• Steve Potter

6/8/21 : A look at the 2015 Draft

Updated: Jun 9


In 2019 I wrote a series of articles about the draft classes of each team … I’m starting an update of that series beginning with 2015. Here goes 🤓 …

I’ve read that a WAR rating of 2.0 is average … just a reference for the data below. The number of games for each player listed is as of today, the date of my research. The teams are listed in order by the # of the players they drafted and signed in 2015 who have at least reached the major leagues to date ( high to low - regardless of length of time in the show ).


I went a step further to determine how many players have had “impact” … meaning extended stays in the big leagues. They are categorized and listed below.


Overall 2015 Draft Results to Date : 1,215 picks - 949 signed - 140 have reached the majors ( 15 % of those who signed & 12 % of the total drafted )


Players listed below - “extended stays “ : 54 : ( 5.8 % of those who signed ) in order by MLB games played


Position Players with more than 400 big league games : ( 5 - 0.5 % of those who signed ) in order by MLB games played


Astros : 3B Alex Bregman ( 1st Rd ) - 610 games - 25.4 WAR

D’Backs : SS Dansby Swanson ( 1st Rd ) - 562 games - now with Braves - 7.0 WAR

Red Sox : OF Andrew Benetendi ( 1st Rd ) - now with Royals - 540 games - 11.3 WAR

Cardinals : INF Paul DeJong ( 4th Rd ) - 462 games - 12.0 WAR

Cubs : UTL Ian Happ ( 1st Rd ) - 420 games - 5.8 WAR


Position Players with 100 to 399 big league games : ( 23 - 2.4 % of those who signed ) in order by MLB games played


Cardinals : OF Harrison Bader ( 3rd Rd ) - 370 games - 7.4 WAR

Angels : INF David Fletcher ( 6th Rd ) - 339 games - 8.0 WAR

Phillies : UTL Scott Kingery ( 2nd Rd ) - 324 games - 0.7 WAR

Pirates : INF Kevin Newman ( 1st round ) - 258 games - 1.3 WAR

Rays : INF Brandon Lowe ( 3rd Rd ) - 238 games - 6.9 WAR

Dodgers : INF Willie Calhoun ( 4th Rd ) - 203 games - minus 0.7 WAR - with Rangers

Rangers : INF Dylan Moore ( 7th Rd ) - 192 games with Mariners - 2.8 WAR

Braves : 3B Austin Riley ( 1st Rd ) - 187 games - 0.7 WAR

Nationals : OF Andrew Stevenson ( 2nd Rd ) - 187 games - 0.6 WAR

Marlins : 1B Josh Naylor ( 1st Rd ) - 186 games - 0.2 WAR - now with Indians

Orioles : OF Cedric Mullins ( 13th Rd ) - 174 games - 2.5 WAR

Giants : OF Steven Duggar ( 6th Rd ) - 168 games - 1.9 WAR

Astros : OF Kyle Tucker ( 1st Rd ) - 166 games - 4.0 WAR

Padres : INF Ty France ( 34th Rd ) - 163 games - now with Mariners - 1.5 WAR

Tigers : OF Christin Stewart ( 1st Rd ) - 157 games - minus 1.1 WAR

Astros : OF Myles Straw ( 12th Rd ) - 154 games - 1.0 WAR

Brewers : OF Trent Grisham ( 1st Rd ) - 146 games - 5.2 WAR - now with Padres

Orioles : OF DJ Stewart ( 1st Rd ) - 138 games - 1.4 WAR

Dodgers : C Matt Beaty ( 12th Rd ) - 127 games - minus 0.1 WAR

Angels : C Taylor Ward ( 1st Rd ) - 125 games - minus 0.9 WAR

Angels : 1B Jared Walsh ( 39th Rd ) - 121 games - 2.0 WAR

A’s : INF Richie Martin ( 1st Rd ) 120 games - minus 1.0 WAR - now with Orioles

Rays : INF Jake Cronenworth ( 7th Rd ) - 115 games - 3.8 WAR - now with Padres


Pitchers with more than 50 big league games : ( 19 - 2 % of those who signed ) in order by MLB games played


Braves : LH AJ Minter ( 2nd Rd ) - 165 games - 1.6 WAR

Padres : RH Phil Maton ( 20th Rd ) - 162 games - now with Indians - minus 1.0 WAR

Cardinals : RH Jordan Hicks ( 3rd Rd ) - 112 games - 0.9 WAR

Reds : RH Tanner Rainey ( 2nd Rd ) - 100 games - minus 0.6 WAR - now with Nationals

Rangers : LH Jeffrey Springs ( 30th Rd ) - now with Rays - 0.2 WAR - 84 games

Dodgers : RH Walker Buehler ( 1st Rd ) - 81 games - 7.6 WAR

White Sox : RH Carson Fulmer ( 1st Rd ) - 74 games - minus 1.1 WAR - now with Reds

