Every Draft class has talent spread around the field, with future big leaguers -- and even All-Stars -- at nearly every position. The Class of 2016, even with the uncertainty at the top, is no different. Look around the amateur landscape and it's not hard to find talent all over
Every Draft class has talent spread around the field, with future big leaguers -- and even All-Stars -- at nearly every position. The Class of 2016, even with the uncertainty at the top, is no different. Look around the amateur landscape and it's not hard to find talent all over the diamond.
Just who are the best Draft prospects at each position?
Using the Top 100 Draft Prospects list as a guide, here is a team made up of the top 2016 Draft prospect at each position. Some liberties were taken in terms of position, though no one on this squad is at a position he's never played before. Each player has his current Top 100 rank in parentheses.
• 2016 MLB Draft: June 9-11 on MLB Network, MLB.com
C: Zack Collins, Miami (Rank: No. 20) The jury is still out on whether Collins can stick behind the plate, but he'll be given every opportunity to do so once he begins his pro career. Few question Collins' bat, and an advanced approach should allow him to hit for average and power. That's why Collins' name is popping up in the top half of the first round.
1B: Alex Kirilloff, Plum (Pa.) HS (Rank: No. 18)
Kirilloff has a very good chance to be an outfielder long term, most likely in right, with the power profile to fit there. But he has played a good deal of first base, including at showcase events last summer, and if he gets much bigger as he matures, he could move to the corner infield spot. Again, Kirilloff could have the left-handed run-producing ability to be just fine there as well.
2B: Bryson Brigman, University of San Diego (Rank: No. 67)
Brigman plays shortstop for the Toreros, but the Draft-eligible sophomore has seen plenty of time at second, most notably for the U.S. National Collegiate Team last summer. Even if he's sent out as a shortstop, it's more likely he can be an everyday player on the right side of the infield. Brigman could also be a solid super-utilityman when all is said and done.
3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee (Rank: No. 9)
A huge Cape Cod League season in 2015 put him near the top of most '16 Draft boards, and after a relatively ho-hum start, Senzel has really turned it on of late. At this point, it would be surprising if his name didn't come off the board in the top five picks, with his approach and potential to hit for average and power standing out, particularly in a relatively week college bat crop. Senzel has also worked hard to improve his defense at the hot corner.
SS: Delvin Perez, International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico (No. 8)
No, Perez is not the next Carlos Correa. But he could be the first high school position player to be taken, with his name mentioned as high as No. 2, as well as firmly at other places in the top 10. Perez has tremendous tools and upside, and he will undoubtedly play short for the long term.
OF: Kyle Lewis, Mercer (No. 3)
Lewis has helped teams look past the fact he plays for a smaller school in a smaller conference, first with a star turn in the Cape Cod League in 2015 and then by putting up monster numbers during his junior season. He's in the mix at No. 1 overall with the Phillies, and a number of teams in the top five appear to have considerable interest in his tools. If Lewis can stick in center, he would become even more intriguing.
OF: Mickey Moniak, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. (Rank: No. 6)
No one in the country has more helium than Moniak these days. A strong summer had made him a legitimate first-rounder, and he's been steadily rising all spring. A plus hitter who runs well and can play a very good center field, the addition of some power this spring has catapulted Moniak into the discussion at 1-1.
OF: Corey Ray, Louisville (Rank: No. 4)
Ray has performed well, and he has tools and athleticism to spare. A top performer for Team USA over the summer, he's hit for power and has stolen bases during his junior season. Somewhat curiously, Ray has played an outfield corner for most of his collegiate career, but he might have the tools to play center field at the next level, which obviously would raise his value.
RHP: Riley Pint, St. Thomas Aquinas, Overland Park, Kan. (Rank: No. 2)
A high school right-hander has never been the No. 1 overall pick, and that will likely be the case again this year, but Pint's name is all over the top 10, and for good reason. He's touched triple digits this spring to go along with nasty breaking stuff. It's the ultimate risk/reward, but the payoff could be a front-line starter.
LHP: Jason Groome, Barnegat (N.J.) HS (Rank: No. 1)
He's been No. 1 atop the rankings since the fall. Groome might not have the pure velocity that Pint has, but he can get it up there in the 94-95 mph range consistently. And he has more pitchability than Pint does, with more consistent command of his three-pitch mix and arguably the best high school breaking ball to come out of the Draft in recent memory.
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