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.