Major League Baseball Completes 2016 Draft

Major League Baseball today completed its 2016 Draft, with a total of 1,216 players being chosen in the 40 rounds and two Competitive Balance Lottery rounds. The Draft resumed in the 11th round via conference call this afternoon after Friday's completion of rounds three through 10.

Pitchers were the most frequently chosen players, with 635 being selected (476 RHP, 159 LHP). The rest of the 2016 pool was comprised of 252 infielders (including 107 shortstops, 53 third basemen, 49 second basemen, 42 first basemen and one utility infielder), 214 outfielders and 115 catchers.

Texas A&M University had 13 players selected, the most in the Draft, while the University of Southern California had 12 players selected. Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University each produced 11 players, while Texas Tech University had 10 players taken. Three schools produced eight players, including Louisiana State University, the University of Florida and the University of Louisville. Six schools had seven players selected, including Cal State Fullerton, San Jacinto College North, the University of Arizona, the University of Miami, the University of South Carolina at Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley.

Players were selected from 45 states, with Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming being the states to not produce a draft selection. The states that had the most players selected were California (203), Florida (114), Texas (113), Georgia (61), Illinois (57), New York (39), New Jersey (36), Washington (35), North Carolina (34) and Tennessee (30). Fifty-three foreign-born players were selected in the 40 rounds, including 30 players from Puerto Rico; 22 players from Canada; and one player from the Netherlands.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected La Costa Canyon High School (CA) outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick in the Draft. Moniak became the first outfielder chosen with the top selection since the Washington Nationals selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in 2010.

Two players who were in attendance at Studio 42 were selected in the opening round on Thursday night, including Shenendehowa H.S. (NY) right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson (3rd overall, ATL) and The Westminster Schools (GA) outfielder Will Benson (14th overall, CLE). 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, who was the number one overall pick by Houston in 2012.

Six of the top 24 selections in the Draft were African-American or Latino, including Corey Ray (5th overall, MIL); 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 17 of the first night's 77 selections (22.1%) were African-American or Latino. Over the last five years (2012-16), the first round has featured 34 African-American players out of 168 total selections (20.2%).

Among the alumni of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California who were drafted were Jeremy Martinez (4th round, STL); Jaime Estrada (26th round, BAL); and Jaylon McLaughlin (38th round, NYM). Tyree Thompson, the second player ever drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy, was selected in the 26th round by the Texas Rangers.

Among the alumni of Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program selected in the Draft were Ray (Chicago White Sox RBI, 5th overall, MIL); Martinez (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI, 4th round, STL); Kyle Roberts (Detroit RBI, 5th round, TEX); Dylan Prohoroff (Angels RBI, 8th round, PIT); Hosea Nelson (Detroit RBI, 9th round, CLE); Brandon White (Chicago White Sox RBI, 13th round, ATL); Seth Martinez (Arizona RBI, 17th round, OAK); and Thompson (New Orleans RBI, 26th round, TEX).

In addition, the following players drafted participated in MLB and USA Baseball's Breakthrough Series: Ray (2011, 5th overall, MIL); Taylor Trammell (2015, 35th overall, CIN); Jordan Sheffield (2012, 36th overall, LAD); Alex Speas (2014, 2nd round, TEX); Akil Baddoo (2015, Comp. Balance Lottery B, MIN); Nolan Martinez (2015, 3rd round, NYY); Luis Curbelo (2015-16, 6th round, CWS); and McLaughlin (2014, 38th round, NYM).

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, in the fifth round out of the University of Notre Dame. The San Francisco Giants chose Jacob Heyward, the brother of Chicago Cubs All-Star outfielder Jason Heyward, in the 18th round out of the University of Miami. The New York Yankees selected Bo Weiss, the son of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss, in the 29th round out of Regis Jesuit H.S. (CO).

Other notable selections included: Cal Quantrill (8th overall, SD), son of former All-Star pitcher Paul Quantrill; Matt Manning (9th overall, DET), son of former NBA player Rich Manning; Gavin Lux (20th overall, LAD), nephew of 1982 number two overall pick Augie Schmidt; Hunter Bishop (24th overall, SD), brother of Seattle Mariners Minor League outfielder Braden Bishop; Zach Burdi (26th overall, CWS), brother of Minnesota Twins Minor League pitcher Nick Burdi; Carter Kieboom (28th overall, WSH), brother of Washington Nationals Minor League catcher Spencer Kieboom; Jordan Sheffield (36th overall, LAD), brother of Cleveland Indians Minor League pitcher Justus Sheffield; Bo Bichette (2nd round, TOR), son of former Major League All-Star Dante Bichette and brother of Yankees Minor League third baseman Dante Bichette Jr.; Joshua Palacios (4th round, TOR), nephew of fomer Major League infielder Rey Palacios; JaVon Shelby (5th round, OAK), son of former Major League outfielder and Rockies Minor League coach John Shelby, as well as cousin of Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star infielder Josh Harrison; Mikey York (5th round, TB), son of former Major League pitcher Mike York; Conner Capel (5th round, CLE), son of former Major League pitcher Mike Capel; Chad Hockin (6th round, CHI), grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew; Preston Palmeiro (7th round, BAL), son of former All-Star first baseman Rafael Palmeiro; Nick Quintana (11th round, BOS), brother of Atlanta Braves Minor League pitcher Zach Quintana; Zach Plesac (12th round, CLE), nephew of former All-Star pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac; Brandon Bonilla (13th round, BAL), son of former All-Star outfielder Bobby Bonilla; Nick Lovullo (20th round, BOS), son of former Major Leaguer and current Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Torii Hunter Jr. (23rd round, LAA), son of former All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter; Grae Kessinger (26th round, SD), grandson of former All-Star shortstop Don Kessinger; Nick Shumpert (28th round, ATL), son of former Major League second baseman Terry Shumpert, as well as cousin of Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts; Tyler Fitzgerald (30th round, BOS), son of former Major League first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Jordan Wren (36th round, BOS), son of former MLB general manager and current Red Sox executive Frank Wren; Carter Aldrete (37th round, BOS), nephew of former Major Leaguer and current Oakland Athletics first base coach Mike Aldrete; and Dante Baldelli (39th round, PHI), brother of former Major League outfielder Rocco Baldelli.