Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop from Lake Mary High School in Florida, headlines Athlon Sports' group of prep prospects for the June draft
The 2015 MLB Draft isn't until June 8-10, but it's never too early to take a look at the next potential crop of impact players. When it comes to making the leap from high school to a top prospect in the minor leagues, look no further than the reigning MVPs in each league. Clayton Kershaw out of Highland Park (Texas) High School was the No. 7 overall pick in 2006, while Mike Trout from Millville Senior (N.J.) was taken with the 25th overall selection in 2009. Obviously, those two first-round picks have worked out well for the Dodgers and Angels, but what about this year's high school class? Are there any Kershaws or Trouts in this group? Only time will tell.
1. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS
Rodgers, a Florida State commit, has an advanced bat with a chance to hit for average and power while sticking at shortstop.
2. Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente (Calif.) HS
Last year’s high school class featured countless players with plus fastballs. Allard fits right with that group, with an easy 91-94 mph fastball and a solid breaking ball.
3. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
A massive (6'7") lefty with massive stuff, Hooper has one of the best fastballs in the class as he’ll touch 95-97 mph at his best.
4. Trenton Clark, OF, Richland HS, N. Richland Hills, Texas
Speedy outfielder who is among the fastest players in the class and shows an advanced understanding of how to put the bat on the ball and get on base.
5. Daz Cameron, OF, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.
Son of long-time big league outfielder Mike Cameron, Daz is also a smooth center fielder with excellent bat speed and the speed to create havoc when he gets on base.
6. Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
If you’re a hitter from a northern state, you better play well on the summer showcase circuit as you won’t face the same competition during the high school season. Plummer positioned himself well with an excellent summer.
7. Chris Betts, C, Woodrow Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
One of the better power bats in the draft class, Betts has shown significant improvement behind the plate. He became more and more polished as a receiver throughout the summer.
8. Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS, Indianapolis
Russell, a Texas A&M signee, is one of the pitchers batters hate to face, especially with a wood bat, as his ability to make the ball run in on batters breaks bats.
9. Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS
Nikorak has been one of the hardest throwers in this class, topping out at 96 mph at the Perfect Game National showcase.
10. Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna (N.Y.) HS
A speedy outfielder with excellent range and instincts in center field, Whitley impressed throughout the summer, showing more advanced instincts than expected for a prospect from the Northeast.
11. Demi Orimoliye, OF, St. Matthew HS, Orleans, Ont.
Orimoliye intrigues scouts now, but they are even more excited about what he could be with further polish. The big (6'4", 225) outfielder has power and speed.
12. Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford (Texas) HS
Burrows has the makings of three quality pitches with a 90-95 mph fastball, a quality changeup that has late movement and a 12-to-6 curveball.
13. Kyle Tucker, OF, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
The younger brother of Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker, Kyle is one of the more well-rounded prospects in this year’s class. Has good speed and strength.
14. Austin Smith, RHP, Park Vista Community HS, Lake Worth, Fla.
Another potential power pitcher with size, Smith throws a heavy 88-93 mph fastball that he works down in the zone to generate ground balls.
15. Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin (Ga.) HS
Randolph may end up moving to second or third base because of his thick lower half, but he is a left-handed hitting infielder with a chance to hit for average and power.
16. Juan Hillman, LHP, Olympia HS, Orlando, Fla.
The school that has produced first-rounders Jesse Winker and Nick Gordon in recent years could get another first-rounder in 2015.
17. Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville (Tenn.) HS
Clarksville doesn’t produce a whole lot of baseball players — the last player from Clarksville High School to be drafted was back in 1967. Everett, a Vanderbilt commitment, should change that, as he throws strikes with a 90-94 mph fastball.
18. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS
A long and lean (6'5", 160) Vanderbilt commitment, McKenzie gets swinging strikes thanks to his lively low-90s fastball.
19. Chandler Day, RHP, Watkins HS, Pataskala, Ohio
The 6'4", 167-pound Day is a skinny righthander with lots of projection ahead of him, but he has present stuff with an easy 91-93 mph fastball. Also committed to Vanderbilt.
20. Cole McKay, RHP, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas
McKay has shown a 92-94 mph fastball with good riding life to run in on right-handed hitters. The LSU commit has mixed in a curveball and changeup with impressive potential.
21. Alonzo Jones, 2B/OF, Columbus (Ga.) HS
Jones is one of the fastest players among this year’s high school class, but he’s not just a speedster —he’s thickly built with some strength to go with that blazing speed. Jones is also committed to play at Vanderbilt.
22. Kyler Murray, SS/OF, Allen (Texas) HS
Murray is one of the best athletes and best prospects in this year’s draft class, but scouts aren’t even sure he’ll keep playing baseball after high school. He’s also one of the top quarterback prospects in the country and has signed to play at Texas A&M.
23. Kyle Molnar, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
An athletic pitcher who works to both sides of the plate with a 91-93 mph fastball and a quality breaking ball and changeup, Molnar is one of the more polished pitchers in the class.
24. Dakota Chalmers, RHP, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga.
Chalmers, a University of Georgia signee, has stuff that got better as the summer heated up. By October, Chalmers was sitting at 91-93 mph while showing excellent control.
25. Luken Baker, 1b/RHP, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas
Better known as a pitcher despite his plus power at first, the big and thick Baker gets lots of ground balls with a 90-95 mph fastball with plenty of sink. He’s committed to TCU.