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2016 MLB Draft – Final Board (College First Basemen)

1 – Wake Forest JR 1B/RHP Will Craig: above-average to plus power upside; strong; very smart ballplayer in all phases of the game, though especially as a hitter; one of the best approaches to hitting in this class; AJ Reed comp just makes too much sense here; has also played 3B, a position he certainly has the arm for but likely not the hands/range; 87-93 FB, 94 peak; 78-83 CB; RHH; FAVORITE; 6-3, 230 pounds

2014: .280/.357/.439 – 20 BB/33 K – 1/1 SB – 189 AB
2015: .382/.496/.702 – 41 BB/24 K – 2/3 SB – 191 AB
2016: .379/.520/.731 – 47 BB/35 K – 0/1 SB – 182 AB

2015: 7.92 K/9 – 4.88 BB/9 – 44.1 IP – 6.09 ERA
2016: 8.04 K/9 – 3.86 BB/9 – 28.0 IP – 3.54 ERA

2 – Florida JR 1B Pete Alonso: easy plus raw power; one of the strongest players in this class; plus bat speed; good approach; average or better arm; slow, so outfield is likely a no go; improving defender at first, should be pretty good there with continued work; closer to Will Craig as another first round pick for me than not; RHH; 6-2, 225 pounds

2014: .264/.344/.376 – 19 BB/35 K – 1/1 SB – 197 AB
2015: .301/.398/.503 – 18 BB/22 K – 0/0 SB – 143 AB
2016: .368/.464/.632 – 29 BB/30 K – 2/3 SB – 193 AB

3 – New Mexico JR 1B/C Chris DeVito: plus raw power; patient approach; experience behind the plate could tempt some teams into trying him there; nickname is The Red Hercules; reminds me of Austin Allen (fourth round) in last year’s class; 6-2, 220 pounds

2015: .314/.398/.532 – 23 BB/27 K – 0/0 SB – 156 AB
2016: .377/.434/.693 – 25 BB/30 K – 0/0 SB – 228 AB

4 – North Carolina State JR 1B/OF Preston Palmeiro: good hit tool that allows him to square balls as a matter of routine; won’t be the type you can shift as he can spray line drives to all fields; no shock considering his bloodlines, but really pretty swing; above-average raw power; really good glove; good athlete; ascending player; 6-1, 185 pounds

2014: .284/.359/.343 – 13 BB/27 K – 2/3 SB – 102 AB
2015: .305/.381/.456 – 26 BB/37 K – 2/4 SB – 239 AB
2016: .326/.404/.536 – 29 BB/41 K – 1/1 SB – 233 AB

5 – Michigan JR 1B/LHP Carmen Benedetti: quick bat; power upside; has experience in OF; 88-92 FB, 94 peak; above-average 77-80 CU; 72-76 CB; I think of him as a better version of Brian Johnson, a prospect I preferred as a hitter just like I do with Benedetti; 6-2, 225 pounds

2014: .275/.318/.392 – 10 BB/25 K – 0/1 SB – 153 AB
2015: .352/.418/.541 – 28 BB/22 K – 1/2 SB – 233 AB
2016: .326/.465/.492 – 45 BB/29 K – 6/7 SB – 193 AB

2015: 13.80 K/9 – 7.80 BB/9 – 14.2 IP – 1.80 ERA
2016: 10.48 K/9 – 7.40 BB/9 – 14.2 IP – 2.45 ERA

6 – Dallas Baptist JR 1B/RHP Darick Hall: plus power upside; average or better hit tool; good glove; LHH; 88-91 FB; mid-70s CU; upper-70s SL; 6-4, 235 pounds

2016: .298/.417/.615 – 30 BB/49 K – 1/1 SB – 218 AB

2016: 8.84 K/9 – 1.61 BB/9 – 89.2 IP – 3.41 ERA

7 – Mississippi State JR 1B Nathaniel Lowe: very physical, very strong; above-average to plus raw power; good approach; plenty of arm; LHH; 6-4, 230 pounds

2016: .358/.429/.504 – 30 BB/30 K – 2/3 SB – 240 AB

8 – Michigan State JR 1B/2B Jordan Zimmerman: above-average hit tool; quick bat; good athlete; above-average arm; above-average speed; unsure where his bat/glove will fit best together, but easy to envision him as a valuable contributor in a variety of potential roles; 6-0, 185 pounds

