2016 MLB Draft: Grades for Overall Team-by-Team ResultsJune 12, 2016
The 2016 MLB draft concluded Saturday, and every team hopes its scouting paid off in the form of an impact prospect.
The draft was a three-day process. The first and second rounds took place Thursday. Rounds 3 through 10 unfolded on Friday, and Saturday saw the fourth round through 40th round come to an end.
There was no surefire top prospect in the 2016 draft pool, but there was depth at all positions. This means that numerous players picked in later rounds could wind up becoming solid contributors one day in the majors.
Here is a look at the grades for each team, as well as a breakdown of several value picks that look to be destined for the sport's highest level.
|2016 MLB Draft Team Grades and Results|
|Team||First Five Picks||Grade/Analysis|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||OF Anfernee Grier (No. 39), C Andrew Yerzy (No. 52), P Jon Duplantier (No. 89), P Curtis Taylor (No. 119) and 3B Joey Rose (No. 149)||B-: Arizona did not have a bevy of early picks, but it got a quality prospect in Grier who can develop into an everyday outfielder. The team could have addressed its infield a bit more.|
|Atlanta Braves||P Ian Anderson (No. 3), P Joey Wentz (No. 40), P Kyle Muller (No. 44), C Brett Cumberland (No. 76) and P Drew Harrington (No. 80)||B-: Anderson has a bright future, but Groome or Pint may have been a better pick for a team that will need a long-term rebuild. Muller was a great pickup in the second round.|
|Baltimore Orioles||P Cody Sedlock (No. 27), P Keegan Akin (No. 54), P Matthias Dietz (No. 69), OF Austin Hays (No. 91) and P Brenan Hanifee (No. 121)||B: Baltimore needs pitching help, and the team addressed it in this draft. There are no projected stars, but the Orioles added plenty of solid players.|
|Boston Red Sox||P Jason Groome (No. 12), SS C.J. Chatham (No. 51), P Shaun Anderson (No. 88), P Bobby Dalbec (No. 118) and P Mike Shawaryn (No. 148)||A: Picking up Dalbec, Groome and Shawaryn was huge, as each could become a potential starter. Boston has a dynamic lineup with young talent, and now its pitching prospects are among the best in baseball.|
|Chicago Cubs||P Tom Hatch (No. 104), P Tyson Miller (No. 134), P Bailey Clark (No. 164), P Chad Hockin (No. 194) and C Michael Cruz (No. 224)||C+: The Cubs did the best they could with limited options, but they did not add a lot of firepower to an already loaded core of young talent.|
|Chicago White Sox||C Zack Collins (No. 10), P Zach Burdi (No. 26), P Alec Hanson (No. 49), OF Alex Call (No. 86) and OF Jameson Fisher (No. 116)||B+: Collins is a great pickup as a catcher who can also hit. Whether he develops behind the plate is questionable, but he will help Chicago's lineup in the future. Taking Hanson so early was a bit of a reach.|
|Cincinnati Reds||3B Nick Senzel (No. 2), OF Taylor Trammell (No. 35), C Chris Okey (No. 43), P Nick Hanson (No. 79) and P Scott Moss (No. 108)||B+: Cincinnati has an aging infield, and it landed an impact player in Senzel. Adding Okey also filled a need for its prospect pool.|
|Cleveland Indians||OF Will Benson (No. 14), 3B Nolan James (No. 55), C Logan Ice (No. 72), P Aaron Civale (No. 92) and P Shane Bieber (No. 122)||B+: Benson is an athletic outfielder who can develop into a leadoff hitter, and Ice could eventually start at catcher. Cleveland could have addressed a barren pitching group earlier in the draft.|
|Colorado Rockies||P Riley Pint (No. 4), P Robert Tyler (No. 38), P Ben Bowden (No. 45), SS Garrett Hampson (No. 81) and 3B Colton Welker (No. 110)||A-: Colorado is loading up on pitching, and it got an explosive arm in Pint. He has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the draft.|
|Detroit Tigers||P Matt Manning (No. 9), P Kyle Funkhouser (No. 115), P Mark Ecker (No. 145), P Bryan Garcia (No. 175) and P Austin Sodders (No. 205)||B: Detroit went deep with replenishing its pitching pool, which is a good idea with no heir to Justin Verlander currently in sight.|
|Houston Astros||P Forrest Whitley (No. 17), OF Ronnie Dawson (No. 61), C Jake Rogers (No. 97), P Brett Adcock (No. 127) and 3B Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 157||C+: Whitley is a nice prospect, but he is not a safe enough pick to avoid drafting at other positions early. Houston needs pitching to complement its promising lineup.|
|Kansas City Royals||P A.J. Puckett (No. 67), CF Khalil Lee (No. 103), P Jace Vines (No. 133), SS Nicholas Lopez (No. 163) and OF Cal Jones (No. 193)||B-: Taking a pair of outfielders with its first five picks was questionable, but Kansas City still landed a nice player in Puckett.|
