The 2015 MLB Draft is scheduled to run from June 8 through June 10. That means that we are just a few short weeks away from having amateur baseball players sign with MLB teams.

The draft order is the reverse order of the 2014 MLB season standings. The Arizona Diamondbacks have earned the No. 1 pick after finishing with the worst record last year. The Houston Astros will get the No. 2 pick as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, their No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.

There will only be 26 first-round picks because twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season. The teams they rejected are entitled to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. The team that signed the player loses their first round pick, though the first ten picks are protected.

The New York Mets gave up their first round pick to sign Michael Cuddyer, giving the Colorado Rockies a supplementary pick. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their pick for signing Russell Martin, which awarded the Pittsburgh Pirates a compensatory pick. The Boston Red Sox gave up their second-and-third-round picks to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, giving the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers supplementary picks, respectively.

I have gone through and studied all of the prospect rankings while also checking out mock drafts from other credible sources. After doing so, I have come up with my 2015 MLB Mock Draft. Check below to find out who your favorite team will be selecting in the first round of the draft this coming June.

Pick No. 1: Arizona Diamondbacks
Brendan Rogers
Position: SS
School: Lake Mary HS

With no Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper in this year’s draft, there isn’t one player that really stands out as above the rest. However, if there is a top prospect, then Rodgers would be it. Experts believe his bat has the potential to match Carlos Correa, who was the first pick in 2012 by the Houston Astros and is lighting up Triple-A. With so many holes to fill, the Diamondbacks just need to take the best player.
Pick No. 2: Houston Astros
Dansby Swanson
Position: SS
School: Vanderbilt

Teams don’t necessarily draft to feel a need on their parent club when picking this early in the draft. Sure, the Astros know that Carlos Correa is their eventual shortstop and Jose Altuve is already established at second, but the fact of the matter is that Dansby Swanson is one of the best prospects in the class. He will be very valuable piece as the Astros continue to improve their farm system.
Pick No. 3: Colorado Rockies
Dillon Date
Position: RHP
School: UC Santa Barbara

Dillon Tate is the most talented pitcher int he 2015 draft. He combines a mid-90’s fastball with nasty off-speed pitches, including a devastating slider. He should move up through the minors quickly and could debut as soon as 2016. The Rockies haven’t had much luck convincing free agent pitchers to pitch in Coors Field. Since they can’t sign pitching, they need to do so through the draft.
Pick No. 4: Texas Rangers
Daz Cameron
Position: OF
School: Eagle’s Landing

Daz Cameron has five tools and is the most athletic player in the 2015 draft. While he doesn’t have one really elite tool, he is above average in all of them. He is also the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron. His tools would really come into play in that bandbox of a stadium in Arlington.
Pick No. 5: Houston Astros
Kyle Tucker
Position: OF
School: Plant HS

The rich get richer here as the Astros have two of the first five picks. This is their regular pick, and after going “safe” with a college bat at No. 2, I like them to take a little risk on a high upside prep star to save draft bonus money. Remember, the Astros drafted Kyle Tucker’s brother, Preson, in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. Preston made his MLB debut on May 7 this year.
Pick No. 6: Minnesota Twins
Alex Bregman
Position: SS
School: LSU

Bregman is one of the top five prospects in this draft, and at No. 6, I can’t see the Twins passing him up. Most of their top prospects are outfielders, so this is a position of need as well. Bregman is one of the top two college bats in this class. He strikes out about once per solar eclipse. He’s sneaky strong for his 5-foot-8 frame, and many are comparing him to Dustin Pedroia.
Pick No. 7: Boston Red Sox
Carson Fulmer
Position: RHP
School: Vanderbilt

Fulmer may be the most interesting player in this year’s draft. There are questions about whether or not he’ll be able to hold up over a 162-game season as a starting pitcher due to his high-effort delivery. His floor is as a closer, but his ceiling is about as high as it gets. Fulmer was picked by the Red Sox in the 15th round out of high school, so they have always liked him. They have to wait until pick 81 for their next pick, so they will take someone they really like at this spot.
Pick No. 8: Chicago White Sox
Ian Happ
Position: OF
School: Cincinnati

