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- Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt
The dream situation for the Braves is Georgia native Tyler Stephenson getting to their pick, but that looks unlikely. Here, they land a developed pitcher црщ has the frame to add weight and move up the system quickly.
Pick change; previously Tyler Stephenson, C
- John Harris, RHP, Missouri State
Milwaukee has had a rough go of it in 2015, so I think the team will be more inclined to play it safe with a college arm. This is could be a little low for Harris as he could easily go in the top half of the first round. He has a quality arm and has a well-developed repertoire of breaking pitches. Pick change; previously Kyle Funkhouser, RHP
- Chris Betts, C, High School
Betts seems like a great fit for the Yankees. They like catchers with bat potential, which Betts fits. The left-handed hitter is well suited to Yankee Stadium. Other teams may not feel that Betts can stay behind the plate, so that could help push him to the Yankees’ pick. Plus, Baseball America’s John Manuel has said the Yankees are aggressively scouting Betts.
- Cornelius Randolph, SS, High School
Cleveland is said to be targeting one of the high school shortstops, and Randolph gets to their pick in this 2015 MLB Mock Draft. The Indians are said to want a college arm or a toolsy prep player. Randolph fits in the latter.
- Donny Everett, RHP, High School
The Giants need to rebuild their pitching talent in the minor leagues, and Everett would give the organization a talented young arm to develop. He is said to be in play for teams picking in the teens and 20s, so this is the right range for the prep righty.
- Trenton Clark, OF, High School
Two years ago, Pittsburgh doubled up on position players in the first round. Everybody thought the Pirates would take pitching last year, but they once again went with a position player. Clark follows in line with last year’s pick of shortstop Cole Tucker as a player with a talented bat and tools to develop.
Pick change; previously Ian Happ, OF/2B
- Ian Happ, OF/2B, Cincinnati
Oakland has always been inclined to go with college performers, and Happ is a developed bat who fits the team’s track record. With his position flexibility, he could help the A’s to get more out of their lineup.
Pick change; previously John Harris, RHP
- Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona
The Royals have the luxury of a productive farm system that has developed one of the best teams in the league. Kansas City could go with the best player available, who, in this case, is Newman. He is another strong middle infielder who has a good bat and glove. The Royals are also said to have been keying on some of the shortstop prospects.
- Phil Bickford, RHP, Junior College Southern Nevada
The Tigers love power arms, and all the experts at Baseball America and MLB.com have been projecting Detroit to take Bickford. That could easily mean the prediction won’t come to pass, but I trust those writers when it comes to the baseball draft more than myself.
- Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
There were many projections that had Funkhouser going in the top 10 before a bit of a slump in his final season. The Cardinals have taken pitchers with their last three first-rounders, and St. Louis could strike gold with another pick similar to Wacha in a good college arm who slid to the club’s slot.
Pick change; previously Trenton Clark, OF
- Brady Aiken, LHP, High School
Like Bickford, Aiken is the popular projection from the experts; it makes sense. The No. 1 pick from last year is available because of injury, but the Dodgers can afford to develop him slowly.
- D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State
John Manuel from Baseball America did a great job of analyzing why Stewart to Baltimore makes sense. The organization has ties to Stewart, and he fits the analytics that the Orioles emphasize.
- Blake Trahan, SS, Louisiania-Lafayette
Trahan is a tools hitter who could be a top of the order presence for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Taking a productive college player at the end of the first round looks like a safer choice. Mayo also said the Angels like Trahan.
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