With each 2015 MLB draft mock that gets released, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a new name projected at the number one pick. Fangraphs released the second version of their mock draft yesterday, and named Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson as the No. 1 overall pick.
Kiley McDaniels said that while Swanson is the top player in the class of 2015, other potential names that the Diamonbacks could explore are New York prep outfielder Garrett Whitley, and Georgia prep catcher Tyler Stephenson. On the college circuit are pitchers Dillon Tate and Tyler Jay, with shortstop Alex Bregman rounding out the list of players the D-Backs could select.
Despite all those names, there is still a high chance that Swanson goes number one.
I wrote about the Diamondbacks casting a wide net 21 days ago, then projected them with Swanson the next day, but noting it was very unsettled. Now, estimates have the D’Backs about 80% likely to take Swanson here, as the industry consensus has pegged him as the top player in the class (he’ll overtake Rodgers in my forthcoming rankings), especially after a scorching finish to the season.
In Fangraphs' latest mock draft, they're now forecasting the No.1 overall pick for Baseball America, Jay, to fall to the Rockies at third. Another former No. 1 pick by BA, Carson Fulmer, now seems primed to join the ranks of Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon in Chicago at eighth overall.
With 10 days remaining until the draft officially begins, these names can and most likely will change a lot leading up to the pick is announced. As the day approaches nearer, the rumors may become stronger, and lead to the confirmation of actual picks beforehand; however that seems unlikely. All it takes is for one team to panic or change their mind at the last minute to throw off the entire draft.