The 2015 MLB Mock Draft

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2015 MLB Mock Draft

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We have put together the 2015 mock MLB Draft based on teams needs, player potential, and other variables including current injury status.
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June 8-10, 2015

2015 MLB Mock Draft

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DRAFT ORDER PLAYER POSITION
1. Arizona Diamondbacks Dansby Swanson SS/2B
The Dbacks have Ahmed for now but they can’t pass up on the best all around college player in the nation. Swanson hits for average, plays great defensive and is a proven winner. His stock continues to rise after his impressive S.E.C. Tournament.
Read the Full Dansby Swanson Scouting Report 
2. Houston Astros Dillon Tate RHP
(Brady Aiken – unsigned) – Tate’s 92-94 mph fastball and wipe-out slider are wonderful 1-2 combo. He has struggled with command issues early in the 2015 season but finished the season posting impressive numbers: 2.26ERA, 111Ks in 103.1IP allowing just 28BB. Pitching for UC Santa Barbara did not hurt his draft stock as Tate skyrocketed up the draft boards. His lat strain in Mid-April was just a blip on the radar and clearly did not hurt his draft chances. The Astros take Tate who is arguably the best college pitcher in the nation so this is a logical selection for them.
3. Colorado Rockies Brendan Rodgers  SS/2B
Top Prep player in the Nation is selected #3. Rodgers is a line drive hitting machine similar to the  Justin Upton pick in 2005, with maturity and weight gain he fits the mold to be very similar to Addison Russell. The days of Tulo in Colorado are numbered.
Read the Full Brendan Rodgers Scouting Report 
4. Texas Rangers Tyler Jay LHP
The Rangers haven’t picked this early in the draft since 1986 when they picked Kevin Brown (yes, THAT Kevin Brown) at #4 overall.  Jay is the the closer for Illinois and offers impressive control and an overpowering fastball. His ERA this year was 0.64 while piling up the strikeouts (65) and allowing minimal walks (6) over the 56.1IP. He has not allowed an earned run since March 28. Video game like numbers make him a early pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.  Coupled with Alex Gonzalez first rounder from 2014, that’s an impressive 1-2 punch
5. Houston Astros Carson Fulmer RHP
The chances of the Astros picking Aiken again after last years shenanigans are slim and now that he has TJ surgery that most certainly won’t happen. Instead the ‘Stros get Fulmer. With a 95-98 fastball and scary breaking ball, he’s a power pitcher that throws strikes. He has piled up strikeouts this year and quieted doubters with his enthusiastic delivery. Coupled with Dillon Tate, it’s a very good start for Houston.
Read the Full Carson Fulmer Scouting Report 
6. Minnesota Twins  Daz Cameron OF
The thought of him following his Dad, Mike Cameron’s footsteps to Milwaukee are shattered by the Twins. So what does Minnesota get with Daz ? He does offer a well-balanced skill set with an advanced feel for the game. He generates great bat speed and drives the ball with authority. An outfielder that will steal some bases. The Twins track record of selecting High School players with their first selection is impressive (6 out of the last 7 years). The trend continues…
7. Boston Red Sox   Nathan Kirby LHP
The Red Sox Nation lands a talented & advanced pitcher. Kirby is the guy. With a quality fastball, impressive breaking pitches, and solid control the Sox get a stud. Kirby has struggled with a lat muscle issue and mono that he has worked through this year.
Read the Full Nathan Kirby Scouting Report 
8. Chicago White Sox Alex Bregman
SS
LSU’s starting shortstop Alex Bregman is a very safe pick for the Sox at 8. Arguably the Nations best defensive shortstop with power potential who draws a ton of walks and steals bases. He pencils in as the one of the top college draft picks by the White Sox in recent years. He’s a safer pick than Gordan Beckham was several years ago.
Read the Full Alex Bregman Scouting Report  
9. Chicago Cubs  Brady Aiken
LHP
The Cubs have eye-balled and get Aiken at pick #9 which is great value even though he is recovering from Tommy John surgery. When healthy Aiken is a scouts dream, 93-95 from the left side with a plus-plus change-up. He won’t be ready by mid-June 2016 but he will be worth the wait.
Read the Full Brady Aiken Scouting Report 
10. Philadelphia Phillies  Kyle Funkhouser
RHP
This is a safe pick for the Phillies here.  Funkhouser delivers three plus offerings that make him a fast moving prospect. We like Funkhouser will follow a similar path like Nola as a fast rising prospect. Aaron Nola & Funkhouser as an impressive 1-2 offering.
