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2016 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 1.0

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With the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft only a month away, uncertainty still remains towards the top of the first round. While it is not a bad draft class, there is a lot of risks with few safe bets.

(Click the arrow in the top right corner to move through the article to how I predict the first round of the draft will go.)


  1. Will

    May 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Where do you see Nick Banks (Texas A&M- OF) going? At the end of last season he was projected as a top 10 pick in many mocks. His batting average has dropped below 300 this season (he was mid-high 300’s past two, but still is a first round pick on most mocks.



    • Dan Zielinski III

      May 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Will for reading. Banks was regarded as a potential top 10 pick last year, however he hasn’t been the same since having a cyst removed from his lower back last fall. His tools have regressed this season and some people believe he is a bit more stiff since the cyst was removed. He still has solid potential, but has been inconsistent at times this season. As of now, he’s probably a third round pick. Thanks, Dan

  2. John

    May 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Where do see Ryan Boldt from Nebraska going? He was highly touted out of HS, has he struggled in College?

    • Dan Zielinski III

      May 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Thanks for reading John! Ryan is a solid college outfielder. He’s had a bit of a down year from previous seasons, but still will likely be selected in the top three rounds. I wrote about Ryan prior to the start of the season discussing his high school and college career, along with his draft stock:

  3. Purduke

    May 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Do you expect lack of activity to impact Ian Anderson’s draft status in June? Add in that Garrett Whitley looked so overmatched this year coming from the same level of competition, and early Vanderbilt commit, and I wonder if he may end up being considered high risk.

    • Dan Zielinski III

      May 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      I don’t think either player’s draft stock will take a major hit, especially Anderson’s because he’s highly regarded and has a high potential. Whitley’s stock depends on his signability. While teams maybe a bit concerned about his performance this year, signability will ultimately determine where he’s selected. Thanks for reading!

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