SCOUT MLB Publishers Mock Draft, Round 2

The SCOUT Network is a leading source of information about baseball's next generation of stars. We put our collective knowledge of the baseball prospect landscape to the test with our SCOUT MLB Publisher's 2015 Mock Draft. SCOUT MLB Publishers, contributors and friends of the network got together to mock-up the first 70 picks of the draft. Inside, Round 2.

The MLB Draft is less than a week away and our SCOUT MLB group has been busy preparing for the busiest three days of the MLB season. Our group of MLB Publishers, writers and friends of the network recently got together to mock up the first 70 picks of the MLB draft. Below are the results of Round One. In the first article, we mocked-up the First Round. In article #2, we took on the Competitive Balance and Compensation Round A.

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Second Round

Pick #43 (Round 2), Arizona Diamondbacks: Kyle Cody, RHP, Kentucky

Selection made by Taylor Blake Ward, Publisher, InsidetheHalos.com

The Dbacks are always high on right-handed pitchers with strong fastballs that come with a mixture of movement and velocity. With the selection of Kyle Cody, the Dbacks pick up both of those things. Cody profiles as a back-end rotation member if he sticks as a starter, but he could also move quickly as a reliever. His large frame (6’7’’, 245 pounds) allows him to maintain easy velocity. Cody's command is questionable but with a focus on off-speed development, Cody could learn to throw these pitches for strikes more often. Cody’s fastball has plenty of zip and should remain an asset throughout his career.

Pick #44 (Round 2), Colorado Rockies: Chandler Day, RHP, Watkins Memorial (Ohio) HS

Selection made by Jeff Ellis, SCOUT MLB Draft Analyst

Chandler Day is a big, cold-weather arm who just drips upside. He is a Vanderbilt recruit, which is always a sign that a pitcher is one of the best in his region. He is young for the draft, which is another reason to bet on his upside. Day has some good sink on his fastball and that makes him a fit for Colorado. After drafting a college arm and a pair of outfielders, I was looking for another arm here. Day has one of the best ceilings of any pitcher left at this point.

Pick #45 (Round 2), Texas Rangers: Tristan Beck, RHP, Corona (Calif.) HS

Selection made by Kyle Glaser, Contributor, InsidetheHalos.com

Tristan Beck is someone people are going to look back on in a few years and wonder how he wasn’t a much higher pick. He’s 6’4’’ with easy 91-94 MPH heat he holds into the late innings, a knee-buckling curveball and a changeup that makes scouts shake their heads in awe. Oh, and he’s only 175 pounds, meaning he’s got plenty of room to add weight and velocity. He’s a Stanford commit whose smarts play on the field, and he’s an underappreciated all-around athlete. His total package of stuff, size, smarts and athleticism is unparalleled in this year's draft, and all he needs is seasoning. The Rangers need pitching, and they just got a potential future No. 1 starter with the 45th overall pick.

Pick #46 (Round 2), Houston Astros: Riley Ferrell, RHP, Texas Christian

Selection made by Jerry Espinoza, Contributor, InsidetheHalos.com

Riley Ferrell could throw in relief in the big leagues right now. He is one of the top closers in the college ranks and is expected to move fast to the Major Leagues. Ferrell hits 94-98 MPH with good life on his fastball and throws a mid-80's slider. Ferrell threw for Team USA and averaged two K's per inning in his 9 innings of work. This season with TCU, he has racked up 14 K/9. Ferrell has allowed just 4 earned runs in 28 innings this season while notching 14 saves. He recorded 44 strikeouts this season and opponents batted .090 against him.

Pick #47 (Round 2), Chicago Cubs: Mac Marshall, LHP, Chipola (Az.) JC

Selection made by Mike Nester, Publisher, NorthSidersReport.com

The left-hander out of Parkview High School in Liburn, Georgia wanted a reported $1.5 million in last year’s draft and went unsigned when the Astros selected him in the 21st-round. Instead of enrolling at LSU, Marshall headed to Chipola Junior College in Florida and is once again draft-eligible. His fastball reached 95 in high school but is consistently in the low 90s, and he has a plus change-up and a good breaking ball. The 19-year-old had some injury problems this spring that lowered his draft stock but he is a good fit for the Cubs in the second round.