Read the Full Kyle Funkhouser Scouting Report 
11. Cincinnati Reds  Justin Hooper LHP
Justin Hooper is a tall lefty (6’7″) who’s velocity spiked his junior year at High School to 93-95mph. The Reds are getting a guy who shows great promise for two pitches but needs to improve his command. He’ll have plenty of time. He’s added to a impressive list of recent Reds pitching draft picks that are top prospects.
Read the Full Justin Hooper Scouting Report 
12. Miami Marlins    Walker Buehler RHP
The Marlins gets Buehler who has four above-average offerings. His size comes into question a lot as he stands in at 6’1 160lbs but his overall makeup, polish and pitchability quiets the critics.
Read the Full Walker Buehler Scouting Report 
13. Tampa Bay Rays Nick Plummer OF
Plummer is one of the best all around hitters in the 2015 MLB Draft. He profiles a top of the order bat that delivers 10+ homers & 15+ stolen bases. A hard-nosed-grinder type guy that gets the most out of his body. 30+ stolen bases and almost a .500 average this year makes his a lethal player.
Read the Full Nick Plummer Scouting Report 
14. Atlanta Braves Ashe Russell RHP
The Braves have a way of developing pitchers and cleaning up deliveries. Ashe Russell is a guy that fits that mold. He has a ton of potential, hitting 93-95 mph fastball that dives away from righthanders hitters and chews up lefties. His delivery needs work as it has to many “moving parts” for most teams likens.
15. Milwaukee Brewers  Phil Bickford RHP
Bickford is the top junior college pitcher available. Bickford came to Southern Nevada from Cal State Fullerton to make himself eligible for the 2015 draft. He was selected 10th overall last year and didn’t reach an agreement with the Blue Jays. His dominating 96 mph fastball and his devastating slider got him picked early last year. Taking a similar path like Bryce Harper, Bickford is expected to be a stud but there is a ton of more polished talent ahead of him.
Read the Full Phil Bickford Scouting Report 
16. New York Yankees Ian Happ OF
 This is the Yankees earliest pick since 2005 so the have a good opportunity to grab a guy who does a ton of things right. Hit’s for power, average, draws walks and steals a few bases. This Cincinnati Bearcat is a good pick for the Yankees and a better all-around player than Aaron Judge was when drafted in 2013.
Read the Full Ian Happ Scouting Report 
17. Cleveland Indians Riley Ferrell RHP
The Indians have not drafted a pitcher with their first overall selection since 2010, Ferrell will break the long streak. With a 94-97mph heater and an improving slider. As the closer for the Horned Frogs, he profiles as a stud reliever for the Indians. Lot’s of K’s and not a lot of walks equals plus command for the righty.
Read the Full Riley Ferrell Scouting Report 
18. San Francisco Giants  James Kaprielian RHP
Big, athletic and loaded with a big-time arm. He is not as polished as some of the other right-handers drafted above him but he does offer solid pitchability. In other words, there is promise in this righthander. He has a 92-94mph that fills the strike zone up. Th e Giants love guys 6’2″ or tall and 200+ lbs. (See Beede, Crick, Stratton). The 2014 PAC-12 strikeout leader gives the Giants another great, young arm for the future.
19. Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Betts C
The Pirates scoop up the best high school catcher in the nation in Chris Betts. The Under Armour All-America Game Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field in 2014 put him on the map and being a high character player, a hard-worker and  power potential make him a great pick for the Pirates. He may end up moving off of catching because of Reese McGuire but his bat will keep him in the lineup anywhere he goes.
20. Oakland Athletics Chris Shaw OF
 The A’s select the top power prospect available, Chris Shaw from Boston College. Shaw’s faced some of the top pitchers in the nation and fared well. His Cape-Cod leading 8 homers last summer really stood out to scouts. Shaw suffered a hand injury towards the end of the season so he didn’t have a full season to show scouts. The A’s like power hitters who can play first base. Shaw becomes the first, first baseman selected by the A’s since Nick Swisher and the first state-of-Boston pick since 1979.
Read the 9 Questions with Chris Shaw” Q & A Session
21. Kansas City Royals Kolby Allard RHP
The Royals grab Allard at pick 21 and it is a very wise selection. Armed with a mid 90’s fastball and a devastating breaking ball, Allard becomes a projectable lefty with solid command. Royals fans are excited to hear he is similar to Finnegan. Even though a stress reaction in his back will likely make him miss six and eight weeks he still profiles as a solid starter.
