2016 Draft Discussion, March 20th

Judging by the 100+ comments under the Draft Discussion thread last week, a separate weekly draft discussion seems like a good idea.  It continues here this week.  These discussions will be accessible under the draft menu for reference.

Florida’s A.J. Puk rebounded with 7.0 shutout innings against the Missouri Tigers in their SEC opener. His line was 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 25 BF, 8 FO, 1 GO, 107 pitches. Puk left with a 5-0 lead, and got the win when the Gators held on to beat the Tigets 6-2.

Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen lasted just 4.1 innings on the road against CSU-Bakersfield.  He was relieved after back-to-back walks.  The bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score.  His line was 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K 102 pitches.  Hansen left the mound locked in a 1-1 game.  He avoided the loss when Oklahoma rallied to win 6-3.

Louisville’s OF Corey Ray is 1-8 so far this weekend against the Miami Hurricanes.  He is batting .342 on the season from the leadoff slot with 6 HR and 20/23 SB.

Mercer’s CF Kyle Lewis is 6-9 with 6 RBI and 2 HR so far this weekend against Kennesaw State. He is batting .455 with 29 RBI and 9 HR so far this season.

And these from Hinkie –

Connor Jones (vs Wake Forest) … 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 0 ER, 9 K

Robert Tyler (vs Kentucky) … 5 IP, 2 H, 7 BB, 2 ER, 6 K

Jordan Sheffield (vs Miss St) … 6 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 0 ER, 9 K

(The other Fla pitcher) Logan Shore (vs Missouri) … 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 10 K

18 thoughts on “2016 Draft Discussion, March 20th

    1. v!……seems Phillies may lean Puk if this continues…weather getting hotter and he will also. but the choice is a difficult one for the MacP/Klentak/Almaraz team.
      ….btw the way…FWIW, his surname is pronounced ‘puck’, not ‘puke’

  1. Puk sounds like he will be a solid major league starter; Groome could be the next Hamels. Stars win championships–I’d go with Groome if he is healthy. An injury was the only reason Hamels dropped to 17 in his year.

  2. My preferable scenario is the best bat available in the 1st round. Then buy the best available HS pitchers out of their scholarships in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

  3. Not top of the draft guys … but some interesting names that could make sense later in the draft for the Phillies:

    Aaron Knapp (CF Cal) Looks just like his brother, Andrew. http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209398587&DB_OEM_ID=30100
    He’s started off slow this season .243/.296/.324. He was .310/.376/.375 last year. BA had some nice things to say about him last month, “Cal center fielder Aaron Knapp made hard contact all weekend, showing off strength in his lefthanded bat. Knapp has a compact, contact-oriented swing. There isn’t much pre-pitch movement to his swing, and he doesn’t have a ton of power, but everything came off his bat with authority this weekend. Knapp showed 70-grade speed on the 20-80 scouting scale, consistently reaching first base in four seconds or less. His pure foot speed and contact skills could give him the chance to play center field and hit towards the top of a lineup.” Again, not a top pick. Maybe a third day pick.

    And, a couple of Penna. pitchers to consider later in the draft … Andrew Carber and AJ Alexy. Some of you guys live in the Reading area. You may have seen Alexy. He pitches for Twin Valley HS. From BA … “Alexy was one of the more eye-opening prospects at the event. He showed off a clean arm action with impressive acceleration, and he threw four pitches of interest. Alexy’s 6-foot-4 frame indicates that his fastball could someday check in much harder than it’s current 90-92. He also threw a curveball with promising spin and quality depth from top to bottom, and he had feel for his changeup down and to his glove side. Alexy also threw a knuckleball. He is committed to Radford.”

    Carber is real interesting. He’s 6’9″ and has spent the last two seasons not playing baseball. Also from BA … “Carber showed off three pitches and an intriguing delivery. His fastball worked at 87-91—impressive for an indoor January bullpen—and he showed a tight-spinning breaking ball with 11-to-5 shape and bite, especially when thrown to his glove side. His long levers work to his advantage on the mound; he has a long stride and lands online. Carber has a short arm action and finishes cleanly out front.”

    More on these pitchers and others here http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/groome-others-shine-mlk-pro-day/#MTGoKT1eLGdORWG7.97

  4. This could go down as “the one who got away” !
    Seth Beer made himself ineligible for this summer’s draft when he enrolled early at Clemson. He stepped onto campus in January, started playing ball soon after, and may already be the best player in college. He’s at 448/.548/.940 and has 9 HR’s. If he had just stayed in HS and graduated in June, he could have been drafted this summer. I guess it’s still possible the Phillies finish with the worst record in 2017 and are able to draft him in 2018. #BasementBound4Beer !!!


    1. Those unnamed sources arent worth much, and that sounds very familiar.

      “… Taillon is the best high school pitching prospect since Josh Beckett ” – Fangraphs

      Then the Pirates went and drafted him over Manny Machado, and Tallion is still in the minors.

      1. VOR – we get it. you don’t want to draft a HS pitcher. But you really are missing the point on this kid

        1. Becket isn’t Kershaw. Far from it. So your comp is weak.
        2. That said, Tallion was an awesome prospect until he blew out his UCL, which can happen to any pitcher – HS or college.
        3. There is no Machado comp in this draft. Ray is the best position prospect and he is not considered a star.

  5. Another dud for Alev Hanson. He lasted just 0.2 innings against Teas Tech Thursday night. Hansen faced just eight batters. He gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, and 4 earned runs. Wouldn’t doubt he has some sort of arm injury. This seems similar to Duke’s Mike Matuella last season. He went from 1.1 contender to bad performances, TJ surgery, and ended up an overslot 3rd round pick to the Rangers.

    1. I guess we will start to see another candidate for the number 1.1 selection starting on Monday morning at 10AM vs Toms River @ Barnegat HS’s field.

    1. I’m hoping for monster years from Delvin Perez, Blake Rutherford, Will Benson and Nolan Jones, so even Matt and Eric will be on-board.

  6. touché VOR, and whoever they pick, I hope we see sooner rather than later in an All Star game, and not because the Phils have to send 1 guy.

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