With the Cincinnati Reds holding the second overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, I decided to do things a little bit differently this year leading up to the first week of June.  Each Monday we will take a look at how some of the top players for the draft performed over the last week. It won’t touch on everyone each week, and we will see how it develops as the high school and college seasons gets moving along, but each Monday will have some sort of information on some of the guys that the Reds will likely be considering when they take the podium to announce their selection.

A.J. Puk | LHP Florida

The college season got underway last week and Puk took the mound for Florida on Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast. The lefty made one of two errors in the 3rd inning of the game that led to four unearned runs coming across the plate. He allowed four hits in 4.0 innings, no earned runs, had one walk and he struck out six batters. He worked in the 93-96 MPH range during the game and showed off his slider and change up.

Buddy Reed | OF Florida

Reed didn’t get out to a strong start for the Gators in their three game series against Florida Gulf Coast. The outfielder went 3-12 with a double. He also struck out four times in the series. On the bright side, he did go 2-2 in stolen base attempts.

Alec Hansen | RHP Oklahoma

Short of an injury, it would be tough for Hansen to have gotten out to a worse start to the 2016 season. The junior never recorded an out in the 2nd inning before being removed from the game. He threw 36 total pitches in the game and only 14 went for strikes as he walked four batters, hit another one (with the bases loaded) and had just one strikeout while allowing three earned runs.

Corey Ray | OF Louisville

The season got out to a great start for Corey Ray. The outfielder went 6-9 with a double, two home runs, three walks and a strikeout over the course of three games last week. He also stole six bases in as many attempts to put a cap on a great first week.

Connor Jones | RHP Virginia

Jones had a strong start in his 2016 debut against Kent State over the weekend. The right hander tossed 7.0 shutout innings without a walk, just three hits allowed and he added eight strikeouts. He only needed 84 pitches to get through the start and tossed 59 strikes. His fastball worked in the low 90’s and touched 94 while also using his slider and splitter throughout the game.

Kyle Lewis | OF Mercer

Lewis got out to a solid start in 2016 over the weekend with a 5-12 opening series that included a double, three walks and two strikeouts against Radford.

13 Responses

  1. Norwood Nate

    This should be a fun feature that allows us to keep tabs on the guys at the top of the draft board. Good idea Doug. I’ll look forward to future entries.

    • Hoyce

      Great idea!! Any chance of updates of the top high schoolers (groome and Rutherford). Or is that asking too much??

      • Doug Gray

        High schoolers haven’t started their seasons yet, but once they do they will be included (when someone does something of note – or if someone starts jumping up the draft boards).

  2. Cam

    This isn’t a statement based solely off this weekend because the team they played was not great, but I’ve been all in on the Corey Ray bandwagon for awhile now. I think he’s got a strong chance to be the first position player off the board. His combination of power and speed has been really exciting to watch develop since he got to U of L.

    Plus how can you not love a guy who had a walk off steal of home http://youtu.be/mEVbf0jv04o

    Excited to watch him this weekend against a top 25 team at Ole Miss

  3. RichD

    Like he idea as well Doug. Wondering how a player like Delvin Perez is going to be covered with him in the International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico) I think?

    • Doug Gray

      With the high school guys it will probably be less about how they performed (unless they have a huge game/games) and more about scouting notes about those kinds of guys. High school stats, unless they are bad ones, don’t really mean much because the competition level is so unfairly thin.

  4. Michael

    Possible Jay Bruce trade coming. Jon Heyman says 3 way trade with Blue Jays and Angels has “legs”. Jay to Jays, Michael Saunders to Angels no word on Reds return.

  5. The Duke

    My current order of preference is:

    Jason Groome
    Mickey Moniak
    Delvin Perez
    Blake Rutherford
    AJ Puk
    Corey Ray
    Riley Pint

  6. fromcubawithluv

    This is a great idea, and I’m looking forward to reading these in the coming weeks!