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Looking Back At The 2016 MLB Draft: The First 10

With a little over a month until the 2017 draft, I thought it would be interesting to look back at last year’s draft to see how the first 10 picks are doing and where they are currently playing.  Three of the top five picks were out of high school, and five of the first 10 for a nice even split.

1. Mickey Moniak, OF (Philadelphia Phillies) – Moniak started his professional career with the Gulf Coast Phillies after he was drafted.  In 46 games, he hit .284 with a home run and 28 RBI.  2017 has him playing for the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.  So far in 22 games, he is hitting an identical .284 and has driven in 13 runs.  He is striking out 23% of the time which is very high but to be expected from a 19-year old.  The Phillies should be in no hurry to push Moniak along.

2. Nick Senzel, 3B (Cincinnati Red) – Senzel, like Moniak, started off in the Rookie League playing for the Billings Mustangs.  After just a couple of weeks, Senzel was promoted to the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.  He had a very successful stint with the Dragons hitting .329 with seven home runs in 58 games.  Senzel has started the 2017 campaign playing for the Class-A Advanced Daytona Tortugas.  In his 25 games so far this season he is batting .280.  His strikeout percentage is down a touch from last year, and he is 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

3. Ian Anderson, RHP (Atlanta Braves) – Selecting a high school pitcher can be a very difficult decision.  Selecting one from the Northeast United States can be equally tricky.  The Braves selected high school pitcher Ian Anderson with the third overall pick.  Anderson was very good playing for the Braves Gulf Coast team earning him a promotion to Danville.  He made five starts there but didn’t record a win.  This season Anderson is pitching for the Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League.  The move seems to have paid off because he holds a 2-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in four starts.  He also has recorded 29 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

4. Riley Pint, RHP (Colorado Rockies) – The Rockies are off to a very good start at the major league level which has surprised most.  One of the things they have had a difficult time with is developing a stud pitcher.  They took their chances with high school pitcher Riley Pint last year to give it another go.  Pint hasn’t enjoyed as much success as Anderson has.  He pitched to a 1-5 record last year in his first professional season for the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League.  This season Pint is playing for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League.  He has yet to record a win and is 0-3 with a 3.07 ERA.  His K/9 numbers have dropped from 8.8 last year to 6.1 this year.  As previously stated their are growing pains when dealing with a high school pitcher, so the Rockies need not worry.

5. Corey Ray, OF (Milwaukee Brewers) – As much as the Rockies are off to a good start, the Brewers are also surprising teams in the National League Central.  After depleting their system in trades for C.C. Sabathia and Zack Greinke, it looks like the Brewers are trending upwards again.  They selected outfielder Corey Ray with their first selection last year.  Ray seemed to struggle when he first arrived after the draft, but settled in after being promoted to Class-A Advanced Brevard County.  The speedy outfielder is hitting .246 for the Carolina Mudcats but has swiped six bases already.  He strikes out at an alarming rate right now and doesn’t seem to walk that much.

A.J. Puk (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

6. A.J. Puk, RHP (Oakland A’s) – Puk started playing in the New-York Penn League (Class-A Short Season) after the draft.  He made 10 starts for the Vermont Lake Monsters but didn’t record a win.  He had an 11 K/9 in his appearances and finished with an ERA of 3.03.  This season Puk skipped Class-A and started the season in Class-A Advanced.  His first professional win is still eluding him and he has split time as a starter and a reliever.   His K/9 is now up to 14.6.  Hopefully soon he will get his win and then keep moving forward from there.

7. Braxton Garrett, LHP (Miami Marlins) – Garrett is the third high school pitcher taken in the top 10.  He still has not appeared in any games as of right now.  He is expected to make his debut for Greensboro sometime within the next week.

8. Cal Quantrill, RHP (San Diego Padres) – Quantrill played in three levels of the minor leagues after being drafted out of Stanford.  He made 12 starts combined and finished 2016 with a 0-5 record and an ERA of 5.11.  2017 is a completely different story.  Quantrill is currently playing for Lake Elsinore of the California League.  So far this season his holds a 3-1 record with a 3.38 ERA in four starts.  He is pitching at a strikeout an inning rate.  He is sitting above average on his walks/9 rate (2.5)

9. Matt Manning, RHP (Detroit Tigers) – Manning has yet to pitch in 2017.  He appeared in 10 games for the Gulf Coast Tigers West in 2016.  He had a record of 0-2 and an ERA of 3.99.  The Tigers are keeping him in extended spring for the time being to work on pitching basics instead of hurrying him along.

10. Zack Collins, C (Chicago White Sox) – The White Sox are in a re-build right now and have gotten themselves a plethora of young talent.  Collins, the first catcher taken in the draft, started 2016 with Chicago’s Arizona League team.  He also appeared in the Arizona Fall League last season as well.  This year Collins is playing for the Winston-Salem Dash of the Carolina League.  Although he continues to strike out quite a bit, he still finds a way to draw walks and get on base.  He is currently batting .200 but has a .367 on base percentage.

John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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