2015 mlb draft grades

After going with Rodgers in the first round, this pick had to be pitching, and Nikorak has as much upside as anyone left on the board here. The "40" tier could have gone another 50-100 names.

Great pick.

Plant HS (Fla.). The Reds saw enough in this dream to prefer it to other dreams. Detroit Tigers: Tyler Alexander, LHP, TCU, 66. His changeup has its moments as well. The top 10 picks are expected to be heavy on shortstops and college pitchers, with Vanderbilt's Dansy Swanson the favorite to go No.

Here's the equation: (raw stuff you see on video) + (development) = All-Star. Great pick.

There is tremendous upside here, but he's a project. If he remains in a relief role, he could be the first player from this class to reach the majors. UPDATE 6/6/15: I was able to add eight new names to the list, including Cabbage, Koch, Hudson, Padgett, and Little from the list above. A solid day at the top of the draft. 25 pick succeeding at the same time you embrace the idea that he has a better chance than No. His tremendous bat speed leads to elite exit velocity when he squares balls up, giving him above-average power. 59 according to MLB.com's Prospect Watch. Competitive Balance B (No. Swanson, a Vanderbilt product, picked up Jose Reyes and Rafael Furcal comparisons. Still, when the Reds debated whom they wanted, when they had the long discussion before the draft regarding their draft board, and when they had a shorter discussion right as the pick was on the clock, they kept thinking about a catcher who could a) handle the staff and b) hit anywhere from No.

4 overall, and added another athletic outfielder to a system loaded with them at No. This dude literally got a Tony Gwynn/Mark McLemore combo-comparison from Harold Reynolds: He's either "Moby Dick" or a really good mystery novel that helps you get through a long flight. That's all you can ask for in the middle of the first round.

One of the very best arms in the draft at No. I wasn’t able to see as many guys on this list thanks to a down year for players that play around my area.

And here, in the bottom-half of the first round, the pennant-winning Royals got perhaps the best high-school pitcher in the draft. He could wind up being one of the biggest steals of this class at No.

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 8 through June 10, 2015, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams.

Landing Harris, perhaps the most polished college starter of the class, with the No. Keep up with the Day 1 picks live as they happen. If Stevenson can prove himself offensively as a pro, he could be one of the better values of the class, and if nothing else he should carve out a role as a fourth outfielder on his defense alone. While Baseball America had Lindsay pegged as the No. Second Round (No. Second Round (No. The son of former No.

Some may read redundant, but these are broad strokes, and I will give more detailed analysis on players the Dodgers do eventually draft.

Dewees earned First-Team All-American honors with a monster sophomore season at North Florida. Adam Kennedy may be a fair comparison.

9 I think he would have been the pick, but it gives the team another terrific young bat. In a draft class thin on college bats, the Red Sox grabbed one of the better ones with their only pick here on Day 1. One of the bigger steals of Day 1, Betts was ranked at No. The tools are there, as he has plenty of projectability offensively, but he'll be a project.

Rodgers might help the Rockies do just that one day. In which SB Nation grades all of the first-round picks before the compensation round in the 2015 MLB Draft.

He generates that heat with athleticism and a quick arm rather than an excessive amount of effort in his delivery. After he was drafted out of Vandy, there was a Tim Lincecum comparison, and that came after a Sonny Gray comparison. With the Twins emerging as surprise contenders this season, they could take a similar route with Jay as the Royals did with Brandon Finnegan last year.

First Round (No. Keep up with the Day 1 picks live as they happen. This year's draft is thin on legitimate five-tool talents, but Whitley certainly qualifies as the full skill-set was on display when scouts did get a chance to watch the Northeastern high schooler. copyright=new Date(); Seattle Mariners: Andrew Moore, RHP, Oregon State, 73.

Now picture what could have been if they had both been healthy. 5 once? Stewart, OF, Florida State.

The question with Newman is what else he'll bring to the table in pro ball. But this is going to be Peter vs.

By Jonathan Mayo. I did not rank any players I could not find film on or did not see in person when no video was present. That gives him a chance to play center field, though he doesn’t have much outfield experience and would need time to learn the position.

Justin Verlander ... Elvis Andrus ... Carlos Gonzalez ... all of those players looked cornerstones just two years ago. A big right-hander out of Kentucky who was drafted more on stuff and potential than results...sounds an awful lot like Alex Meyer, who is currently one of the Twins top pitching prospects. He'll be given every chance to start, though, and his ceiling is right there with any high school arm in the class. If there is one area the Pirates' farm system is lacking it's in middle infield talent, even after reaching for Tucker last season, so it makes sense that it would be their target area here to kick off the draft. For the second year in a row, the White Sox were able to grab what most would consider to be the top college arm in the country, after Carlos Rodon fell to them at No. One thing I wanted to do different from other rankings was to tier the player grades to reflect the various ranges of decision making that can go into selecting a player. First Round (No. First Round (No.

