base, or possibly first base in the MLB. Stobble moved up from 78 to 46 in this mock jumping 32 spots over the weekend.
Oakland Athletics: William Benson, RF, The Westminster Schools HS (GA)
- William Benson has the bat and arm strength to throw in the outfield at right field. Oakland can take the best player available with this pick.
San Diego Padres: Eric Lauer, P, Kent State
- San Diego needs a pitcher. Kent State pitcher Eric Lauer is the top starter left at this point. Lauer is 5-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 2016. He may move up a few spots in my final mock.
Chicago White Sox: Reggie Lawson, P, Victor Valley HS (CA)
- Reggie Lawson looks like a potential #5 starter in an MLB team. The 6-4 220 lb Lawson has an effective fastball and power curveball that needs to improve in terms of accuracy.
Seattle Mariners: Bo Bichette, SS, Lakewood HS (FL)
- Seattle traded their shortstop and first baseman to Tampa Bay. Look for the Mariners to upgrade those positions in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Boston Red Sox: Brandon Marsh, RF, Buford HS (GA)
- The 6-4 210 lb Brandon Marsh has the bat speed and strength to develop into a guy who can hit line drives and home runs consistently. Marsh led Buford High School to the state Championship in back-to-back years. He also played wide receiver on Buford's football team that played in three consecutive state championship games. Marsh has the versatility to play left fielder, center fielder, or right fielder in the MLB. Boston is pretty stacked in the outfield, but Marsh is the best player available.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Burns, P, Saint Mary's
- Arizona needs a pitcher. Corbin Burns has a 92 mile per hour fastball that can go up 95 miles per hour in the bullpen. Corbin Burns will be a solid middle relief pitcher and some see him going in the compensation round of the first round in picks 24-41. Burns went 9-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 2016. Burns also 3 complete games and 2 complete game shutouts in 2016 so he's a guy that will go higher in my final mock.
Tampa Bay Rays: Anfernee Grier, RF, Auburn
- Anfernee Grier has never missed a start. He also led Auburn with a .323 batting average in 2015. Tampa Bay could use an upgrade at right fielder and I really like the idea of taking Grier here. Grier is batting .366 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI's, and 19 stolen bases in 2016.
Baltimore Orioles: Nick Eicholtz, P, Alabama
- The 6-4 200 lb Nick Eicholtz will be a long reliever worst case scenario and a #4 starter best case scenario. Look for Eicholtz to develop into a borderline #5 starter once he gets to the MLB.
Cleveland Indians: Jesus Luzardo, P, Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
- Jesus Luzardo has a 91 mile per hour 4-seam fastball and an 89 mile per hour 2-seam fastball. His fastballs go up to 93 miles per hour if you put him in the bullpen. Luzardo also has an 81 mile per hour slider and would be a good fit for the Tribe here.
Minnesota Twins: Garrett Gooden, P, St. Pius X HS (GA)
- After taking Braxton Garrett in round 1, the Twins get another Garrett in round 2. This Garrett is Garrett Gooden, the ace of St. Pius X High School where the St. Piux X Golden Lions play ball.
Toronto Blue Jays: Jon Duplantier, P, Rice
- Toronto grabs another pitcher. Jon Duplantier went 7-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts in 2016. Duplantier had a 2.20 ERA at one point, but finished poorly down the stretch. Duplanier has a 96 mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 91 mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 85 mile per hour power curve, as well as a sinker, slurveball, and sinker changup. His variety of pitches makes him an intriguing prospect.
Washington Nationals: Matt Krook, P, Oregon
- Washington needs more youth in their bullpen. Matt Krook was a top 10 pick at one point before injuries got the best of him. Maybe Washington will draft him here.
San Francisco Giants: Daulton Jefferies, P, California
- Daulton Jefferies could develop into a #4 starter in this rotation. Jefferies is the best player left and makes total sense for the Giants at this point. The 6-0 180 lb pitcher is 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 5 starts. Jefferies was playing well enough to be in the running to be a top 20 pick despite being undersized, but an injury causes him to fall to the mid to late second round.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Ben Bowden, P, Vanderbilt
- The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim need a set up pitcher. Ben Bowden is one of the best set up pitchers that can step in during the eighth inning in the 2016 MLB Draft. I think the Angels would take Bowden at this point given Vanderbilt's track record with pitchers.
Houston Astros: Cavan Biggio, 2B, Notre Dame
- The Houston Astros take the best player available. At this point that player is second baseman Cavan Biggio who leads Notre Dame with 9 home runs.
New York Yankees: Joe Rizzo, 3B, Oakton HS (VA)
- New York could use a third baseman for the future. Joe Rizzo can play third base, first base, left field, or right field with his versatility. He's a complete 5 tool bat, but extremely undersized at 5-9 164 lbs.
Texas Rangers: Charles King, P, Coppell HS (TX)
- The Texas Rangers get another pitcher. Hometown prospect Charles King makes a lot of sense.
