MLB Draft Big Board 2015: Mike Rosenbaum's Complete Predraft Rankings

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterMay 27, 2015

MLB Draft Big Board 2015: Mike Rosenbaum's Complete Predraft Rankings

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    Will Lake Mary HS (Fla.) shortstop Brendan Rodgers go No. 1 overall?
    Will Lake Mary HS (Fla.) shortstop Brendan Rodgers go No. 1 overall?Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    With the 2015 MLB Rule 4 draft less than two weeks away, one would think that the teams with early first-round picks already know who they’re going to take. However, due to a lack of impact players at certain positions in this year’s class, as well as the injuries to some of its more talented arms, there’s still little clarity as to how the draft might unfold outside of the first few picks. (And they aren't even a sure thing, depending on who you ask.)

    Although this predraft ranking highlights many of the important names in the 2015 class, there’s still plenty of time for players to improve their stock before the draft, especially with the College World Series on the horizon and most prep prospects busily working out for potential suitors.

    With that being said, here are the top-75 overall prospects for this year’s draft, complete with a look at how the class stacks up at each position, as well as some of its top tools.

Top 75 Overall

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    LSU SS Alex Bregman
    LSU SS Alex BregmanDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

     

    RankPlayerPos.School
    1Brendan RodgersSSLake Mary HS (Fla.)
    2Dansby SwansonSSVanderbilt
    3Alex BregmanSSLouisiana State
    4Dillon TateRHPUC Santa Barbara
    5Carson FulmerRHPVanderbilt
    6Tyler JayLHPIllinois
    7Ian HappOF/2BCincinnati
    8Kolby AllardLHPSan Clemente HS (Calif.)
    9Kyle TuckerOFH.B. Plant HS (Fla.)
    10Walker BuehlerRHPVanderbilt
    11Kyle FunkhouserRHPLouisville
    12Daz CameronCFEagles Landing HS (Ga.)
    13Mike NikorakRHPStroudsburg HS (Penn.)
    14Jonathan HarrisRHPMissouri State
    15James KaprielianRHPUCLA
    16Cody PonceRHPCal Poly Pomona
    17Garrett WhitleyCFNiskayuna HS (N.Y.)
    18Andrew BenintendiCFArkansas
    19Tyler StephensonCKennesaw Mountain HS (Ga.)
    20Trenton ClarkOFNorth Richland Hills HS (Texas)
    21Kevin NewmanSSArizona
    22Nick PlummerOFBrother Rice HS (Mich.)
    23Phil BickfordRHPSouthern Nevada
    24Brady AikenLHPIMG Academy (Fla.)
    25Mike MatuellaRHPDuke
    26Chris BettsCWoodrow Wilson HS (Calif.)
    27Beau BurrowsRHPWeatherford HS (Texas)
    28Nate KirbyLHPVirginia
    29 Ashe RussellRHPCathedral HS (Ind.)
    30Kyler MurraySS/2BAllen HS (Texas)
    31Justin HooperLHPDe La Salle HS (Calif.)
    32Cornelius Randolph3B/2BGriffin HS (Ga.)
    33D.J. StewartOFFlorida State
    34Dakota ChalmersRHPLakeview Academy (Ga.)
    35Donny EverettRHPClarksville HS (Tenn.)
    36Ke'Bryan Hayes3BConcordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
    37Alonzo JonesOF/IFColumbus HS (Ga.)
    38Richie MartinSSFlorida
    39Tristan McKenzieRHPRoyal Palm Beach HS (Fla.)
    40Jalen MillerSSRiverwood International (Ga.)
    41Austin SmithRHPPark Vista Community (Fla.)F
    42Eric JenkinsCFWest Columbus HS (N.C.)
    43Alex YoungLHPTexas Christian
    44Juan HillmanLHPOlympia HS (Fla.)
    45Blake TrahanSSLouisiana Lafayette
    46Scott Kingery2BArizona
    47Nick ShumpertSSHighlands Ranch HS (Colo.)
    48Drew FinleyRHPRancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)
    49Donnie DeweesCFNorth Florida
    50Mitchell HansenOFPlano HS (Texas)
    51Jacob NixRHPIMG Academy (Fla.)
    52Tristan BeckRHPCorona HS (Calif.)
    53Chris Shaw1B/OFBoston College
    54Demi OrimoloyeOFSt. Matthews (Ontario)
    55Jahmai Jones2B/OFWesleyan HS (Ga.)
    56Chad SmithCFSouth Gwinnett HS (Ga.)
    57Riley FerrellRHPTexas Christian
    58Jacob WoodfordRHPH.B. Plant HS (Fla.)
    59Kep BrownOF/1BWando HS (S.C.)
    60Joe McCarthyOFVirginia
    61Peter LambertRHPSan Dimas HS (Calif.)
    62Andrew StevensonCFLouisiana State
    63Tyler Nevin3BPoway HS (Calif.)
    64Jeff DeganoLHPIndiana State
    65Rhett WisemanOFVanderbilt
    66Josh Naylor1BSt. Joan of Arc Catholic (Ontario)
    67Brady SingerRHPEustis HS (Fla.)
    68Antonio SantillianRHPSeguin HS (Texas)
    69Josh StaumontRHPAzusa Pacific
    70Andrew SuarezLHPMiami
    71Luken BakerRHP/1BOak Ridge HS (Texas)
    72Mikey WhiteSSAlabama
    73Taylor WardCFresno State
    74Harrison BaderCFFlorida
    75Gio BrusaOFPacific

