MLB draft expert Eric Longenhagen provided pick-by-pick analysis of the opening round of the 2016 MLB draft, as well as the compensation picks and the competitive balance round A, on Thursday night. Now it's time for him to break down Round 2, the competitive balance round B and Rounds 3-10.
The usual notes and helpful links related to the draft:
• Any player's name that links out will go to a scouting report of that guy (written by Longenhagen).
• We use the 20-80 grading scale for all MLB prospects.
Let's get to the late-Day 1 and Day 2 highlights! We'll be updating this file as the draft rolls on, adding the relevant notes from each round.
• The Philadelphia Phillies selected Santa Barbara (California) high school righty pitcher Kevin Gowdy with the No. 1 pick of the second round (No. 42 overall), and I expect Gowdy to sign an over-slot deal. The team's selection of Mickey Moniak at 1-1 (the first pick overall) was at least partially motivated by money, as the Phillies don't get Gowdy here without selecting Moniak first. Gowdy is reportedly looking for a bonus that's pretty comparable to what No. 3 pick Ian Anderson is going to get, something at or just north of $3 million. Even if that's about $1.5 to 2 million above slot for pick 42, Philly should still have some over-slot money to play with because of what they saved by drafting Moniak.
• The Chicago White Sox have had one of the more interesting drafts. There's a real chance that their first two picks, Zack Collins and Zack Burdi, are the first hitter and pitcher, respectively, from this class to reach the major leagues, and then in the second round they selected this draft's most notable enigma in Oklahoma's Alec Hansen. I saw what was arguably the best start of Hansen's career in March -- you can read my account of it here -- and if the White Sox can find a way to get him throwing even close to the way he did that day, this is a steal of a pick at No. 49.