Ian Happ is the most versatile prospect in this year’s draft. He has played outfield, second base and shortstop for the Bearcas. He has plenty of speed, which makes him likely a center fielder, but he can also play second. Happ will have a chance to fly through the White Sox system due to their lack of hitting.
Pick No. 9: Chicago Cubs
Tyler Jay
Position: LHP
School: Illinois

The Cubs need to find a college arm that can help soon. Jay would have had a chance to be the No. 1 prospect had his coach at Illinois allowed him to start instead of close. He is a lefty closer for in-state Illinois, and he has posteda 0.70 ERA while allowing just 34 base runners in 51 1/3 innings. His eventual MLB future is likely in the rotation.
Pick No. 10: Philadelphia Phillies
Walker Buehler
Position: RHP
School: Vanderbilt

If Buehler goes here, that would give defending national champion Vanderbilt three picks in the top 10. I believe it’s very reasonable to think it will happen. Buehler possesses a mid-to-high-90s fastball that will allow him to succeed right away at the big league level. The Phillies have plenty of holes to fill, and adding a potential No. 2 or No. 3 starter within the next couple years would be a good place to start.
Pick No. 11: Cincinnati Reds
Kolby Allard
Position: LHP
School: San Clemente HS

Easily one of the top prep pitchers in the draft, Allard possesses great stuff for a high schooler and is advanced beyond his age. He is also a lefty, which makes him even more highly-coveted. Allard would give the Reds an ace for the future, which will be needed once Johnny Cueto leaves after this season.
Pick No. 12: Miami Marlins
Trenton Clark
Position: OF
School: Richard Hills HS

The Marlins can use help everywhere. I believe they’ll go with the best player available in Trenton Clark, who is a blue-chip outfield prospect that they can plug into their system. Mike Nikorak or James Kaprielian, who the Marlins are tied to, would make sense here too as they need pitching. But toolsy outfielders have proved difficult for scouting director Stan Meek and Co. to avoid.
Pick No. 13: Tampa Bay Rays
Jon Harris
Position: RHP
School: Missouri State

The Rays have been tied to Whitley, but his stock is declining quickly. They have put too much money into high school catchers to go for Stephenson. This looks like a better spot for them to go for one of the best, and affordable, college arms available. Harris has above-average control with a promising fastball/slider combination while dominating for Missouri State this season.
Pick No. 14: Atlanta Braves
Garrett Whitley
Position: OF
School: Niskayuna HS

New Braves GM John Hart got rid of most of the team’s hitting this past offseason with the likes of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis. After stockpiling pitchers, the Braves now need to refuel the offensive side of the ball. Whitley is a high-ceiling high school outfield prospect. He has the tools to be an impact hitter, while also providing a solid glove in center at the next level.
Pick No. 15: Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Nikorak
Position: RHP
School: Stroudsburg HS

Many consider Nikorak to be the top high school pitching prospect in the draft. His 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame makes him an intriguing prospect, and he has the 97 mph fastball to go with it. The Brewers need to get younger in a hurry in their rotation as they have relied on veteran arms for far too long.
Pick No. 16: New York Yankees
Kyle Funkhouser
Position: RHP
School: Louisville

Funkhouser hasn’t had the greatest college season, which is why he has slipped a little, but he’s still potentially a top-10 talent. He’s big, strong and somewhat raw as a pitcher, but has the size and durability that most scouts want. He has a fastball in the 92-95 rains that he maintains deep into games. He’s been keeping the ball down more effectively this season, which is why he has allowed just 10 extra-base hits (no home runs) in 82 innings.
Pick No. 17: Cleveland Indians
Tyler Stephenson
Position: C
School: Mountain HS

Tyler Stephenson has been flying up draft boards while showcasing his potential in the Georgia State playoffs. He has every single offensive and defensive trait you want in a catcher. This late bloomer has drawn comparisons to Matt Wieters. Teams who take a chance on him will have to buy that his bat will play even if he has to move to right field.
Pick No. 18: San Francisco Giants
Cornelius Randolph
Position: SS
School: Griffin HS

Randolph is another prospect on the rise. He is a plus-defensive shortstop with his only question being his bat. He’ll need to prove to scouts that his bat will be an asset, which will have him moving even higher up draft boards. The Giants are built on pitching and defense, and Randolph will suit the defensive role well.
Pick No. 19: Pittsburgh Pirates
Michael Matuella
Position: RHP
School: Duke

