MLB Draft 2015 Ripe Picking Early On
MLB Draft 2015 Ripe Picking Early On:
(Published on 6/25/15)
The 2015 draft started a week ago with a lot of hype and it was everything everyone thought it would be. But, there were a few surprises along the way. In a sport dominated mainly by pitchers, many were surprised to see 3 Shortstops taken 1, 2, and 3, with a young high school student taken at #3, Brendan Rodgers. Here’s a breakdown of the first 7 picks.
#1, SS Dansby Swanson, Arizona Diamondbacks (6’1” 190”)
- Swanson, a short stop for Vanderbilt was a probable #1 pick for his incredible range and electric bat. Many look for him to contribute early in the Big Leagues as a playmaker on defense and a solid bat in the lineup. Swanson, not a power hitter, but with 16 homeruns on the season for Vanderbilt so far, is a threat to put one over the wall.
#2, SS Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (5’11” 185lbs)
- Alex Bregman, a playmaker for the LSU Tigers, was drafted second by the Houston Astros. Houston, a team not expected to anywhere near the top of the leaders, find themselves a top the AL West. Alex Bregman, although a fantastic defensive shortstop, may find himself playing second for the Big Club, instead of his natural shortstop.
#3 SS Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies (6’0” 180lbs)
- Brendan Rodgers was the first high school player taken in this year’s MLB draft. Brendan Rodgers comes from Lake Mary HS (FL) and was not a surprise to be taken as early as he was. Some analysts projected him to go as early as #1 or #2, but without the experience settled in at the #3 spot. Rodgers is said to be a natural talent defensively with a solid swing as well. He will greatly benefit the Rockies in the next coming years.
#4 RHP Dillon Tate, Texas Rangers (6’2” 210”)
- Tate played at UC Santa Barbara and had an excellent junior season. He had a record of 8-5 with a 2.26 ERA over 103.1 innings pitched. What’s even more astounding is his strikeouts. He struck out 111, averaging just over a strikeout per inning. The Texas Rangers scored an excellent pick with this pitcher who has proven himself to be effective.
#5 OF Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros (6’4” 190”)
- Tucker was the second High School Student taken in the draft, home school of H.B. Plant HS. Tucker was also taken by the Houston Astros. The Astros were making significant moves in the draft this year with two very good position players taken in the first 5 picks. Look for the Astros to continue this very hot start over the next few years.
#6 LHP Tyler Jay, Minnesota Twins (6’1” 180 lbs)
- Tyler Jay, a junior from the University of Illinois was the closer for a red hot Illinois team. Many described Jay as being one of the few pitchers who has the stuff and control to come and be in a closing role in the major leagues by the end of this year. Jay was not usually a starter, starting only 2 games, but pitched significant short outings for Illinois. Look for his name to be in the Twins rotation soon, and for a very long time.
#7 OF Andrew Benintendi, Atlanta Braves (5’10” 170lbs)
- Benintendi, a sophomore from Arkansas University, had a fantastic season. Although an excellent outfielder, he was more known for his electric bat. He hit .376 and had 20 HR while playing through the SEC, arguably the best baseball schools in the country and facing the best Pitching in the country. Considering all of this Benintendi ended up winning the Golden spikes award. The Braves certainly scored a good one with this pick, and were lucky he was still on the board by the 7th
Overall this was a very impressive crop of talent across the board. Look for these players to develop in the minors and then be with their respective Clubs very soon. And in some cases, players like Tyler Jay and Dansby Swanson, you may even see them up by the end of the year.
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