Read the Full Kolby Allard Scouting Report 
22. Detroit Tigers DJ Stewart OF
The reigning ACC player of the year, led the conference in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage in 2014 and is back at it in 2015. An all-around great hitter who follows a similar path to last years first-rounder Kyle Schwarber. His great eye at the plate and a ton of pop from the left side gives the Tigers a great start to their 2015 mlb draft.
23. St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Cody RHP
Cody has a perfect pitchers body, at 6’7 245lbs with a clean mechanics and has pitched against some of the better college hitters in the nation. Originally pegged as a top 10 pick, his stock fell a little as his stats this season are not as encouraging as expected.
Read the Full Kyle Cody Scouting Report 
24. Los Angeles Dodgers  Michael Matuella
RHP
We see the Dodgers selecting Matuella at 24. He is a great pitching prospect that will undergo Tommy John surgery this spring but his back issues scare a lot of teams. He was diagnosed with spondylolysis, a manageable defect of the vertebra in the lower back last year. 97mph heater that jumps on hitters is worth waiting for. The Dodgers has a bevy of pitching prospects add Matuella to the list. As their minor leagues are loaded with stud pitchers like Julio Urias and Jose De Leon, Matuella has plenty of time to develop.
Read the Full Michael Matuella Scouting Report 
25. Baltimore Orioles Trenton Clark OF
Let’s be fair to say Trenton Clark’s swing is unique but it gets results. Right now he is a speedy centerfielder who makes solid contact, as his body fills out he has some power potential. Power & Speed? What’s not to like about Trenton Clark.
26. Los Angeles Angels Kyler Murray SS/OF
This is a risky pick for the Angels here. Not specifically about his Murray’s talent level but if he actually will sign. Kyler Murray is a dual-threat athlete excelling on the diamond and on the football field. As arguably the #1 QB recruit in the nation, it might be tough to pull him away from the Texas A&M commitment. If they do, they are getting a real speedster with an equally as fast bat. He is a freak of an athlete with eye-popping physical abilities. The Angels made QB Pat White a 4th round selection in 2004 so they are in familiar territory with Murray.
COMP: 27. Colorado Rockies Chandler Day OF
(Michael Cuddyer)1-The Rockies get the first pick in the Compensation Round of the MLB Draft because of the loss of Michael Cuddyer. Chandler Day is a logical pick for the Rockies here. At 6’4″ 162lbs (that’s no typo) he’s a pretty thin guy with a live arm. Very similar build and projectability to Eddie Butler. 92-94mph on his heater and improving breaking pitches make Day good pick for the Rockies.
28. Atlanta Braves Kyle Tucker OF
(Ervin Santana)9-The Braves slot in at pick 28 after losing Ervin Santana and they pick Kyle Tucker with their selection. Tucker is the younger and more polished brother to Preston Tucker. Preston has smashed 49HR in two full seasons already. Kyle smooth left-handed swing and line-drive approach reminiscent of Jason Hayward. makes him a great pick for the Braves.
29. Toronto Blue Jays Garrett Whitley OF
(Melky Cabrera)10- Whitley is a muscular 6’2″, 190 outfielder with great combination of power and speed. He makes loud contact routinely and is a great value pick for the Blue Jays at 29. Very similar to the Melky Cabrera which makes this pick so ironic for the Jays.
30. New York Yankees Beau Burrows RHP
(David Robertson)7-Bean Burrows in one of the hardest throwing righties in this crop of draft picks. As a prep player he has a commitment to play at Texas A&M which being drafted in the first round might sway his decision. With the mid-90’s heater and plus curve, he’s a nice 2nd selection for the Yankees.
31. San Francisco Giants Richie Martin SS
(Pablo Sandoval)4-Martin’s positive finish to the 2014 Cape Cod season really improved his draft stock. A more advanced hitter than Christian Arroyo, the Giants 2013 first rounder. Martin provides solid defense, quality at-bats and speed. Think Joe Panik at shortstop.
32. Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Lemoine LHP
(Russell Martin)3- Lemoine is a great value pick for the Dodgers at 24. From the University of Houston, Lemoine has a great pitchers body, a low-to-mid 90s heater and solid mechaincs. He’s had a bit of shoulder issue this year costing him a few starts. Lemoine’s command is something that teams see the biggest opportunity for him to improve on.
33. Kansas City Royals Cody Ponce RHP
(James Shields)12- Ponce becomes Cal-Poly Pomona’s first, first-round pick. At 6’5″, 235 he is a physically imposing pitcher, with a 93-96 heater and a cutter as his go-to pitch. A ground-ball inducing machine. The Royals have a stellar run of great draft picks going and they continue two great first round selections.
