2015

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Thoughts on the 2015 Draft

The 2015 draft is squarely in the books – and more than a handful of surprises to discuss – let’s take a look at some interesting tidbits for each organization.   Arizona Diamondbacks – First year GM Dave Stewart did well grabbing Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson (report here) with the first pick in the draft….

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Breaking Down the Indians Risky First Round Pick

For much of the Mark Shapiro-led era the Indians have been highly predictable – and equally unsuccessful – when it comes to the organization’s draft track record. From Shapiro’s first draft as GM, 2002, through his final year at the helm, 2010, Cleveland went the collegiate route early and often; 10 of the club’s 14…

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2015 Draft Profile: Rhett Wiseman

School: Vanderbilt; Class: Junior Position: RF; B/T: L/R Height: 6-1`; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: Chicago Cubs, 25th round, 2012   Background: A quiet, uninspiring performer during his first two seasons with Vanderbilt, Wiseman, who batted .289/.360/.438 in part time action as a true freshman but declined to a more mediocre .277/.343/.387 the following season, has…

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2015 Draft Profile: Cody Ponce

School: Cal Poly Pomona; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-5; Weight: 235 Previously Drafted: N/A Background: One of the more talked about – and subsequently hyped – Division II prospects over the past couple seasons, Ponce, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, has been a steady force in the Broncos’ rotation this season. After dealing with…

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2015 Draft Profile: Jordan Stephens

School: Rice; Class: RS Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-1; Weight: 185 Previously Drafted: N/A Background: This season the redshirt junior made his way back from Tommy John surgery – courtesy of Arm Shredder U., which sports some illustrious names like Phil Humber, Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend, and Joe Savery – and has performed…

2015 Draft Profile: Blake Trahan

School: Louisiana-Lafayette; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 5-9; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: One of the most productive bats in the incoming 2013 college class. Trahan opened up his career with the Ragin’ Cajuns by hitting .319/.410/.423 with 10 doubles and four homeruns while going 13-for-13 in stolen bases. The diminutive…

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2015 Draft Profile: David Thompson

School: Miami; Class: Junior Position: 3B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 38th round, 2012   Background: Thompson set the state record for homeruns in a single season, 19, and a career, 55, during his four-year prep run with Westminster Christian (St. Louis, MO). The 6-foot-2, 220-pound third baseman had…

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2015 Draft Profile: Matt Hall

School: Missouri State; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-1; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Overshadowed by Jon Harris, his more highly-touted rotation-mate, Hall has surpassed nearly every pitcher’s production in 2015. Through his first 17 games – 15 starts – the 6-foot-1, 190-pound southpaw has fanned a staggering 152 batters –…

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2015 Draft Profile: Justin Garza

School: Cal State Fullerton; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 170 Previously Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 26th round, 2012   Background: A late round pick by the Indians in the 2012, Garza could very well be the best player selected by the Tribe that summer after another disappointing showing in the showing. Garza,…

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2015 Draft Profile: Chris Shaw

School: Boston College; Class: Junior Position: 1B; B/T: L/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 248 Previously Drafted: New York Mets, 26th round, 2012   Background: Poised to become the premier power bat in this year’s draft class, Shaw, a lefty-swinging first baseman, succumbed to the hitter’s version of Tommy John – sort of. The former late round pick of the Mets in 2012 broke a hamate bone in his…

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2015 Draft Profile: Skye Bolt

School: North Carolina; Class: Junior Position: CF; B/T: B/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 26th round, 2013   Background: While not quite on the same level as Carlos Rodon’s production as a true freshman – though he came close to matching Alex Bregman’s impressive debut – Skye Bolt was a revelation for…