NEW YORK -- Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.
College players were the main attraction, as they have been this Draft, outside the top picks of the first round. Of the 316 players selected through 10 rounds, 244 (77 percent) were either college or junior college players. Clubs are also incentivizing pitching, with 165 hurlers selected so far, compared to 151 position players.
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Florida and Texas A&M are the most well-represented schools so far, with eight selections each. Louisville is next with seven.
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The Reds, whose $13,923,700 bonus pool is the largest in the Draft, used their Day 2 picks on five college pitchers, a high school pitcher and a college second baseman. Of those, fourth-round pick Scott Moss of Florida might be the most intriguing prospect. Based on talent alone, the 6-foot-5 southpaw is a top-few-rounds talent, but he missed his first two seasons at Florida due to Tommy John surgery and was used sparingly this year.
The Draft concludes today with Rounds 11-30, beginning at noon ET. MLB.com will continue its exclusive live coverage with a pick-by-pick stream and commentary from Draft experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.
Here are some highlights from Rounds 3-10.
Louisville has turned into a college baseball powerhouse, and that has been clear in the Draft thus far, with Cardinals outfielder Corey Ray leading the way as the No. 5 overall pick to Milwaukee. On Day 2, the Braves selected Louisville lefty Drew Harrington with the third pick of Round 3, No. 80 overall. Twenty picks later, the Mets selected his Louisville teammate Blake Tiberi No.100 overall. Tiberi is a third baseman that showed elite contact rate in the Cape Cod league.
These two picks gave Louisville six players drafted in the first three rounds, tied with Florida -- which saw lefty A.J. Puk go off the board first to Oakland at No. 6 overall -- for the most of any school. The Cardinals and the Gators are the top-ranked teams in college baseball, with the Gators hosting Florida State and the Cardinals hosting UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Super Regionals on Saturday.
The Astros at No. 97 picked Tulane catcher Jake Rogers, who some scouts consider the best defensive player in the Draft at any position. The Brewers nabbed South Carolina right-hander Bradon Webb with the No. 82 pick after Webb, a rare draft-eligible freshman, led the SEC in strikeouts.
Griffin Jax, a right-hander out of Air Force and the son of former NFL linebacker Garth Jax, saw his Draft profile skyrocket after it became likely that his active duty requirement would be deferred. The Twins selected Jax with the 93rd overall pick.
Other college stars selected included Cal State Long Beach shortstop Garrett Hampson (No. 81 to Rockies), Wright State catcher Sean Murphy (No. 83 to A's), San Diego shortstop Bryson Brigman (No. 87 to Mariners), Arkansas closer Zach Jackson (No. 102 to Blue Jays) and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Thomas Hatch of Oklahoma State (No. 104 to Cubs).
College players ruled this round as well, with 22 more selections. And Florida (Moss, No. 108 to Cincinnati) and Louisville (RHP Kyle Funkhouser, No. 115 to Detroit) were represented again. Perhaps the most interesting pick of the round was Funkhouser, who was projected to be a top-five pick in last year's Draft before a late slump muddied his junior season. He opted to return to Louisville after the Dodgers took him with the 35th pick. A year later, Detroit selected him No. 115 overall. The difference in pick value between those two slots is $1,239,900.
Another former No. 35 overall pick, Oregon lefty Matt Krook, also went in the fourth round. The Marlins' second pick in 2013, Krook injured his elbow eight starts into his freshman season, had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2015. The Giants selected him on Friday with the No. 125 pick.
The fourth round began with the Phillies taking left-handed pitcher JoJo Romero, who struck out 15 batters to win the Junior College World Series last week. Later, the Nationals used pick No. 124 to select Texas A&M outfielder Nick Banks, who was part of a stellar U.S. collegiate national team outfield with two players who were taken on Day 1 of the Draft: Louisville's Ray (Brewers, No. 5 overall) and Florida's Buddy Reed (Padres, No. 48).
The Brewers landed the highest-ranked player of the round in St. Mary's righty Corbin Burnes, at No. 111. Burnes was No. 39 on MLB Pipeline's Top 200.
The fifth round was defined by names you might find familiar -- and that might also make you feel old. Four players with Major League ties were selected, most recognizably Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio. The Blue Jays took Cavan Biggio, an infielder from Notre Dame, with the No. 162 overall pick. Cavan's older brother Conor -- who played alongside Cavan for the Fighting Irish and was a 34th-round pick of the Astros last year -- is an intern at Major League Baseball. He was in the conference room working on the Draft and was called over to the mic to announce his brother's selection, completing a joyous moment for the family.
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Other father-son legacy picks included JaVon Shelby, the son of Rockies hitting coach John Shelby, at No. 142 to Oakland; Mikey York, son of former MLB pitcher Mike York, No. 150 to Tampa Bay; and Connor Capel, son of former pitcher Mike Capel, No. 152 to Cleveland.
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The Dodgers used the No. 161 pick on JUCO star Devin Smeltzer, a childhood cancer survivor whose 20-strikeout game in the JUCO national semifinals earlier this month certainly didn't hurt his Draft stock. Smeltzer was one of 15 pitchers taken in the fifth round.
MLBPipeline's No. 74 prospect David Martinelli (OF, Dallas Baptist) fell to the Phillies at No. 167 overall, while the Cubs grabbed No.70 Chad Hockin (RHP, Cal State Fullerton) when he was still available at No. 194 overall.
The Orioles hope they struck gold in the eighth round by selecting Texas Tech righty Ryan Moseley, who was ranked No. 134 by MLB Pipeline. Similar opportunistic late-day gets included the Reds plucking British Columbia right-hander Alex Webb with the 258th pick, and the Padres snatching up second baseman Boomer White (Texas A&M, 294th overall).
Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.