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- Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
Supposedly, the Phillies are leaning toward going with a hitter over a pitcher. If that's the case, Lewis could easily be the pick as he has the best bat in the 2016 MLB Draft. Lewis has been absolutely ripping the ball and has risen to the top of the draft over the last few months.
Pick change; previously A.J. Puk, LHP
- A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
The Reds will supposedly take Puk if the Phillies pass on him, and that's the situation I have playing out.
Pick change; previously Kyle Lewis, OF
- Nick Senzal, 3B, Tennessee
Senzal has been fast rising and could go very high in the first round. Between Senzal and last year's No. 1-overall pick, Dansby Swanson, Atlanta will have added a studly right side of the infield.
Pick change; previously Riley Pint, RHP
- Mickey Moniak, OF, High School
The Rockies aren't opposed to grabbing top-shelf arms and prep talents. They've drafted a lot of pitching in recent years, so it would make sense to get a position player. Moniak is fast rising and could hit well in Coors.
- Delvin Perez, SS, High School
There has been a lot of chatter that Milwaukee is after Perez. He is a toolsy shortstop who combines a good glove with offensive talent. However, there are some rumors of Perez slipping in the first round.
Pick change; previously Jason Groome, LHP
- Jason Groome, LHP, High School
The A's are supposedly in on Groome along with the hitters in the top-five. Here, Groome is the only one who gets to them, but Oakland could be walking away with the most-talented arm in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Pick change; previously Nick Senzal, 3B
- Blake Rutherford, OF, High School
The Marlins have had a tendency to draft players with big athletic upside and tons of tools to work with. Rutherford would fit that description.
Pick change; previously Delvin Perez, SS
- Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
With three first-round picks, San Diego could do some real damage in this draft. The Padres are supposedly hot for Quantrill, and he probably won't make it to their picks in the 20s. Without Tommy John surgery, he had the talent of a top-five pick. Quantrill could be elite for San Diego if he stays healthy.
Pick change; previously Buddy Reed, OF
- Riley Pint, RHP, High School
Detroit loves power pitchers, and Pint certainly fits the bill. He can push up to the triple digits on his fastball and could be the best power arm in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Tigers won't pass on him if he gets to their pick.
Pick change; previously Jordan Sheffield, RHP
- Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
The White Sox have built up a lot of young pitching talent, but their position players are weak. Even though a lot of them have been busts, Chicago has been inclined to take uber-athletic position players. Ray being a local product of the White Sox-sponsored inner-city baseball academies in Chicago also points toward them taking him if he gets to their pick.
- Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College
The Mariners' farm system is thin in the pitching department, and Dunn should quickly change that outlook.
Pick change; previously Connor Jones, RHP
- Braxton Garrett, RHP, High School
The Red Sox are also thin at pitching, and Garrett has some serious stuff. The previous regimes in Boston haven't been too inclined to go with prep players, but isn't case any longer.
- Joshua Lowe, 3B, High School
Last year, I nailed the Rays taking Garrett Whitley because they like athletic outfielders with talented bats. This year, they follow course with an impact-generating bat who could be a middle-of-the-order hitter for Tampa Bay. The Rays like prep players, and Lowe fits they track record.
Pick change; previously Zack Collins, C
- Zack Collins, C, Miami
The Indians are set in pitching, and Collins could easily be gone. With his potent bat, he could move through the system quickly for Cleveland.
Pick change; previously Bryan Reynolds, OF
- Ian Anderson, RHP, High School
Thw Twins have built up their position-player talent and aren't afraid of prep players. Minnesota could go the prep-pitching route and land a talented arm in Anderson.
- Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State
Hudson could easily go earlier, so this is a nice value pick for the Angels. They aren't strong with pitching or hitters in their farm system, so grabbing the best player available makes sense. Los Angeles is comfortable taking prep players with big bats and big upside, but here's a talented young pitcher for the Angels who could climb their system quickly. The polished Hudson could easily be the best player available at this point.
- Cory Sedlock, RHP, Illinois
The Astros are said to be looking for a college arm who could rise quickly to Houston. Sedlock is viewed by many as a polished prospect who could rise quickly.
Pick change; previously Matt Manning, RHP
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