2016 MLB Draft

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  1. TheKnockdown

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    I used to do draft boards with combined scouting reports from BA, BP and (back when I was talking to him) input from a MLB crosschecker. Going to start one here and will work on it up to the draft.

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    Gavin Lux

    High School SS

    MLB Scouting Report:
    Lux won't be able to match the Draft status of his uncle Augie Schmidt, the No. 2 overall pick and the Golden Spikes Award winner in 1982 who's currently the head coach at NCAA Division III Carthage (Wis.). Nevertheless, he's a top prospect in his own right and has a chance to become the highest-drafted Wisconsin position player since the Mets popped Scott Servais in the second round 31 years ago. The second-best high school shortstop available, trailing only Puerto Rico's Delvin Perez, Lux was generating first-round buzz as the Draft approached.

    Because he grew up around his uncle's program, Lux has advanced instincts in all phases of the game. His tools are catching up, as he has improved his strength, swing, speed and arm in the last year. He has worked to eliminate a hitch in his left-handed stroke, which has enough bat speed and leverage to produce 15 homers per year.

    After previously seeming destined for second base, Lux now should be able to remain at shortstop. His arm strength and speed are at least solid -- some evaluators grade them as pluses -- and he has reliable hands. He's committed to Arizona State but figures to get drafted too early to make it to Tempe.

    Baseball America:
    In a draft lacking in true shortstops, Lux impresses because he's one of the few high school shortstops in the draft class with a solid chance to remain at the position. A quick-twitch athlete with the hands, actions and a little of the flash that shortstops often have, Lux lacks only ideal arm strength. It's solid average and it's accurate with a quick release, but many teams like to see shortstops have a plus arm. He's an above-average runner, though his feet move quickly. At the plate, Lux has a pretty lefthanded stroke that has shown improved power as he's matured and added weight and strength over the past year. The track record of Wisconsin high school draftees is sparse and rather disappointing, but Lux's smooth actions and athleticism separate him from the typical Wisconsin product. He should be a solid early-round pick who had late helium, which will make it hard for him to stick with his Arizona State commitment. His uncle, Augie Schmidt, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1982 draft as the Golden Spikes Award winner that year.

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    Will Smith

    College C

    MLB Scouting Report:
    In a year where a lot of the best college catching prospects are skewed heavily in favor of offense (Miami's Zack Collins, Virginia's Matt Thaiss) or defense (Tulane's Jake Rogers), Smith is one of the better all-around backstops available. He's a quality defender who has upped his offensive game as a junior.

    Smith stands out most for his work behind the plate. He has solid arm strength and such a quick transfer that he consistently records pop times of 1.9 seconds or less and opponents rarely try to run on him. He's a good receiver who has more athleticism and agility than most backstops.

    After batting a combined .235 in his first two years at Louisville, Smith has been one of the Cardinals' most productive hitters this spring. He has a compact right-handed swing that lends itself to contact and getting on base, if not much power. He has at least average speed and can steal a base on occasion.

    Baseball America:
    As crosscheckers and scouting directors piled up frequent flyer miles and Marriott points to get to Louisville to see Corey Ray, Zack Burdi, Kyle Funkhouser, Drew Harrington and Nick Solak, they couldn't help but also notice Smith. Smith is a solid-average receiver who has proven his ability to handle quality stuff by catching the plus stuff on Louisville's staff. He's very athletic for a catcher (he's a plus runner) and has shown an average arm (he's thrown out 44 percent of base stealers). At the plate, Smith has below-average power but shows the ability to pull the ball over the fence. Smith does make plenty of contact; he had struck out in only 7 percent of his plate appearances this year and had been hit by more pitches (15) than he'd struck out (11) heading into the final week of the regular season. Smith doesn't project as any more than an average hitter, but it's hard to ignore his .360 batting average and his .400-plus average and .500-plus on-base percentage in ACC games.

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    Jordan Sheffield

    College RHP
    MLB Scouting Report:
    His brother Justus was a first-round pick of the Indians in 2014, and Sheffield looked like he'd go that early the year before until he had Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox made a strong run at him after selecting him in the 13th round, but he turned them down to attend Vanderbilt, where he redshirted in 2014. Sheffield returned last year to play a key swingman role as the Commodores finished second at the College World Series, then he showed the best pure stuff in the Cape Cod League during the summer.