New York Mets: Justin Dunn, P, Boston College
- The Mets add another arm. Justin Dunn has a 95 mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 92 mile per hour 2-seam fastball that are both MLB ready. His 3/4 curve is MLB ready. His power slider is MLB ready. He needs to work on his changeup and command, but possesses the velocity to progress through the minors real quickly. Dunn led Boston College with a 1.49 ERA in 2016.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Kyle Serrano, P, Tennessee
- The Dodgers have the luxury of taking the best player available. At this point, I think that player is Kyle Serrano. I'm not sure I'll feel that way on Thursday since Serrano was placed on injured reserve back in March.
Toronto Blue Jays: Chad Hawkin, P, Cal State Fullerton
- Toronto has the luxury of taking the best player available. Chad Hawkin of Cal State Fullerton is a great bet for a team looking to boost its bullpen.
Kansas City Royals: Bailey Clark, P, Duke
- Bailey Clark will be an awesome bullpen pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He will need some time to develop in the minors though.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Carter Kieboom, 3B, Walton HS (GA)
- The Pittsburgh Pirates take the top high school bat left. Carter Keiboom can play third base or shortstop in the MLB with his versatility.
Baltimore Orioles: Avery Tuck, LF, Steele Canyon HS (CA)
- The Baltimore Orioles add another arm. Avery Tuck could be an asset in Balitmore's farm system.
St. Louis Cardinals: Ronnie Dawson, RF, Ohio State
- Ronnie Dawson is one of the best Big 10 bats in College Baseball. He may be an option if the Cardinals fail to renegotiate Jason Heyward's deal. Dawson had a .331 batting average, 13 home runs, 47 RBI's, and 15 stolen bases. Dawson has the tools to develop into a five tool bat in the MLB. Some have him going lower than this, but personally I think he should go higher than this based on his tape so I will leave Dawson at this exact spot.
- Dawson is 6-3 225 lbs. He started 53 games as a freshman and 55 games as a sophomore in 2015. Dawson hit 25 RBI's as a true freshman. He improved on that total with 34 RBI's as a sophomore.
San Diego Padres: Ryder Ryan, 3B, North Carolina
- Ryder Ryan was the top infielder left. San Diego needs to take Ryan here.
Cleveland Indians: Nick Banks, RF, Texas A&M
- Nick Banks deserves to get drafted by now, especially on a team that could use an upgrade at right field. I think Nick Banks may be a long-term upgrade over Lonnie Chisenhall.
- Cleveland could use an outfielder like Nick Banks with the versatility to play center fielder or right fielder. Banks won't play as well at left field, but having the versatility to play center fielder or right fielder certainly helps. The Indians have a proven left fielder in Michael Brantley so going to Cleveland allows Banks to play to his strengths.
- Nick Banks led the SEC with a .417 batting average. Banks batting average was superior to Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman's. Both shortstops from Vanderbilt and LSU were the first two picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. His batting average even bested Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas.
- A lot of teams are set at right field. Banks would be an upgrade over Chisenall, and while he has a .293 batting average in 2016, there are simply too many positives on tape to move him down on MLB Draft Boards to the third or fourth round even though he's no longer considered a first round prospect.
Minnesota Twins: Brett Cumberland, C, California
- Minnesota adds a catcher here. Brett Cumberland had a .344 batting average and posted 16 home runs in 2016. Cumberland is a good prospect for Washington to add here.
Minnesota Twins: Zack Brown, P, Kentucky
- The Twins drafted Kyle Cody in the second round. Zack Brown surpassed Cody as the #1 starter on Kentucky's depth chart. Cody returned to Kentucky after failing to get a deal done with the Twins. Brown is 2-11 so Minnesota could target someone else at this spot.
Milwaukee Brewers: Zach Jackson, P, Arkansas
- The 6-4 225 lb pitcher is one of the top relief pitchers in the 2016 MLB Draft. Milwaukee could be getting a heck of a relief pitcher here.
- In 2015, Jackson pitched 60 innings and recorded 89 strikeouts. He had 24 appearances with 21 games as a reliever and 3 contests as a starter. Jackson posted a 5-1 record and a 2.10 ERA. He never allowed more than 2 runs in a single appearance whether it was as a reliever or a starter. He improved from 2 saves as a freshman to 9 saves as a sophomore.
Baltimore Orioles: Will Haynie, C, Alabama
- Matt Weiters may not return to the Orioles. Even if he does, more help at catcher could be used in Baltimore's farm system. Will Haynie batting .225 in 2016 will cause him to slip in our next mock.
Tampa Bay Rays: Willie Abreu, RF, Miami FL
- Tampa Bay goes with a College bat from the state of Florida. Even if Tampa has already drafted an outfielder, Abreu is too good to pass on at this point. Abreu's .269 batting average is pedestrian. At the same time, his 12 home runs which only trail Zack Collins are outstanding.
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