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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 – 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)
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)

I always tell myself I’ll stay out of the overrated/underrated game because I really don’t know enough about the consensus view on college baseball to make such proclamations, but this year’s Oklahoma pitching staff appears underrated to me based on the ratio of talent on hand and the relative quiet surrounding their arms found in print over the past few months. rJR LHP Adam Choplick remains as raw as a fourth-year college player can get, but the size (6-8, 260), fastball (low-90s, 94 peak), underrated (there I go using that word again) athleticism, and flashes of dominance (maybe not in terms of run prevention, but back to back seasons with more than a strikeout per inning and walk rates within reason are nothing to sneeze at) make him one of college baseball’s sleeping giants in terms of draft prospects. Choplick is the main reason why I find the Sooner staff underrated nationally, but not the only reason. I like both JR RHPs Blake Rogers and Corey Cropping as potential middle relievers at the highest level. I like JR LHP Jacob Evans (upper-80s heat that plays up because of pinpoint command, low-70s CB flashes plus, solid CU) a little bit more than. I also like JR LHP Jeffrey Curran even though I know little to nothing about him right now, but as a lefthander with size and seemingly some projection left (6-3, 165) his 2014 numbers (8.54 K/9 and 0.68 BB/9 in 26.1 IP) get him on the follow list. If your pitching staff can go five deep with reasonable pro prospects, that’s a quality group.

I’m less enthused about Oklahoma’s lineup, though there are still some draft-worthy talents sprinkled in. As a center fielder with average or better speed, pop, arm strength, range, and athleticism, JR OF Hunter Haley might have the highest ceiling of the class. He’s struggled with finding the right approach at the plate (27 BB/78 K in his career), but there’s no denying his physical gifts. JR C Anthony Hermelyn could get a look as a reasonably athletic catching prospect with a decent hit tool. JR OF Craig Aikin should wind up similarly regarded, only as a backup outfielder type with decent speed and a patient approach. JR 3B Kolbey Carpenter might the best blend of hit tool/power/patience on the team (at least in terms of 2015 prospects), so he’ll be closely watched this spring to see if last year’s small sample size bump in production was for real.

That just about covers the 2015 draft as far as I can tell. Now we can get to the crown jewels of this Oklahoma roster. As much as I like the 2015 class, the 2016 group has two players with star upside that will make Norman a destination for scouts from all over the country. SO RHP Alec Hansen has a huge arm (90-96 FB, 98 peak) with an above-average hard slider (mid-80s) that flashes plus and some feel for a slower breaking ball in the mid- to upper-70s. Like any large human who pitches, he’ll have to continue to work to refine his delivery and command (the two so often go hand-in-hand). Hansen also showed some serious wildness last year (10.32 BB/9) in his very short sample of a debut (11.1 IP), so that will have to be monitored each time he takes the mound this spring. There’s a long way to go between what he is and what he will be, so teams will have to keep a close eye on him as they straddle that thin line between high risk and major reward. SO 3B/RHP Sheldon Neuse is more of a sure thing with a ceiling that arguably matches Hansen’s. Even though I list him as a primary third baseman, Neuse has a legit shot at sticking at shortstop professionally. I remember following him in high school and thinking that he’d be at least average at short and potentially plus at third. Those thoughts haven’t changed after one year of college. I also liked him better on the mound. That opinion is far more debatable and at this point I’d strongly lean towards sending him out as a position player. He was very impressive on the mound as a freshman (8.25 K/9 and 3.00 BB/9 in 12 IP), but truly outstanding as a hitter (.304/.369/.521 with 27 BB/31 K in 240 AB). Neuse has a huge leg up on the majority of his 2016 competition when it comes to locking down a spot in next year’s first round.