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Friday, December 20, 2013

2016 MLB Draft: Top 100 Prospects

Allan Simpson        
Photo: Perfect Game

Pair of Unsigned 2013 First-Rounders
Headline Baseball’s Draft Class of 2016

When the Toronto Blue Jays failed to sign righthander Phil Bickford, the 10
th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and the Miami Marlins didn’t agree to terms with lefthander Matt Krook, a supplemental first-rounder, the two California high school pitchers immediately moved to the top of the charts for the 2016 draft.

Perfect Game has taken an early look at the Top 100 Prospects in that class, and Bickford, now a freshman in college at Cal State Fullerton, is predictably No. 1 on the list, and Krook, who hooked on at Oregon, is at No. 2.

The two were relative late bloomers as high-school seniors, and along with Florida State freshman shortstop Ben Deluzio, were easily the highest unsigned picks from the 2013 draft to make their way into the college ranks. Deluzio, a third-round pick of the Marlins, ranks No. 48 overall among the top prospects for 2016.

Bickford’s place at the top of the list was a given when he rejected a final offer from the Blue Jays, who failed to sign their first-round pick for the second time in three years. He expressed a desire to attend college all along, and the Blue Jays were never able to match his pre-draft price tag of a reported $4.25 million without being assessed a possible significant penalty for going over their allotted bonus amount under terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The slot amount for the 10
th pick in the draft was $2.921 million, and the Jays would have been taxed for any amount they paid above $3,665 million.

With a fastball in the 91-94 mph range that peaked at 97, along with good movement and location of the pitch, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Bickford made an easy transition to the college ranks at Cal State Fullerton this fall, though is still developing a better feel for his changeup.

Despite an impressive resume, he may have a difficult time breaking into Fullerton’s weekend rotation in 2014 as the Titans return three starters who combined for 33 wins a year ago, including sophomore righthanders and Thomas Eshelman (12-3, 1.48) and Justin Garza (12-0, 2.03), two projected high-round picks in 2015.

Krook’s desire to make a meaningful contribution at Oregon as a freshman is also cut out for him as the Ducks have an equally-formidable, established rotation with the return of junior righthander Tommy Thorpe (7-5, 2.16), sophomore lefthander Cole Irvin (12-3, 2.48) and junior lefthander Jake Reed (6-6, 3.50)—all of whom have experience on the mound with USA Baseball’s college-national team.

Unlike Bickford, Krook had every intention of signing out of high school when drafted by the Marlins, and had actually agreed to terms on a contract that was to provide a $1.6 million bonus. But his hopes were dashed late last June after he failed his physical, when Marlins team doctors discovered irregularities in his pitching shoulder. Rather than agree to a reduced bonus offer of $600,000 from the team, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound lefthander elected to not sign at all, and turn his attention to playing in college.

Krook showed the makings of a solid three-pitch mix this fall in practice at Oregon, with a fastball that was typically at 91-93 mph and peaked at 95, along with a knee-buckling 12-to-6 curve. His stuff was electric when his delivery was in sync, but he still has a ways to go to establish more consistent command, and undoubtedly will begin his career at Oregon as a mid-week starter or long reliever.

Several other college freshmen had aspirations of being drafted in the first round out of high school last June, but slipped appreciably for a variety of reasons—most chiefly signability. Among the highly-ranked first-year players are Tennesse righthander Kyle Serrano (No. 5), Nebraska outfielder Ryan Boldt (No. 7), Clemson catcher Chris Okey (No. 8) and Oklahoma State lefthander Garrett Williams (No. 10).

Florida had the greatest recruiting haul of any college with five players in the Top 100, while Auburn, California, Oklahoma State and Texas have three players apiece.

The high-school crop in the 2016 draft class is naturally much less defined, but Perfect Game ranks a pair of Florida righthanders, Anthony Molina and Austin Bergner, as the top candidates.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Bergner is presently the more-developed of the two, with better raw stuff overall along with superior command and pitchability, but he is also 17 months older than the fast-rising Molina and will be 19 when eligible for the draft in 2016. He has already attended a dozen Perfect Game events, so his rising prospect status in the scouting industry is well-established.

