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2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Big 12 Follow List

Baylor

SR RHP Austin Stone (2015)
rSR LHP Brad Kuntz (2015)
rJR RHP/INF Ryan Smith (2015)
SR RHP Sean Spicer (2015)
SR 3B/2B Duncan Wendel (2015)
JR SS Justin Arrington (2015)
SR OF Adam Toth (2015)
SR OF Logan Brown (2015)
rSO C Matt Menard (2015)
JR 3B West Tunnell (2015)
rSO INF Ben Carl (2015)
JR 1B Mitch Price (2015)
SO OF Darryn Sheppard (2016)
SO LHP Daniel Castano (2016)
SO RHP Drew Tolson (2016)
SO RHP Nick Lewis (2016)
FR OF Levi Gilcrease (2017):
FR 3B Jonathan Ducoff (2017)

Kansas

rJR OF Joe Moroney (2015)
SR OF Connor McKay (2015)
rJR OF Steve Goldstein (2015)
SR 2B/SS Justin Protacio (2015)
JR 2B/SS Colby Wright (2015)
JR 2B/SS Tommy Mirabelli (2015)
JR 1B/3B Jacob Boylan (2015)
JR 1B/3B Ryan Pidhaichuk (2015)
SR OF/RHP Dakota Smith (2015)
JR RHP Hayden Edwards (2015)
JR LHP Ben Krauth (2015)
SR RHP Drew Morovick (2015)
SO C Michael Tinsley (2016)
SO RHP Sean Rackoski (2016)
SO RHP Jon Hander (2016)
SO RHP Stephen Villines (2016)
FR LHP Blake Weiman (2017)
FR LHP Ryan Jackson (2017)
FR RHP Ryan Ralston (2017)
FR 3B Matt McLaughlin (2017)

Kansas State

SR OF Max Brown (2015)
SR 2B/OF Carter Yagi (2015)
JR C Alex Bee (2015)
JR OF Clayton Dalrymple (2015)
rSO 2B/SS Jake Wodtke (2015)
JR SS Tyler Wolfe (2015)
rSO C Steve Serratore (2015)
JR C Tyler Moore (2015)
rSR 1B/LHP Shane Conlon (2015)
rJR RHP Kyle Halbohn (2015)
JR RHP Corey Fischer (2015)
JR RHP Lucas Benenati (2015)
rJR RHP Nate Williams (2015)
JR RHP Levi MaVorhis (2015)
rSO RHP Colton Kalmus (2015)
rSO RHP Blake McFadden (2015)
rSO RHP Nate Griep (2015)
SO LHP Jordan Floyd (2016)

Oklahoma

JR RHP Blake Rogers (2015)
rJR LHP Adam Choplick (2015)
JR RHP RHP Corey Copping (2015)
JR RHP Ralph Garza (2015)
rSR RHP Robert Tasin (2015)
JR LHP Jeffrey Curran (2015)
JR LHP/1B Jacob Evans (2015)
JR C/RHP Anthony Hermelyn (2015)
JR OF Hunter Haley (2015)
JR C Chris Shaw (2015)
rSR OF Taylor Alspaugh (2015)
SR 2B/SS Josh Ake (2015)
JR OF Craig Aikin (2015)
JR 3B Kolbey Carpenter (2015)
SO RHP Alec Hansen (2016)
SO 3B/RHP Sheldon Neuse (2016)
SO OF Cody Thomas (2016)
SO RHP Jake Elliott (2016)
SO 1B Austin O’Brien (2016)
FR 2B Kyle Mendenhall (2017)
FR 3B Quin Walbergh (2017)

Oklahoma State

rJR RHP/OF Conor Costello (2015)
JR RHP Koda Glover (2015)
rSR LHP Tyler Nurdin (2015)
SR RHP Jon Perrin (2015)
JR LHP Alex Hackerott (2015)
SR LHP Michael Freeman (2015)
SO RHP Trey Cobb (2015)
JR SS/2B Donnie Walton (2015)
JR 2B Kevin Bradley (2015)
JR 3B David Petrino (2015)
SR 2B/OF Tim Arakawa (2015)
SR 3B Hunter Hagler (2015)
SR C Bryan Case (2015)
SR C/OF Gage Green (2015)
JR OF Corey Hassell (2015)
SO LHP Garrett Williams (2016)
SO RHP Tyler Buffett (2016)
SO RHP Blake Battenfield (2016)
SO RHP Thomas Hatch (2016)
SO RHP Remey Reed (2016)
SO LHP Matt Wilson (2016)
SO OF Ryan Sluder (2016)
SO 3B Andrew Rosa (2016)
SO 1B/OF Dustin Williams (2016)
FR OF Jon Littell (2017)
FR 1B/OF Caleb Eldridge (2017)
FR SS Jacob Chappell (2017)
FR LHP/OF Garrett McCain (2017)
FR RHP Carson LaRue (2017)
FR 1B Mason O’Brien (2017)

