2016 Amateur Draft

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The 2016 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-second Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It began on June 9, 2016.

The draft was considered particularly open, with no clear top pick. Up until the moment the Philadelphia Phillies announced they had selected high school outfielder Mickey Moniak first overall, as many as six players were considered to be in the running for the honor, including Corey Ray, A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome and Riley Pint. A couple of other players, including number 2 pick Nick Senzel, were considered to have equal talent without necessarily being under consideration by the Phillies.

Because a number of teams lost their first-round pick as a result of signing Type A free agents, and because no team had failed to sign its first-round selection in 2015, which would have resulted in an equivalent pick this year as compensation, there were only 23 picks in the first round proper - the fewest since 1968.

Draft Order[edit]

First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Philadelphia Phillies Mickey Moniak OF La Costa Canyon High School (HS) Carlsbad, CA
2 Cincinnati Reds Nick Senzel 3B University of Tennessee (Col.) Knoxville, TN
3 Atlanta Braves Ian Anderson P Shenendehowa High School (HS) Clifton Park, NY
4 Colorado Rockies Riley Pint P St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park) (HS) Overland Park, KS
5 Milwaukee Brewers Corey Ray OF University of Louisville (Col.) Chicago, IL
6 Oakland Athletics A.J. Puk P University of Florida (Col.) Cedar Rapids, IA
7 Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett P Florence (AL) High School (HS) Foley, AL
8 San Diego Padres Cal Quantrill P Stanford University (Col.) Port Hope, ON
9 Detroit Tigers Matt Manning P Sheldon High School (Sacramento) (HS) Sacramento, CA
10 Chicago White Sox Zack Collins C University of Miami (Col.) Pembroke Pines, FL
11 Seattle Mariners Kyle Lewis OF Mercer University (Col.) Snellville, GA
12 Boston Red Sox Jason Groome P Barnegat High School (HS) Barnegat, NJ
13 Tampa Bay Rays Josh Lowe 3B Pope High School (HS) Marietta, GA
14 Cleveland Indians Will Benson OF The Westminster School (HS) Atlanta, GA
15 Minnesota Twins Alex Kirilloff OF Plum High School (HS)
16 Los Angeles Angels Matt Thaiss C University of Virginia (Col.) Jackson, NJ
17 Houston Astros Forrest Whitley P Alamo Heights High School (HS) San Antonio, TX
18 New York Yankees Blake Rutherford OF Chaminade College Preparatory School (HS)
19 New York Mets Justin Dunn P Boston College (Col.) Freeport, NY
20 Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Lux SS Indian Trail High School (HS) Kenosha, WI
21 Toronto Blue Jays T.J. Zeuch P University of Pittsburgh (Col.) Mason, OH
22 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Craig 3B Wake Forest University (Col.) Johnson City, TN
23 St. Louis Cardinals Delvin Perez SS Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School (HS) San Juan, Puerto Rico

Compensation Round A[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
24 San Diego Padres Hudson Potts SS Carroll Senior High School (Southlake) (HS) Southlake, TX Compensation for Justin Upton
25 San Diego Padres Eric Lauer P Kent State University (Col.) Elyria, OH Compensation for Ian Kennedy
26 Chicago White Sox Zach Burdi P University of Louisville (Col.) Downers Grove, IL Compensation for Jeff Samardzija
27 Baltimore Orioles Cody Sedlock P University of Illinois (Col.) Sherrard, IL Compensation for Wei-Yin Chen
28 Washington Nationals Carter Kieboom SS Walton High School (HS) Marietta, GA Compensation for Jordan Zimmerman
29 Washington Nationals Dane Dunning P University of Florida (Col.) Fleming Island, FL Compensation for Ian Desmond
30 Texas Rangers Cole Ragans P North Florida Christian High School (HS) Tallahassee, FL Compensation for Yovani Gallardo
31 New York Mets Anthony Kay P University of Connecticut (Col.) Stony Brook, NY Compensation for Daniel Murphy
32 Los Angeles Dodgers Will Smith C University of Louisville (Col.) Louisville, KY Compensation for Zack Greinke
33 St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson OF Elk Grove (CA) High School (HS) Elk Grove, CA Compensation for John Lackey
34 St. Louis Cardinals Dakota Hudson P Mississippi State University (Col.) Dunlap, TN Compensation for Jason Heyward

Competitive Balance Round A[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
35 Cincinnati Reds Taylor Trammell OF Mount Paran Christian School (HS) Kennesaw, GA
36 Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Sheffield P Vanderbilt University (Col.) Tullahoma, TN for failure to sign Kyle Funkhouser
37 Oakland Athletics Daulton Jefferies P University of California, Berkeley (Col.) Atwater, CA
38 Colorado Rockies Robert Tyler P University of Georgia (Col.) Cordele, GA
39 Arizona Diamondbacks Anfernee Grier OF Auburn University (Col.) Phenix City, AL
40 Atlanta Braves Joey Wentz P Shawnee Mission East High School (HS) Prairie Village, KS via trade with Marlins
41 Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Lodolo P Damien High School (HS) La Verne, CA Did not sign


OF Austin Hays, a third-round selection by the Baltimore Orioles, was the first player from the draft to reach the major leagues, making his debut on September 7, 2017. Number 25 pick Eric Lauer made it to the majors at the end of April in 2018. In May of 2019, Cal Quantrill became the first player from the 1st round proper to make the grade, beating out Nick Senzel by only a couple of days.

The older brother of #13 pick Josh Lowe, Nate Lowe, was also selected by the Rays, in the 13th round.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Callis: "Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis", mlb,com, June 10, 2016. [1]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Epic picks: Draft delivers awe, intrigue", mlb,com, June 10, 2016. [2]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Final impressions shaking up Draft in latest mock", mlb.com, May 26, 2016. [3]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Which Draft picks will reach Majors quickest?", mlb.com, June 10, 2016. [4]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Inbox: Top 5 picks in a redo of 2016 Draft?", mlb.com, December 28, 2017. [5]
  • Frankie Pillere: "Draft prep: Top 30 baseball prospects in June draft", USA Today Sports, May 17, 2016. [6]

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