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2015 MLB Draft: Diamondbacks not expected to take Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers may be the consensus number one prospect but Carson Fulmer could remain most attractive to Arizona.

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Brendan Rodgers may be the consensus number one pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, and according to's Jim Callis, the results of the previous ten drafts suggests the best available talent should be selected. Rodgers has continued to have success this spring and ranked number one on's top draft prospects list in both December and April.

Callis adds the top prospects list will expand in the coming weeks and Rodgers is expected to remain at the top. Over the past few seasons, several teams have avoided the consensus top pick, most recently the Rays upon selecting Tim Beckham and the Royals when selecting Luke Hochevar. Neither pick has had a notable amount of success and each club may have benefited from selecting the best overall talent.

Although Rodgers is an option for Arizona, John Manuel of Baseball America believes the club will likely take Carson Fulmer with the first overall selection. The Diamondbacks appear to be in pursuit of a college pitcher and Fulmer appears to be more popular than Dillon Tate out of UC-Santa Barbara. Baseball America's initial draft had the Diamondbacks selecting Tate, however the organization may be impressed by Fulmer's most recent run with Vanderbilt.

Fulmer posted a 1.51 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 95.2 innings with the Commodores this season. He tossed three complete games in 14 starts and allowed one run and struck out 14 in a 2-1 victory over Alabama on Thursday night.

Fulmer may not be the best available talent, but he could fill a need for Arizona. If the club is seeking starting pitching depth, Fulmer may prove to be a plus option.


Yoandy Fernandez declared eligible for draft

Clubs are still trying to determine whether to use Fernandez as a starter or reliever, but according to's Jesse Sanchez, he is eligible for the draft. He has played in Cuba's Serie Nacional league, posting a 4.22 ERA in 157.2 innings.