2016: .374/.461/.594 – 32 BB/33 K – 10/16 SB – 219 AB

9 – Hartford JR 1B/3B David MacKinnon: one of the best athletes you’ll find manning first base; impressive hit tool; average or better speed; above-average or better glove; 6-2, 200 pounds

2014: .366/.406/.450 – 8 BB/20 K – 6/8 SB – 131 AB
2015: .351/.438/.443 – 25 BB/26 K – 7/7 SB – 194 AB
2016: .392/.471/.544 – 29 BB/18 K – 5/9 SB – 217 AB

10 – Southern Mississippi SR 1B Tim Lynch: plus raw power; good approach; really intriguing senior-sign thumper in a class in need of pop; LHH; 6-2, 215 pounds

2014: .256/.382/.312 – 32 BB/25 K – 1/3 SB – 199 AB
2015: .313/.400/.510 – 23 BB/23 K – 0/1 SB – 192 AB
2016: .364/.464/.548 – 36 BB/13 K – 0/1 SB – 228 AB

11 – Southern Illinois Edwardsville JR 1B Keaton Wright: above-average to plus raw power; good approach; has hit from his first day on campus on; 6-1, 230 pounds

2014: .294/.442/.405 – 41 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 163 AB
2015: .305/.410/.506 – 29 BB/20 K – 0/3 SB – 164 AB
2016: .362/.420/.530 – 16 BB/21 K – 0/2 SB – 185 AB

12 – Harford CC FR 1B Joseph Burton: average speed; good athlete; quick bat; strong; considerable power upside; RHH; 6-4, 240 pounds

2016: .407/.514/.749 – 37 BB/36 K – 23/24 SB – 199 AB

13 – Gonzaga SR 1B/RHP Taylor Jones: good approach; strong; good athlete; above-average glove; average speed; 85-89 FB; up and down CB; good athlete; FAVORITE; 6-7, 225 pounds

2015: .358/.414/.545 – 10 BB/16 K – 0/0 SB – 134 AB
2016: .332/.398/.507 – 22 BB/34 K – 0/0 SB – 229 AB

2013: 10.06 K/9 | 5.82 BB/9 | 3.65 FIP | 17 IP
2014: 6.29 K/9 – 4.07 BB/9 – 72 IP – 4.68 ERA

14 – Texas Tech SR 1B Eric Gutierrez: power upside; size may disqualify him from some boards, but those who value consistent production will take a liking to him; 5-10, 205 pounds

2013: .230/.363/.393 – 22 BB/39 K – 1/1 SB – 191 AB
2014: .302/.399/.539 – 26 BB/27 K – 0/1 SB – 245 AB
2015: .315/.444/.443 – 39 BB/26 K – 2/2 SB – 203 AB
2016: .341/.468/.610 – 37 BB/30 K – 3/4 SB – 205 AB

15 – Lee SR 1B Ben Holland: plus raw power; can get too aggressive, but has improved approach over time; good glove; 6-3, 225 pounds

2016: .424/.533/.859 – 38 BB/33 K – 7/8 SB – 177 AB

16 – Florida Atlantic rJR 1B/OF Esteban Puerta: another member of the “all he’s done is hit” team; 6-1, 183 pounds

2014: .276/.345/.371 – 11 BB/17 K – 0/0 SB – 105 AB
2015: .305/.432/.487 – 36 BB/34 K – 1/3 SB – 187 AB
2016: .309/.395/.507 – 29 BB/32 K – 2/2 SB – 223 AB

17 – Cal Poly JR 1B/C Brett Barbier: intriguing combination of hit tool, patience, and pop; has also played OF, where he might have enough speed and athleticism to stick for a bit; 5-11, 190 pounds

2016: .352/.492/.482 – 41 BB/35 K – 8/13 SB – 199 AB

18 – Cornell JR 1B Cole Rutherford: power upside; imposing size; 6-4, 230 pounds

2016: .276/.359/.512 – 14 BB/24 K – 1/1 SB – 127 AB

19 – Oakland JR 1B/OF Zach Sterry: plus approach; above-average power; quick bat; 5-11, 240 pounds

