We are one week closer to the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. The 1st round gets underway in one month and things are still rather uncertain at the top. Let’s take a look at how some of the top prospects performed in the last week.
AJ Puk | LHP Florida
It was a rough weekend start against Tennessee for left hander AJ Puk. He didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing two runs. The two runs allowed was about as lucky as could be given that he walked six, hit a batter and allowed three hits in the game. He also added in six strikeouts, but it was easily his worst outing of the year. In total he now has a 3.04 ERA in 50.1 innings with 25 walks and 71 strikeouts.
Nick Senzel | 3B Tennessee
A big part of the reason that AJ Puk struggled on Saturday was because Nick Senzel had a big day at the plate. He drew a walk and homered against Puk before the lefty exited the game. In the three games this week against the #1 Gators, the infielder went 4-12 (.33) with two doubles, a walk and a home run. He’s now hitting .339/.440/.593 with 19 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 32 walks and 17 strikeouts for the Volunteers.
Kyle Lewis | OF Mercer
Taking on The Citadel, Kyle Lewis had another strong week at the plate. In three games the outfielder went 5-10 with four walks, three of which were intentional and two home runs. He also struck out twice in the three-game series. He’s now hitting .432/.561/.801 on the season with 10 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 54 walks and 37 strikeouts.
Jason Groome | LHP Barnegat HS (NJ)
It was not a good week for arguably the top pitcher in the draft as Jason Groome had what was probably the worst outing of his high school career. He allowed seven runs, four of which were earned, on six hits, three walks and a hit-batter in 4.2 innings pitched. As has been the case all season, as the game went along the velocity dropped for Groome, working 88-89 MPH in the 5th inning after sitting 91-93 and touching 95 earlier in the game.
Corey Ray | OF Louisville
Louisville took on North Carolina this week and Corey Ray had a solid, but unspectacular series against the Tar Heels. In his three games he went 6-15 (.400) with a double, walk and two strikeouts. The walk was intentional and he didn’t steal a base in a series for what seems like the first time all year. On the season he is now hitting .322/.391/.595 with 25 walks, 31 strikeouts, 15 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs to go along with 35 steals.
Mickey Moniak | OF La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
The outfielder has seemingly jumped ahead of fellow California high schooler Blake Rutherford in national rankings as the top high school outfielder on the board. In two games last week the senior went 3-7 with a triple and two home runs while driving in four. He also walked once and was hit by a pitch. He’s hitting .477 on the year with six home runs, 12 triples and three doubles.
Blake Rutherford | OF Chaminade College Prep (CA)
It was a big week for Blake Rutherford. In two games he went 5-6 with two walks and four doubles. He doubled twice in each game he played and scored five runs. He’s hitting .557 this spring for Chaminade.
There will be an article on Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez later today that dives into both his performance as well as the Reds and how many players they are dialed in on for the draft at this point.