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2016 MLB Draft: high school position players, potential 2nd round options

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Moving along to some of the high school position players who could fit where the Blue Jays pick in the second round at 57th and 66th overall, the list basically picks up where the last entry on potential first rounds left off. There's not a particularly bright line, so the first couple are likely off the board when the Jays pick, but with how volatile things are it makes more sense to do that than omitting some because they likely go between picks 21 and 57.

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Once again, a table with background info, much of it from MLB.com's player profiles; as well as rankings from Perfect Game, MLB.com and Baseball America.

Player Pos. Ht Wt State Age PG MLB BA
Joe Rizzo 3B 5'9" 194 Virginia 18.2 77 40 40
Brandon Marsh OF 6'4" 210 Georgia 18.5 53 48 59
Thomas Jones OF 6'4" 190 S. Carolina 18.5 67 53 58
Bo Bichette 2B 6'0" 200 Florida 18.3 79 90 46
Ben Rortvedt C 5'10" 190 Wisconsin 18.7 71 51 82
Cole Stobbe 3B 6'1" 200 Nebraska 18.8 81 47 145
Conner Capel OF 6'1" 185 Texas 19.1 96 73 62
Cooper Johnson C 6'0" 200 Illinois 18.1 76 68 76
Akil Baddoo OF 6'1" 195 Georgia 17.8 139 72 54

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Joe Rizzo (video)

Strengths: One of, if not the best pure high school hitters in the draft with a strong ability to barrel up line drives and some power potential.

Weaknesses:  Undersized at 5'9", with limited further projection. Might have to move off third, and it's questionable if he has enough speed for the outfield, so it's all about the bat.

Brandon Marsh (video)

Strengths: Strong all around athlete (football star), who profiles in CF with standout speed and a plus arm that's into the 90s off the mound. More room for projection given that he hasn't focused on baseball.

Weaknesses: As usual with this profile, will he hit? He'd be a top half of the first pick if there was conviction on this, though there is solid power potential.

Other: Fits the general profile of a Blue Jays draft pick.

Thomas Jones (video)

Strengths: At the top of the draft for pure athleticism, had offers to play football from college programs at safety. A real burner with 70 grade speed and a good arm. Plenty of projection.

Weaknesses: Quite raw, and questions about his swing.

Other: Vandy commit, so teams will have to break the chequebook to keep him from going to Nashville.

Bo Bichette (video)

Strengths: Some of the better power among high school hitters in the draft class, and hit against good quality pitching.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have great speed or a great great arm, so if he doesn't stick at catcher he ends up in left field. Not a simple swing which not everyone likes, meaning a very wide range of views on his potential and draft stock.

Other: Keith Law mocked him to the Jays in the 1st round in his first version in mid-May; son of major leaguer Dante Bichette

Ben Rortvedt (video)

Strengths: Projected a strong offensive catcher with a good left-handed swing that generates power without selling out. Has an above average arm.

Weaknesses: Has a lot of work to do behind the plate, but if that didn't work out should have enough bat to fins another position.

Cole Stobbe (video)

Strengths: Advanced bat and power potential, with a short and compact swing that most scouts like. Should be able to stay on the infield at either 2nd base or 3rd base

Weaknesses: No plus defensive tools, and is on the older side turning 19 in three months.

Conner Capel (video)

Strengths: A good athlete who has emerged over the last year, with excellent speed and a good arm.

Weaknesses: The usual question about the bat, with a swing that is not universally loved.

Other: One of the older top ranked players, having already turned 19. His dad was a major league pitcher.

Cooper Johnson

Strengths: Considered the best defensive high school catcher, with an excellent arm and good receiving skills due to his athleticism behind the plate.

Weaknesses: His bat is not as advanced, with question marks about how much he'll hit keeping out of most first round buzz. Decent power potential.

Akil Baddoo

Strengths: Plus speed is his best tool. Generates good bat speed with potential to hit for solid power.

Weaknesses: Below average arm and instincts in the OF.

Other: One of the youngest players in the draft, Baddoo won't turn 18 until just before the end of the minor league season


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Finally, here is a list of some others who could be in play. Though the consensus rankings wouldn't really have them in play. Each of them was ranked in the top 100 by at least one of the three sources listed above.

Player Pos. Ht Wt State Age PG MLB BA
Nicholas Quintana IF 5'10" 185 Nevada 18.7 64 107 114
Nonie Williams SS 6'2" 200 Kansas 18.0 132 60 106
Hunter Bishop OF 6'4" 190 California 18.0 130 71 96
Luis Curbelo SS 6'3" 185 PR/Florida 18.6 84 104 99
Hudson Sanchez 3B 6'3" 195 Texas 17.6 88 91 108
Carlos Cortes IF 5'8" 185 Florida 18.9 90 111 128
Walker Robbins 1B 6'3" 210 Mississippi 18.6 138 93 116
Avery Tuck OF 6'5" 195 California 18.4 93 150 177
Dylan Carlson OF 6'3" 195 California 17.5 153 92