2016 MLB Mock Draft: End-of-regular-season Edition

With 162 games in the books, the ever-changing landscape that has been the MLB’s draft order has almost finally settled. The first 30 picks have been determined, and until free-agency begins, this will be the set draft order. So how do we figure out who gets whom?

Because there is no consensus top prospect, there is plenty of room for error right now. There is plenty of top flight talent, however, and it would be criminal not to highlight everyone in the draft. Still, a set system has to be in place. My judgements are based on either organizational need, as in “where in this team’s top 20 prospects is there a positional deficiency?” If there is none, or if there’s no definitive fit, the next best line is to go best player available. So without further delay, let’s dive in. Because there really isn’t enough information from MLBpipeline…yet, I’ll just stick to names and photos.

You’ll also notice a higher ratio of college to high school players. Because college players are easier to track, they tend to show up more on earlier mock drafts. As the season gets further along and more names become available, more prep names are bound to be added to the list.

1. Philadelphia Phillies: AJ Puk, LHP, Florida

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2. Cincinnati Reds: Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade College Prep HS, California

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3. Atlanta Braves: Nick Banks, OF, Texas A&M

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4. Colorado Rockies: Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma

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5. Milwaukee Brewers: Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas

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6. Oakland A’s: Connor Jones, RHP, Virginia

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7. Miami Marlins: Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Arizona

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8. San Diego Padres: Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS, New Jersey

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9. Detroit Tigers: Chris Okey, C, Clemson

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10. Chicago White Sox: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

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11. Seattle Mariners: Robert Tyler, RHP, Georgia

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12. Boston Red Sox: Austin Bergner, RHP, Windermere Prep HS, Florida

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13. Arizona Diamondbacks: Herbert Iser, C, Miami Killian Senior HS, Florida

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14. Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Krook, LHP, Oregon

Oregon left-handed pitcher Matt Krook (21) pitches the ball during the top of the first inning. The Oregon Ducks host the Ohio State Buckeyes at PK Park on March 8, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

15. Baltimore Orioles: Ryan Boldt, OF, Nebraska

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16. Cleveland Indians: Mike Shawaryn, RHP, Maryland

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17. Minnesota Twins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence HS, Alabama

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18. Washington Nationals: Jeff Belge, LHP, Henninger HS, New York

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19. San Francisco Giants: Matt Crohan, LHP, Winthrop

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20. Los Angeles Angels: Drew Mendoza, SS, Lake Minneola HS, Florida

Lake Minneola's Drew Mendoza (22) throws the ball to first base during Tuesday's class 6A regional semifinal baseball game between Lake Minneola and Leesburg at Lake Minneola High School in Minneola, Fla., on May 6, 2014. (Brett Le Blanc / Daily Commercial)

21. Houston Astros: Zack Collins, C, Miami

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22. New York Yankees: Logan Shore, RHP, Florida

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23. Texas Rangers: Brad Debo, C, Orange HS, North Carolina

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24. New York Mets: Greg Veliz, SS/P, Key West HS, Florida

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25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Peter Alonso, 1B, Florida

26. Toronto Blue Jays: Willie Abreu, OF, Miami

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27. Kansas City Royals: Anthony Kay, LHP, UConn

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28. Chicago Cubs: Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Vanderbilt

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29. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Poche, LHP, LSU

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30. St. Louis Cardinals: Tres Barrera, C, Texas

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One comment

  1. Minoring In Baseball

    I would be interesting to see the Tigers take a catcher in the first round instead of a power arm. But with Avila now in charge, things can change. I still see McCann as Detroit’s catcher for the long haul, but maybe with guys like Grayson Greiner having a rough season will force their hand. You really can’t have enough catchers in an organization, and Okey could move up fairly quick.
    -Mike

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