Molina is still growing into his lanky 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame, but has a long, loose and fast arm action with a lively fastball that has been clocked up to 93 mph, and is already considered a more dominant pitch than Bergner’s. Molina should only add significant velocity as he matures physically, but his secondary pitches need developing.

Only time will tell whether Molina or Bergner, or any of the other top prospects in this year’s high-school and college classes, have the talent to eventually overtake Bickford and Krook as the top talent in the 2016 class, but they’ll have the better part of three years to try and accomplish it.

High school players highlighted in blue

RK Player POS YR B-T HT WT School Hometown ST Last Drafted Commitment
1 Phillip Bickford RHP FR R-R 6-4 200 Cal State Fullerton Westlake Village CA Blue Jays '13 (1)  
2 Matt Krook LHP FR L-L 6-4 205 Oregon Hillsborough CA Marlins '13 (1-S)  
3 Anthony Molina RHP SO R-R 6-4 185 Somerset Academy Pembroke Pines FL   Miami
4 Austin Bergner RHP SO R-R 6-3 170 West Orange Windermere FL    
5 Kyle Serrano RHP FR R-R 6-2 215 Tennessee Knoxville TN Rockies '13 (29)  
6 Seth Beer OF SO L-R 6-3 185 Lambert Suwanee GA    
7 Ryan Boldt OF FR L-R 6-2 200 Nebraska Red Wing MN Red Sox '13 (22)  
8 Chris Okey C FR R-R 6-0 185 Clemson Eustis FL Padres '13 (31)  
9 Chase Strumpf SS SO R-R 6-0 160 J Serra Ladera Ranch CA   UCLA
10 Garrett Williams LHP/OF FR L-L 6-3 190 Oklahoma State Shreveport LA Padres '13 (33)  
11 Blake Rutherford OF SO L-R 6-2 180 Chaminade Prep Simi Valley CA   UCLA
12 Zack Collins C/1B FR L-R 6-3 220 Miami Pembroke Pines FL Reds '13 (27)  
13 Will Benson 1B SO L-L 6-6 200 Westminster School Atlanta GA    
14 Keegan Thompson RHP/1B FR R-R 6-2 175 Auburn Cullman AL Never drafted  
15 Connor Jones RHP FR R-R 6-3 200 Virginia Chesapeake VA Padres '13 (21)  
16 Mickey Moniak OF SO L-R 6-1 165 La Costa Canyon Encinitas CA   UCLA
17 Jordan Sheffield RHP FR R-R 6-1 190 Vanderbilt Nashville TN Red Sox '13 (13)  
18 Chris Machamer SS/RHP SO R-R 6-1 180 Washington Massillon OH    
19 Eric Lauer LHP/1B FR R-L 6-3 205 Kent State Elyria OH Blue Jays '13 (17)  
20 Cal Quantrill RHP FR L-R 6-3 185 Stanford Port Hope ON Yankees '13 (26)  
21 Josh Sawyer LHP FR R-L 6-3 200 Texas San Angelo TX Blue Jays '13 (32)  
22 Drake Fellows RHP SO L-R 6-4 185 Joliet Catholic Academy Plainfield IL   Vanderbilt
23 Bo Bichette SS SO R-R 5-11 195 Laurel Springs Tierra Verde FL    
24 Robert Tyler RHP FR L-R 6-5 210 Georgia Cordele GA Orioles '13 (28)  
25 Joe Skinner 3B SO L-R 6-2 175 Bishop Moore Heathrow FL   Central Florida
26 Willie Abreu OF FR L-L 6-3 210 Miami Hialeah FL Reds '13 (14)  
