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2016 MLB Draft

Corey Ray selected 4th overall in 2016 MLB Draft Arturo Pardavilla III / via FLICKR


With the 2016 MLB draft set to take place June 9-11, we begin to look to the future to see which MLB team will land the next big star.

Unlike the NFL and NBA draft, the chances of landing a player in the  2016 MLB draft that changes your whole team landscape is very hard to accomplish.  There are so many different attributes that each team is searching for in the draft that the odds of landing the next big star can tend to be a game of chance.  Over the years, we have seen some of the greatest ball players of all time be picked in late rounds, while other higher draft picks, never seem to pan out.

In 1992 Derek Jeter was drafted 6th by the New York Yankees, behind Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Lawrence, Jeffery Hammonds and Chad Mottola.

In 1988 the Los Angeles Dodgers selected future Hall of fame player, Mike Piazza in the 62nd round with the 1390th pick overall.

In 1971, 11 time gold glove winner, 2 time World Series champ and 1979 co-MVP Kieth Hernandez was drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals in the 42nd round at pick number 785 of the draft.

In 1985 pitcher John Smoltz was drafted in the 22nd round as the 574th pick overall.

In 1978 infielder and future Hall of Fame, Ryne Sandberg was drafted in the 20th round- 511th overall.

and in 1999  Albert Pujols was drafted by the Cardinals in the 13th round as the 402nd overall pick.

The list of great players that were drafted in later rounds goes on and on and shows that talent in baseball is hard to judge.

As we grow closer to the 2016 MLB draft we can take a look at the top 100 prospects and on some lists they may even tell you who the top 200 players are, but in all reality no one really knows what will happen with each of the players. As we saw in the 2013 Draft class when Stanford, standout pitcher Mark Appel was drafted ahead of the Chicago Cubs, 2015 National League rookie of the year Kris Bryant.  By all accounts Appel looked like a top notch pitcher coming out of college, but currently his 19 wins and 14 loses with a 5.04 E.R.A. in the minor leagues does not translate into greatness.

2016 Draft

So we move on now to the 2016 MLB draft and take a look at the next wave of stars as they try to live up to what each team expects them to be.  The 2016 draft is loaded with potential big league hurlers and the Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to land one of them with the first pick in the draft.  the top three prospects this season are:

New Jersey high school- left-hander- Jason Groome

Kansas Prep- Right-hander- Riley Pint

Mercer University- outfielder- Kyle Lewis

Though these are the top three prospects on most analysts list, there is potential that the Phillies may be leaning toward Florida’s Lefty A.J. Puk (no. 4) or California high school, outfielder Mickey Moniak the number 5 prospect.

We may not know who wins and who loses in the 2016 draft anytime soon, but we are sure that somewhere within this group of young men is a player that has everything needed to get to the top of the game, and be Major League baseballs next big star.