On Thursday night, the Phillies made Mickey Moniak the first high school outfielder taken No. 1 overall since Delmon Young of the Devil Rays in 2003. High school pitchers were the undisputed strength of the 2016 Draft, and for the first time in 16 years, five of them went in
On Thursday night, the Phillies made Mickey Moniak the first high school outfielder taken No. 1 overall since Delmon Young of the Devil Rays in 2003. High school pitchers were the undisputed strength of the 2016 Draft, and for the first time in 16 years, five of them went in the first 12 picks.
Ian Anderson (Braves, No. 3), Riley Pint (Rockies, No. 4), Braxton Garrett (Marlins, No. 7), Matt Manning (Tigers, No. 9) and Jason Groome (Red Sox, No. 12) should have a brighter future than five who went at the top of a 2000 first round that was one of the worst in Draft history. Mike Stodolka, Matt Harrington, Matt Wheatland, Mark Phillips and Joe Torres all fell short of the big leagues.
Some other Draft notables from Thursday night:
Three best picks
1. Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer (Mariners, No. 11)
Lewis arguably had the best combination of high ceiling and high floor in the entire Draft, and the Phillies considered him for the No. 1 overall selection. A subpar workout with the Braves on Tuesday took him out of the mix at No. 3 and he lasted eight more picks. Lewis has a chance to stay in center field, and even if he has to move to a corner, his huge power should make him a star.
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2. Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat (N.J.) HS (Red Sox, No. 12)
No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com's Draft Top 200, Groome is a big lefty with a low- to mid-90s fastball, a hammer curveball and a promising changeup. That type of talent usually doesn't get out of the first five picks, but many teams had concerns about his makeup and signability. After 11 teams passed, the Red Sox gambled on Groome's upside.
3. Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade Prep, Canoga Park, Calif. (Yankees, No. 18)
The Draft's top prep position player until Moniak passed him, Rutherford is somewhat similar to Lewis. He could hit for power and average and remain in center field, making him a potential top-five-pick talent. But Rutherford had a good-not-great senior season, is old for a high schooler at 19 and had some signability issues, causing him to fall out of the first half of the first round.
Three biggest surprises
1. Hudson Sanchez, 3B, Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas (Padres, No. 24)
Though he was one of the better hitters on the high school showcase circuit last summer, Sanchez has an uncertain defensive future and projected as a third-round choice. Instead, the Padres made him the first real shocker in the first round.
2. Dylan Carlson, OF, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS (Cardinals, No. 34)
Carlson didn't make the MLB Pipeline Draft 200, but he surged up boards late in the spring. He's a switch-hitter with a good stroke from both sides of the plate, power potential and some underrated athleticism.
3. Travis MacGregor, RHP, East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, Fla. (Pirates, No. 68)
Another absentee from the MLB Pipeline Draft 200, MacGregor figured to go in Rounds 6-10 until the Pirates popped him in the second. He also improved his stock toward the end of his senior season, jumping his fastball into the low 90s while demonstrating feel for his secondary pitches.
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