Major League Baseball has completed the first day of the 2016 Draft, which aired live on MLB Network and MLB.com this evening from Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. In total, 77 players were selected during Round 1, Competitive Balance Lottery Round A, Round 2 and Competitive Balance Lottery Round B.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected La Costa Canyon High School outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick in the Draft. Moniak, who was the fifth player ever to be drafted out of La Costa Canyon HS, became the first outfielder chosen with the top selection since 2010, when Washington selected All-Star Bryce Harper.
Two players who were in attendance at Studio 42 were selected in the opening round, including Shenendehowa High School right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson, who was selected third overall by the Atlanta Braves, and The Westminster Schools outfielder Will Benson, who was drafted 14th overall by the Cleveland Indians. With the third overall selection, Anderson tied Josh Vitters (CHI, 2007) and Brendan Rodgers (COL, 2015) for the second-highest pick among MLB Draft attendees, behind only Houston's Carlos Correa (number one overall by Houston in 2012).
For the second consecutive season, an alumnus of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program and the Breakthrough Series was selected in the top five when the Milwaukee Brewers selected University of Louisville outfielder Corey Ray (also Dillon Tate in 2015). Ray, who played in the 2011 Breakthrough Series, played for the Chicago White Sox RBI squad through his participation in the White Sox's Amateur City Elite program (ACE). Corey, who is the highest ACE player ever selected in the MLB Draft, represents the 15th different ACE player (17th time overall) to be selected in the Draft overall.
With the eighth overall selection, the San Diego Padres selected Stanford University right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill, who is the son of former Major League All-Star pitcher Paul Quantrill.
Six of the top 24 selections in the Draft were African-American or Latino, including Ray; Kyle Lewis (11th overall, SEA); Benson; Justin Dunn (19th overall, NYM); Delvin Perez (23rd overall, STL); and Hudson Sanchez (24th overall, SD). In addition, 10 of the top 41 selections (24.4%) and 18 of the night's 77 selections (22.1%) were African-American or Latino. Over the last five years, the first round has featured 34 African-American players out of 168 total selections (20.2%).
Eleven right-handed pitchers were selected in the first round of the Draft, marking the eighth consecutive year (2009-16) that at least 10 right-handed pitchers were taken in the first round. Other players taken in the first round included six left-handed pitchers, six outfielders, four shortstops, three catchers, three third basemen and one first baseman. For the fifth consecutive year, no second basemen were taken in the opening round.
A total of 17 players in the first round were chosen from college, while 17 were selected from the high school ranks. The states of California, Florida and Georgia each produced four players in the first round, followed by Illinois (3) and Tennessee (3). For the 14th time in the last 15 years, at least one pair of teammates (college or high school) were selected in the first round when Ray, right-handed pitcher Zach Burdi (26th overall, CWS) and catcher Will Smith (32nd overall, LAD) were drafted out of the University of Louisville; and left-hander A.J. Puk (6th overall, OAK) and right-hander Dane Dunning (29th overall, WSH) were chosen out of the University of Florida.
The 2016 Draft is scheduled to continue on Friday via conference call beginning with the third round at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and is scheduled to go through the 10th round. The Draft will resume on Saturday beginning with the 11th round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Draft will have 40 rounds and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds.
MLB.com will begin its exclusive live programming of the Draft's final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) tomorrow, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.