Pick #48 (Round 2), Philadelphia Phillies: Jalen Miller, INF, Riverwood (Ga.) HS

Selection made by Max Wildstein, Senior Editor, HardballScoop.com

Dipping back into the position player pool, the Phillies look to Georgia, taking shortstop Jalen Miller. The prep star has showcased his talents at local events and Perfect Game tournaments. Miller is one of the most gifted defenders among high school infielders in the entire draft. He also sports a strong arm. That arm and natural speed and quickness give him plus range in the middle of the diamond. At just 6’0’’, 170 lbs,, Miller is not expected to be a plus hitter in the pros, but he could peak as average with the bat. His defensive prowess will be his calling card. Signability may be an issue for some teams, as he is committed to play baseball next year at Clemson. According to the available stats from this season, Miller managed a .444/.543/.809 line over 81 plate appearances, along with five home runs and 17 runs batted in. He also committed just three errors during the season.

Pick #49 (Round 2), Cincinnati Reds: Richie Martin, SS, Florida

Selection made by Ryan Sullivan, NatsGM.com

After choosing a talented high school hitter with some signability concerns, the Reds, I expect, will focus on easy-to-sign college players with their 2nd round pick. Surprisingly in this exercise, the impressive college middle infield crop has been largely ignored, giving the Reds their choice of the “fourth” best college shortstop available. While Blake Trahan and Kyle Holder are intriguing, I would expect the Reds to choose Florida shortstop Richie Martin.

Martin is a tremendous athlete with good speed and excellent lateral agility. Blessed with soft hands, good feet and a strong arm, there is little question Martin will stay at shortstop as a professional. Offensively, Martin showed skills last summer in the Cape League, handling himself well with a wood bat, although there are questions about the impact he will have offensively. Nonetheless, Martin projects as an above-average to plus defensive shortstop with a chance to hit in the #2 spot in the lineup down the road.

Pick #50 (Round 2), Miami Marlins: Chris Shaw, 1B, Boston College

Selection made by Max Wildstein, Senior Editor, HardballScoop.com

Boston College baseball has not had a player drafted before the 11th round since the 2010 draft, but it looks like that will be changing this coming draft. A player that suits the needs of the Miami Marlins is slugging outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw. The powerful Shaw stands at 6’3’’, coming in at 250 lbs. Shaw has some great potential power and could be a regular 20-30+ home run hitter at his peak. Despite not hitting a lot of home runs this spring, he showed many scouts that he could hit the ball with power to all parts of the field. He sports one of the smoothest swings in the draft, along with an ability to hit for average. Playing most of his games in the outfield his sophomore year, Shaw transitioned over to first base, where it is more likely that he profiles as in pro ball. He has the power to thrive in pro ball, but he will have to develop his speed if he ever wanted to be an outfielder, and with this unlikely, he will be a power-hitting first baseman.

Pick #51 (Round 2), San Diego Padres: Kyle Holder, SS, San Diego

Selection made by John Conniff and David Jay, Senior Writers, MadFriars.com

After surrendering their first-round pick to sign James Shields and their competitive balance pick in the Craig Kimbrel trade, the Padres will be the last club to make their first pick in the 2015 draft. And since they have - for the fourth time in five years - new scouting leadership under first-year general manager A.J. Preller, predicting what they'll do here is something of a fool's errand. It certainly wouldn’t be shocking to hear scouting director Mark Conner call someone with a louder carrying tool, but USD’s Kyle Holder is a lock to stay at shortstop, draws strong reviews for his intangibles and is ready to move quickly through a system that has a desperate need in the middle of the infield. There are literally a dozen names that would fit here, but we’ll stick with the local kid and look forward to a 2016 draft that will likely include five picks in the top 60.

Pick #52 (Round 2), Tampa Bay Rays: Juan Hillman, LHP, Olympia (Fla.) HS

Selection made by Jeff Ellis, SCOUT MLB Draft Analyst

Juan Hillman was an incredible value to me here. He is a tall, thin lefty who could add some velocity but already knows how to pitch and has some developed secondary offerings. He has been in the top-40 picks of every single mock draft I have posted. After taking a polished college bat in round one, I wanted to grab an arm here, preferably left-handed, and in this case the top arm for me was Hillman. It was an easy selection of top value meeting with top talent.

