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2016 MLB Draft Pack: June 3

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Previous MLB Draft Packs:

March 18Josh Lowe, Matt Manning, A.J. Puk, Nick Senzel, Mike Shawaryn, Alex Speas, Bryan Reynolds, Blake Rutherford, Taylor Trammell, Robert Tyler.
March 25: Braxton Garrett, Dakota Hudson, Connor Jones, Reggie Lawson, Kyle Lewis, Drew Mendoza, Mickey Moniak, Corey Ray, Buddy Reed, Forrest Whitley
April 1: Bryson Brigman, Zack Collins, Carlos Cortes, Jason Groome, Daulton Jefferies, Chris Okey, Delvin Perez, Nicholas Quintana, Cole Ragans, Logan Shore

April 8: Will Benson, Austin Bergner, Zack Burdi, Luis Curbelo, Zac Gallen, Anfernee Grier, Zach Jackson, Nolan Jones, Riley Pint, Matt Thaiss
April 15: Nick Banks, Ryan Boldt, Ben Bowden, Kevin Gowdy, Cooper Johnson, Charles King, Eric Lauer, Joe Rizzo, Walker Robbins, Jordan Sheffield
April 22: Ian Anderson, Bo Bichette, Justin Dunn, Lucas Erceg, David Hamilton, Alec Hansen, Cole Irvin, Alexis Torres, Ryan Zeferjahn, T.J. Zeuch
April 29: Peter Alonso, Bailey Clark, Zach Hess, Anthony Kay, Carter Kieboom, Matt Krook, Ben Rortvedt, Cody Sedlock, Cole Stobbe, Avery Tuck
May 6: C.J. Chatham, Jon Duplantier, Kyle Funkhouser, Nick Hanson, Thomas Hatch, Thomas Jones, Gavin Lux, Braeden Ogle, Heath Quinn, Joey Wentz
May 13: Shaun Anderson, Bobby Dalbec, Dane Dunning, John Flowers, Jake Fraley, Jared Horn, Brandon Marsh, Kyle Muller, Jake Rogers, Nonie Williams
May 20: Corbin Burnes, Will Craig, Dalton Feeney, Nick Lodolo, Nolan Martinez, Sean Murphy, A.J. Puckett, Hudson Sanchez, Nick Solak, Colton Welker
May 27: Keegan Akin, Matthias Dietz, Mario Feliciano, Tyler Fitzgerald, Alex Kirilloff, Jesus Luzardo, Easton McGee, Braden Webb, J.B. Woodman, Stephen Wrenn

Prospects covered this week: Conner Capel, Aaron Civale, Will Ethridge, Andrew Knizner, Adam Laskey, Khalil Lee, Sheldon Neuse, Cal Quantrill, Ryan Rolison, Will Smith

Conner Capel – OF

Height/Weight: 6-1/185
Bats/Throws: L/L
Birthdate: May 19, 1997
High School: Seven Lakes
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Travel Team: Houston Banditos
Commitment: Texas
Projected Draft Round: 2-3

Texas has been notably short on high school positions prospects this spring, something that has been very frustrating to the scouts in the state. One player, however, who has steadily raised his profile is Capel, the son of former big league reliever Mike Capel.

Though Capel was considered more of a college type prior to the spring by most scouts (he is signed with Texas, the same school his father attended), his steady performance and his polished game, along with a favorable profile, have put him in position to be perhaps the first high school position player taken from the state.

For those who have watched Capel play at Perfect Game tournaments and showcases since 2012, that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Capel has been a very high-level performer at numerous high level events, especially on offense. His best tool might be his hand/eye coordination, otherwise known as his barrel-to-ball skills. His lefthanded swing is simple and direct and he has a very advanced ability to square up the baseball. Capel can't be broken down as a pull hitter or a middle-of-the-field hitter or an opposite field hitter; he's an equal opportunity hitter who has the ability to make adjustments and make solid contact regardless of the pitch and the location.

Capel's second best tool is his arm strength. He has been frequently compared to Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin, a Houston native who was a first round pick out of Texas A&M. Capel's arm doesn't quite match Naquin's but it is close and his physical build and overall tool profile match up very well with Naquin. Capel is a 6.8 runner with very good outfield instincts and can play both center and right fields, much like Naquin.

The teams that are most likely to pick Capel in the second or third rounds will be those who are more risk averse. Capel's power projection is not strong at present and his speed may not enable him to be a plus defensive center fielder, so his ceiling isn't huge. But he is a much stronger bet to become a solid big league contributor than most high school outfielders. 

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