27 T.J. Collett C SO L-R 6-2 200 North Vigo Terre Haute IN    
28 Cavan Biggio 2B/3B FR L-R 6-2 180 Notre Dame Houston TX Phillies '13 (29)  
29 A.J. Puk LHP/1B FR L-L 6-7 225 Florida Cedar Ra[ids IA Tigers '13 (35)  
30 Stephen Wrenn OF FR R-R 6-2 170 Georgia Marietta GA Braves '13 (28)  
31 Tyler Mondile RHP SO L-R 6-1 165 Gloucester Catholic Wenonah NJ    
32 Reggie Lawson RHP SO R-R 6-3 195 Victor Valley Adelanto CA    
33 Chandler Eden RHP FR R-R 6-4 175 Oregon State Yuba City CA Marlins '13 (36)  
34 Will Crowe RHP FR R-R 6-1 230 South Carolina Pigeon Forge TN Indians '13 (31)  
35 Dakota Donovan RHP SO R-R 6-5 210 Pineview Washington UT    
36 Brett Morales RHP FR R-R 6-2 195 Florida Tampa FL Reds '13 (24)  
37 J.B. Woodman OF FR L-R 6-2 190 Mississippi Orlando FL Mets '13 (40)  
38 Gregory Veliz SS SO R-R 6-0 185 Key West Key West FL    
39 Matt Vogel RHP/SS FR R-R 6-0 185 South Carolina Medford NY Diamondbacks '13 (36)  
40 Heath Quinn OF FR R-R 6-3 195 Samford Birmingham AL Indians '13 (12)  
41 Ryan Hendrix RHP FR R-R 6-3 190 Texas A&M Cypress TX Indians '13 (17)  
42 Trever Morrison SS FR R-R 6-0 175 Oregon State Mill Creek WA Red Sox '13 (38)  
43 Jonathan Gettys LHP SO R-L 6-1 185 Gainesville Gainesville GA    
44 Garrett Hampson SS FR R-R 6-0 165 Long Beach State Reno NV Nationals '13 (26)  
45 Ryan Sluder OF FR R-R 6-3 190 Oklahoma State Amarillo TX Never drafted  
46 Logan Pouelsen 1B SO L-R 6-0 185 Huntington Beach Huntington Beach CA   UCLA
47 Tres Barrera C FR R-R 6-0 210 Texas McAllen TX Never drafted  
48 Ben Deluzio SS FR R-R 6-3 190 Florida State Windermere FL Marlins '13 (3)  
49 Drew Mendoza RHP SO L-R 6-4 170 Lake Minneola Minneola FL    
50 Luke Persico OF/SS FR R-R 6-3 185 UCLA Newhall CA Rockies '13 (37)  
51 Reid Schaller RHP SO R-R 6-2 165 Lebanon Lebanon IN    
52 Nick Eicholtz RHP/SS FR B-R 6-4 185 Alabama Odessa FL Brewers '13 (29)  
53 Josh Stephen OF SO L-L 6-0 170 Mater Dei Chino Hills CA Southern California
54 Stephen Alemais SS FR B-R 6-0 180 Tulane Bronx NY Never drafted  
55 Andy McGuire 3B FR R-R 6-1 190 Texas Oakton VA Rockies '13 (36)  
56 Mason Templet 3B SO L-R 6-2 200 St. Thomas More Lafayette LA    
57 Jeremy Martinez C FR R-R 5-11 200 Southern California Fountain Valley CA Cubs '13 (37)  
58 Anfernee Grier OF/SS FR R-R 6-1 180 Auburn Phenix City AL Tigers '13 (39)  
59 Ty Duvall C SO L-R 5-11 195 Lebanon Lebanon OH   Vanderbilt
60 Spencer Steer 3B SO R-R 5-11 170 Milliken Long Beach CA    
61 Thomas Hatch RHP/3B FR R-R 6-2 205 Oklahoma State Tulsa OK Rockies '13 (32)  
62 Arden Pabst C FR R-R 6-1 210 Georgia Tech Sherman Oaks CA Never drafted  
63 Bobby Nicholson RHP SO R-R 6-3 200 St. Anne's Belfield Charlottesville VA   Virginia
64 Reagan Bazar RHP FR B-R 6-7 230 Louisiana-Lafayette Salado TX Pirates '13 (33)  
