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2016 MLB Draft: Top Tools

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2016 Perfect Game MLB Draft Preview Content Index | Mock Draft Version 1

An annual exercise as part of Perfect Game's MLB Draft content, PG's staff of draft experts combined to assemble a list of the top individual tools available for this year's draft. The players that ranked among the top five in six different categories for position prospects and five different categories among pitchers is as follows:

High School College
Joshua Lowe (3 - power, arm, athlete) • J.B. Woodman (3 - speed, arm, athlete)
Brandon Marsh (3 - speed, arm, athlete) • Will Craig (2 - hitter, power)
• Jason Groome (3 - fastball, curveball, command) Bryson Brigman (2 - hitter, defender)
• Braxton Garrett (3 - curveball, changeup, command) • Buddy Reed (2 - speed, defender)
• Kevin Gowdy (3 - slider, changeup, command) Corey Ray (2 - speed, athlete)
Alex Kirilloff (2 - hitter, power) • Stephen Alemais (2 - speed, defender)
• Mickey Moniak (2 - hitter, defender) Sean Murphy (2 - arm, defender)
• Taylor Trammell (2 - speed, athlete) • Jake Rogers (2 - arm, defender)
• Thomas Jones (2 - speed, athlete) Zack Burdi (2 - fastball, slider)
• Dominic Fletcher (2 - arm, defender) Robert Tyler (2 - fastball, changeup)
• Cooper Johnson (2 - arm, defender) • A.J. Puk (2 - fastball, slider)
• Riley Pint (2 - fastball, changeup) Jordan Sheffield (2 - fastball, changeup)
• Forrest Whitley (2 - fastball, slider) Logan Shore (2 - changeup, command)


2016 Top Tools: Hitter

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 Mickey Moniak OF La Costa Canyon HS (Calif.) 1 Nick Senzel 3B Tennessee
2 Joe Rizzo 3B Oakton HS (Va.) 2 Will Craig 1B/3B Wake Forest
3 Alex Kirilloff OF/1B Plum HS (Pa.) 3 Matt Thaiss C/1B Virginia
4 Carlos Cortes C/2B/OF Lake Howell HS (Fla.) 4 Jameson Fisher 1B Southeastern Louisiana
5 Nolan Jones 3B Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) 5 Bryson Brigman 2B San Diego


2016 Top Tools: Power

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 Blake Rutherford OF Chaminade Prep (Calif.) 1 Zack Collins C/1B Miami
2 Joshua Lowe 3B Pope HS (Ga.) 2 Kyle Lewis OF Mercer
3 Alex Kirilloff OF/1B Plum HS (Pa.) 3 Heath Quinn OF Samford
4 Drew Mendoza SS/3B Lake Minneola HS (Fla.) 4 Lucas Erceg 3B Menlo (NAIA)
5 Bo Bichette 2B/3B Lakewood HS (Fla.) 5 Will Craig 1B Wake Forest


2016 Top Tools: Speed

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 David Hamilton SS San Marcos HS (Texas) 1 Buddy Reed OF Florida
2 Brandon Marsh OF Buford HS (Ga.) 2 Jake Fraley OF Louisiana State
3 Delvin Perez SS Internat'l Baseball Academy (PR) 3 Corey Ray OF Louisville
4 Taylor Trammell OF Powder Springs, Ga. 4 Stephen Alemais SS Tulane
5 Thomas Jones OF Laurens District 55 (S.C.) 5 J.B. Woodman OF Ole Miss


2016 Top Tools: Arm

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 Joshua Lowe 3B Pope HS (Ga.) 1 Bobby Dalbec 3B/RHP Arizona
2 Dominic Fletcher OF Cypress HS (Calif.) 2 Sheldon Neuse SS/RHP Oklahoma
3 Cooper Johnson C Carmel Catholic HS (Ill.) 3 J.B. Woodman OF Ole Miss
4 Brandon Marsh OF Buford HS (Ga.) 4 Sean Murphy C Wright State
5 Nicholas Quintana SS Arbor View HS (Nev.) 5 Jake Rogers C Tulane


