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    2016 Draft Profile: Heath Quinn

    School: Samford University; Class: Junior Position: RF; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 12th round, 2013   Background: Easily the best bat to come out of Samford University since Phil Ervin, the Cincinnati Reds’ first pick in 2013. Quinn, who was drafted relatively high coming out of high school by the Indians – 351st overall, 12th round – hasn’t stopped hitting since…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Chad Hockin

    School: Cal State Fullerton; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Kept in the depths of Cal State Fullerton’s bullpen for all but two games of his three-year collegiate career, Hockin has been limited to just over 60 innings. So needless to say, there’s not a whole lot to write about. He’s averaged just 7.43 K/9 and just…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Robert Tyler

    School: University of Georgia; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 226 Previously Drafted: Baltimore Orioles, 28th round, 2013   Background: After missing the majority of the 2015 season due to injury – forearm discomfort which, unfortunately, is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery – Tyler, who avoided undergoing the knife, has come back strong in what will likely be his final season…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Connor Jones

    School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres, 21st round, 2013   Background: Hailing from a school that’s graduated the likes of Danny Hultzen, Seth Greisinger, Nathan Kirby, and Josh Sborz, it’s surprising that Jones’ 18 starts last season was the second most in the University of Virginia’s length history. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander out…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Matt Krook

    School: University of Oregon; Class: Red Shirt Sophomore Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-3; Weight: 217 Previously Drafted: Miami Marlins, 1st round, 2013   Background: Easily one of the top lefties in the entire 2013 draft class – at any level – the Marlins grabbed the then-teenager with the 35th overall pick that year, but failed to come to terms after a post-draft physical raised some…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Dane Dunning

    School: University of Florida; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: Toronto Blue Jays, 34th round, 2013   Background: Overshadowed – at least, slightly – by teammate and potential top pick A.J. Puk, Dunning, nonetheless, has had quite the coming out party for the Gators during his 2016 season. In a career-best 63.1 innings of work, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander out…

    2016 Draft Profile: Daulton Jefferies

    School: University of California; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Miami Marlins, 39th round, 2013   Background: The slight-framed right-hander’s stock had been steadily improving since the Marlins grabbed him in the 39th round coming out of high school. Jefferies paced the Golden Bears in innings pitched as a true freshman, averaging under six punch outs per nine innings with…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Buddy Reed

    School: University of Florida; Class: Junior Position: OF; B/T: B/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 35th round, 2013   Background: The former 35th round pick by the Rangers coming out of high school didn’t exactly handle the transition into big time collegiate baseball as well as expected: he batted a disappointing .244/.316/.286 with just seven doubles and a 38-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But Reed,…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Corbin Burnes

    School: St. Mary’s College; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Slow, steady, and ever-increasing production, Burnes’ draft stock has reached a boiling point during his junior campaign at St. Mary’s College. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander got off to a disappointing start to his collegiate career, throwing 43.2 innings of mostly lackluster ball during his freshman season, fanning…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Ryan Boldt

    School: University of Nebraska; Class: Junior Position: CF; B/T: L/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 22nd round, 2013   Background: Taking a page right out of Billy Wagner’s book, Boldt, naturally a left-hander, taught himself to throw right-handed after breaking the radial head in his left elbow when he was 10-years-old. And, unfortunately, for the center fielder that wouldn’t be the only baseball…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Zack Brown

    School: University of Kentucky; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: Chicago Cubs, 38th round, 2013   Background: Overshadowed – and with good reason – by rotation-mates Kyle Cody and Dustin Beggs, Brown really hasn’t progressed since the Cubs made him a 38th round pick coming out of high school. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander made 19 appearances during his freshman season,…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Jon Duplantier

    School: Rice University; Class: Senior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 225 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: And another one bites the dust… Duplantier is just the latest – and certainly not the last – hard-throwing hurler chewed up and spit out by the Rice University arm-shredding machine. After a mostly positive freshman season in 2014 – he finished the year with a 2.29 ERA…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Bryson Brigman

    School: University of San Diego; Class: Sophomore Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Oakland A’s, 40th round, 2014   Background: One of the top collegiate shortstops in this year’s – admittedly weak shortstop – draft class, Brigman has been an offensive force atop the Toreros’ lineup over the past two years. After getting selected in the late, late rounds of the 2014…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Bailey Clark

    School: Duke Univeristy; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-5; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Following in the footsteps of fellow right-handers Marcus Stroman and Michael Matuella, Clark is just the latest hard-throwing hurler to surface at Duke University. After making just six appearances during his freshman season, all of which were of the relief variety, the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder had a coming out…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Sheldon Neuse

    School: University of Oklahoma; Class: Junior Position: SS/RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 195 Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 38th round, 2013   Background: Arguably the top offensive performer among all collegiate shortstops this season, Neuse rebounded from a bit of down season to put together a season for the ages in 2016: through his first 47 games with the Sooners, the 6-foot, 195-pound infielder/reliever is bashing…

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    2016 Draft Profile: Chris Okey

    School: Clemson University; Class: Junior Position: C; B/T: R/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 195 Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres, 31st round, 2013   Background: A three-year starter at Clemson University, Okey transformed from a light-hitting backstop during his freshman season (.248/.311/.350) into a bonafide middle-of-the-lineup thumper the following year. In 61 games for the Tigers in 2015, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound backstop slugged a robust .315/.389/.545 while leading…