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2016 MLB Draft Thread, First Round


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


Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.