The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft is upon us, and there are plenty of draft-eligible players who could have their names called any time between June 8 and June 10.
Sooners Illustrated caught up with Aaron Fitt, Editor at D1 Baseball, and Frankie Piliere, National Prospect Writer at D1 Baseball and a former scout with the Texas Rangers, to see what’s being said about some of Oklahoma’s top players in this draft and to get draft round prediction.
Here’s what Fitt and Piliere had to say:
Craig Aikin, Jr., CF - Projected round – Eighth to 10th round: He’s not a guy that you look at who has really loud tools that jump off the page. He was on the Cape last summer. He showed good tools there. He can hit. He’s not gonna be a guy that is gonna hit a lot of homers at the next level, but he can run. His defense is pretty good. He hits to all fields with a line-drive stroke. - Piliere
Taylor Alspaugh, Sr., OF - Projected round – Post-10th round: Nice player, not a profile power guy for a corner outfield spot. - Fitt
Kolbey Carpenter, Jr., 2B - Projected round – Sixth to 10th round: The power is impressive. That’s a little bit of a surprise for people. You look around nationally and there are not a lot of guys that are producing big power numbers any more. He’s driving the ball. I think it’s a swing that people could see profiling at the next level. The tools are solid. He’s not a completely one-dimensional player. - Piliere
Adam Choplick, Jr., SP - Projected round – Late rounds: Big tall lefties don’t grow on trees. He never put it together like some thought he would. - Fitt
Jacob Evans, Jr., RP - Projected round – Ninth to 12th rounds: It’s a big breaking ball. The numbers speak for themselves this year. That’s going to be the difference for him: His ability to locate his secondary pitches to both sides of the plate. I’ve seen him up to 90 or 91 but he’s mostly going to live in the mid- to upper-80s. The way he commands the ball is ultimately going to be the difference. - Piliere
Ralph Garza, Jr., RP - Projected round – 10 to 12th rounds: I like Garza. He’s interesting. 91 to 93 and touched 94 with a quick arm. He’s a solid athlete. Plus slider, 84 with power as a strikeout pitch. Control has been an issue. - Fitt
Anthony Hermelyn, Jr., C - Projected round – Top three rounds: That was one of my favorite guys on the Cape last summer. I think he benefits this year because there are not a lot of catchers out there, really anywhere in the country – high school or college. The fact that he has a consistent track record, the power has kept coming along, it’s a solid catch-and-throw skill set. He wasn’t quite as impressive this spring as opposed to last summer. He’s got the body type. He looks the part. He’s a guy people can see behind the plate as a professional. - Piliere
Robert Tasin, Sr., P/1B - Projected round – 10th to 15th round: 88-90, not too overpowering. A guy with some results is going to do pretty well. - Piliere