MLB Draft Preview: Part 4 – Final Draft Board and Mock Drafts

It is finally time for the 2015 draft.  Like everything in the process up to now I am going to focus on the 1st round only since it is impossible enough to figure out what is happening in the 9 picks before the Phillies pick at 10.  Here is my final ranking if I were drafting tonight with my incredibly limited knowledge.  This is not accounting for any bonus demands or underslot considerations, this is purely a ranking of the talent level I see.

  1. Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt
  2. Alex Bregman, SS, LSU
  3. Brenden Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)
  4. Tyler Jay, LHP, Illinois
  5. Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
  6. Kyle Tucker, CF, Plant HS (FL)
  7. Daz Cameron, CF, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (GA)
  8. Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt
  9. Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente HS (CA)
  10. Andrew Benintendi, CF, Arkansas
  11. Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Cincinnati
  12. Tyler Stephenson, C, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA)
  13. Trenton Clark, CF, Richland HS (TX)
  14. Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona
  15. Cornelius Randolph, 3B, Griffin HS (GA)
  16. Garrett Whitley, CF, Niskayuna HS (NY)
  17. Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri
  18. Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt
  19. Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS (MI)
  20. James Kaprielian, RHP, UCLA
  21. Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy (FL)
  22. Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
  23. Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg HS (PA)
  24. Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (IN)
  25. Mike Matuella, RHP, Duke

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Some Notes and Thoughts:

  • I don’t have much separation between the 3 shortstops at the top of the board, but they are above everyone else
  • The players ranked 4 to about Trenton Clark at 13 are fairly equal for me.  There is obviously personal preference in this list, but I don’t think Stephenson is a dramatically worse talent than Jay.  Everyone has some amount of upside and some pretty serious questions.
  • Mock drafts keep having Plant HS Kyle Tucker falling to the Phillies at #10 which would be a really nice get for the Phillies, they have been on him all year.
  • The Phillies have not been linked to any pitchers at #10 in a while, so it looks like the pick will be a hitter.
  • Picks 4 to 10 seem to hinge on Daz Cameron, the Astros want to have him fall to their comp pick, other teams seem willing to take him and play chicken with his bonus demands.

 

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.