2016 MLB Mock Draft: Final Mock 5 Rounds
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 9, 2016
Philadelphia Phillies: Stephen Wrenn, CF, Georgia
- Philadelphia will grab a center fielder at some point for depth to develop if they pass on Kyle Lewis with the top pick. Stephen Wrenn is a great option to kick off round 5.
Cincinnati Reds: Cole Irvin, P, Oregon
- Cole Irvin led the Oregon Ducks with his ERA in 2016. I think Irvin will convert to the bullpen if he makes the jump to the MLB.
Atlanta Braves: Mike Shawaryn, P, Maryland
- Atlanta grabs a pitcher they can develop into a future starter. Mike Shawaryn was a first round prospect on my board at one point. He's an excellent value pick for the Braves in the fifth round.
Colorado Rockies: Shaun Anderson, P, Florida
- Shaun Anderson has a solid 95 mile per hour fastball. Anderson will be a great reliever in the MLB. His 13 saves and 1.05 ERA which is a team best on Florida make him a great closer prospect.
Milwaukee Brewers: Jeremy Martinez, C, USC
- Jeremy Martinez batted .376 in 2016. He doesn't really excel in any categories as a prospect and that's why he may slip to the fifth round.
Oakland Athletics: Bryse Wilson, P, Orange HS (NC)
- Oakland goes with a pitcher. Bryse Wilson has incredible velocity on his fastball which maxes out at 96 miles per hour. Wilson will need to develop his other pitches at the next level.
Miami Marlins: Cam Shepherd, SS, Peachtree Ridge HS (GA)
- Zach Linginfelter has the upside of a #2 starter in an MLB rotation. At the same he is very raw and may take up to five years to develop unless he goes to College.
San Diego Padres: Zack Thompson, P, Wapahani HS (IN)
- Zack Thompson from Wapahani High School is a projected fifth round pick. He went 13-0 with a 0.64 ERA as a sophomore, but getting injured his last two years with a shoulder injry has caused Thompson to drop 3 rounds.
Detroit Tigers: Nick Solak, 2B, Louisville
- Nick Solak is tied with catcher Will Smith for the best batting average on Louisville. Solak seems like a good fifth round option at this point.
Chicago White Sox: Drew Harrington, P, Louisville
- Drew Harrington went 12-2 with a 2.08 ERA. Harrington was a relief pitcher with a 0.29 ERA in 2015 and didn't start in Louisville's rotation until 2016. That's why he's a fifth round prospect at the moment.
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Cody, P, Kentucky
- Kyle Cody should have taken the deal to play with the Twins last year. Now he will lose a lot more money as a fifth round pick on another AL Team.
Boston Red Sox: Shane Beiber, P, U.C. Santa Barbara
- Boston drafts Shane Beiber who was a #3 starter to Dillon Tate and Justin Jacome in 2015. Beiber became the #1 friday night starter in 2016, but would be a better #3 starter on most MLB teams.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Khalil Lee, P, Flint Hill HS (VA)
- Khalil Lee has incredible velocity. He only weighs 5-10 182 lbs and that lack of size may limit him in the MLB.
Tampa Bay Rays: Tres Barrera, C, Texas
- Tres Barrera was a first round prospect in one of my original mocks. He falls to the Rays here in the fifth round of my final mock.
Baltimore Orioles: Daniel Brown, P, Mississippi State
- Daniel Brown began the season as a starter. He moved to the bullpen later in the season and expect him to be a bullpen pitcher in the MLB.
Cleveland Indians: Bo Weiss, P, Regis Jesuit HS (CO)
- Bo Weiss is the son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Bo has huge upside, but is also a huge project. The 6-3 175 lb senior had a down year in high school plus he required two surgeries that caused him to miss time in 2016.
Minnesota Twins: Dustin May, P, Northwest HS (TX)
- Dustin May is a project. The 6-6 180 lb pitcher has a lot of topspin on his fastball and curveball. That topspin gives May two plus pitches he could develop at an MLB level.
Washington Nationals: Boomer White, 3B, Texas A&M
- Boomer White has a .398 batting average and 10 stolen bass in 2016. White had 5,569 rushing yards and 65 rushing touchdowns at Memorial High School before committing to Texas A&M which explains his deadly speed. White played at TCU originally and then transferred to Texas A&M before sitting out with an injury in 2015. White has incredible potential, but he also has a lot of questions at third base.
San Francisco Giants: Jared Poche, P, LSU
- Jared Poche went 9-4 with a 3.26 ERA. Poche is LSU's pitcher, but he peaked after going 11-0 in high school. His fastball maxes out at 91 miles per hour.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Mark Ecker, P, Texas A&M
- Mark Ecker had 8 saves as Texas A&M's closer. Ecker had a 0.42 ERA and is a developmental prospect who recorded 8 saves in 2016. Ecker may move to a set up or middle reliever role if he cannot record more saves in the minors.
Houston Astros: Ryan Hendricks, P, Texas A&M
- Ryan Hendricks is a set up pitcher on Texas A&M. Hendricks has a 4-seam fastball that goes up 97 miles per hour along with a 96 mile per hour 2 seam fastball, a sinker, and a changeup. Hendricks has the velocity and variety of pitches. He lacks the control, command, and accuracy to start in the MLB so he will serve as a reliever after being a 17th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
New York Yankees: JaVon Shelby, 3B, Kentucky
- JaVon Shelby is a fifth round prospect. He tested positive for Adderal but I don't think it will affect his stock too much.
Texas Rangers: Tre Carter, CF, Soddy Daisy HS (TN)
- Texas adds a center fielder for depth. Tre Carter is the best prospect available at this point.
New York Mets: Grae Kessinger, SS, Oxford HS (MS)
- The Mets already have their shortstop of the future. Kessinger is just a depth player that is the top prospect on the board at this point.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Stephen Nogosek, P, Oregon
- Stephen Nogosek had a 1.11 ERA and 16 saves in 2016. He was a closer at Oregon, but being 6-1 185 with a 94 mile per hour fastball and a slider at the MLB level limits him to a set up man or middle reliever role in the MLB.
Toronto Blue Jays: Blake Tiberi, 3B, Louisville
- Toronto drafts the best prospect in teh fifth round. At this point that player is Blake Tiberi.
Kansas City Royals: Scott Moss, P, Florida
- Scott Moss went 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 starts. He's better in the bullpen as a relief pitcher though.
Chicago Cubs: Will Ethridge, P, Parkview HS (GA)
- Will Ethridge went 13-0 as a junior in 2015. He improved with his pitches as a senior with a 92 miler per hour 4-seam fastball, a 90 mile per hour 2-seam fastball, an 88 mile per hour sinker, and a solid changeup. Ethridge is a project, but he may sign with an MLB team if he gets drafted in the first five rounds.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Kyle Weatherly, P, Grayson (CC)
- Kyle Weatherly is a redshirt sophomore that moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation in the Spring. Weatherly will probably be a reliever in the MLB since he only knows how to use a 4-seam fastball. His slider develops into a slurve. He has ability to be an MLB reliever, but is also a huge project that will need 2 years with Altoona and 2 years with Indianapolis in the minors before making the jump to the MLB.
St. Louis Cardinals: Grant Dyer, P, UCLA
- The Cardinals add another relief. Grant Dyer is the best player on the board in the fifth round.
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