34. Detroit Tigers Donny Everett RHP
(Max Scherzer)11- One of the other power right-handed arms in the draft. The Tigers have fallen in love with drafting right-handers who light up radar guns so this is a logical selection for them. Everett is the 2015 version of Rick Porcello. Command might not always be his friend, but when he is on, his is tough to beat. He’s committed to Vandy but more than likely will forgo to play pro ball.
35. Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Young  LHP
(Hanley Ramirez)5 – The other stud from TCU, Young is a a quality lefty who is starting more games in 2015 than he has before for the Horned Frogs. The results are still the same; great control, 91-93mph fastball. His dominating performance vs #19 Texas Tech cemented his draft status. Young is a great fit for the Dodgers who are stockpiling young quality pitching.
36. Baltimore Orioles Mike Nikorak RHP
(Nelson Cruz)6 – With a 93-95mph sinking fastball Nikorak is a big boy 6’5″, 205lbs. He has a commitment to play at Alabama but the Orioles have a chance to scoop up a promising right-hander with a great pitchers body. An improving curve and change-up give Nikorak three pitches that scouts see potential in.
37. Houston Astros Andrew Suarez LHP
(from Marlins)- Suarez was a 2nd round selection by the Nationals in 2014 but oped to return to Univ. of Miami for his senior season. He has improved his draft stock by piling up the K’s and lowering the walks.  He’s a big left-hander with a 97mph fastball and a steadily improving slider. This is a wonderful pick by the Astros.
38. Colorado Rockies Marc Brakeman RHP
Brakeman had a wonderful showing at the Cape Cod league in 2014 and started off on the right foot in 2015. He shut down Indiana as one of his best outings of the season and suffered a shoulder injury during the 2/28 game vs Rice and hasn’t pitched since. When healthy, Brakeman has a 92-94mph fastball that he throws with great command, improving slider and a changeup. He’s a smart pitcher that pounds the strike zone.
39. St. Louis Cardinals Kep Brown  OF
Kep Brown is a very athletic outfielder, filing out his 6’5″ ,195 build. He shows off impressive power potential launching ball after ball over the fence routinely during batting practice. He’s got a short-compact swing that generates a ton of pop. He tends to get pull-happy sometimes which is expected to young prep players. The Cardinals get a very athletic Brown here and he follows a similar path to that of Oscar Taveras.
40. Milwaukee Brewers Demi Orimoloye OF
The Brewers grab one of the most unique prospects in baseball history. Demi Orimoloye was born in Nigeria and lives in Canada. He could be come the first Africa born player to make the big leagues. At 6’4″, 225lbs he looks the part of a football player more than a baseball player. Good pitch recognition, pop from the right side and raw tools that teams see potential in. The Brewers love drafting athletes so he falls into that category however his Oregon commitment might sway him to head to college
41. Atlanta Braves
Cornelius Randolph SS/3B
Via the San Diego Padres – The Braves get pick 41 in the 2015 MLB Draft as it was included with Matt Wisler in exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton in early April. The Braves get a guy in their own back yard. If you follow the Braves drafts, they love to draft guys from their home state. Randolph hails from Griffin High School in GA., the same school that produced first-rounder Tim Beckham a few years ago. He has a very good approach at the plate that generates a line-drive stroke. His patience is one of his strong suits. The Braves will have their work cut out for them as Randolph has a commitment to Clemson, his favorite college team.
Read the Q&A with Cornelius Randolph” Q & A Session
42. Cleveland Indians Alonzo Jones MIF/OF
Another highly touted high school recruit committed to Vanderbilt. Alonzo Jones is a speedster on the base paths, in fact he is the fastest draft prospect in this years crop. A natural switch-hitter that shows surprising pop from both sides. He’s currently a middle infielder but his speed might play up better in the outfield. One way or the other, he’s going to wreck havoc on the base paths.
2nd Rd. 43. Arizona Diamondbacks Triston McKenzie RHP
The Diamondbacks McKenzie who is a slender pitcher who works in the 92-94 range and consistently throws strikes. His other two pitches show promise but need work. He’s another Vanderbilt commitment that could potential go early in the draft. Good mechanics and pitches down in the zone make him a solid second pick for the DBacks
44. Colorado Rockies Cole McKay RHP
The Rockies grab Texas flame-thrower McKay in the second round and it’s a great pick. McKay runs his fastball between 93-95 range with good late life. At 6’5″, 220lbs he’s got a prototypical pitchers build and adds to the already loaded Rockies Farm System.