2016 Top Tools: Defender

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 Cooper Johnson C Carmel Catholic HS (Ill.) 1 Jake Rogers C Tulane
2 Alexis Torres SS Colegio Angel David (PR) 2 Sean Murphy C Wright State
3 Mickey Moniak OF La Costa Canyon HS (Calif.) 3 Buddy Reed OF Florida
4 Dominic Fletcher OF Cypress HS (Calif.) 4 Stephen Alemais SS Tulane
5 Gavin Lux SS Indian Trail Academy (Wis.) 5 Bryson Brigman 2B San Diego


2016 Top Tools: Athlete

High School College
Rk. Name Pos. School Rk. Name Pos. School
1 Taylor Trammell OF Mt. Paran Christian HS (Ga.) 1 Corey Ray OF Louisville
2 Thomas Jones OF Laurens District 55 (S.C.) 2 Buddy Reed OF Florida
3 Brandon Marsh OF Buford HS (Ga.) 3 Anfernee Grier OF Auburn
4 Nonie Williams 3B Home-schooled (Kan.) 4 Bryan Reynolds OF Vanderbilt
5 Joshua Lowe 3B Pope HS (Ga.) 5 J.B. Woodman OF Ole Miss


2016 Top Tools: Fastball

High School College
Rk. Name Throws School Rk. Name Throws School
1 Riley Pint RHP St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) 1 Zack Burdi RHP Louisville
2 Jason Groome LHP Barnegat (N.J.) 2 Robert Tyler RHP Georgia
3 Matt Manning RHP Sheldon HS (Calif.) 3 A.J. Puk LHP Florida
4 Forrest Whitley RHP Alamo Heights (Texas) 4 Alec Hansen RHP Oklahoma
5 Alex Speas RHP McEachern HS (Ga.) 5 Jordan Sheffield RHP Vanderbilt


2016 Top Tools: Curveball

High School College
Rk. Name Throws School Rk. Name Throws School
1 Braxton Garrett LHP Florence HS (Ala.) 1 Zach Jackson RHP Arkansas
2 Tyler Baum RHP West Orange HS (Fla.) 2 Cody Sedlock RHP Illinois
3 Ian Anderson RHP Shenendehowa HS (N.Y.) 3 Matt Krook LHP Oregon
4 Nick Lodolo LHP Damien HS (Calif.) 4 Jon Duplantier RHP Rice
5 Jason Groome LHP Barnegat (N.J.) 5 Brett Adcok LHP Michigan


2016 Top Tools: Slider

High School College
Rk. Name Throws School Rk. Name Throws School
1 Kevin Gowdy RHP Santa Barbara HS (Calif.) 1 Shaun Anderson RHP Florida
2 Forrest Whitley RHP Alamo Heights HS (Texas) 2 Connor Jones RHP Virginia
3 Will Ethridge RHP Parkview HS (Ga.) 3 A.J. Puk LHP Florida
4 Zach Hess RHP Liberty Christian Academy (Va.) 4 Eric Lauer LHP Kent State
5 Drake Fellows RHP Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) 5 Zack Burdi RHP Louisville


2016 Top Tools: Changeup

High School College
Rk. Name Throws School Rk. Name Throws School
1 Riley Pint RHP St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) 1 Logan Shore RHP Florida
2 Austin Bergner RHP Windermere Prep (Fla.) 2 Robert Tyler RHP Georgia
3 Braxton Garrett LHP Florence HS (Ala.) 3 Cal Quantrill RHP Stanford
4 Jesus Luzardo LHP Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Fla.) 4 Anthony Kay LHP Connecticut
5 Kevin Gowdy RHP Santa Barbara HS (Calif.) 5 Jordan Sheffield RHP Vanderbilt


2016 Top Tools: Command

High School College
Rk. Name Throws School Rk. Name Throws School
1 Jason Groome LHP Barnegat HS (N.J.) 1 Andrew Lantrip RHP Houston
2 Braxton Garrett LHP Florence HS (Ala.) 2 Logan Shore RHP Florida
3 Kevin Gowdy RHP Santa Barbara HS (Calif.) 3 Shane Bieber RHP UC Santa Barbara
4 Kyle Muller LHP Dallas Jesuit HS (Texas) 4 Cole Irvin LHP Oregon
5 Joey Wentz LHP Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) 5 Matthias Dietz RHP John A. Logan (JUCO)


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