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2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Notre Dame

rSR RHP Cristian Torres (2015)
SR RHP Scott Kerrigan (2015)
JR RHP David Hearne (2015)
JR LHP Michael Hearne (2015)
JR LHP/OF Zac Kutsulis (2015)
SR 3B Phil Mosey (2015)
SR OF/1B Ryan Bull (2015)
SR OF Mac Hudgins (2015)
SR OF Blaise Lezynski (2015)
SR OF Conor Biggio (2015)
JR SS Lane Richards (2015)
JR C/OF Ricky Sanchez (2015)
SO RHP Ryan Smoyer (2016)
SO 2B/SS Kyle Fiala (2016)
SO 3B/2B Cavan Biggio (2016)
SO C Ryan Lidge (2016)
FR RHP Peter Solomon (2017)
FR RHP Brad Bass (2017)
FR RHP Brandon Bielak (2017)
FR LHP Sean Guenther (2017)

The strength of the 2015 Notre Dame team from a draft perspective is in the pitching. There are no locks to be selected this June, but the odds are better we see an arm go off the board than a bat. Nobody jumps out due to performance — SR RHP Scott Kerrigan and JR LHP Michael Hearne both had shiny ERAs, but middling at best peripherals — but there are a handful of arms who can run it up to the low-90s (rSR RHP Cristian Torres, JR RHP Nick McCarty, JR RHP David Hearne), a significant enough velocity benchmark that gives you a second look from most area guys. Torres (6-6, 215) and Kerrigan (6-7, 215) offer tantalizing size, and JR Zac Katsulis, who I list as a LHP but has seen more time in the outfield of late, brings serious athleticism to the mound. I’d put the over/under on all Notre Dame players being selected this June at 1.5 and still probably pick the under, but it’s not a team completely devoid of worthwhile follows. Let’s check in on how the offense stacks up.

JR SS Lane Richards does good things defensively, but hasn’t shown enough as a hitter yet to warrant serious draft consideration. SR OF/1B Ryan Bull has flashed some decent power in the past, enough that if a team thought he could catch again he could get picked late. SR OF Conor Biggio has a chance to be picked late because of his famous last name, especially if the analytical Houston front office has a sudden moment of sentimentality on draft day. The two best bats on the Notre Dame squad are guys we’ll have to wait another year to get into the pros. SO 2B/SS Kyle Fiala grows on you the more you see him. He held his own as a freshman and could be in line for a breakthrough sophomore campaign. I also expect big things (bigger, really) out of SO 3B/2B Cavan Biggio (one of the smartest, most naturally gifted young hitters I’ve seen up close), which should be unsurprising considering how much I liked him in high school (42nd ranked prospect that year, sandwiched between Ryan Boldt and Billy McKinney). It’s obviously early yet, but FR RHP Peter Solomon looks like the most intriguing young arm to track.

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