2016 MLB Mock Draft: Final Mock 5 Rounds
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 9, 2016
Philadelphia Phillies: Ian Hamilton, P, Washington State
- The Phillies will need multiple pitchers. Ian Hamilton is an excellent relief pitcher. Hamilton has no business in a starting rotation. He went 2-10 as a starter with a 4.86 ERA so he's a guy I'm heavily considering moving down in my final mock. I already moved him out of the second round and dropped him to this pick. He may fall even further later this week.
Cincinnati Reds: Keegan Thompson, P, Auburn
- Cincinnati gets a star pitcher here. Keegan Thompson went 5-3 with 73 strikeouts and a 2.01 ERA in 2014. In 2015 he went 7-3 pitching 20 less innings with 69 and 2/3 innings compared to his 89 and 2/3 innings pitched from 2014. He also posted a 3.10 ERA in 2015.
- Keegan Thompson was rated as the 14th best prospect by Perfect Game USA. The 6-2 197 lb pitcher missed the entire 2015 season with Tommy John Surgery which is why he fell to the third round in this mock.
Atlanta Braves: Cole Ragans, P, North Florida Christian HS (FL)
- The 6-3 190 lb Cole Ragans has 3 plus pitches. He still needs to add some muscle and develop a slider, but his pitching accuracy is incredible from the tape I've seen so far. He just needs to improve his velocity at this point.
Colorado Rockies: Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS (WI)
- Colorado gets another infielder here. Brendan Rodgers and Joey Polak are good building blocks for the Rockies farm system. Add a catcher like Ben Rortvedt to the system and the Rockies have a strong infield in a few years.
Milwaukee Brewers: Thomas Jones, CF, Laurens HS (SC)
- The Brewers get an outfielder. Thomas Jones has the versatility to play left field, center field, and right field in the MLB. His lack of speed and durability concerns have him dropping to the third round.
Oakland Athletics: Sheldon Neuse, SS, Oklahoma
- Sheldon Neuse has a .369 batting average, 10 home runs, and 12 stolen bases. Neuse can hit home runs, line drives, grounders, or bunts in the MLB. Neuse has the tools to be a complete 5-tool bat. Neuse may go ahead of Oklahoma teammate Alec Hansen in my next MLB Mock draft which will be 4 rounds.
Miami Marlins: Heath Quinn, RF, Samford
- Heath Quinn posted a .319 batting average and 9 home runs as a true freshman in 2014. He built on that with .340 batting average and 14 home runs in 2015.
- Quinn has dominated in 2016. Heath Quinn has a .343 batting average and 21 home runs this season. Samford's Heath Quinn has all the tools to be a home run hitting right fielder in the MLB. He just needs to develop his speed on singles and line drives while reacting to throws quicker as a corner outfielder. Those are minor tweaks Quinn can correct in the Minor League as he develops.
San Diego Padres: Lucas Erceg, 3B, Menlo College
- San Diego gets a third baseman. Lucas Erceg transferred from California to Menlo College where he posted a .308 batting avrage and 20 home runs in 2016. Erceg has impressed and some think he could go higher than former California teammate pitcher Daulton Jefferies.
Chicago White Sox: Kyle Funkhouser, P, Louisville
- Kyle Funkhouser had 13 wins in 2014 and was the top College prospect in the nation, second behind high school bat Brenden Rodgers entering the preseason. Funkhouser struggled in 2015 and fell to the Dodgers at 35. After not signing with the Dodgers, Funkhouser could fall even further in 2016.
Seattle Mariners: Dillon Dube, P, Florida
- Seattle gets another arm here. Dillon Dube of the Seattle Mariners was considered a first round prospect a year ago, but his stock has dropped considerably.
Boston Red Sox: Nonie Williams, SS, Turner HS (KS)
- Boston gets a shortstop to groom for the future. Nonie Williams was home schooled until his junior season. He was originally a member of the 2017 MLB Draft Class. After graduating a year early he reclassified for this years draft.
