For the past 5 months Viva El Birdos' own draft maven / musical taste-maker the red baron has been carefully crafting profiles of a whole darned lot of draft-eligible ballplayers. With the MLB Draft just a week away on Monday June 8, here is an assembled list of all of the players profiled. Each profile includes an extensive write-up and nearly all include video.
If you'd like to read rb's thoughts on a particular player, whether they're a brand new Cardinals draftee, a poor sod newly selected by one of our rivals, or just a favorite nephew, hit Ctrl-F (or the favorite Find function on your system) and let your computer do the hard work. There's a lot here.
Note: Now updated with rb's redraft entries from December as well as his latest, greatest profiles.
Kicking off the 2015 draft preview season with a threesome of returning arms by way of a Houston nightmare.
- Brady Aiken, LHP, ?????
- Jacob Nix, RHP, Also ?????
- Mac Marshall, LHP, Chipola Junior College (Florida)
- Phil Bickford, RHP, Southern Nevada Junior College
- Andrew Suarez, LHP, Miami
- Hunter Virant, LHP, UCLA
You want to remember which dumb ideas your draftee time host held six months ago? Then this is the post for you!
- Tyler Jay, LHP, University of Illinois
- Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente High School (California)
- Kyle Molnar, RHP, Aliso Niguel High School (California)
All the hitters your fearless guide fearlessly loves, long before he should have any opinion at all.
- Alex Bregman, SS/2B, LSU
- Nicholas Shumpert, SS, Highlands Ranch HS (Colorado)
- Kyle Tucker, OF, Gulf Coast High School (Florida)
2015 Draft Preview No. 3: Educated Bats, Jan 21, 2015
A brief overview of some of the bat-first (or bat-only), college players draftable this June.
- Chris Shaw, OF/1B, Boston College
- D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State
- Gio Brusa, OF, Pacific
The standard random ruminations to begin, and then scouting reports on three college righties.
- Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Riley Ferrell, RHP, TCU
- Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt
Three high ceilings, but all with big question marks attached. We continue our draft preview series with a troika of high school righthanders.
- (Ryan) Cole McKay, RHP, Spring Branch HS (Texas)
- Triston McKenzie, RHP, Royal Palm Beach HS (Florida)
- Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (Indiana)
A trio of up-the-middle players of the prep variety.
- Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin High School (Georgia)
- Alonzo Jones, SS, Columbus High School (Georgia)
- Kyler Murray, SS, Allen High School (Texas)
2015 Draft Preview No. 7: College Righties Ahoy!, Mar 11, 2015
Three pitchers, all right-handed, all in college. It's a demographic worth watching, and three pretty good examples of the form.
- James Kaprielian, RHP, UCLA
- Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
- Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke University
College infielders! Getcha college infielders heeyah!
- Richie Martin, SS, Florida
- Dansby Swanson, SS/2B, Vanderbilt
- Kevin Newman, SS/2B, University of Arizona
2015 Draft Preview No. 9: The Ceiling Report, Apr 1, 2015
A group of three scouting reports, all on high school pitcher with super-high ceilings. Enjoy!
- Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (California)
- Chandler Day, RHP, Watkins HS (Ohio)
- Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford HS (Texas)
2015 Draft Preview No. 10: Flycatching Youth, Apr 8, 2015
Another batch of draft scouting reports; this week's edition focuses on a trio of high school outfielders.
- Daz Cameron, OF, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (Georgia)
- Ryan Johnson, OF, College Station HS (Texas)
- Demi Orimoloye, OF, St. Matthew's HS (Ontario)
Catchers. Three of them. All of the high school variety, and all with very high ceilings.
- Chris Betts, C, Wilson HS (California)
- Garrett Wolforth, C, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
- Wyatt Cross, C, Legacy HS (Colorado)
2015 Draft Preview No. 12: Sinister State University, Apr 22, 2015
Another batch of scouting reports, this time focusing on left-handed pitchers of the collegiate variety.
- Nathan Kirby, LHP, University of Virginia
- Alex Young, LHP, TCU
- Andrew Suarez, LHP, Miami
2015 Draft Preview No. 13: The Ceiling Report, Again, Apr 29, 2015
Three players who put the 'Exciting' in, "Excitingly high upside," scouted and vetted and presented just for you.
- Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg HS (Pennsylvania)
- Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (New York)
- Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (Georgia)
2015 Draft Preview No. Fourteen: Educated in Flies, May 6, 2015
Scouting a group of three collegiate outfielders as we get closer to draft day.
- Andrew Stevenson, OF, LSU
- Steven Duggar, OF, Clemson University
- Joe McCarthy, OF, University of Virginia
A double shot of drafty goodness, delivered piping hot on a Sunday morning.
- Brandon Koch, RHP, Dallas Baptist University
- Jared Carkuff, RHP, Austin Peay State University
- Alex Robinson, LHP, Maryland
- David Berg, RHP, UCLA
- Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
- Josh Staumont, RHP, Azusa Pacific University
2015 Draft Preview No. Sixteen: Selling Out For Power, May 13, 2015
Four young hitters, all of whom boast big-time power potential.
- Brandt Stallings, 1B/OF, Kings Ridge Christian HS (Georgia)
- Josh Naylor, 1B, St. Joan of Arc HS (Ontario, CAN)
- Kep Brown, OF, Wando HS (South Carolina)
- Tyler Stephenson, C, Kennesaw Mountain HS (Georgia)
A bonus edition of the draft preview series, containing four players instead of the usual three. This time we're covering college shortstops.
- Kyle Holder, SS, University of San Diego
- Blake Trahan, SS, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
- Tyler Krieger, SS/2B/INF, Clemson University
- Mikey White, SS, University of Alabama
Six non-first round type bats, but all of them intriguing in one way or another.
- Scott Kingery, 2B, University of Arizona
- Cole Rutherford, 1B, Orange Coast College
- Garrett Dean, C, Riverside City College (CA)
- Greg Pickett, OF/1B, Legend High School (CO)
- Jonathan India, SS/2B, American Heritage High School (FL)
- Braden Bishop, OF, University of Washington
Heading into the home stretch of draft season, we preview four pitchers, all of whom qualify as capital P capital A Power Arms.
- Austin Smith, RHP, Park Vista High School (FL)
- Thomas Szapucki, LHP, William T. Dwyer High School (FL)
- Jackson Kowar, RHP, Charlotte Christian High School (NC)
- Brady Singer, RHP, Eustis High School (FL)
A ridiculously long list of players written up, in typically ridiculously long fashion. It's nearly draft time, and your ol' pal Aaron is making sure you're as well informed as possible.
Top 10-15 Players
- Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)
- Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
- Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri State
- Trenton Clark, OF, Richland HS (TX)
Other Persons of Interest
- Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville HS (TN)
- Luken Baker, 1B/RHP, Oak Ridge HS (TX)
- Kolton Kendrick, 1B, Loranger HS (LA)
- Juan Hillman, LHP, Olympia HS (FL)
- Breckin Williams, RHP, M-I-Z-Z-O-U
- Junior Harding, RHP, Chipola Junior College (FL)
- Austin Byler, 1B, Nevada
- Bryan Hudson, LHP, Alton HS (IL)
- Andrew Benintendi, OF, University of Arkansas
- Trey Cabbage, 3B, Grainger High School (TN)
- Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Concordia Lutheran High School (TX)
- Marquise Doherty, OF, Winnetonka High School (MO)
- John Aiello, SS/3B/2B, Germantown Academy (PA)
- Includes rb's favorite players, not-so-favorite players, and his Dream Draft Board for the Cardinals.