Padres : RH Trey Wingenter ( 17th Rd ) - 73 games - minus 0.4 WAR

Red Sox : RH Kevin Ginkel ( 26th Rd ) - with the Blue Jays - minus 0.2 WAR - 71 games

Royals : RH Josh Staumont ( 2nd Rd ) - 64 games - 1.2 WAR

Rangers : RH Pete Fairbanks ( 9th Rd ) - now with Rays - 0.4 WAR - 63 games

Cardinals : RH Ryan Helsley ( 5th Rd ) - 62 games - minus 0.6 WAR

Nationals : RH Koda Glover ( 8th Rd ) - 63 games - 0.2 WAR

D’Backs : RH Taylor Clarke ( 3rd Rd ) - 62 games - 0.7 WAR

D’Backs : LH Alex Young ( 2nd Rd ) - 57 games - 0.7 WAR

Giants : LH Anthony Suarez ( 2nd Rd ) - 56 games - 0.0 WAR

Red Sox : RH Travis Lakins ( 6th Rd ) - now with the Orioles - 0.8 WAR - 56 games Astros : RH Trent Thornton ( 5th Rd ) - 1.8 WAR - 53 games, now with Blue Jays

Rangers : RH Dillon Tate ( 1st Rd ) - now with Orioles - 0.2 WAR - 43 games


Pitchers with 30 to 49 big league games : 12 ( 1.3 % of those who signed ) in order by MLB games played


Marlins : RH Chris Paddack ( 8th Rd ) - 49 games - 2.0 WAR - now with Padres

Mariners : LH Anthony Misiewicz ( 18th Rd ) - 47 games - 0.0 WAR

Twins : RH Cody Stashak ( 13th Rd ) - 44 games - 0.4 WAR

Tigers : LH Tyler Alexander ( 2nd Rd ) - 43 games - 1.4 WAR

Tigers : RH Drew Smith ( 3rd Rd ) - 42 games - 0.4 WAR - now with Mets

Blue Jays : LH Travis Bergen ( 7th Rd ) - 39 games - 0.7 WAR

Pirates : RH Daniel Zamora ( 40th Rd ) - now with Mets - 37 games - 0.0 WAR

Braves : RH Mike Soroka ( 1st Rd ) - 37 games - 6.1 WAR

Dodgers : RH Josh Sborz ( 2nd Rd ) - 36 games - 0.0 WAR - now with Rangers

Braves : LH Koby Allard ( 1st Rd ) - 35 games - 0.4 WAR - now with Rangers

Nationals : LH Taylor Hearn ( 5th Rd ) - 33 games - 0.1 WAR - now with Rangers

Red Sox : LH Bobby Poyner ( 14th Rd ) - 0.4 WAR - 33 games


Teams :


Astros - 42 picks - 37 signed - 10 have reached the majors

Pirates - 41 picks - 33 signed -10 have reached the majors

Red Sox - 39 picks - 27 signed - 7 have reached the majors

Padres - 39 picks - 29 signed - 7 have reached the majors

Mariners - 40 picks - 35 signed - 7 have reached the majors

Rangers- 40 picks - 35 signed - 6 have reached the majors

Braves - 43 picks - 31 signed - 6 have reached the majors

Tigers - 41 picks - 27 signed - 6 have reached the majors

Dodgers - 42 picks - 36 signed - 6 have reached the majors

Orioles - 41 picks - 35 signed - 6 have reached the majors

Cardinals - 42 picks - 32 signed - 5 have reached the majors

Nationals - 40 picks - 30 signed - 5 have reached the majors

Twins - 40 picks - 27 signed - 5 have reached the majors

Marlins - 40 picks -35 signed - 5 have reached the majors

Rockies - 42 picks - 34 signed - 5 have reached the majors

D’Backs - 40 picks - 36 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Giants - 41 picks - 31 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Yankees - 41 picks - 35 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Angels - 40 picks - 39 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Reds - 41 picks - 27 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Rays - 40 picks - 32 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Indians - 41 picks - 23 signed - 4 have reached the majors

Brewers - 41 picks - 31 signed - 3 have reached the majors

A’s - 40 picks - 32 signed - 3 have reached the majors

White Sox - 38 picks - 32 signed - 3 have reached the majors

Mets - 39 picks - 21 signed - 3 have reached the majors

Cubs - 40 picks - 29 signed - 3 have reached the majors

Phillies - 40 picks - 31 signed - 3 have reached the majors

Royals - 41 picks - 34 signed - 2 have reached the majors

Blue Jays - 40 picks - 33 signed - 1 has reached the majors


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