45. Texas Rangers Austin Smith RHP
At 6’4″ and 215lbs, Smith is a big kid with a big time arm. A mid-90’s fastball is the most attractive asset that Smith possess. He’s been working hard in the off-season and during his senior high-school season to get a better feel for his changeup and breaking pitches.
Read the Q & A with Austin Smith” Q & A Session
46. Houston Astros Joe McCarthy OF
McCarthy is a scrappy-outfielder with a knack for barrelling up balls. He offers great plate discipline and solid contact consistently. He underwent back surgery in January and should be back in game action sometime in May. Just in time for the post-season run for his Virginia Cavaliers.
47. Chicago Cubs Kyle Molnar RHP
When you look at the players the Cubs recently drafted in early rounds one common thread is that these guys are all winners. Molnar falls into that category. He continues to impress scouts outing after outing with his 90-93mph fastball and improving changeup. An advanced feel for pitching allows him to throw strikes at-will and with his repeatable delivery he’s a great pick for the Cubs. Think Molnar as a younger version of CJ Edwards here.
Read the Q & A with Kyle Molnar” Q & A Session
48. Philadelphia Phillies Gio Brusa OF
Brusa is the wildcard pick in this years draft. A high character player from Univ. of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He showed tremendous power during the Cape Cod league in 2014 finishing second in HRs. Oddly enough he hits much better with a wood bat than a metal bat and significantly better left-handed than right. Generates a ton of bat speed, plays solid defense but strikes out a ton. He makes great adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. When he’s hot he can carry a team, but he is a streaky hitter. The Phillies are wise with the their development and with Brusa if he hits left-handed only he could be a scary hitter with a lot of strikeouts. A partially torn UCL in his throwing arm that happened in mid-April shuts down his season and adjusts his draft stock, dramatically. Being represented by Scott Boras puts another mark in the negative column for Brusa.
Read the Full Gio Brusa Scouting Report 
49. Cincinnati Reds Bryce Denton OF/3B
The list of Vanderbilt commitments are littered throughout this mock-draft. Denton is another one. He is a two-sport stud in high school posting eye-popping power numbers and impressive pitching stats. It seems as if a position prospect might be his best bet. The Reds get a great power-potential prospect in Bryce Denton
50. Miami Marlins Jon Harris RHP
Harris hails from Missouri State University, not the most recognized athletic teams in the country. But they have had nine pitchers drafted and debut in big leagues. He raised his profile by pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2014. Despite posting a mid-4 ERA, scouts saw a ton of potential with Harris. With a 90-93mph fastball, curve and changeup, command is his issue but a projectable frame gives the Marlins a lot to work with.

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Pick Info:
Picks 27-36 are Compensation Picks
Picks 37-42 are Competitive Balance Round A
Picks 43-50 are Second Round Selections
1 Signed with the Mets, who forfeited their first-round pick.
2 Re-signed with the Tigers.
3 Signed with the Blue Jays, who forfeited their first-round pick.
4 Signed with the Red Sox, who forfeited their second-round pick.
5 Signed with the Red Sox, who forfeited their Competitive Balance Round B pick.
6 Signed with the Mariners, who forfeited their first pick.
7 Signed with the White Sox, who forfeited their second-round pick.
8 Re-signed with the Pirates.
9 Signed with the Twins, who forfeited their second-round pick.
10 Signed with the White Sox, who forfeited their third-round pick.
11 Signed with the Nationals, who forfeited their first-round pick.
12 Signed with the Padres, who forfeited their first-round pick.

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2015 MLB Slot Values by Team-Projected Pools

Astros $17,977,283
Rockies $14,549,880
Diamondbacks $14,176,076
Rangers $9,469,174
Braves $8,702,808
Yankees $8,205,043
Reds $8,094,981
Brewers $8,058,934
Orioles $7,986,953
Giants $7,820,504
Pirates $7,692,588
Twins $7,691,684
Cardinals $7,691,345
Cubs $7,547,609
Indians $7,528,625
Royals $7,499,358
Tigers $7,403,534
Phillies $7,363,080
Dodgers $7,235,955
Marlins $7,043,968
Rays $6,861,925
Red Sox $6,480,889
Athletics $5,668,645
Blue Jays $5,634,745
White Sox $5,540,051
Angels $5,418,011
Padres $5,393,603
Mariners $4,362,817
Mets $3,741,204
Nationals $3,697,360
TOTAL $232,538,632