Astros Draft 2015: CTH Mock Draft Picks 1-5
Arizona Diamondbacks Select…With First Pick
Jun 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks managerChip Hale
(3) questions the umpires call in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
First Pick-Arizona Diamondbacks: GM is Dave Stewart
With the first pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks select Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School in Florida.
Ten years ago the Dbacks took Justin Upton, then a shortstop, straight out of high school and in Rodgers they have the opportunity to allow history to repeat itself.
Rodgers will offer the Diamondbacks a two-way shortstop who has real potential to stick at the position in the majors. He currently has good size at 6’1″ and 195 lbs and possesses a strong arm. Further, there is good indication that he will be able to hit at the top level with an above average power to go with an above average bat.
Of some concern is his relatively pedestrian statistics from high school. In his senior year, he hit .360, with a .457 OBP and a slugging percentage of .786. These were all down slightly from his .397/.488/.823 junior statistics.
His fielding percentage improved from his junior to senior season, which is encouraging given the slight drop in his offensive production. Scouting reports are confident that Rodgers will be able to produce in the pros and point to his summer performances against the best prep pitchers in the country.
Acting GM: Andrew Sanders @sandersandrew
CTH Astros Draft Targets: Brendan Rodgers
What does the Arizona Diamondback’s Fansided site @VenomStrikes think of CTH’s pick?
“Brendan Rodgers and Dansby Swanson could be closely linked for the rest of their careers. I’m a huge believer in Rodgers ability, but I’m more of a fan of Swanson’s accomplishments. A National Champion and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 College World Series, Swanson has proved that he may be closer to the majors at this point. Of course, it helps that I can see Swanson with my own eyes as he’s currently looking to return to Omaha. Swanson is my guy.” – Guillermo Salcido.
Editors Note: I agree with Guillermo Salcido that the Diamondbacks will take Dansby Swanson over Brendan Rodgers, but each GM has their own ideas…Eric @Eric_CTH
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