2015 MLB Draft Results: Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 2
The 2015 MLB draft results are in from Day 2 of the festivities, which means it's time to start jumping to conclusions.
It's always a dangerous game to judge a pick before a given player has signed—let alone stepped onto a diamond for a professional club—but there are already prospects and teams that are looking like winners and losers at this early juncture.
On Day 2 of the draft, there were big-time prospects who tumbled way down the board, and there were also teams that landed impressive hauls. One of those squads that cleaned up is the Washington Nationals, snagging the son of an MLB legend.
Read on for a list of the biggest drafting winners and losers from Tuesday.
Winner: Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers went big with the team's first pick of Day 2, selecting Michael Matuella with the No. 78 overall pick.
The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in April, but before that, he was in the mix to become the No. 1 selection in the draft, per Paul Casella of MLB.com. There's always a risk when a team drafts an injured player, but if Matuella bounces back, this selection could prove to be one of the top steals of 2015.
What's more—it sounds like there's a high probability that the Duke starter will ink a deal with Texas.
"The Rangers have made it clear to me that they want to sign me, so I’m confident we can work something out," Matuella said, per Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Loser: Jacob Nix, RHP
The draft didn't go according to plan for Jacob Nix.
The righty, whom ESPN's Keith Law tabbed as the No. 30 prospect entering this year's installment, ended up falling all the way to the third round (No. 86).
As Nix explained, per Corey Brock of MLB.com, he wasn't surprised that the San Diego Padres called his name, but he also wasn't thrilled that it took so long.
"We had been talking to the Padres going into it, but I didn't think I would even get to their first pick [No. 51]," he said. "I was a little upset that first day."
As he embarks upon his professional career, one thing is for sure: Nix will have a giant chip on his shoulder.
Winner: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs reeled in some impressive arms on Day 2 of the draft, as the team selected six pitchers. Left-hander Bryan Hudson and right-hander David Berg are right at the top of the list.
Armed with a monster curve, Hudson—whom the Cubs picked in the third round (No. 82 overall)—was lights out in 2015. During his senior season at Alton High School in Illinois, Hudson piled up 150 Ks in 70.1 frames.
Berg also posted some monster numbers this season: The UCLA closer sported a 0.68 ERA in 43 outings as he racked up 13 saves for the Bruins.
Loser: Reilly Hovis, RHP
An elbow injury wrecked Reilly Hovis' draft stock.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, the University of North Carolina right-hander had to wait until the ninth round (No. 266) for the Miami Marlins to select him.
Had the reliever stayed off the shelf, he would have been drafted much earlier on. Back in 2014, Hovis posted a 2.25 ERA and punched out 81 batters in 64 innings of work.
Winner: Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals didn't draft Mariano Rivera III in the fourth round (No. 134) because he's the son of one of the greatest relievers of all time. The righty earned his selection because he was dominant in 2015.
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan explained his astronomical rise from a 29th-round pick in the 2014 draft: "Mariano Rivera Jr. is no novelty. Really clean delivery. Fastball sat 93-95 and hit 97 late in year. Good breaking balls."
During his junior season at Iona College, Rivera cruised through the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Rivera ripped off a school-record 113 strikeouts in 85 innings with a 2.65 ERA.
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