2014: .279/.359/.390 – 15 BB/25 K – 0/1 SB – 136 AB
2015: .288/.363/.444 – 16 BB/28 K – 5/9 SB – 160 AB
2016: .285/.352/.436 – 17 BB/34 K – 5/8 SB – 172 AB

20 – Lamar JR 1B Trey Silvers: intriguing power upside; 6-2, 220 pounds

2016: .314/.398/.676 – 14 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 102 AB

21 – Fairleigh Dickinson SR 1B/C John Giakas: interesting high-contact/honest power approach; 6-0, 200 pounds

2014: .294/.341/.344 – 8 BB/13 K – 1/1 SB – 160 AB
2015: .229/.303/.329 – 12 BB/24 K – 1/1 SB – 140 AB
2016: .342/.417/.600 – 19 BB/11 K – 3/6 SB – 190 AB

22 – Bryant SR 1B Robby Rinn: strong, patient, and smart; 6-2, 210 pounds

2014: .302/.432/.413 – 30 BB/16 K – 0/0 SB – 189 AB
2015: .332/.414/.582 – 19 BB/14 K – 3/5 SB – 184 AB
2016: .373/.442/.590 – 27 BB/15 K – 1/2 SB – 217 AB

23 – Manhattan SR 1B/OF Christian Santisteban: good approach; power upside; iffy glove; FAVORITE; 6-2, 215 pounds

2013: .268/.375/.464 – 23 BB/28 K – 1/2 SB – 138 AB
2014: .314/.389/.446 – 15 BB/30 K – 1/2 SB – 175 AB
2015: .301/.399/.449 – 27 BB/33 K – 1/1 SB – 176 AB
2016: .367/.453/.570 – 30 BB/38 K – 1/4 SB – 207 AB

24 – Louisiana SR 1B/2B Stefan Trosclair: good athlete; good glove; power upside; average speed; smart base runner; Jordan Zimmerman Lite; 6-2, 200 pounds

2015: .338/.441/.635 – 25 BB/41 K – 15/18 SB – 219 AB
2016: .279/.385/.466 – 25 BB/23 K – 7/13 SB – 219 AB

25 – Auburn JR 1B Niko Buentello: power upside; good approach; LHH; 6-4, 230 pounds

2016: .332/.428/.569 – 30 BB/48 K – 0/0 SB – 211 AB

26 – Florida Gulf Coast SR 1B Nick Rivera: strong; power upside; get him healthy and swinging the bat right again and he could be a late senior-sign steal; RHH; 5-10, 200 pounds

2013: .297/.403/.508 – 31 BB/37 K – 0/1 SB – 195 AB
2014: .330/.437/.525 – 37 BB/24 K – 0/2 SB – 221 AB
2015: .347/.458/.608 – 40 BB/34 K – 0/0 SB – 199 AB
2016: .293/.461/.466 – 12 BB/15 K – 0/0 SB – 58 AB

27 – Cowley County CC SO 1B/OF Caleb Eldridge: power upside; average speed; Oklahoma State transfer; 6-4, 235 pounds

2016: .391/.523/.781 – 41 BB/56 K – 4/4 SB – 169 AB

28 – Connecticut SR 1B Bobby Melley: good glove; consistent production; 6-3, 235 pounds

2013: .308/.393/.367 – 25 BB/31 K – 0/0 SB – 240 AB
2014: .359/.475/.502 – 31 BB/19 K – 2/2 SB – 209 AB
2015: .315/.401/.408 – 32 BB/30 K – 0/0 SB – 238 AB
2016: .313/.436/.518 – 42 BB/30 K – 1/2 SB – 224 AB

29 – Tulane rJR 1B/C Jeremy Montalbano: plus raw power; below-average arm; below-average defender behind the dish likely necessitates a full-time move to first in the pros; Texas transfer; 6-2, 215 pounds

2016: .276/.352/.507 – 23 BB/35 K – 0/1 SB – 221 AB

2016: 12.86 K/9 – 0.00 BB/9 – 7.0 IP – 2.57 ERA

30 – Texas A&M SR 1B/RHP Hunter Melton: power upside; can also play 3B; reminds me of a slighly later round version (arguable, according to some) of Darik Hall; 87-92 FB, 93 peak; good command; 6-2, 225 pounds