Selected from the same high school that produced Tim Beckham, Randolph won't stick at shortstop as a pro but his bat will be his ticket to the big leagues. First Round (No. Compared to Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw, of course, as one of the better teenaged lefties to be available in the draft in the last decade. This is going to be Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes, except one of the rakes is going to be a Hall of Fame rake. Twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season, entitling their teams to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. Competitive Balance A (No. We'll see if they take a run at any above-slot options on Day 2. They have some arm-side life that make his hard, plus slider even more effective. This was still a big reach, though, as he came in at No. Detroit Tigers (for losing Max Scherzer): Christin Stewart, OF, Tennessee, 35.

122 by Baseball America. The high school sophomore quarterback has the game to live up to his famous name. So what? "Stevenson is the best defensive center fielder in college baseball," wrote Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. You know that.

The last two sections on the list are my shorthand notes to help paint a picture of the player’s profile.

First Round (No. There is plenty of projectability in the 6'5" and 160-pound frame of McKenzie, as he can already dial his fastball up to 92 and that velocity should only improve as he fills out.

With a decent mix of power and speed and defense that would play in center field but is probably better suited in a corner spot, Plummer has drawn comparisons to Shin-Soo Choo. 1200.

Defense in center field is the calling card for Stevenson.

A left-handed hitting A.J. 4 Overall): Dillon Tate, SP, UC Santa Barbara.

Los Angeles Dodgers (from Orioles): Josh Sborz, RHP, Virginia, 75.

He could sit in the mid-90s once he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame and gets more consistent," wrote Jonathan Mayo of, It's like Dave Stewart-style intimidation," one scout told Nick Piecoro of, Stevenson is the best defensive center fielder in college baseball," wrote Jonathan Mayo of, His terrific reads and jumps and his well above-average speed give him tremendous range. After taking the top high school lefty in Allard at No.

Tucker hit .311/.443/.633 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI this spring, and that jump in power was enough for him to climb up the board. 2 catcher of the draft class, but the Angels opted to go the college route and select Tyler Ward with something of a reach.

Plant HS, FL. And several of these teams will realize that beautiful, unlikely dream. Love the selection of Stewart in the first round, as he could help that team in the very near future at a corner outfield spot, but the other two picks were big reaches. Embrace the unlikeliness of a No. 3 overall in 2010, so this pick represents a shift in strategy of sorts. The 2015 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 2015 baseball draft, the overall pick, the team who drafted them, their position at that time, and where they were drafted from (high school / college name). 53 Overall): Desmond Lindsay, OF, Out-Of-Door Academy (FL). The velocity and life on his heater returned when he pitched in relief in the Cape, as he worked from 93-98 mph and struck out 42 hitters in 27 2/3 innings. Watson is a Vanderbilt commit, so he could be a tough sign, but this is a lot higher than most expected him to go so the Royals may be able to buy him out of that commitment. The tiers suggest that such decisions aren’t wrong, just a difference in preference.

Philadelphia Phillies: Tyler Goeddel, OF, Rays 2. 68 Overall): Jonathan Hughes, RHP, Flowery Branch HS (FL). A more conservative comparison might be Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton, as they have similar size and repertoires.

Maybe several of them will do that. What if they're around for years, giving their fans, an entire metropolitan area, a reason to watch baseball? In addition, the Houston Astros had the 2nd pick of the 2015 draft, as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, the first overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft. Holder is probably the best defensive shortstop in the class, so if he can emerge as even an average offensive option, the Yankees may have nabbed an everyday-caliber shortstop here. The 2015 MLB draft has officially arrived, as the next wave of high school and college talent is set to join the professional ranks. On the telecast, the junior at LSU was compared to Jose Altuve and Dustin Pedroia, second basemen with compact, direct strokes, excellent gloves, and enough speed to be a factor on the bases. The 2015 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 2015 baseball draft, the overall pick, the team who drafted them, their position at that time, and where they were drafted from (high school / college name). 35 Overall): Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville. Compensation Round (No. Pollock was one comparison thrown out by Paul Casella of MLB.com, and considering his rise to stardom this season that's high praise.

The athleticism and power stuff should make him a fun one to watch progress. Oakland Athletics: Richie Martin, SS, Florida, 21.

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