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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

 

Seager homers, Dodgers edge Brewers 4-2 in wild-card opener

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Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday night.

The eight-time West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. Milwaukee – a playoff entrant despite a losing record – limped into the postseason as the No. 8 seed without its best starter and reliever, who are hurt.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on a leadoff double by Betts and four walks by left-hander Brent Suter in the first, tying for the most walks by a pitcher in a single inning in postseason history. Betts scored when Will Smith drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded. Seager walked and scored on AJ Pollock‘s bases-loaded walk.

Suter needed 32 pitches to get out of the inning. The left-hander gave up three runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. His five walks were a career high, and he didn’t record a strikeout.

Chris Taylor doubled leading off the second and scored on Betts’ double, making it 3-0. Max Muncy walked with two outs and Ryan Braun caught Smith’s drive to right at the wall to end the inning, potentially saving three runs.

Braun winced as he hit the wall with his right shoulder. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

The Dodgers could have inflicted more damage but were just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position in the first two innings.

Milwaukee pitchers retired 10 straight Dodgers during one stretch.

Clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh, Seager went deep to dead-center off Freddy Peralta, who gave up just two homers during the shortened 60-game season. The Dodgers led the majors with 118 homers.

Closer Kenley Jansen walked pinch-hitter Jace Peterson with two outs in the ninth. Christian Yelich came to the plate as the potential tying run, but he struck out swinging to end the game. Jansen earned the save.

The Brewers closed to 3-2 on Orlando Arcia‘s two-strike, two-run homer with two outs in the fourth. Betts made an over-the-shoulder catch to deny Avisail Garcia with a runner on for the second out of the inning.

Milwaukee had the potential tying run on in the seventh with Yelich’s two-out double in the left-field corner. Tyrone Taylor popped up to third to end the inning.

The Brewers also threatened in the sixth. Avisail Garcia singled to right and was safe at second on first baseman Muncy’s fielding error. Muncy turned and scrambled into short right, trying to pick up the ball with a swooping motion, but it booted off his glove and rolled away. Julio Urias retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Urias got the victory, allowing three hits in three innings and striking out five.

Garcia had three hits and Yelich had two to lead the Brewers.

Pitching with a blister on his right index finger, Walker Buehler allowed two runs and three hits in four innings for Los Angeles. He struck out eight and walked two.

Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burnes and reliever Devin Williams are missing this series with injuries that occurred in the last week of the season. Burnes has a strained left oblique and Williams has a sore right shoulder. Starter Brett Anderson also was left off the roster because of a blister issue.

WITHOUT WILLIAMS

Losing Williams is a big blow after he emerged as one of baseball’s top relievers this season and is a candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. He is 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 27 innings. “It’s really crushing, honestly,” said Williams, who felt tightness after last weekend’s outing. “If we make it to the next round, I should be back. With the progress we’ve made in just a few days, it’s been encouraging.”

UP NEXT

The Dodgers give the ball to left-hander Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16 ERA) for Game 2 on Thursday. He’s 9-11 with a 4.43 ERA in the postseason and lost his lone start in last year’s NLDS. The Brewers start right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who was 3-5 with a 3.05 ERA during the shortened season. He came up big last weekend with 10 strikeouts over eight shutout innings in a must-win game that helped Milwaukee eke out the No. 8 seed.

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