2013: .288/.354/.492 – 10 BB/29 K – 0/0 SB – 118 AB
2015: .300/.381/.473 – 25 BB/56 K – 0/1 SB – 203 AB
2016: .305/.379/.510 – 23 BB/60 K – 2/2 SB – 243 AB

31 – Mercyhurst SR 1B/OF Hank Morrison: power upside; average speed; 6-2, 225 pounds

2016: .415/.486/.684 – 19 BB/31 K – 14/17 SB – 193 AB

32 – Columbia rSR 1B Nick Maguire: above-average power; above-average speed; good glove; 6-3, 250 pounds

2014: .265/.354/.400 – 19 BB/25 K – 0/0 SB – 155 AB
2015: .242/.303/.427 – 13 BB/44 K – 1/1 SB – 178 AB
2016: .274/.413/.430 – 31 BB/26 K – 2/4 SB – 135 AB

33 – Cal State Northridge rSR 1B/OF Branden Berry: good glove; power flashes; Washington transfer; 6-4, 225 pounds

2012: .328/.406/.427 – 14 BB/35 K – 0/0 SB – 192 AB
2014: .262/.340/.335 – 16 BB/36 K – 2/3 SB – 164 AB
2015: .269/.372/.421 – 18 BB/44 K – 4/5 SB – 197 AB
2016: .294/.403/.508 – 22 BB/36 K – 4/5 SB – 197 AB

34 – Austin Peay JR 1B Dre Gleason: good athlete; strong; hits it a long way when he connects; 6-4, 240 pounds

2014: .261/.357/.378 – 26 BB/52 K – 2/3 SB – 180 AB
2015: .349/.434/.550 – 18 BB/38 K – 1/2 SB – 149 AB
2016: .337/.461/.571 – 41 BB/52 K – 2/2 SB – 184 AB

35 – Prairie View A&M JR 1B Shannon Washington: serious power combined with serious swing-and-miss; 6-0, 220 pounds

2016: .323/.414/.635 – 14 BB/29 K – 0/1 SB – 96 AB

36 – Tennessee-Martin JR 1B Ryan Helgren: solid bat; steady glove; 6-0, 200 pounds

2016: .321/.425/.545 – 21 BB/29 K – 1/1 SB – 134 AB

37 – Murray State JR 1B Ramsey Scott: intriguing size and power; 6-5, 240 pounds

2016: .335/.415/.612 – 27 BB/42 K – 1/1 SB – 206 AB

38 – Charlotte JR 1B/RHP Logan Sherer: power upside; strong arm; 6-3, 250 pounds

2014: .260/.306/.380 – 13 BB/39 K – 0/0 SB – 192 AB
2015: .311/.348/.477 – 10 BB/41 K – 1/1 SB – 193 AB
2016: .336/.412/.574 – 28 BB/47 K – 2/2 SB – 223 AB

2014: 6.00 K/9 – 3.60 BB/9 – 14 IP – 2.40 ERA
2015: 7.36 K/9 – 5.73 BB/9 – 11.1 IP – 4.91 ERA

39 – Georgia Southern JR 1B Ryan Cleveland: considerable power upside with the frame to pull it off; 6-3, 225 pounds

2014: .253/.368/.428 – 32 BB/49 K – 3/5 SB – 194 AB
2015: .244/.343/.477 – 24 BB/40 K – 9/11 SB – 176 AB
2016: .286/.404/.586 – 38 BB/70 K – 12/14 SB – 227 AB

40 – Ball State JR 1B/C Caleb Stayton: impressive power and patience blend; 6-3, 225 pounds

2014: .285/.374/.418 – 15 BB/17 K – 0/0 SB – 165 AB
2015: .278/.381/.411 – 8 BB/20 K – 0/0 SB – 90 AB
2016: .377/.482/.614 – 42 BB/40 K – 2/3 SB – 220 AB

41 – Cal State Monterey Bay SR 1B Justin Flores: power upside; plus approach; FAVORITE; 6-4, 210 pounds

