6. Oakland Athletics: Delvin Perez, SS, International Baseball Academy (Ceiba, P.R.)
The Athletics have been linked to position players throughout the entire draft process and Perez makes a lot of sense for the A’s.
A 6-foot-3, 165-pound shortstop, Perez is known for his defense. He has all the makings of sticking at shortstop in the majors, possessing good speed, outstanding range and an above average arm. While, Perez has the traits to be successful defensively, he needs to develop more offensively to be a well-rounded player.
7. Miami Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) H.S.
If Perez is on the board, don’t be surprised to see the Marlins select the Puerto Rican shortstop. But, if he’s not, the Marlins could turn to either Louisville outfielder Corey Ray or a high school pitcher.
Garrett is an advanced prep arm, who will move quicker through the minor leagues than the typical high school pitcher. Numerous members of the Marlins front office were also in attendance when Garrett struck out 19 batters in a recent start.
8. San Diego Padres: Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State
With the Padres owning three of the first 25 picks, there are rumors that they’d like to sign a player below the slot value at No. 8 in order to target high-ceiling prep players with their selections at No. 24 and 25.
Hudson has developed into second best college pitcher in this year’s class after hardly being used in his first two seasons at Mississippi State. The Padres also scouted the SEC tournament hard, with at least five evaluators on hand.
Find out more about Hudson here.
9. Detroit Tigers: Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) HS
Detroit loves power arms and is hoping Pint slides all the way to its pick at No. 9
Pint is one of the best players in the draft, but questions about his delivery and the lack of talent he’s faced at the high school level could hurt his draft stock slightly. Pint is a hard throwing righty and has reached 100 mph on numerous occasions this season.
Find out more about Pint here.
10. Chicago White Sox: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
A Chicago native, Ray is a top five talent and would be a good value pick for the White Sox. Ray is a well-rounded player and is one of the top position players in the 2016 MLB Draft class.
Find out more about Ray here.