Right-Handed Pitcher

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    Vanderbilt RHP Carson Fulmer
    Vanderbilt RHP Carson FulmerNati Harnik/Associated Press

    Best Prospect: Dillon Tate

    Most MLB-Ready: Carson Fulmer

    Highest Ceiling: Mike Nikorak

    Most Helium: Jon Harris

    Biggest Risk: Mike Matuella

    Sleeper Candidate: Tristan McKenzie

    Best Command: Tom Eshelman

    Bust Candidate: Kyle Funkhouser

    Best Velocity: Tate/Josh Staumont/Donny Everett

    Best Curveball: Fulmer/Finley/Nikorak

    Best Slider: Tate/Kyle Funkhouser 

    Best Changeup: Walker Buehler 

    RankPlayerSchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Dillon Tate UC Santa Barbara Never4
    2Carson FulmerVanderbilt Red Sox 2012 (15)5
    3 Walker Buehler Vanderbilt Pirates 2012 (14)10
    4Kyle Funkhouser Louisville Never11
    5Mike Nikorak Stroudsburg HS (Penn.)Alabama 13
    6Jon HarrisMissouri State Blue Jays 2012 (33)14
    7James Kaprielian UCLA Mariners 2012 (40)15
    8Cody PonceCal Poly Pomona Never16
    9Phil Bickford Southern Nevada Blue Jays 2013 (1)23
    10Mike Matuella Duke Never25
    11Beau Burrows Weatherford HS (Texas)Texas A&M 27
    12Ashe RussellCathedral HS (Ind.)Texas A&M 29
    13Dakota Chalmers Lakeview Academy (Ga.)Georgia 34
    14Donny Everett Clarksville HS (Tenn.)Vanderbilt 35
    15 Tristan McKenzieRoyal Palm Beach HS (Fla.)Vanderbilt 39
    16Austin SmithPark Vista Community (Fla.)Florida Atlantic 41
    17Drew Finley Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)USC 48
    18Tristan BeckCorona HS (Calif.)Stanford 51
    19Jacob Nix IMG Academy (Fla.) Astros 2014 (5)52
    20Riley FerrellTexas Christian Never57
    21Jacob Woodford H.B. Plant HS (Fla.)Florida 58
    22Peter LambertSan Dimas HS (Calif.)UCLA 61
    23Brady Singer Eustis HS (Fla.)Florida 67
    24Antonio Santillan Seguin HS (Texas)Texas Tech 68
    25Josh Staumont Azusa Pacific Never69
    26 Luken BakerOak Ridge HS (Texas)Texas Christian 71
    27Nick Neidert Peachtree Ridge (Ga.)South Carolina -
    28Tom Eshelman Cal St. Fullerton Never-
    29Kyle CodyKentucky Phillies 2012 (33)-
    30Jake Lemoine Houston Rangers 2012 (21)-
    31Ryan BurrArizona State Rangers 2012 (33)-
    32Cole SandsNorth Florida Christian HS (Fla.)Florida State -
    33 Kyle Molnar Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)UCLA -

Left-Handed Pitcher

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    Illinois LHP Tyler Jay
    Illinois LHP Tyler JayHannah Foslien/Associated Press

    Best Prospect: Kolby Allard

    Most MLB-Ready: Tyler Jay

    Highest Ceiling: Kolby Allard/Brady Aiken

    Most Helium: Jay

    Biggest Risk: Aiken

    Sleeper Candidate: Jeff Degano

    Best Command: Jay/Juan Hillman

    Bust Candidate: Justin Hooper

    Best Velocity: Jay

    Best Curveball: Allard

    Best Slider: Alex Young

    Best Changeup: Hillman

    RankPlayerSchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Tyler JayIllinois Never6
    2 Kolby AllardSan Clemente HS (Calif.)UCLA 9
    3Brady Aiken IMG Academy (Fla.) Astros 2014 (1)23
    4Nate KirbyVirginia Never28
    5Justin HooperDe La Salle HS (Calif.)UCLA 31
    6Alex YoungTexas Christian Rangers 2012 (32)43
    7Juan Hillman Olympia HS (Fla.)Central Florida 44
    8Jeff Degano Indiana State Never64
    9Andrew SuarezMiami Nationals 2014 (2)70
    10Brett Lilek Arizona State Mariners 2012 (37)-
    11Travis Bergen Kennesaw State Never-
    12Brendon Little Malvern Prep (Penn.)North Carolina -
    13Thomas Szapucki William T. Dwyer HS (Fla.)Florida -
    14Ryan Kellogg Arizona State Blue Jays 2012 (12)-
    15Mac MarshallChipola Astros 2014 (21)-

