Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson is showing why he's such an elite prospect. (Kendall Rogers)

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MLB Draft: D1Baseball’s Top 150 Prospects

The 2015 MLB Draft is less than a week away, and it remains a difficult class for the scouting community to get a handle on. There is depth to be had at both the college and high school levels, but the fact remains that the lack of clarity at the top of the class remains a major storyline.

Some things have changed in recent weeks and months, however, as we’ve seen some movement particularly on the college pitching side of things. UCLA ace, righthander James Kaprielian, has taken a huge leap forward in terms of stock, as he finished like a thoroughbred coming down the stretch for the Bruins, impressing scouts in the process. Then, there is Illinois southpaw, Tyler Jay, who continued to answer every question about his game and has pushed himself at least into the conversation for the top overall pick in the draft.

The class did lose an elite talent as well, as dual sport superstar, Kyler Murray, opted out of the MLB Draft to attend Texas A&M, where he’ll play football and baseball. In the wake of that, however, players have continued to step up and fill the void. Upstate New York standout and plus athlete, Garrett Whitley has cemented his first round status and Georgia prep catcher, Tyler Stephenson has improved his stock as much as any player in the nation.

In other words, despite a perceived lack of pure excitement surrounding this crop of players, that excitement has been trending upwards for the most part, as we’ve seen players step up from all quadrants of the class. This is also a class loaded with wildcard, high upside type players, namely the injured but supremely talented, Mike Matuella, who somehow has improved his stock of late without even throwing a ball. The Duke ace, when healthy, is clearly still the most talented arm available and should still find himself in the mix early in the first round.

RankPlayerPositionCity/CollegeCommitment
1Brendan RodgersSSLake Mary (FL)Florida State
2Dansby SwansonSSVanderbilt
3Alex BregmanSSLSU
4Dillon TateRHPUC Santa Barbara
5Kolby AllardLHPSan Clemente (CA)UCLA
6Ian HappOFCincinnati
7Tyler JayLHPIllinois
8Daz CameronOFEagle’s Landing Christian Aca. (GA)Florida State
9Kyle TuckerOFPlant (FL)Florida
10Walker BuehlerRHPVanderbilt
11James KaprielianRHPUCLA
12Trenton ClarkOFRichland (TX)Texas Tech
13Jon HarrisRHPMissouri State
14Garrett WhitleyOFNiskayuna (N.Y.)Wake Forest
15Kevin NewmanSSArizona
16Andrew BenintendiOFArkansas
17Michael MatuellaRHPDuke
18Carson FulmerRHPVanderbilt
19Nathan KirbyLHPVirginia
20Donny EverettRHPClarksville (TN)Vanderbilt


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