The Pirates have struck gold on pitching in recent years. Gerrit Cole has become their ace and is living up to the No. 1 overall pick the Pirates spent on him in 2011. Jameson Taillon is close to making his Pirates debut after being selected second in 2010. Michael Matuella could be the next great get. He has the talent to be drafted first overall, but unfortunately he underwent Tommy John surgery a few months ago. This would be the place to take a chance on him.
Pick No. 20: Oakland Athletics
Nick Plummer
Position: OF
School: Brother Rice HS

As you can see, there are a lot of talented high school outfielders, and Plummer is another. Plummer would be projected to go higher in the draft, but he has been fighting a bout with mononucleosis. He has the athletic ability to be a five-tool player and could prove to be a steal this late in the first round. The A’s need to inject some life into their offense, and adding a player like Plummer to their farm system would be a step in the right direction.
Pick No. 21: Kansas City Royals
Ashe Russell
Position: RHP
School: Cathedral Catholic HS

It’s amazing that Russell has already touched 96 mph with his fastball, yet he’s still in high school. That fact alone has scouts flocking to his games. He also has a curveball and a slider that are developing into great out pitches. The Royals have been the best in the business at drafting well and developing their own prospects. They can afford to wait on Russell as they are built to win now.
Pick No. 22: Detroit Tigers
Brady Aiken
Position: LHP
School: IMG Academy

The fact that Aiken was the first overall pick by the Houston Astros in 2014 makes this No. 22 selection a surprise. However, Aiken and the Astros could not come to an agreement on a contract because Houston’s medical staff believed he would need Tommy John surgery soon. It was a terrible situation, and Aiken did undergo Tommy John surgery in March. Like Matuella, he has the talent to be the first overall pick, and the Tigers would be wise to gamble on him here.
Pick No. 23: St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin Newman
Position: SS
School: Arizona

ESPN insider Keith Law actually has Newman as the second-best prospect in the class. He says he’s the best college hitter in the class. He can stay at shortstop if need be, is a plus runner, and has hit everywhere he has played. Newman’s lack of power is what has turned some scouts off, but he still has excellent bat speed and can drive the ball consistently. The Cardinals love college performers, and Newman could be ready to replace Jhonny Peralta sooner rather than later.
Pick No. 24: LA Dodgers
James Kaprielian
Position: RHP
School: UCLA

Any college arm with a good fastball and two other plus pitches should be able to translate quickly into the majors. That’s what Kaprielian possesses, and he should move up through the minors quickly as a result. New GM Andrew Friedman will find a stud here, and he certainly could to a lot worse than Kaprielian. The Dodgers need to add a potential No. 3 starter to their rotation after Kershaw and Greinke.
Pick No. 25: Baltimore Orioles
Alex Young
Position: LHP
School: TCU

Any college arm with a good fastball and two other plus pitches should be able to translate quickly into the majors. That’s what Kaprielian possesses, and he should move up through the minors quickly as a result. New GM Andrew Friedman will find a stud here, and he certainly could to a lot worse than Kaprielian. The Dodgers need to add a potential No. 3 starter to their rotation after Kershaw and Greinke.
Pick No. 26: LA Angels
Chris Betts
Position: C
School: Wilson HS

The Angels have to be thinking about developing a young catcher to replace Chris Iannetta. They don’t have one catcher in their organization that projects to be an impact player. Adding Betts would allow them to groom him and be patient for several years with the thought of him playing in 2020. His athleticism allows him to do anything on a baseball field, making him a high-ceiling prospect.

Compensatory Picks

  • 27. Colorado Rockies – (Michael Cuddyer to Mets)
  • 28. Atlanta Braves – (Ervin Santana to Twins)
  • 29. Toronto Blue Jays – (Melky Cabrera to White Sox)
  • 30. New York Yankees – (David Robertson to White Sox)
  • 31. San Francisco Giants – (Pablo Sandoval to Red Sox)
  • 32. Pittsburgh Pirates – (Russell Martin to Blue Jays)
  • 33. Kansas City Royals – (James Shields to Padres)
  • 34. Detroit Tigers – (Max Scherzer to Nationals)
  • 35. Los Angeles Dodgers – (Hanley Ramirez to Red Sox)
  • 36. Baltimore Orioles – (Nelson Cruz to Mariners)