Arizona Diamondbacks: C.J. Chatham, SS, Florida Atlantic
- Arizona traded Dansby Swanson who they took first overall in the 2015 MLB Draft. The Diamondbacks use this pick to get their shortstop of the future in the third round.
Tampa Bay Rays: Bryson Brigman, SS, San Diego
- Bryson Brigman is the top bat available. You could argue he's a mid to late second round talent that could fall to the middle of the third round.
Baltimore Orioles: Peter Alonso, 1B, Florida
- Peter Alonso has a .364 batting average and 11 home runs in 2016. Alonso would be a great player to groom behind the 30-year-old Chris Davis.
Cleveland Indians: Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Arizona
- Bobby Dalbec had a .319 batting average in 2015. That batting average has dropped to .256 and Dalbec has gone from batting in the top 3 to batting in the 6 to 7 range of Arizona's batting lineup. That's gonna cause Dalbec to fall to the middle of the third round. Cleveland is a great fit for a developmental third baseman like Dalbec.
Minnesota Twins: Alec Hansen, P, Oklahoma
- Minnesota drafts Alec Hansen in the third round. Hansen has been so bad this year that he got demoted to middle reliever after being the top prospect heading into the 2016 Season.
Washington Nationals: Brett Cumberland, C, California
- Washington adds a catcher here. Cooper Johnson is the best player available at this point.
San Francisco Giants: Jameson Fisher, 1B, Southeastern Louisiana
- Jameson Fisher had a .437 batting average and 11 home runs in 2016. Fisher is a great value pick in the third round.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Stephane Alemias, SS, Tulane
- The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim grab a developmental shortstop here. Stephane Alemias is a great developmental shortstop even though he's a slight reach at this spot in the third round.
Houston Astros: Conner Capel, RF, Seven Lakes HS (TX)
- The Houston Astros take the best player available. Conner Capel can play anywhere in the outfield with his versatility at left field, center field, or right field. Playing right fielder is where he plays at Seven Lakes High School.
New York Yankees: Jake Rogers, C, Tulane
- New York adds a catcher for the future. Jake Rogers is better in the infield than teammate Stephane Alemias. Rogers is also projected to go higher than Alemias.
Texas Rangers: Zac Gallen, P, North Carolina
- The Texas Rangers get another pitcher. Zac Gallen has a 2.68 ERA despite a 5-6 record.
New York Mets: A.J. Puckett, P, Pepperdine
- The Mets add another arm. A.J. Puckett of the Pepperdine Waves is one of the best pitchers in College Baseball right now. There is a chance the 6-4 200 lb pitcher could sneak into the first round despite being a third round prospect.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Will Smith, C, Louisville
- The Dodgers have the luxury of taking the best player available. At this point, I think that player is Will Smith who leads Louisville with the best batting average on the team.
Toronto Blue Jays: Nick Lodolo, P, Damien HS (CA)
- Toronto has the luxury of taking the best player available. Nick Lodolo is one of the top arms left in the third round.
Kansas City Royals: Luis Curbelo, SS, Cocoa HS (FL)
- Luis Curbelo is a good prospect to develop. Curbelo could eventually develop into an every day shortstop for the Royals.
Chicago Cubs: Griffin Jax, P, Air Force
- Griffin Jax went 9-2 with a 2.06 ERA. Jax had 6 complete games and 2 complete game shutouts this season. Jax needs to improve his slider and curveball, but he has a ton of promise to succeed at the MLB level if he can make those pitches more consistent.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Braeden Ogle P, Jensen Beach HS (FL)
- The Pittsburgh Pirates go with the top high school pitcher. Ogle has incredible velocity with a fastball that goes up to 96 miles per hour. The 6-2 170 lb flamethrower needs to add more muscle and improve the command with his pitching accuracy. His inconsistent pitching accuracy makes him a project.
St. Louis Cardinals: J.B. Woodman, CF, Ole Miss
- J.B. Woodman is a 6-2 195 lb home run hitter. He can get 10 to 15 home runs a year at the College level. He's got the tools to develop into a 25-30 home run hitter in the MLB with immense upside. Other areas of his game need major improvement, but Woodman could be a pick that pays off in a big way.
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