The 2016 MLB Draft is just over a month away and the rumor mill has officially started to turn. Where will the very best talent in this year’s crop end up? Which big league teams have their sights set on certain players? While we won’t get definitive answers to these questions until June 9th, that hasn’t stopped the rumors from flying around the scouting world.
There are 34 picks officially in the first round of this year’s draft, and this will serve as our first attempt at projecting how these selections could go down on June 9th. This draft, as much as any in recent memory, has been defined by uncertainty at the top so we could be in for a wild ride of rumors, speculation and rapid changes in prospect stock as the days wind down for teams to finish evaluating all the top talent.
With that in mind, after thorough consultation with our sources in the scouting world, here is our initial projection of how the first 34 selections could unfold in this year’s amateur draft.
1. Philadelphia Phillies – A.J. Puk, lhp, Florida
ANALYSIS: The buzz of late is that Philadelphia is zoning in on Puk, barring an implosion down the stretch. They continue to monitor Jason Groome and scouted his Wednesday bullpen session heavily. They were also four scouts deep to watch Corey Ray at a recent game as well.
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