After an eventful Day One, it’s onto Day Two of the 2015 MLB Draft. Today rounds 3-10 will take place. Here are my best available players who I think are signable. I am not including players such as Tristan Beck, Justin Hooper, Luken Baker, etc. who have said they want to go to college and aren’t going to sign.
These players will be ordered based on my last big board.
Donny Everett RHP
Everett is the last of my top-20 available in this draft. I am not sure if he is even signable away from Vanderbilt. He had a lot of first round buzz and was the top prep right-hander on most boards. Instead 14 prep right handers have been drafted and he is still on the board. He has hit 100 MPH this year and reports on his secondary stuff claim it was improved. I am betting he is not draftable at this point, but have not heard it stated, so he makes the list.
Kep Brown OF
Brown got hurt earlier on this year and it seems to have killed his stock. I could see him going with the first pick today though. A lot of the prep talent that were linked to the Diamondbacks had potential plus right-handed power. Brown has a lot of swing-and-miss to his game but the big 6’5” outfielder could still be signed, I think, if a team has the money. He seems likely to end-up at Miami this fall, though.
Drew Finley RHP
I was told he was going to be drafted by his father’s team, the Dodgers. He was linked to a dozen teams but I have to wonder if he has decided to attend USC. I am shocked he has not been drafted yet because of all of the interest. He doesn’t have the big upside of many of the other prep right-handers but his advanced feel and connections to the game would make him a likely choice to go quickly on Day Two.
Mike Matuella RHP
Does Matuella return to Duke? He might have to pull a Mark Appel and return to school as a senior with something to prove. The issue for Matuella is he will miss part of the year. He still won’t be able to compete in any summer events and his back will still be a concern for teams. I wonder if his asking price is dropping. I think there were just too many concerns for teams to consider with him: Tommy John surgery, a degenerative back issue, and a very small track record. I feel bad for the kid, as he seems like a smart kid who just wants to play baseball.
Dakota Chalmers RHP
Chalmers problem is he got helium too quickly and then faded at the wrong time. We have seen a team like the Cubs save money and then come back and get a big, expensive prep arm later. Chalmers would be a huge get for a Georgia program that has struggled to find a place in the deep SEC.
Blake Trahan SS
Everyone was told the same rumor and had Trahan going 26 to the Angels. He projects out as a utility guy to me with some pop and speed, but there is a non-zero chance he ends up a starter for a team at short. A safe pick and with the run on shortstops, Trahan is a surprising name to see still on the board.
Jalen Miller SS
Miller has to be smarting. He was so heavily tied to the Braves specifically in the first round and they have passed on him five times since. He could still end up there has they have not taken any high money players. He is yet another shortstop in this draft and that might be his problem, the class might be too deep and teams who already have a shortstop might be passing here.
Jacob Nix RHP
Nix was the guy who lost out when the Astros failed to sign 2014 number one pick Brady Aiken and didn’t have the slot money to sign Nix. I had heard him connected to a few teams, notably the Tigers. He could still end up there, as I think they are underslot so far in this draft. He is a big right-hander with easy velocity, but the fact he is not a high school senior (he pitched at IMG Academy as a post-graduate this year) and yet still not a developed college arm might be hurting his stock.
Steve Duggar OF
I am not shocked to see Duggar here. He really has fallen in the eyes of many even if I remain a big fan. I love the fact he went from a strikeout guy who rarely walked to walking more than he struck out this year. The tools are there for him to be a plus defender in center. His speed and arm are current plus skills. I am not sure how many players you can say have two current plus skills in this draft, let alone among players who are left.
Chandler Day RHP
Another Vandy commit that I think is going to college. Day didn’t have the best spring. I am still curious about the big, cold weather arm who is young for his class. He needs work but there is still a lot of upside in him.
Casey Hughston OF
Hughston is a draft-eligible sophomore and that means he is more likely headed back to Alabama to try and be a first-rounder in a year. He has excellent bat speed and many think it should lead to power down the road. He is raw, though, and needs to develop. His strikeout rate shows a guy who will currently swing at nearly everything.
Alonzo Jones 2B
Jones’ speed is one of the best tools in this class but after a disappointing senior year, he might be headed to Vanderbilt which is a common refrain among the players mentioned in this piece.
Chad Smith OF
I think he still gets drafted and wonder if the Rangers or the Rockies will pull the trigger at the top of the third round, as those are two teams I had heard connected to him. He is a toolsy guy and we have seen a lot of them get drafted so far. I don’t think he ends up at Georgia.
Mariano Rivera Jr. RHP
I think he is going in the third round. Rivera is undersized but we have seen quite a few pitchers go in round two who projected out as relievers with a chance at starting. He is still new to the game and developing. He took an interesting leap this year in terms of velocity and stuff. I can’t see him lasting too much longer.
Cadyn Grenier SS
A lot of what I stated for Jalen Miller applies here, as well. Grenier is an Oregon State commit who has the tools and attitude to find success. He had some late helium so a bit surprising he is still on the board.
Joe McCarthy OF
McCarthy has had a rough year. He needed back surgery and then came back and struggled to perform. He showed a potential plus hit tool at points for Virginia. He is a big kid who can do a bit of everything. I expect to see him go in the third round to a team like the Pirates or Indians who have had connections to the Virginia program.
Demi Orimoloye OF
Orimoloye is big Canadian kid with the potential for plus right-handed power. His game has some swing-and-miss and there are concerns with the hit tool, but he has plus speed and a frame which screams right-handed power. He is an Oregon commit but I think he still ends up being drafted.
Brandon Lowe 2B
Lowe has a little bit more leverage than most since he is a red shirt sophomore, although he was injured in Maryland’s Super Regional game (broken fibula) and that could be hurting his stock. Second basemen in general tend to be undervalued because if you were good enough defensively, you would play short. Lowe shows good on-base skills and was a hard man to strike out. I think he gets drafted today. He was always viewed as more of a third round talent.
David Hill RHP
Hill is a right-handed arm and that hurt him because of the depth of the position. He has pitched well this year at San Diego and should end up getting drafted.