Pick #53 (Round 2), New York Mets: Skye Bolt, OF, North Carolina

Selection made by Rick Laughland, Publisher, AmazinClubhouse.com

We all know about the plethora of pitching talent the Mets have stockpiled across the minor leagues, but there's little question that the Amazin's are in dire need of high on-base percentage guys in the lineup. That’s exactly what outfielder Skye Bolt brings to the table. As a sophomore at UNC in 2014, Bolt tied for the team-lead with four home runs and drew a team-high 38 walks. His strike-zone discipline and patience at the plate speak for itself, but his defensive instincts truly jump off the charts. Bolt tallied eight outfield assists and just three errors in his second season with the Tar Heels. Juan Lagares is clearly the Mets’ centerfielder of the future, but Bolt has spent time playing both corner outfield spots, so it could be relatively smooth transition for him in the majors. Bolt’s draft stock has taken a significant hit since his power numbers and average have dipped during his junior year, but he could be a reliable fourth outfielder and defensive replacement in the next couple of years. Few ballclubs have the luxury of turning to a switch-hitting defensive standout off the bench and Bolt could fit that bill for a Mets team that is devoid of quality depth in the lineup.

Pick #54 (Round 2), Atlanta Braves: David Hill, RHP, San Diego.

Selection made by Bill Shanks, Publisher, AtlantaDugout.com

Could David Hill be like Alex Wood and make a quick impact in Atlanta? The Braves hope so. Hill was the West Coast Conference pitcher of the year in 2015 after posting a 7-1 record and a 1.38 ERA. The Braves want to accumulate as much pitching as possible and taking a college pitcher here gives them another arm that should be on the fast track.

Pick #55 (Round 2), Milwaukee Brewers: Braden Bishop, OF, Washington

Selection made by Taylor Blake Ward, Publisher, InsidetheHalos.com

Braden Bishop is one of the best defensive outfielders in this draft. Milwaukee picks up a solid player who will be able to play centerfield and create problems for opposing teams on the base paths. Bishop's combination of speed and defense is what attracted the Brewers, and with the likely high cost of their first two picks, Milwaukee needed a college player to fall to them at pick #55. Baseball is turning back the page, shying away from power, and going back to speed and defense. Bishop fits that direction. It may take some time to develop his bat in the minors, but with coaching, Bishop will could be with the big club within three to four years.

Pick #56 (Round 2), Toronto Blue Jays: Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Academy

Selection made by Mark Anderson, TigsTowns.com Scouting Director

After getting caught up in the Brady Aiken debacle during the 2014 draft, and ultimately not signing with the Astros, Jacob Nix maintained his draft eligibility by pitching for IMG Academy this spring. Armed with a fastball that sits in the 91-93 MPH range that can reach 95-96 MPH in bursts, Nix is an intriguing arm with high-upside potential. Given his prototypical size (6’4’’, 200) and strength, Nix can be projected to sit in the mid-90s at his peak. His fastball is backed up by a quality curveball that has plus potential, and a changeup that shows some promise. If things come together for Nix, he could be a solid mid-rotation starter with an ability to miss bats, and he carries the fallback option of pitching in high-leverage situations out of the bullpen.

Pick #57 (Round 2), New York Yankees: Austin Smith, RHP, Park Vista (Fla.) HS

Selection made by Patrick Teale, Publisher, PinstripesPlus.com

The Yankees would collectively being doing cartwheels if the draft were to play out the way it has in this mock draft, being able to draft three potential frontline starting pitchers with their first three picks and revamp their farm system pitching depth in one fell swoop. Nabbing Brady Aiken and Mike Matuella earlier comes with obvious risk with their respective Tommy John surgeries. Selecting Austin Smith at this spot will not only be a coup considering most pundits project him as a first round talent but it would also provide a little bit of pitching insurance should Aiken and Matuella not pan out, at least as much insurance as selecting a high school arm can provide. Standing 6’4’’ and weighing 220 pounds, Smith is a power pitcher noted for his advanced mechanics and power breaking ball. There's both a high ceiling and safeness to the projection with Smith, and the Yankees would not be able to believe their good fortune if they were able to steal him at this spot.

