2015 Major League Baseball draft

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2015 MLB draft
Date(s) June 8–10, 2015
Location Secaucus, New Jersey
Network(s) (US) MLB Network
First selection Dansby Swanson
Arizona Diamondbacks
First round selections 42
Overall selections 1,215

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 8 through June 10, 2015, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order is the reverse order of the 2014 MLB season standings. As the Diamondbacks finished the 2014 season with the worst record, they had the first overall selection. In addition, the Houston Astros had the 2nd pick of the 2015 draft, as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, the first overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season, entitling their teams to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. The team signing the player will lose their first round choice, though the first ten picks are protected.[1] The New York Mets surrendered their first round pick (15th overall) to sign Michael Cuddyer, while the Colorado Rockies gained a supplementary pick.[2] The Toronto Blue Jays lost their pick for signing Russell Martin, giving a compensatory pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates.[3] The Boston Red Sox surrendered their second- and third-round picks (Boston's first pick is protected) to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers received supplementary picks.[4]

Dean Kremer became the first ever Israeli drafted in a MLB draft, when selected in the 39th round, by the Padres.[5]

First round selections

* Player did not sign
Pick Player Team Position School
1 Swanson, DansbyDansby Swanson Arizona Diamondbacks Shortstop Vanderbilt
2 Bregman, AlexAlex Bregman Houston Astros[Compensation 1] Shortstop LSU
3 Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers Colorado Rockies Shortstop Lake Mary High School (FL)
4 Tate, DillonDillon Tate Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher UC Santa Barbara
5 Tucker, KyleKyle Tucker Houston Astros Outfielder H.B. Plant High School (FL)
6 Jay, TylerTyler Jay Minnesota Twins Left-handed pitcher Illinois
7 Benintendi, AndrewAndrew Benintendi Boston Red Sox Outfielder Arkansas
8 Fulmer, CarsonCarson Fulmer Chicago White Sox Right-handed pitcher Vanderbilt
9 Happ, IanIan Happ Chicago Cubs Outfielder Cincinnati
10 Randolph, CorneliusCornelius Randolph Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Griffin High School (GA)
11 Stephenson, TylerTyler Stephenson Cincinnati Reds Catcher Kennesaw Mountain High School (GA)
12 Naylor, JoshJosh Naylor Miami Marlins First baseman St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School (ON)
13 Whitley, GarrettGarrett Whitley Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Niskayuna High School (NY)
14 Allard, KolbyKolby Allard Atlanta Braves Left-handed pitcher San Clemente High School (CA)
15 Clark, TrentTrent Clark Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Richland High School (TX)
16 Kaprielian, JamesJames Kaprielian New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher UCLA
17 Aiken, BradyBrady Aiken Cleveland Indians Left-handed pitcher IMG Academy (FL)
18 Bickford, PhilPhil Bickford San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher College of Southern Nevada
19 Newman, KevinKevin Newman Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Arizona
20 Martin, RichieRichie Martin Oakland Athletics Shortstop Florida
21 Russell, AsheAshe Russell Kansas City Royals Right-handed pitcher Cathedral High School (IN)
22 Burrows, BeauBeau Burrows Detroit Tigers Right-handed pitcher Weatherford High School (TX)
23 Plummer, NickNick Plummer St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Brother Rice High School (MI)
24 Buehler, WalkerWalker Buehler Los Angeles Dodgers Right-handed pitcher Vanderbilt
25 Stewart, D. J.D. J. Stewart Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Florida State
26 Ward, TaylorTaylor Ward Los Angeles Angels Catcher Fresno State

Compensatory round

Pick Player Team Position School
27 Nikorak, MikeMike Nikorak Colorado Rockies[Compensation 2] Right-handed pitcher Stroudsburg High School (PA)
28 Soroka, MikeMike Soroka Atlanta Braves[Compensation 3] Right-handed pitcher Bishop Carroll High School (AB)
29 Harris, JonJon Harris Toronto Blue Jays[Compensation 4] Right-handed pitcher Missouri State
30 Holder, KyleKyle Holder New York Yankees[Compensation 5] Shortstop San Diego
31 Shaw, ChrisChris Shaw San Francisco Giants[Compensation 6] First baseman Boston College
32 Hayes, Ke'BryanKe'Bryan Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates[Compensation 7] Third baseman Concordia Lutheran High School (TX)
33 Watson, NolanNolan Watson Kansas City Royals[Compensation 8] Right-handed pitcher Lawrence North High School (IN)
34 Stewart, ChristinChristin Stewart Detroit Tigers[Compensation 9] Outfielder Tennessee
35 Funkhouser, KyleKyle Funkhouser* Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 10] Right-handed pitcher Louisville
36 Mountcastle, RyanRyan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles[Compensation 11] Shortstop Hagerty High School (FL)

