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Top Five Left-Handed Pitchers In The 2016 MLB Draft

by Steve Garrity on Feb. 9, 2016
 
 
Similar to 2015 this years draft class does not have a slam dunk top choice to go number one, and for some, it's weaknesses may outweigh it's strengths. However one definite strength it does possess is a deep crop of pitching both at the high school and college levels.
 
Following our look at the top five right-handed pitchers in the draft, below is Draftsite's list of the top five left handed pitchers in the 2016 class.

1) Jason Groome , Barnegat HS (NJ)

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  • Groome may have the smoothest delivery I've ever seen on a high school pitcher. Effortless is a word that comes to mind, . And at 6'6'' and 220 pounds there is still room for him to grow and add velocity to a fastball that can already touch 96 mph. He has a chance to possess three average or better pitches in the aforementioned fastball, a potentially above average curve that could serve as his out pitch, and a change up with good sink.Right now I think it would be tough for any team to pass him up at number one. 
 
2) AJ Puk, Junior Year, University of Florida
  •  Puk has all the tools to be a front of the rotation starter. He has the size at 6'7'' and 230 pounds. The arm;his fastball can touch 97 mph, along with a strong breaking ball, and change. However, for me, a few things are keeping him out of the number one slot. He is not consistent with his mechanics, and it hurts his control from time to time which hurts his ability to dominate on a consistent basis. Right now the results haven't always matched the tools. If he can put it all together this season he could challenge for the top overall slot. 
 
3) Matt Krook, Junior Year, University of Oregon
  •  Krook may sound familiar to a lot of people as he was taken 35th overall as a competitive balance pick just three years ago. After needing Tommy John surgery he began his comeback in the Cape Cod League last summer and showed he is back on track to becoming a top draft prospect. His fastball can hit 94 mph, and he pairs it with a dominating curve that will serve as a second plus pitch, and a change-up. Right now he'll need to continue to build up the arm strength and show teams he can hold his velocity deep into starts.
 
4) Braxton Garrett, Florence HS (Ala)
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  •  Garrett features one of, if not  the best curve by a high school pitcher since 2012 first rounder Max Fried. His fastball won't blow anyone away sitting 88-92 but his deceptive left handed arm angle should allow it to be at least average, possibly a tick above. At 6'3'' and 190 pounds Garrett has room to grow and add some velocity to all his pitches. He is a solid athlete for a pitcher and has a relatively clean delivery. 
 
5)Eric Lauer ,Junior Year, Kent State
  • Speaking of athletic pitchers, Lauer may be the best of the bunch as he was an all state wide receiver in OHIO as a high schooler. He stuck with baseball and it has paid off. Lauer features a fastball that has hit 94 mph with life and pairs it with a hard low 80's slider. He also has has a curve and a change up. Lauer has good size at 6'3'' and 205 pounds and has an extremely smooth and repeatable delivery that allows him to control of his pitches. After leading the Cape league in strikeouts, a strong season could launch him into middle of the first round conversation.