Texas Christian

JR LHP Alex Young (2015)
JR RHP Riley Ferrell (2015)
rSO RHP Mitchell Traver (2015)
rSR RHP Trey Teakell (2015)
SR RHP Preston Morrison (2015)
SO LHP Tyler Alexander (2015)
rSO RHP Brian Triegflaff (2015)
SR LHP Travis Evans (2015)
SR OF Cody Jones (2015)
SR 3B/2B Derek Odell (2015)
rJR SS Keaton Jones (2015)
JR 2B Garrett Crain (2015)
SR OF/1B Jeremie Fagnan (2015)
JR OF Nolan Brown (2015)
JR OF Dane Steinhagen (2015)
SO RHP Brian Howard (2016)
SO 2B/SS Elliott Barzilli (2016)
rFR LHP Ryan Burnett (2016)
rFR LHP Brandon Gilson (2016)
rFR OF Connor Beck (2016)
FR C Evan Skoug (2017)
FR C Zack Plunkett (2017)
FR OF Connor Wanhanen (2017)

Texas

SR RHP Parker French (2015)
rSR RHP Ty Marlow (2015)
JR LHP Ty Culbreth (2015)
JR RHP Chad Hollingsworth (2015)
JR LHP Travis Duke (2015)
JR SS/3B CJ Hinojosa (2015)
JR OF Ben Johnson (2015)
SR OF Collin Shaw (2015)
rJR OF Taylor Stell (2015)
SR 2B Brooks Marlow (2015)
SO OF/3B Zane Gurwitz (2016)
SO C Tres Barrera (2016)
SO 1B/RHP Kacy Clemens (2016)
SO RHP Morgan Cooper (2016)
SO 3B Andy McGuire (2016)
SO RHP Blake Goins (2016)
SO LHP Josh Sawyer (2016)
SO LHP Jon Malmin (2016)
rFR SS/3B Bret Boswell (2016)
FR RHP Kyle Johnston (2017)
FR RHP Connor Mayes (2017)
FR C Michael Cantu (2017)
FR RHP Tyler Schimpf (2017)
FR SS/3B Travis Jones (2017)
FR RHP Parker Joe Robinson (2017)
FR OF Kaleb Denny (2017)
FR OF Patrick Mathis (2017)
FR SS Joe Baker (2017)
FR C Mike McCann (2017)

Texas Tech

JR RHP Matt Withrow (2015)
SR LHP Cameron Smith (2015)
SR RHP Corey Taylor (2015)
SR RHP Dominic Moreno (2015)
JR RHP Justin Bethard (2015)
JR RHP Dalton Brown (2015)
JR RHP Johnathon Tripp (2015)
JR RHP/OF Quinn Carpenter (2015)
JR 1B/LHP Eric Gutierrez (2015)
JR OF Zach Davis (2015)
JR OF Tyler Neslony (2015)
SR SS Tim Proudfoot (2015)
SR 2B Bryant Burleson (2015)
JR C Kholton Sanchez (2015)
JR C Tyler Floyd (2015)
rSO SS/2B Cory Raley (2015)
SO 3B Ryan Long (2016)
SO OF Stephen Smith (2016)
SO OF William Hairston (2016)
SO OF Hunter Hargrove (2016)
SO OF Anthony Lyons (2015)
SO RHP Ryan Moseley (2016)
SO LHP Dylan Dusek (2016)
SO LHP Ty Damron (2016)
SO RHP Sean Thompson (2016)
FR RHP/OF Pat Mahomes (2017)
FR SS/OF Tanner Gardner (2017)
FR LHP Parker Mushinski (2017)
FR SS Orlando Garcia (2017)
FR LHP Jacob Patterson (2017)

West Virginia

SR SS Taylor Munden (2015)
SR C Cameron O’Brien (2015)
rSR 3B/1B Brad Johnson (2015)
rJR OF KC Huth (2015)
rJR LHP Ross Vance (2015)
JR RHP Jeff Hardy (2015)
SO 1B/RHP Jackson Cramer (2016)
SO 1B Jackson Cramer (2016)
SO RHP Chad Donato (2016)
rFR 2B Shaun Corso (2016)
FR OF Kyle Davis (2017)
FR RHP BJ Myers (2017)
FR RHP Shane Ennis (2017)

2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Kansas

rJR OF Joe Moroney (2015)
SR OF Connor McKay (2015)
rJR OF Steve Goldstein (2015)
SR 2B/SS Justin Protacio (2015)
JR 2B/SS Colby Wright (2015)
JR 2B/SS Tommy Mirabelli (2015)
JR 1B/3B Jacob Boylan (2015)
JR 1B/3B Ryan Pidhaichuk (2015)
SR RHP/OF Dakota Smith (2015)
JR RHP Hayden Edwards (2015)
SR RHP Drew Morovick (2015)
SO C Michael Tinsley (2016)
SO RHP Sean Rackoski (2016)
SO RHP Jon Hander (2016)
SO RHP Stephen Villines (2016)