Catcher

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    Best Prospect: Tyler Stephenson

    Most MLB-Ready: Taylor Ward

    Best Athlete: Ward

    Highest Ceiling: Stephenson

    Most Helium: Stephenson

    Biggest Risk: Betts

    Sleeper Candidate: Wyatt Cross

    Bust Candidate: Betts

    Best Plate Discipline: Ward

    Best Bat: Stephenson

    Best Power: Stephenson/Betts

    Best Speed: Ward

    Best Arm: Jason Goldstein

    Best Defense: Goldstein

    RankPlayerSchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Tyler StephensonKennesaw Mountain HS (Ga.)Georgia Tech  19
    2Chris BettsWoodrow Wilson HS (Calif.)Tennessee  26
    3Taylor WardFresno State Rays 2012 (31) 73
    4Lucas HerbertSan Clemente HS (Calif.)UCLA  
    5Wyatt CrossLegacy HS (Colo.)North Carolina  
    6Austin ReiWashington Twins 2012 (38)  
    7Garrett WolforthConcordia Lutheran HS (Texas)Dallas Baptist  
    7Domenic DeRenzoCentral Catholic HS (Penn.)Oklahoma  
    8Elih MarreroCoral Gables HS (Fla.)Mississippi State   
    9Daniel Salters Dallas Baptist Nationals 2014 (22)  
    10Jason GoldsteinIllinois Never 

Corner Infield

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    Best Prospect: Cornelius Randolph 

    Most MLB-Ready: Chris Shaw

    Best Athlete: Randolph

    Highest Ceiling: Randolph

    Most Helium: Josh Naylor

    Biggest Risk: Naylor

    Sleeper Candidate: Trey Cabbage

    Bust Candidate: Tyler Nevin

    Best Plate Discipline: Ke'Bryan Hayes

    Best Bat: Randolph/Blankenhorn/Hayes

    Best Power: Shaw

    Best Speed: Randolph

    Best Arm: Hayes

    Best Defense: Hayes

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Cornelius Randolph3B/2BGriffin HS (Ga.)Clemson  32
    2Ke'Bryan Hayes3BConcordia Lutheran HS (Texas)Tennessee 36
    3Chris Shaw1B/OFBoston College Mets 2012 (26)53
    4Tyler Nevin3BPoway HS (Calif.)UCLA  63
    5Josh Naylor1BSt. Joan of Arc Catholic (Ontario)Texas Tech 66
    6Trey Cabbage3BGrainger HS (Tenn.)Tennessee -
    7Ryan Mountcastle3B/OF Hagerty HS (Fla.) Central Florida -
    8David Thompson3BMiami  Yankees 2012 (38) -
    9Travis Blankenhorn3BPottsville Area HS (Penn.)Kentucky  -
    10Austin Byler1BNevada Nationals 2014 (9)-
    11Kolton Kendrick1BLoranger HS (La.) Southeastern Louisiana -
    12Brandt Stallings1BKings Ridge Christian HS (Ga.)Georgia Tech -
    13Willie Calhoun3BYavapai  Rays 2013 (17)-
    14John Aiello3B/SSGermantown Academy (Penn.)Wake Forest -
    15Zander Weil1BVanderbilt  Never-
    16Matt Rose1BGeorgia State Blue Jays 2012 (24) -
    17Josh Tobias3BFlorida Never -
    18Matt Gonzalez3BGeorgia Tech Athletics 2012 (11)-
    19Carl Wise3BCharleston Never-

Middle Infield

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    Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson
    Vanderbilt SS Dansby SwansonPeter Aiken/Getty Images