    Of all the pitching prospects in the 2016 Draft, Sheffield may have the best chance to develop three plus offerings. His fastball can sit at 94-96 mph and reach 98, and he has maintained his velocity in the late innings of his starts. Both Sheffield's hard three-quarters breaking ball (which is more likely to become a slider than a curveball) and his circle changeup can be out pitches at times, helping him challenge for the Southeastern Conference strikeout lead while fashioning a 32-inning streak without allowing an earned run this spring.

    All that said, Sheffield does come with concerns. His combination of explosive stuff and small stature draws Tom Gordon and Marcus Stroman comparisons, but his size and his medical history lead to concerns about his durability as a starter. So does the effort in Sheffield's delivery, as he often overthrows and has yet to prove he can find the strike zone on a consistent basis.

    Baseball America:
    Coming out of high school, Sheffield was a high-end prospect. His fastball had reached 97 in the fall of his senior year, but fell off in the spring and he eventually needed Tommy John surgery and chose to honor his Vanderbilt commitment. After missing his freshman season, Sheffield showed off his explosive arm speed as a reliever as a sophomore, and he showed flashes of brilliance, though he battled command issues. This spring, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has shown improved command and an explosive arsenal of pitches. His plus-plus arm speed allows him to sit in the mid-90s deep into games, and he shows the ability to reach 98 whenever he needs to. Sheffield throws a downer curveball that projects as an average or slightly better pitch, and he has gained confidence in his changeup, giving him three quality pitches. He's one of the few college pitchers trending in the right direction, and he's likely to be a day one pick.




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    High School RHP



    MLB Scouting Report:
    Early in the spring, May looked like the best high school pitching prospect in Texas after potential first-rounders Forrest Whitley and Kyle Muller. His stock cooled a bit when his velocity did the same, though he should be the first player ever drafted out of Northwest High (Justin, Texas), the alma mater of big leaguer Tyler Collins.

    May threw in the low 80s as a sophomore but has added significant velocity as his 6-foot-6 frame has started to fill out. He dealt at 90-93 mph and reached 95 at the outset of his senior season, and he still has room for additional projection. His fastball had one of the highest spin rates (2649 rpm) at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in October, which translates into riding life that makes it hard to hit.

    May's curveball had the best spin rate (3105 rpm) at the WWBA event, though this spring he has gone more to a harder slider that may be a better fit for his slingy delivery. He hasn't had much need for a changeup and will need to develop one at the next level to remain a starter. A Texas Tech recruit, he's an efficient strike-thrower but also will have to clean up his mechanics so he can stay on top of his pitches and reduce the stress on his arm.

    Baseball America:
    In yet another talented year for Texas high school arms, a team taking May will be taking a gamble on a potentially very promising future. He's hard to miss as a 6-foot-6, 190-pound redhead with some of the best flow in the class. May is less consistent than some of the pitchers in Texas, but he's ranked high due to the combination of a potentially plus breaking ball with slider shape, an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 93-94 and a projectable body that gives him a chance to grow into more velocity. May does not repeat his delivery consistently yet and his velocity tails off deeper into games, but the Texas Tech signee has a chance to grow into a mid-rotation starter if it all comes together.

     
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    LAD gotta grab my man outta Holy Ghost Prep in the 1st round

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    WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT GIF?!
     
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    And people wonder why I'm an atheist...
     
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    atheist or agnostic?
     
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    Feel the power of the holy ghost, brother CKWG!
     
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    nice work knock
    thank you
     
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    thread stickied
     
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    Atheist, but I'm not one that goes around and tells people they are dumb for their beliefs.
     
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    Nolan Jones - Holy Ghost Prep!

     
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    nolan huh?
     
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    Shaba dab azure ansha ndkls nbabnd wend Annan djjdj

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    These crazy people are atheists too.
    They dont believe in god. They believe in GAWD!
     
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    Well that's fucken dumb...
     
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    Doesn't help with business to boast about my beliefs, or lack there of, especially in a state that is still somewhat religious(though that is rapidly changing with a rise in young progressives and exit of oil employees). I feel people are entitled to their own beliefs and they don't need to hear about who or what they should or should not worship from me.
     
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    Let me rewind that one for you, Kid.

    Atheist, but I'm not one that goes around and tells people they are dumb for their beliefs.

    Well that's fucken dumb...

    :sarcasm: :duck:
     
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    SS Delvin Perez, consensus top 10 talent failed a drug test and is apparently shooting down the draft boards... Dodgers have 3 of the first 36 picks... if he falls I hope they take a chance on him. I'm high on him.
     
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    You and he both.
     

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