Friday, February 20, 2015

Looking at the 2015 Draft: 9th Best Prospect

Continuing our look at the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft we take a look at the #9 ranked prospect expected to enter the draft. As always we will include the mini scouting report from as we introduce the #9 prospect, Dansby Swanson. Swanson is a Junior middle infielder currently playing at Vanderbilt University. 

Here is the write up from

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55

Foot and shoulder injuries limited Swanson to 16 at-bats in his first year at Vanderbilt, but he returned with a vengeance in 2014. He took home Most Outstanding Player honors at the College World Series as the Commodores won their first-ever championship, then became the top position prospect in the college class after a strong summer with the U.S. collegiate national team.

To maintain that status, he'll have to prove he can handle shortstop after moving from second base to replace Yankees ninth-round pick Vince Conde. Scouts anticipate that Swanson will have the quickness and arm strength to do so, though they haven't seen him at the position since he was a Georgia high schooler in 2012, when the Rockies drafted him in the 38th round.

Swanson is a technically sound hitter who fits at the top of his lineup with his on-base ability and speed. While he's not a big home run threat, he can drive the ball into the gaps and tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 27 doubles last year. His makeup is off the charts and universally praised by coaches and scouts.

9. Dansby Swanson
10. Ashe Russell
11. Justin Hooper
12. Carson Fulmer
13. Alex Bregman
14. Nick Plummer
15. Trenton Clark
16. Ian Happ
17. Phil Bickford
18. Mike Nikorak
19. Kyle Cody
20. Cody Ponce
21. Riley Ferrell
22. Chris Betts
23. James Kaprielian
24. Jake Lemoine
25. Beau Burrows
26. Richie Martin
27. Kyle Tucker
28. D.J. Stewart

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