The 2016 draft discussion continues here. These discussions will be accessible under “The Draft” menu option “2016 Draft Discussions and Picks” for reference.
The First Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) will begin on Thursday, June 9th. I will provide Daily discussion pages for comments similar to last year. I will also consolidate information on the Phillies’ selections in a draft tracker spread sheet just like last year. In addition to player info, it will contain bonus information and signing dates.
I will update as the information is released, leaked, or otherwise becomes available. If you uncover any signing information, share it and I’ll update the tracker.
BA updated their Top 100 Draft Prospects on May 5th. The top six were –
- #1 – A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
- #2 – Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, KA
- #3 – Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS, NJ
- #4 – Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
- #5 – Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
- #6 – Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
Florida’s A.J. Puk went seven innings last Wednesday against LSU in the SEC tournament. He exited in the 8th inning after losing a 2-0 lead. Florida would go on to lose in 14 innings. Puk would not pitch in the next 4 games as the Gators went on to lose the SEC title game to Texas A&M.
The junior left-hander finished the 2016 season 2-3, 2.93. He had 83 strikeouts in 58.1 innings pitched, while limiting opponents to a .184 batting average. He also walked 29 batters. Here are his full season stats.
|A.J. PUK (2-3, 2.93)||13||0||58.1||39||24||19||29||83||7||0||5||.184||3||7||1|
Riley Pint pitched his team to a win in the quarterfinal game of the state championships, 3-1. He did not pitch in the final, but drove in the runs that put his team ahead to stay,late in the game, a 13-9 victory for the State 5A championship.
His previous accomplishments include a complete game one-hitter in the regional final and hitting 100 MPH with his fastball in game, in front of scouts. In his first 35 innings pitched, Pint allowed 16 hits, three earned runs, 19 walks while striking out 65 with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 0.25 ERA for the 16-4 Saints.
Jason Groome’s season ended when the Barnegat Bengals lost to top-seeded West Deptford, 2-1 in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals last Thursday. He struck out 12, walked 3, allowed 2 hits, and 2 runs (1 ER) in 6 innings. His FB was at 94 mph.
Both runs scored in the bottom of the first inning. With two out, an opposite field triple scored a runner from first. An error on the play at third allowed the second run to score.
Groome finished the season with 90 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. He allowed 15 hits and five earned runs.
Kyle Lewis, Mercer: .395/.535/.731/1.266
61 G, 223 AB, 70 R, 88 H, 11 D, 2 T, 20 HR, 72 RBI, 66 BB, 7 HBP, 48 K, 5 SF, 6/11 SB
Nick Senzel, Tennessee: .352/.456/.595/1.051
57 G, 210 AB, 57 R, 74 H, 25 D, 1 T, 8 HR, 59 RBI, 40 BB, 4 HBP, 21 K, 5 SF, 25/29 SB
Corey Ray, Louisville: .320/.396/.575/.971
59 G, 247 AB, 54 R, 79 H, 16 D, 1 T, 15 HR, 58 RBI, 33 BB, 2 HBP, 36 K, 6 SF, 39/39 SB