Pick #58 (Round 2), Washington Nationals: Alex Young, LHP, Texas Christian

Selection made by Sean Hogan, Staff Writer, CitizensofNatsTown.com

Drafting Alex Young at 58th overall would be a dream scenario for Mike Rizzo and the Nationals, so I was giddy to be able to grab him here. While Young does not have top-of-the-rotation potential, I believe in his ability to develop and command three above-average pitches in his fastball, slider and changeup. Pitching isn’t exactly a sore spot in the Nationals’ system right now, but he should sign quickly for slot value and move fast through the minor league ranks. The latter part is very important, because this pick is the compensatory selection given to the Nationals for failing to sign 2014 second-round pick Andrew Suarez, and failing to sign the 58th overall pick would not afford them another compensatory pick next year. The best part - Young was the top available player on my board (my 34th ranked player overall) without taking signability into account, so the value was still ideal. I also considered HS OFs Demi Orimoloye and Eric Jenkins, as well as HS RHP Kyle Molnar and college SS Blake Trahan here.

Pick #59 (Round 2), Cleveland Indians: Cole Sands, RHP, North Florida Christian (Fla.) Academy

Selection made by Jeff Ellis, Contributor, IndiansBaseballInsider.com

After taking back-to-back college players, I wanted to go out of my way to grab a prep player here. Cole Sands is a very good value at the end of round two. He has a lot of things going for him that increase his value outside of just being a very good pitcher. He is young for the draft and won't be 18 until July. He is a right-hander with very good size at 6'3" and 200 pounds. His brother was a top pick to the Cubs a year ago who went well over slot to sign him. His stuff is good with solid movement. He is not a high velocity player but still has mid rotation upside.

Pick #60 (Round 2), Seattle Mariners: Joe McCarthy, OF, Virginia

Selection made by Rick Randall, Publisher, SeattleClubhouse.com

The Mariners surrendered their first round pick when they signed Nelson Cruz as a free agent, so as they waited their turn at No. 60, it wasn't as if any particular names were on their list. Rumored to be looking in the direction of a big risk/upside-type arm like Taijuan Walker, who they selected the last time they didn't have a selection in the first round, they saw several such arms fall off the board just ahead of their turn. So when the draft finally did get to them, they instead went back to a familiar hotbed of talent for them, selecting Virginia junior outfielder Joe McCarthy. The preseason All-American missed much of the 2015 season for the Cavaliers following back surgery in January, but he is an advanced college bat with patience and power potential that profiles as a solid defender with solid speed and a fringe arm in left field.

Pick #61 (Round 2), San Francisco Giants: Nick Neidert, RHP, Peachtree (Ga.) HS

Selection made by Melissa Lockard, SCOUT MLB Editor

The Giants could go several different directions with this pick, but they will ultimately go with another prep arm in Nick Neidert. The Giants love right-handers who throw hard and, although Neidert is a bit on the smaller side than many other pitchers in the San Francisco system, he has a fastball that can touch 96 and an idea of how to spot it. The Giants did well in Georgia with Zack Wheeler a few years ago and they will look for a repeat with Neidert.

Pick #62 (Round 2), Pittsburgh Pirates: Tyler Nevin, 3B, Poway (Calif.) HS

Selection made by George von Benko, Publisher, PiratesDugout.com

Tyler Nevin is committed to UCLA. The son of 1992 #1 overall pick Phil Nevin, Tyler is on the list despite sitting out his junior year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow. Nevin is one of the more advanced high school hitters in this class, and his frame and pedigree indicate he's going to hit with power. He has a great makeup.

Pick #63 (Round 2), Oakland A’s: Thomas Eschelman, RHP, Cal-State, Fullerton

Selection made by Melissa Lockard, Editor-in-Chief, OaklandClubhouse.com

The A’s system is thin on starting pitching prospects in the upper-levels, and Thomas Eschelman is a prospect who can jump straight from college to Double-A. Eschelman doesn’t have flashy stuff, but he has arguably the best command of any pitcher to leave the collegiate ranks in several years. Eschelman’s arsenal is also well developed and there shouldn’t be much he will need to refine before being able to compete in the upper-levels of the minor leagues. He could reach big leagues as a back-end starter as soon as mid-season 2016.

