2015 Draft Profiles

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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…

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2015 Draft Profile: Alex Young

School: TCU; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-2; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 32nd round, 2012   Background: The 6-foot-2 southpaw out of Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein, IL) worked mainly out of the Horned Frogs’ bullpen during his first two seasons, making 44 appearances, all of but four coming in a…

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2015 Draft Profile: Kyle Cody

School: Kentucky; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-7; Weight: 245 Previously Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies, 33rd round, 2012   Background: After entering collegiate ball with a modicum of hype, Cody, who was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 33rd round as a senior and subsequently named among the best freshman in the country after he spurned Philadelphia’s offer, split his debut season between the rotation…

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2015 Draft Profile: Garrett Cleavinger

School: Oregon; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-0; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After pitching in the shadows of 2014 fifth round pick Jake Reed, Cleavinger has become a shutdown closer for the Ducks this season. Cleavinger, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a NCBWA Second-Team Freshman All-American, has fanned an…

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2015 Draft Profile: Kyle Holder

School: San Diego; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: L/R Height: 6-1; Weight: 185 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After spending a year getting his feet wet – and subsequently dominating – at Grossmont College, Holder, who batted .405 for the Green and Gold Griffins, transferred to the University of San Diego, where he’s starred as…

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2015 Draft Profile: Richie Martin

School: Florida; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 185 Previously Drafted: Seattle Mariners, 38th round, 2012   Background: Like UCLA ace right-hander James Kaprielian, Martin, the Gators’ starting shortstop for much of his time in college, was tabbed by the Seattle Mariners in the late, late round of the 2012. The 6-foot,…

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2015 Draft Profile: Riley Ferrell

School: TCU; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-1; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: One of the nation’s premier relievers throughout his three-year career with the Horned Frogs – in terms of production he’s right up there with UCLA’s David Berg – Ferrell has had very few blips. He opened up his…

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2015 Draft Profile: David Berg

School: UCLA; Class: Senior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 194 Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 17th round, 2014   Background: One of my favorite collegiate prospects in recent memory. Period. As I noted in last year’s write up Berg, who has been ridiculously solid during his run with Bruins, was lightly recruited coming out…

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2015 Draft Profile: Jon Harris

School: Missouri State; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: Toronto Blue Jays, 33rd round, 2012   Background: A fulltime member of the Bears’ rotation from the moment he set foot onto the campus two years ago, Harris had a solid debut campaign as he posted a 61-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio…

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2015 Draft Profile: Sikes Orvis

School: Ole’ Miss; Class: Senior Position: 1B; B/T: L/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 235 Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 19th round, 2011   Background: In one of the bigger surprises in last year’s draft the Ole’ Miss first baseman never heard his name called, in any of the 40 rounds, despite stringing together some solid production…

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2015 Draft Profile: James Kaprielian

School: UCLA; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: Seattle Mariners, 40th round, 2012   Background: A three-year member of UCLA’s vaunted pitching staff Kaprielian has worked exclusively out of the Bruins’ rotation the past two seasons after a dominant stint in the bullpen as a true freshman. During his…

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2015 Draft Profile: Andrew Benintendi

School: Arkansas; Class: Junior Position: CF; B/T: L/L Height: 5-10; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Cincinnati Reds, 13th round, 2013   Background: After getting the call as a late round – likely courtesy – selection of his hometown Cincinnati Reds, Benintendi has been one of – if not the – highest risers in college baseball this…