|Los Angeles Angels||C Matt Thaiss (No. 16), OF Brandon Marsh (No. 60), SS Nolan Williams (No. 96), P Chris Rodriguez (No. 126) and SS Justus Connor (No. 156)||B: Thaiss is a nice addition due to his bat, but the Angels are another team that needs pitching instead of offense.|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||SS Gavin Lux (No. 20), C Will Smith (No. 32), P Jordan Sheffield (No. 36), P Mitchell White (No. 65) and P Dustin May (No. 101)||A-: The Dodgers added another young piece to their infield while also picking up a great arm in Sheffield. Los Angeles should continue to be solid for the foreseeable future.|
|Miami Marlins||P Braxton Garrett (No. 7), OF Thomas Jones (No. 84), OF Sean Reynolds (No. 113), P Sam Perez (No. 143) and P Remey Reed (No. 173)||B-: Groome would have been a great pick here, but Garrett has the makings of a rotation stalwart. The Marlins have a lot of needs, and they did a decent job of addressing them.|
|Milwaukee Brewers||OF Corey Ray (No. 5), 3B Lucas Erceg (No. 46), C Mario Feliciano (No. 75), P Braden Webb (No. 82) and P Corbin Burnes (No. 111)||B: Ray will be a star as an outfielder who can hit and steal 20 bases per year. Taking Erceg so early is risky, but he showed some potential at California before he transferred.|
|Minnesota Twins||OF Alex Kirilloff (No. 15), C Ben Rortvedt (No. 56), SS Jose Miranda (No. 73), OF Akil Baddoo (No. 74) and P Griffin Jax (No. 93)||A-: Kirilloff is an excellent hitter who could provide some pop in the middle of a Twins lineup that lacks power. He has the tools to become a perennial All-Star.|
|New York Mets||P Justin Dunn (No. 19), P Anthony Kay (No. 31), 1B Peter Alonso (No. 64), 3B Blake Tiberi (No. 100) and SS Michael Paez (No. 130)||B+: The Mets would have received an "A" had they put more resources toward their offense. Still, Dunn and Kay are studs who reinforce an already deep New York pitching staff.|
|New York Yankees||OF Blake Rutherford (No. 18), 2B Nick Solak (No. 62), P Nolan Martinez (No. 98), P Nick Nelson (No. 128) and OF Dom Thompson-Williams (No. 158)||B: The Yankees need offense, and they added some nice pieces. Rutherford was a safe pick, but Kirilloff would have been a perfect fit had he fallen a few spots lower.|
|Oakland Athletics||P A.J. Puk (No. 6), P Daulton Jeffries (No. 37), P Logan Shore (No. 47), C Sean Murphy (No. 83) and P Skylar Szynski (No. 112)||A-: Adding pitchers from college baseball's best staff in Florida is never a bad idea. Puk and Shore will likely become starters soon, as Oakland needed some help on the mound.|
|Philadelphia Phillies||OF Mickey Moniak (No. 1), P Kevin Gowdy (No. 42), SS Cole Stobbe (No. 78), P JoJo Romero (No. 107) and P Cole Irvin (No. 137)||B+: There was no easy pick at the top of the draft, but Moniak is a safe choice who will surely become a contributor for the Phillies for the next decade after he makes his debut.|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||3B Will Craig (No. 22), P Nick Lodolo (No. 41), P Travis Macgregor (No. 68), SS Stephen Alemais (No. 105) and P Braeden Ogle (No. 135)||B-: No flash here, but taking Delvin Perez would have been a better pick than Craig. The Pirates added some quality players, but there were no major splashes.|
|San Diego Padres||P Cal Quantrill (No. 8), SS Hudson Sanchez (No. 24), P Eric Lauer (No. 25), OF Buddy Reed (No. 48) and P Reggie Lawson (No. 71)||B: Quantrill has injury concerns, so taking him at No. 8 is risky. Otherwise, a tremendous haul for a rebuilding Padres franchise.|
|San Francisco Giants||OF Bryan Reynolds (No. 59), OF Heath Quinn (No. 95), P Matt Krook (No. 125), SS Ryan Howard (No. 155) and OF Gio Brusa (No. 185)||B: The Giants got a steal with Reynolds, but the rest of the draft class will not make much of an impact for the next few years.|
|Seattle Mariners||OF Kyle Lewis (No. 11), 3B Joe Rizzo (No. 50), SS Bryson Brigman (No. 87), P Thomas Burrows (No. 117) and SS Donovan Walton (No. 147)||C+: Seattle reached for Lewis when other top outfielders were still on the board. More pitching help was needed as well.|
|St. Louis Cardinals||SS Delvin Perez (No. 23), OF Dylan Carlson (No. 33), P Dakota Hudson (No. 34), P Connor Jones (No. 70) and P Zac Gallen (No. 106)||A: Perez has outstanding value at No. 23, and Dakota Hudson is the ace for Mississippi State, a top team. The Cardinals picked up numerous impact players in this class.|