Pick #64 (Round 2), Kansas City Royals: Demi Orimoloye, OF, St. Matthew (Ont.) HS

Selection made by Ryan Schinstock, Publisher, RoyalCurve.com

One of the more intriguing players in the draft is Demi Orimoloye. Orimoloye was born in Africa and moved to Canada when he was just three years old. If he does make it to the big leagues, he would be the first person born in Africa to play in the majors. He’s rawer than a lot of the players in the draft, but his ceiling is very high. He has a high boom/bust factor. Built like a linebacker, he is probably destined to play right. Despite his size, he is still very fast, and that power/speed combination is something that MLB teams covet. His bat has plus potential in both power and average. He also does a good job of recognizing pitches. If there is one weakness in his game, it is probably his defense. Orimoloye doesn’t take great routes on balls, and his arm, at this point, isn’t as strong as you would like. All indications are that he is coachable, and routes on balls is something that can improve with good coaching. The Royals, throughout their system, have good defensive outfielders, so one could assume that they are well-equipped to make Orimoloye the best player possible.

Pick #65 (Round 2), Detroit Tigers: Christin Stewart, OF, Tennessee

Selection made by Mark Anderson and Chris Brown, TigsTown.com Writers

The Tigers zeroed in on a college OF with this pick, and they were quite happy to be able to land Christin Stewart in the twilight of the mock draft. Stewart is likely relegated to left as a pro, but he was one of the more productive power hitters in college baseball this season, and he has a chance to post a high on-base percentage and hit for above-average power as a pro.

Pick #66 (Round 2), St. Louis Cardinals: Mikey White, SS, Alabama

Selection made by Brian Walton, Publisher, TheCardinalNation.com

With Mikey White projected to go in the 40’s in many mocks, the fact he was still available at #66 made him too good of a bargain to pass up. The solid, but unspectacular defender can hit for average, but like many at his position, the power is lacking. A player who performs above his tools seems like a fit for St. Louis.

Pick #67 (Round 2), Los Angeles Dodgers: Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente (Calif.) HS

Selection made by Vanessa Armas, Contributor, InsidetheHalos.com

With their third pick in this draft, the Dodgers choose another local prep player in Lucas Herbert. Herbert is an impressive, well-rounded catcher. He is quick to take control of the field behind the plate with his quick release, arm strength, and flexibility to block pitches in the dirt. Herbert also shows great ability at the plate with consistent contact. The Dodgers would benefit from Herbert’s potential as a catcher, hitter and leader to increase his skills and make him the best he could be within their organization.

Pick #68 (Round 2), Baltimore Orioles: Justin Garcia, OF/1B, Nova Southeastern

Selection made by Ryan Sullivan, NatsGM.com

After selecting two players who are expected to be taken earlier in the draft, Baltimore will likely seek a value pick at #68, hoping to find a college player willing to sign below slot. With this in mind, the Orioles will select Division II slugger from Nova Southeastern University, first baseman Justin Garcia. Garcia has played some outfield in college, but his 6’3’’, 235-pound frame probably profiles best at first base. Nevertheless, Garcia has legitimate home run power in his left-handed swing, clubbing 26 home runs and 44 extra base hits in 52 games played this season. Garcia shows good bat speed and some contact skills as well, though he has faced inconsistent competition while in college. However, in a draft devoid of power hitters, expect to hear Garcia’s name early in the draft to a team that priorities production and the opportunity to save a few dollars.

Pick #69 (Round 2), Washington Nationals: Blake Trahan, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette

Selection made by Sean Hogan, Staff Writer, CitizensofNatsTown.com

I hoped to have one of the aforementioned four players that I passed up on pick 58, and was very pleased to grab a polished college shortstop with my second selection. Like with the Alex Young selection, Blake Trahan was the top player available on my list, and was my 48th-ranked player overall. In my opinion, he’ll develop into a solid all-around shortstop, with average-to-plus tools across the board other than game power (although I won’t have any issues with him spraying line drives all over the field). He satisfies the scouting focus in me with his instincts, speed and smarts, but also passes the eye test stat-wise by walking more than he’s struck out all three of his seasons at ULL. While he stands at just 5’9”, Trahan has the potential to be a big player in the future of the team who drafts him.

Pick #70 (Round 2), Los Angeles Angels: Taylor Ward, C, Fresno State

Selection made by Taylor Blake Ward, Publisher, InsidetheHalos.com

The Angels love good defensive catchers. I saw Taylor Ward on the board and knew that it was the obvious pick. Ward already has good defensive skills, which is what draws him to the Angels, but his bat has some promise, as well. The Angels will aim to develop his bat and give him a better approach at the plate, as well as get him into framing pitches at a more advanced level than he is already. Development should turn Ward into a very special catcher for us in the future, and the Angels have time to work with him with Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy just beginning their Major League careers.


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