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2016 MLB Draft Recap

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As we take a look at the 2016 MLB draft recap we see players fulfilling a lifetime dream.

The MLB Draft is a magical thing to those who love the game of baseball.  We watch as the dreams of young men are achieved and childhood hopes are finally realized.  Everything they have gained from baseball brings them back to their youth and they realize that their youth will now get to live on a while longer.

Americas game takes a moment every summer to recognize the up and coming talent that they hope will one day lead there team to greatness.  The 2016 MLB Draft would be no different as Commissioner Rob Manfred stepped to the podium to announce who the Philadelphia Phillies had taken as the #1 pick.

The Phillies‘ decided to go with an everyday player instead of one of the many arms that were stacked in this draft. With the #1 Pick the Phillies selected the 2016 Gatorade player of the year, Mickey Moniak.

Lets rundown some other picks and where players fell through the top 15 picks.

Cincinnati selects at #2-Nick Senzel– 3rd base from University of Tennessee.

Atlanta selects at #3- Ian Anderson-RHP from Shenendehowa High in New York.

Colorado selects at #4- Riley Pint-RHP High schooler out of Kansas.

Milwaukee selects at #5- Corey Ray– OF from the University of Louisville.

Oakland selects at #6- AJ Puk– LHP out of the University of Florida.

Miami selects at #7- Braxton Garrett- LHP out of Florence high in Alabama.

San Diego selects at #8- Cal Quantrill– RHP out of Stanford University.

Dettoit selects at #9- Matt Manning – RHP out of Sheldon High in California.

Chicago WhitSox selected at #10- Zack Collins– Catcher out of University of Miami.

As you can see the Top ten picks as well as the overall first round was  in a bit of disarray with  players like Jason Groome who earlier was expected to be a top 3 pick or Kyle Lewis, who also was projected in top 3 at one point both fell in the draft.  Groome was picked at 12th by Boston and Lewis found himself at 11th to the WhitSox.

Another top player who fell quickly in the draft is Delvin Perez.  This highly scouted Shortstop from Puerto Rico fell to the 23rd pick in the draft after failing a drug test for PED’s.  The St. Louis Cardinals made the pick which caused some to question them as sending a bad message throughout baseball.

The MLB draft is such a measuring of risk vs reward that no one can say for sure who had the best draft, but it is no doubt great to see so many young men achieving their dreams.  The true work now begins as we see which players are willing to push on and realize that the achievement is not finished until they step foot on the Major League Baseball field.