Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 NPF Draft Recap

The 2016 NPF Draft took place last night in Nashville and, as always, interesting tidbits abound.

For those of you who may have missed the festivities, here’s the full draft order:

  1. Rebellion – Lexie Elkins, C, Louisiana-Lafayette
  2. Pride – Sierra Romero, IF, Michigan
  3. Racers – Jailyn Ford, P, James Madison
  4. Racers – Sami Fagan, IF, Missouri
  5. Pride – Kelsey Nunley, P, Kentucky
  6. Dawgs – Kiki Stokes, OF, Nebraska
  7. Dawgs – Emily Crane, OF, Missouri
  8. Rebellion – Allexis Bennett, OF, UCLA
  9. Charge – Caitlin Attfield, IF, UAB
  10. Racers – Alex Hugo, 2B, Georgia
  11. Bandits – Shelby Turnier, P, UCF
  12. Pride – Kelsey Stewart, 2B, Florida
  13. Pride – Haylie McCleney, OF, Alabama
  14. Rebellion – Chelsea Wilkinson, P, Georgia
  15. Charge – Taylor Gadbois, OF, Missouri
  16. Rebellion – Chaley Brickey, IF, Kansas
  17. Bandits – Kellsi Kloss, C, LSU
  18. Pride – Erica Field, C, James Madison
  19. Dawgs – Lexi Overstreet, C/UT, Tennessee
  20. Racers – Geri Ann Glasco, P/OF, Oregon
  21. Rebellion – Lindsey Stephens, OF, Texas
  22. Bandits – Emily Carosone, 2B, Auburn
  23. Racers – Sandra Simmons, 1B, LSU
  24. Bandits – Kristen Brown, SS, North Carolina
  25. Pride – Kirsti Merritt, OF, Florida
  26. Dawgs – Christian Stokes, IF, Kentucky
  27. Dawgs – Sara Driesenga, P, Michigan
  28. Rebellion – Brittany Gomez, OF, Iowa State
  29. Charge – Cheridan Hawkins, P, Oregon
  30. Racers – Hannah Day, UT, Troy
  31. Racers – Emily Messer, 3B, South Alabama
  32. Pride – Heather Stearns, P, Baylor
  33. Dawgs – Lee Ann Spivey, C, South Florida
  34. Dawgs – Taylore Fuller, 1B, Florida
  35. Rebellion – Kayla Winkfield, IF, Mississippi State
  36. Rebellion – Bianka Bell, SS, LSU
  37. Racers – Hannah Perryman, P, Missouri-St. Louis
  38. Charge – Alyssa Gillespie, OF, Oregon
  39. Pride – Aubree Munro, C, Florida
  40. Dawgs – Mikela Manewa, IF, Oregon State

The SEC led the way with eighteen players selected, 45% of the evening's picks. The PAC-12 ran a distant second with five players selected, while the Big 12 had four. The Sun Belt and Big 10 had three each. The Colonial Athletic Association and American Athletic had two a piece, while Conference USA, ACC, and Division II's Great Lakes Valley Conference were represented by a single player's selection.

The state of Florida, buoyed by a quartet of Gators being selected, led the way with six players from in-state schools being drafted. The state of Alabama close behind with five, all five of whom each came from a different school - Alabama; Auburn; South Alabama; UAB; and Troy all saw players chosen throughout the night.

Five teams saw their first-ever player drafted to the NPF last night, including Mickey Dean's James Madison squad that saw both members of their starting battery head to the pros in Jailyn Ford and Erica Field.

Six players with Team USA ties were chosen, including three by the Pride and one each by Dallas, Chicago, and Pennsylvania.

With the selection of Hannah Perryman at #37 overall, the Akron Racers quietly made history. Perryman is the first-ever Division II player to be drafted to the NPF.

Many of the teams stuck to their traditional draft strategies; the Pride filled a few holes, then whoever was best available on the board. The Racers elected to pass on some players from big-name schools in favor of players from smaller schools who have their own stellar statistics. Chicago made the most of their draft picks and figure to again take advantage of the freedom of open tryouts. The Charge did well in grabbing speed and talent early, picking up a couple of West Coast players late who will likely have a marginal impact, due in part to the PAC schedule.

Akron: A
Chicago: B+
Dallas: B-
Houston/SYD: D-
Pennsylvania: C-

Team That Best Filled Their Needs: Racers
Best Sleeper Pick: Hannah Day, Racers
Biggest Steal: Kirsti Merritt, Pride
Biggest Freefall: Aubree Munro, Pride
Biggest Surprise: Kiki Stokes, SYD/Erica Field, USSSA
Player Drafted Way Too High: Kiki Stokes, Houston/Scrap Yard
Player Drafted Way Too Low: Kirsti Merritt, Pride
Best Player(s) Not Drafted: Missy Taukeiaho, Cal State Fullerton; Shellie Landry, Louisiana-Lafayette; Kate Poppe, Villanova; Erin Miller, Oklahoma

1 comment:

  1. I'm curious where Courtney Gano and Tiffany Howard rank on the Players not Drafted list?? Courtney should have been taken