Competitive Balance Round A

Pick Player Team Position School
37 Cameron, DazDaz Cameron Houston Astros[Trades 1] Outfielder Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (GA)
38 Nevin, TylerTyler Nevin Colorado Rockies Third baseman Poway High School (CA)
39 Woodford, JakeJake Woodford St. Louis Cardinals Right-handed pitcher H.B. Plant High School (FL)
40 Kirby, NathanNathan Kirby Milwaukee Brewers Left-handed pitcher Virginia
41 Riley, AustinAustin Riley Atlanta Braves[Trades 2] Third baseman DeSoto Central High School (MS)
42 McKenzie, TristonTriston McKenzie Cleveland Indians Right-handed pitcher Royal Palm Beach High School (FL)

Other notable selections

Round Pick Player Team Position School
2 40 Young, AlexAlex Young Arizona Diamondbacks Left-handed pitcher Texas Christian University
2 46 Eshelman, ThomasThomas Eshelman Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher Cal State Fullerton
2 47 Dewees, DonnieDonnie Dewees Chicago Cubs Outfielder North Florida
2 48 Kingery, ScottScott Kingery Philadelphia Phillies Infielder Arizona
2 52 Betts, ChrisChris Betts Tampa Bay Rays Catcher Woodrow Wilson Classical High School (CA)
2 53 Lindsay, DesmondDesmond Lindsay New York Mets Outfielder Out-of-Door Academy (FL)
2 55 Ponce, CodyCody Ponce Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Cal Poly Pomona
2 57 Degano, JeffJeff Degano New York Yankees Left-handed pitcher Indiana State
2 61 Suarez, AndrewAndrew Suarez San Francisco Giants Left-handed pitcher Miami
2 73 Cody, KyleKyle Cody* Minnesota Twins Right-handed pitcher Kentucky
3 74 Sborz, JoshJosh Sborz Los Angeles Dodgers[Trades 3] Right-handed pitcher Virginia
3 78 Matuella, MichaelMichael Matuella Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher Duke
3 79 Ferrell, RileyRiley Ferrell Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher Texas Christian
3 84 Trahan, BlakeBlake Trahan Cincinnati Reds Shortstop Louisiana-Lafayette
3 86 Nix, JacobJacob Nix San Diego Padres Right-handed pitcher IMG Academy (FL)
3 100 Bader, HarrisonHarrison Bader St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Florida
4 119 Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson New York Mets Third baseman Miami
4 121 Orimoloye, DemiDemi Orimoloye Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder St. Matthew High School (ON)
4 126 Marshall, MacMac Marshall San Francisco Giants Left-handed pitcher Chipola
4 132 Calhoun, WillieWillie Calhoun Los Angeles Dodgers Second baseman Yavapai
6 173 Berg, DavidDavid Berg Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher UCLA
8 229 Stubbs, GarrettGarrett Stubbs Houston Astros Catcher Southern California
29 871 Everett, DonnyDonny Everett* Milwaukee Brewers Right-handed pitcher Clarksville High School (TN)


Compensation picks
  1. Compensation pick for failing to sign Brady Aiken in the 2014 draft.
  2. Compensation pick for the New York Mets signing Michael Cuddyer
  3. Compensation pick for the Minnesota Twins signing Ervin Santana
  4. Compensation pick for the Chicago White Sox signing Melky Cabrera
  5. Compensation pick for the Chicago White Sox signing David Robertson
  6. Compensation pick for the Boston Red Sox signing Pablo Sandoval
  7. Compensation pick for the Toronto Blue Jays signing Russell Martin
  8. Compensation pick for the San Diego Padres signing James Shields
  9. Compensation pick for the Washington Nationals signing Max Scherzer
  10. Compensation pick for the Boston Red Sox signing Hanley Ramírez
  11. Compensation pick for the Seattle Mariners signing Nelson Cruz
  1. The Astros acquired the 37th pick from the Miami Marlins along with Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, and Francis Martes for Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernández, and Austin Wates.[6]
  2. The Braves acquired the 41st pick from the San Diego Padres along with Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Matt Wisler, and Jordan Paroubeck in exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr.[7]
  3. The Dodgers acquired the 74th pick, Ryan Webb, and Brian Ward from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Ben Rowen and Chris O'Brien.[8]

See also


  1. "All 12 major league baseball free agents decline qualifying offers - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "New York Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to two-year deal - ESPN New York". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Boston Red Sox introduce Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez - ESPN Boston". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Dean Kremer Becomes First Israeli Citizen Picked in MLB Draft, by San Diego Padres
  6. "Astros ship Jarred Cosart to Marlins in 6-player deal". Houston Chronicle. July 31, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. O'Brien, David (April 5, 2015). "Braves deal Kimbrel, Upton to Padres". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 5, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Dilbeck, Steve (April 9, 2015). "Dodgers pick up reliever Ryan Webb from the Orioles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>