Stony Brook transfer rJR OF Steve Goldstein’s return to the diamond will be exciting for Kansas fans to track this spring. A return to his freshman year form (.307/.388/.458 with 21 BB and 21 K in 166 AB) would get him drafted this June. He shows a lot of the traits that could make him a valuable bench outfielder if he gets back to his old ways. He’ll be joined in the outfield by rJR OF Joe Moroney (plus speed, pesky hitter) and SR OF Connor McKay (plus speed, has flashed power, as athletic as they come), two prospects who can more than hold their own as center fielders defensively. That’s a potentially excellent college outfield with three guys who at least have the chance (if you’re feeling particularly optimistic) to come off the board this June. The outfield would get another boost if SR RHP/OF Dakota Smith, a viable pro prospect both ways, continues to see time out there. He’ll be a tough player for scouts to decide on, as he’s pretty good as a position player and as a pitcher. In the former role, he’s shown the speed, range, and arm strength to play a mean center field — man, this could be an excellent defensive outfield if it all comes together — and signs of growth as a hitter (.337/.399/.460 with 13 BB and 20 K in 187 AB last season) over the past few years. On the mound he puts that strong arm to use (88-94 FB) with a good slider. That doesn’t sound like much at face value, but when you consider his relative inexperience as a pitcher (room for improvement!), lack of mileage on the arm (always a plus!), and extreme athleticism (so so so important for a pitcher), he starts to really pique one’s interest. He’s without a doubt my favorite arm on the staff and very much in the running for top position player, though it’s really hard to separate the outfielders. I think I’d rank them Smith, Goldstein, McKay, and Moroney for now, but if even two of those guys stay in those exact spots by June I’ll be surprised.

Kansas has a few middle infielders who could also get late looks — they do a great job of finding and developing patient yet powerless leadoff types in Lawrence — but the unheralded JR 2B/SS Colby Wright jumped out to me as the best potential long-term bet. All in all, this looks like a solid college team with a lot of solid college players with perhaps a future pro or three sprinkled in for good measure.

Quick College Look Ahead – UConn, LSU, and Kansas

Not sure what direction to take now that I’m finally staring at almost four months without “meaningful” baseball. Right now the plan is to go back and respond to any comments I’ve missed over the past few weeks, continue plugging away with college/high school draft scouting reports, and sharing out any interesting tidbits that I happen to run across – probably doing that last bit on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule. I’m open to providing just about any kind of content (college team profiles, closer look at high school player groups, top ten positional rankings, whatever), so if there is anything in particular that anybody wants to see, drop me a comment or an email. It’s a loooooooooong offseason and this normally a pretty dead period for any kind of draft news, but reading and writing about faraway prospects may help the next couple of frigid months go a little quicker. For now, here are a couple notes about some interesting college teams and players to watch heading into 2010.

Connecticut

The Huskies feature one of the nation’s most intriguing pair of two-way talents in SO RHP/SS Nick Ahmed (2011) and SO RHP/3B Kevin Vance (2011). Ahmed turned some serious heads in summer league play with a fastball sitting in the low-90s, a low-70s curve with promise, and a presently league average change. Ahmed may have been the hotter name over the summer, but Vance’s stuff is currently a touch better. He has similar velocity to Ahmed (normally sitting 90-92 with the FB), but a better overall breaking ball and plus command give him the overall edge. Both players figure to see plenty of time on the mound in 2010, though neither should be limited to just pitching. Ahmed and Vance will each fight for time on the left side of the infield, an area that Connecticut has well covered between the two two-way guys and returning star Mike Olt. If Ahmed locks down either the 3B or SS spot on a semi-regular basis (with Olt manning the other spot), don’t be surprised to see Vance get a shot working behind the plate.

LSU

The defending champs bring back an absolutely loaded squad. There are some questions on the pitching side that will need to be sorted out, but the Tigers outfield depth is just silly. SO OF Mike Mahtook (2011), JR OF Leon Landry (2010), and SO Johnny Dishon (2011) would have been my guesses as the starting outfielders heading into the spring, but the return of SR OF Blake Dean (2010) and the arrival of SO OF Trey Watkins (2011) give LSU five legit pro prospects in the outfield. Mahtook is a definite five-tool talent who just looks like a future first rounder, Landry will draw plenty of Jared Mitchell comps due to his football playing background and impressive raw physical tools, and Dishon profiles similarly to Mahtook but may be just a little bit short in each tool category when directly compared to his outfield mate. Dean is slowly rounding back into baseball shape after a run of bad luck offseason medical work. Meanwhile, all early buzz on Trey Watkins has been nothing but positive. Reports of his plus-plus speed have not been exaggerated as Watkins really is a joy to watch run, especially when he is doing the running after having driven a ball into the gap for a triple.

Kansas

The folks in Lawrence figure to be pretty occupied by a different kind of bball through early April, but the left side of the Jayhawks infield deserves an early mention before getting buried in the avalanche that is KU basketball. JR 3B Tony Thompson (2010) has special potential with the bat and a cannon for an arm at third. His 6-5, 220 pound frame, power potential, and questionable future at third base (even with the big arm he may have to slide across the diamond as a pro) garner late career Troy Glaus comps. The man to his left will be JR SS Brandon Macias (2010), another Kansas infielder with plus arm strength. Macias has very good defensive tools that should play up with as he gains experience playing at the highest level of collegiate ball. He has enough pop in his bat to go along with above-average speed to make him an interesting five-tool player to watch this spring.