    Best Prospect: Brendan Rodgers

    Most MLB-Ready: Alex Bregman

    Best Athlete: Kyler Murray

    Highest Ceiling: Rodgers

    Most Helium: Scott Kingery

    Biggest Risk: Murray

    Sleeper Candidate: Nick Shumpert

    Bust Candidate: Jahmai Jones

    Best Plate Discipline: Bregman

    Best Bat: Bregman

    Best Power: Rodgers

    Best Speed: Murray

    Best Arm: Rodgers/Drew Jackson

    Best Defense: Kyle Holder/Richie Martin/Jalen Miller

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Brendan RodgersSSLake Mary HS (Fla.)Florida State 1
    2Dansby SwansonSSVanderbilt Rockies 2012 (38)2
    3Alex BregmanSSLouisiana State Red Sox 2012 (29)3
    4Kevin NewmanSSArizona Never21
    5Kyler MurraySSAllen HS (Texas)Texas A&M 30
    6Richie MartinSSFlorida Mariners 2012 (38)38
    7Jalen MillerSSRiverwood International (Ga.)Vanderbilt 40
    8Blake TrahanSSLouisiana Lafayette Never45
    9Scott Kingery2BArizona Never46
    10Nick ShumpertSSHighlands Ranch HS (Colo.)Kentucky 47
    11Jahmai Jones2B/OFWesleyan HS (Ga.)North Carolina 55
    12Mikey WhiteSSAlabama Mets 2012 (34)72
    13Kevin KramerSS/3BUCLA Indians 2011 (25)-
    14Nick MadrigalSSElk Grove HS (Calif.)Oregon State -
    15Kyle HolderSSSan Diego Never-
    16Brandon LoweSS/2BMaryland Never-
    17Jose Vizcaino Jr.SSSanta Clara Dodgers 2012 (36)-
    18Cadyn GrenierSSBishop Gorman HS (Nev.)Oregon State -
    19Kal SimmonsSSKennesaw State Never-
    20Drew JacksonSSStanford Giants 2012 (37)-

Outfield

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    CF Daz Cameron
    CF Daz CameronLenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    Best Prospect: Daz Cameron

    Most MLB-Ready: Ian Happ

    Best Athlete: Cameron

    Highest Ceiling: Cameron

    Most Helium: Andrew Benintendi

    Biggest Risk: Garrett Whitley

    Sleeper Candidate: Chris Chatfield

    Bust Candidate: Kep Brown

    Best Plate Discipline: D.J. Stewart

    Best Bat: Happ

    Best Power: Benintendi/Stewart

    Best Speed: Alonzo Jones

    Best Arm: Skye Bolt

    Best Defense: Eric Jenkins

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Ian HappOF/2BCincinnati Never7
    2Kyle TuckerOFH.B. Plant HS (Fla.)Florida 9
    3Daz CameronCFEagles Landing HS (Ga.)Florida State 12
    4Garrett WhitleyCFNiskayuna HS (NY)Wake Forest 17
    5Andrew BenintendiCFArkansas Reds 2013 (31)18
    6Trenton ClarkOFRichland HS (Texas)Texas Tech 20
    7Nick PlummerOFBrother Rice HS (Mich.)Kentucky 22
    8D.J. StewartOFFlorida State Yankees 2012 (28)33
    9Alonzo JonesCF/IFColumbus HS (Ga.)Vanderbilt 37
    10Eric JenkinsCFWest Columbus HS (N.C.)UNC Wilmington 42
    11Donnie DeweesCFNorth Florida Never49
    12Mitchell HansenOFPlano HS (Texas)Stanford 50
    13Demi OrimoloyeOFSt. Matthews (Ontario)Oregon 54
    14Chad SmithCFSouth Gwinnett HS (Ga.)Georgia 56
    15Kep BrownOF/1BWando HS (S.C.)Miami 59
    16Joe McCarthyOFVirginia Never60
    17Andrew StevensonCFLouisiana State Never62
    18Rhett WisemanOFVanderbilt Cubs 2012 (25)65
    19 Harrison BaderCFFlorida Never74
    20Gio BrusaOFPacific Braves 2012 (37)75
    21Skye BoltCFNorth Carolina Nationals 2012 (26)-
    22Isiah GilliamOF/1BChipola (Fla.) Cubs 2014 (23)-
    23Christin StewartOFTennessee Never-
    24Steven DuggarCFClemson Never-
    25Bryce DentonOFRavenwood HS (Tenn.)Vanderbilt -
    26Chris ChatfieldOFSpoto HS (Fla.)South Florida -
    27Ben JohnsonOFTexas Braves 2012 (34)-
    28Kevin CollardCFRancho Buena Vista HS (Calif.)San Diego -
    29Kyri WashingtonOFLongwood Never-
    30Doak DozierCFArlington Heights HS (Texas)Virginia -
    31Tate MathenyOFMissouri State Cardinals 2012 (23)-
    32Kyle DeanOFRancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)San Diego -
    33Brendon SangerOFFlorida Atlantic Never-
    34Cam GibsonCFMichigan State Diamondbacks 2012 (38)-
    35Isaiah WhiteCFJames Hunt HS (N.C.)East Carolina -