Draft Rankings: 2016 College Top 42

Florida freshman LHP/1B A.J. Puk

To wrap up this week's underclassmen draft rankings, Kiley lists the top 42 college players for 2016.

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This list could go much longer, although I guess that's true of all of my lists. When you're looking at college freshmen, you have a group of 10-20 before the spring that you have to rank, as they only went to school because of their bonus demands out of high school and are already elite-level pro prospects. There's a huge group of player with polished now skills or projectable future skills, but if they spent their freshman year at a powerhouse college, they may not have played enough to improve or prove it to scouts even if they did improve. For that reason, I'll limit this list to 41 players now, but another 20-30 more could emerge this summer on the Cape or the smaller summer leagues with more consistent playing time.

At the top of the list are some of those players that were coveted in the first few rounds of the 2013 draft, but their price tags were too high or they weren't healthy coming out of high school. Keegan Thompson has taken a step forward this year, now sitting 91-93 and hitting 95 mph with the same above-average stuff and command he showed in high school. Ryan Boldt couldn't find a team to meet his price tag out of high school due to a knee injury in the spring, but he was a legit 1st round talent and has flashed that ability again this spring: plus-plus speed and an advanced bat with some pop.

A.J. Puk was a top pitcher on the showcase circuit, then regressed a bit just before the draft, sitting in the high 80's, so clubs weren't ready to meet his seven figure price tag out of high school. He's a two-way player that's had some trouble at the plate this year, but has plus raw power from the left side, while pitching emerged as Puk's meal ticket, running his heater up to 96 mph with an above average breaking ball in limited innings.

Click on a player's name for previous content, video and reports; as an example, here's a look at Puk from a few games earlier this spring:


Pos
College
1. Keegan Thompson
RHP
Auburn
2. Ryan Boldt
CF
Nebraska
3. A.J. Puk
LHP/1B
Florida
4. Connor Jones
RHP
Virginia
5. Chris Okey
C
Clemson
6. Phil Bickford
RHP
Cal St. Fullerton
7. Cal Quantrill
RHP
Stanford
8. Wil Crowe
RHP
South Carolina
9. Logan Shore
RHP
Florida
10. Garrett Hampson
SS
Long Beach State
11. Kyle Serrano
RHP
Tennessee
12. Robert Tyler
RHP
Georgia
13. Willie Abreu
RF
Miami
14. Garrett Williams
LHP
Oklahoma State
15. Michael Shawaryn
RHP
Maryland
16. Nick Eicholtz
RHP
Alabama
17. Dakota Hudson
RHP
Mississippi State
18. Zack Collins
1B
Miami
19. Matt Krook
LHP
Oregon
20. Jordan Sheffield
RHP
Vanderbilt
21. Cavan Biggio
2B
Notre Dame
22. Eric Lauer
LHP
Kent State
23. Sheldon Neuse
3B/RHP
Oklahoma
24. Reagan Bazar
RHP
Louisiana Lafayette
25. Zach Jackson
RHP
Arkansas
26. Jeremy Martinez
C
USC
27. Dane Dunning
RHP
Florida
28. Ben DeLuzio
SS
Florida State
29. Matt Vogel
RHP
South Carolina
30. Tres Barrera
C
Texas
31. Stephen Wrenn
CF
Georgia
32. J.B. Woodman
CF
Ole Miss
33. Andy McGuire
2B
Texas
34. David Fletcher
SS
Loyola Marymount
35. Daulton Jefferies
RHP
California
36. Cameron Neff
RHP
St. Mary's
37. Ben Bowden
LHP
Vanderbilt
38. Jared Poche
LHP
LSU
39. Chandler Eden
RHP
Oregon State
40. Hayden Stone
RHP
Vanderbilt
41. Evan Anderson
LHP
Ole Miss
42. Alec Hansen
RHP
Oklahoma


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