2016: .306/.412/.446 – 31 BB/43 K – 0/0 SB – 186 AB

42 – Stephen F. Austin SR 1B Kyle Thornell: power upside; 6-2, 200 pounds

2014: .256/.374/.496 – 16 BB/35 K – 0/2 SB – 133 AB
2015: .301/.412/.524 – 20 BB/48 K – 3/6 SB – 166 AB
2016: .342/.472/.617 – 33 BB/55 K – 5/9 SB – 196 AB

43 – McNeese State SR 1B/OF Connor Crane: power upside; 6-3, 210 pounds

2015: .272/.340/.443 – 16 BB/53 K – 12/14 SB – 235 AB
2016: .365/.442/.606 – 16 BB/38 K – 15/21 SB – 203 AB

44 – Kansas State JR 1B Jake Scudder: good approach; smart hitter; some power there; FAVORITE; 6-0, 200 pounds

2016: .333/.392/.507 – 17 BB/32 K – 6/10 SB – 219 AB

45 – Air Force JR 1B Bradley Haslam: emerging power; 6-2, 200 pounds

2015: .347/.386/.452 – 6 BB/17 K – 2/3 SB – 124 AB
2016: .408/.449/.558 – 16 BB/17 K – 4/5 SB – 233 AB

46 – Liberty JR 1B/OF Andrew Yacyk: legit plus power upside; average speed; long way to go as a hitter; RHH; 6-3, 240 pounds

2015: .286/.355/.384 – 15 BB/49 K – 2/4 SB – 203 AB
2016: .307/.383/.492 – 19 BB/37 K – 0/1 SB – 238 AB

47 – Kentucky rSO 1B Joe Dudek: good glove; power upside; UNC transfer who sat out 2016 season; 6-1, 215 pounds

2014: .204/.316/.357 – 16 BB/27 K – 0/0 SB – 98 AB
2015: .255/.442/.402 – 34 BB/22 K – 1/2 SB – 102 AB

48 – Stony Brook JR 1B/OF Casey Baker: good hit tool; average raw power; good speed; steady glove; strong arm; 6-0, 180 pounds

2014: .338/.418/.415 – 18 BB/16 K – 8/8 SB – 130 AB
2015: .317/.377/.487 – 19 BB/23 K – 5/7 SB – 189 AB
2016: .314/.392/.367 – 25 BB/27 K – 4/5 SB – 188 AB

49 – East Carolina JR 1B/LHP Bryce Harman: plus power upside, but hit tool doesn’t allow him to tap into it; can be pitched to; strong arm; 90 FB; 6-6, 240 pounds

2014: .244/.338/.384 – 23 BB/58 K – 4/4 SB – 172 AB
2015: .244/.351/.424 – 23 BB/51 K – 0/0 SB – 205 AB
2016: .239/.369/.368 – 28 BB/43 K – 2/3 SB – 163 AB

50 – Louisiana rSO 1B/OF Steven Sensley: good hit tool; power upside; strong arm; can get too aggressive; loved him out of junior college and still believe in him, but his first full season at the D1 level left us with more questions than answers; LHH; 6-1, 220 pounds

*2015*: .374/.466/.778 – 35 BB/38 K – 13/17 SB – 203 AB
2016: .252/.345/.399 – 14 BB/41 K – 2/3 SB – 143 AB

 

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4 Comments

  1. 2B/3B Tyler Davis of Northwest Nazarene continues to climb the draft boards after tearing up the West Coast League last summer and being the Great Northwest Athletic Conference POY this spring.

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Your timing here is great. I literally just updated his stats and moved him over to the position list page. Feedback from those more in the know told me to put him with the third basemen, so that’s where you’ll find him. That list should be either up later today or early tomorrow morning. Best of luck to him, you, and the whole family this weekend!

  2. John giakas sr says:

    updated final stats for john giakas listed 21 on the 1st baseman list. 345 avg, 416 obp, 611 slug, 1026 ops, 203 abs, 70 hits, 15 2b, 13 hrs, 47 rbis and only 12 ks

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Nice, thank you. I had to cut off some of the smaller conference prospect stat lines a little early if I was going to get this whole thing done in time, so I appreciate the update. Good luck to him (and you!) these next few days.

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