|Tampa Bay Rays||3B Joshua Lowe (No. 13), OF Ryan Boldt (No. 53), OF Jake Fraley (No. 77), P Austin Franklin (No. 90) and P Easton McGee (No. 120)||B-: Lowe could eventually succeed Evan Longoria, but he was a slight reach. Fraley is a solid player out of LSU.|
|Texas Rangers||P Cole Ragans (No. 30), P Alex Speas (No. 63), 3B Kole Enright (No. 99), SS Charles Leblanc (No. 129) and P Kyle Roberts (No. 159)||C+: Hudson would have been a better pick at No. 30, but Texas is starting to rebuild with the young players it added.|
|Toronto Blue Jays||P T.J. Zeuch (No. 21), J.B. Woodman (No. 57), SS Bo Bichette (No. 66), P Zack Jackson ( No. 102) and OF Joshua Palacios (No. 132)||B+: Nice class for Toronto, which picked up a possible stud in Bichette in the second round.|
|Washington Nationals||SS Carter Kieboom (No. 28), P Dane Dunning (No. 29), 3B Sheldon Neuse (No. 58), P Jesus Luzardo (No. 94) and OF Nick Banks (No. 124)||A-: Kieboom is a perfect fit for the Nationals. He should become an impact player. Dunning was a good choice as well, and Banks has some serious power at the plate.|
Bryan Reynolds, Pick No. 59 to San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants had to wait until midway through the second round to make their first pick, and they nailed it with Vanderbilt outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
Reynolds, a 6'4" junior, is athletic and a strong hitter. As a freshman, he led the national champions in batting average and was named a freshman All-American. In 2015, he was second on the team in batting average, and this season, he hit .330 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI, per Vanderbilt athletics.
According to MLB.com's Chris Haft, the Giants feel they got a steal by taking a player who could have landed in the first round.
"We did feel that he was a guy who more than likely would be gone before we selected," Giants scouting director John Barr said.
The pick received praise from ESPN's Keith Law and D1Baseball's Kendall Rogers:
Reynolds looks like a great bet to become an MLB leadoff hitter. He joins a franchise with a pedigree for developing top prospects such as Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey. Expect Reynolds to become an everyday player in the next three years.
Connor Jones, No. 70 to St. Louis
The St. Louis Cardinals had a phenomenal draft, as they snagged studs like Delvin Perez in the first round and a strong pitching arm in Connor Jones in the third round.
Jones anchored a strong Virginia pitching staff during the past two seasons. He threw 115.2 innings in 2015 before tossing 103.2 frames last season. This year, he went 11-1 while only allowing 27 earned runs, per Virginia athletics.
He has a strong arm with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, but he also has a few other pitches. Here is a look at his profile, courtesy of MLB.com.
Jones is a first-round talent who fell to the Cardinals because other teams valued potential over a collegiate veteran. D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt commended St. Louis' pick:
As a college player with plenty of innings under his belt, Jones may find himself in the majors soon. Whether he can develop into a consistent starter is unknown, but he will have a long career as a reliever at the very least.
Mike Shawaryn, No. 148 to Boston
Mike Shawaryn entered this season as a player primed to go on Day 1 of the MLB draft, but an uneven junior season lowered his stock. Still, Boston picked up a potential starter in the fifth round.
Shawaryn finished this season at 6-4 after making 15 starts. He was Maryland's Friday starter for most of the season, as he pitched 99 innings and allowed 35 runs. He holds the school record for wins, strikeouts and innings pitched, per Maryland athletics.
He rebounded at the end of the season, as he was excellent in the Big Ten tournament. Maryland athletics provided a look at his impressive 16-strikeout performance against Indiana:
He also received some props from the Boston coaching staff, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.
"He can pitch; he's got some deception and some pitchability, and at times his stuff has been really good," Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard said. "He's been a real solid performer, and we've seen a lot of him. We believe in his makeup and look forward to getting him going."
If Shawaryn can maintain his form from earlier in his career and at the end of last season, Boston will have another quality pitching prospect to pair with 2016 first-rounder Jason Groome.