2016 Draft Preview: OF

The biggest strength of the 2016 draft class appears to be in the outfield where four players could go within the first ten picks on Thursday night. College players Kyle Lewis and Corey Ray, as well as high schoolers Mickey Moniak and Blake Rutherford all have the potential to hear their names called early on.

Lewis, a 6’4″ college Junior out of Mercer, has impressed scouts with his plus raw power and he shows an advanced approach as a hitter, with the patience to work counts and take a walk. He’s played center field at Mercer but seems more likely to more to a corner spot in pro ball.

Ray, a 21-year-old lefty out of Louisville, has been linked to the Brewers quite a bit in mock drafts over the past few weeks and his athleticism makes him an attractive option for Milwaukee in the first round. He can play all three outfield positions and has shown average or better with all five tools.

Moniak and Rutherford are a pair of high school players out of California to keep an eye on as well. Moniak a left-handed hitting 18-year-old, is a line-drive hitter who uses the entire field and both his defense and his speed are tools that rate as plus. Rutherford is a 6’2″ 19-year-old who should slot into right field where his plus power and strong arm will serve him well.

Depending how things shake out in front of them, the Brewers could have plenty of outfield options to choose from at number five if they opt to add another outfielder to their minor league mix.

TOP OF PROSPECTS

KYLE LEWIS Mercer
COREY RAY Louisville
MICKEY MONIAK La Costa Canyon High School
BLAKE RUTHERFORD Chaminade College Prep
ALEX KIRILLOFF Plum High School
TAYLOR TRAMMELL Mount Paran Christian School
BUDDY REED Florida
BRYAN REYNOLDS Vanderbilt
WILL BENSON he Westminster Schools
ANFERNEE GRIER Auburn

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