65 Brad Debo C SO L-R 6-2 190 Orange Durham NC   South Carolina
66 Cam Shepherd SS SO R-R 6-0 170 Peachtree Ridge Duluth GA    
67 Dane Dunning RHP FR R-R 6-3 195 Florida Fleming Island FL Blue Jays '13 (34)  
68 Alec Hansen RHP FR R-R 6-7 235 Oklahoma Loveland CO Rockies '13 (25)  
69 Charles King RHP SO R-R 6-4 175 Coppell Coppell TX  
70 Andrew Baker LHP SO L-L 5-10 160 Haines City Tavares FL    
71 Sheldon Neuse SS/RHP FR R-R 6-0 195 Oklahoma Fort Worth TX Rangers '13 (38)  
72 Rylan Thomas 3B SO R-R 6-0 220 West Orange Winter Garden FL   Central Florida
73 Nick Deeg LHP FR L-L 6-5 200 Central Michigan Lake Orion MI Tigers '13 (37)  
74 Mason Thompson RHP SO R-R 6-6 180 Round Rock Round Rock TX   Texas
75 Logan Shore RHP FR R-R 6-3 205 Florida Coon Rapids MN Twins '13 (29)  
76 Nick Quintana SS SO R-R 5-10 165 Arbor View Las Vegas NV   Southern California
77 Tyler Fitzgerald SS SO R-R 6-2 175 Rochester Rochester IL   Louisville
78 Jack Little RHP SO L-R 6-3 180 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas NV    
79 Brennon Lund OF FR L-R 5-11 185 Brigham Young South Jordan UT Never drafted  
80 Kevin Davis RHP FR R-R 6-1 200 Auburn Brewton AL Never drafted  
81 Matthew Thaiss C FR L-R 6-0 195 Virginia Jackson NJ Red Sox '13 (32)  
82 Christian Moya OF SO R-R 5-11 165 Bishop Amat Chino Hills CA   Southern California
83 Jalen Harrison OF SO R-R 6-4 205 Fluvanna County Palmyra VA   Virginia
84 Dion Henderson LHP SO L-L 6-4 190 Divine Child Dearborn MI   Kentucky
85 Garrett Gooden RHP SO R-R 6-4 200 St. Pius X Decatur GA    
86 Alex Schick RHP FR R-R 6-7 200 California San Diego CA Astros '13 (17)  
87 Jack Weisenburger RHP SO R-R 6-3 195 Rockford Rockford MI    
88 Daulton Jefferies RHP/SS FR L-R 5-11 175 California Atwater CA Marlins '13 (39)  
89 Blake Sabol C SO L-R 6-3 190 Aliso Niguel Aliso Viejo CA    
90 Jackson Lamb OF/RHP FR R-R 6-6 205 Michigan Temperance MI Rangers '13 (20)  
91 Nick Derr SS SO R-R 6-0 175 Geneva Community Geneva IL   Florida State
92 Errol Robinson SS FR R-R 5-11 170 Mississippi Boyds MD Never drafted  
93 Taylor Trammell OF SO L-L 6-2 185 Mt. Paran Christian Powder Springs GA    
94 Zach Farmer LHP FR L-L 6-3 195 Ohio State Piketon OH Never drafted  
95 Pete Alonso 3B FR R-R 6-3 225 Florida Tampa FL Never drafted  
96 Joey Polak 3B SO R-R 6-4 200 Notre Dame Quincy IL    
97 Trevin Haseltine RHP FR R-R 6-3 215 California Vacaville CA Never drafted  
98 Ryan Burnett LHP FR L-L 6-2 210 Texas Christian The Woodlands TX Never drafted
99 Dominic Taccolini RHP/1B FR R-R 6-3 230 Arkansas Sugar Land TX Never drafted  
100 Landon Miner RHP SO R-R 6-2 185 Bryan Tomball TX  

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