2016 MLB Draft Thread, First Round

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The 2016 MLB Draft starts tonight at 7 PM EDT. As a reward for being baseball’s worst team in 2015, the Phillies have the privilege of picking first in the 2016 Draft, followed by the Reds, Braves, Rockies, and Brewers. Unlike in some of the previous drafts, there is no consensus No. 1 overall pick, so the top of the draft could unfurl in any number of ways.

We’ll update you here as each team makes a pick.

1. Philadelphia Phillies

OF Mickey Moniak, La Costa Canyon HS

2. Cincinnati Reds

3B Nick Senzel, University of Tennessee

3. Atlanta Braves

RHP Ian Anderson, Shenendehowa HS

4. Colorado Rockies

RHP Riley Pint, Saint Thomas Aquinas HS

5. Milwaukee Brewers

CF Corey Ray, University of Louisville

6. Oakland Athletics

LHP A.J. Puk, University of Florida

7. Miami Marlins

LHP Braxton Garrett, Florence HS

8. San Diego Padres

RHP Cal Quantrill, Stanford University

9. Detroit Tigers

RHP Matt Manning, Sheldon HS

10. Chicago White Sox

C Zack Collins, University of Miami

11. Seattle Mariners

OF Kyle Lewis, Mercer University

12. Boston Red Sox

LHP Jason Groome, Barnegat HS

13. Tampa Bay Rays

RHP Josh Lowe, Pope HS

14. Cleveland Indians

OF Will Benson, The Westminster Schools

15. Minnesota Twins

OF Alex Kirilloff, Plum Senior HS

16. Los Angeles Angels

C Matt Thaiss, University of Virginia

17. Houston Astros

RHP Forrest Whitley, Alamo Heights HS

18. New York Yankees

OF Blake Rutherford, Chaminade Prep HS

19. New York Mets

RHP Justin Dunn, Boston College

20. Los Angeles Dodgers

SS Gavin Lux, Indian Trail HS

21. Toronto Blue Jays

RHP T.J. Zeuch, University of Pittsburgh

22. Pittsburgh Pirates

3B Will Craig, Wake Forest University

23. St. Louis Cardinals

SS Delvin Perez, Colegio Individualizado PJ Education School

24. San Diego Padres (compensation for Justin Upton)

SS Hudson Sanchez, Carroll HS

25. San Diego Padres (compensation for Ian Kennedy)

LHP Eric Lauer, Kent State University

26. Chicago White Sox (compensation for Jeff Samardzija)

RHP Zack Burdi, University of Louisville

27. Baltimore Orioles (compensation for Wei-Yin Chen)

RHP Cody Sedlock, University of Illinois Champaign

28. Washington Nationals (compensation for Jordan Zimmermann)

SS Carter Kieboom, Walton HS

29. Washington Nationals (compensation for Ian Desmond)

RHP Dane Dunning, University of Florida

30. Texas Rangers (compensation for Yovani Gallardo)

LHP Cole Ragans, North Florida Christian HS

31. New York Mets (compensation for Daniel Murphy)

LHP Anthony Kay, University of Connecticut

32. Los Angeles Dodgers (compensation for Zack Greinke)

C Will Smith, University of Louisville

33. St. Louis Cardinals (compensation for John Lackey)

OF Dylan Carlson, Elk Grove HS

34. St. Louis Cardinals (compensation for Jason Heyward)

RHP Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State University

 

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.