Bloodlines in the 2015 MLB Draft

15draftCame across some interesting names that might get picked in tomorrow’s MLB Draft. I always find this pretty interesting how baseball just like any other sport always runs through their family bloodlines. In my own family we have our own MLB star in the family, my cousin Charlie James. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1964 and then traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1965. From my cousin Charlie James some family members had success in college/high school. I tend to think my own son Gabriel McBrayer just might carry the family torch to the MLB ranks. Here is a list of prospects with bloodline ties in MLB.

We will start out with Tate Matheny son of Mike Matheny coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. . A right-handed hitting outfielder from Missouri State University.His tools are considered solid across the board and he hit .294/.419/.441 this year with 12 steals and 32 walks. He may be something of a tweener but he’ll certainly be drafted, sooner than the 23rd round where the Cards drafted him out of high school back in 2012. The funny thing is his dad really doesn’t want the Cardinals to draft him.

Elih Marrero is  the so of Eli Marrero that played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-2003. Elih Marrero is a high school catcher from Florida. He’s just 5-9 but is quite athletic and  is highly-regarded for his defense and polish behind the plate. A switch-hitter, his bat isn’t as impressive as the glove but it has promise. He is committed to Mississippi State and may or may not go high enough in the draft to pass that up. If he does go to college, he would likely be a higher pick in 2018

Andy Pagnozzi the son of the St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi from 1987-98. Andy is a RHP that attends high school in Arkansas. He has clean mechanics and good feel for his secondary pitches, but an upper-80s fastball may push him to college at the University of Mississippi.

Nolan Kingham is the younger brother of  prospect Nick Kingham of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Nolan is similar to his brother at the same stage: a high school arm from Nevada with reasonable polish and pitchability who is gradually picking up velocity. He is committed to the University of Texas. His brother was a fourth round pick in 2010 and Nolan could go in the same territory.

Matt Kroon  is the son of former major league pitcher Marc Kroon. His dad was a fireballer but Matt is definitely a position player, featuring solid power and enough athleticism to stay at third base. He has a University of Oregon scholarship but his signability if he doesn’t go early on draft day is unclear at this time.

Tyler Nevin is the son of Phil Nevin which was the first-overall choice in the 1992 draft. Tyler won’t match that but he should be drafted early, perhaps as early as the second half of the first round. The California prep missed 2014 with Tommy John surgery but has rebounded this spring and shows potential as both a power hitter and solid gloveman at third. He has a UCLA commitment to fall back on if the draft doesn’t develop to his liking and would certainly be a player to watch in 2018 if he goes to school.

Mariano Rivera Jr: has an unusual profile as a bloodline player: he is a college pitcher at Iona who was viewed as only a marginal prospect entering 2015. That’s no longer true following his excellent spring: 2.65 ERA, 113/27 K/BB in 85 innings, just 65 hits and zero homers allowed. His best pitch is his slider but sharper command and improved velocity (as high as 94) have boosted his stock. Although often projected as a reliever, he’ll go in a single digit round.

Cole Sands the younger brother of Cubs prospect Carson Sands, Cole is a right-hander from high school in Florida with an upper-80s/low-90s fastball and a full arsenal of secondaries including a curve, slider, and change-up. He has a Florida State scholarship. His brother was not a cheap sign (fourth round pick but an above-slot $1,100,000 bonus) and Cole will likely need a similar deal to pass up school.

Nick Shumpert a high school infielder from Colorado, Shumpert is the son of former major leaguer Terry Shumpert. Long a standout on the showcase circuit, Shumpert may be suffering from prospect fatigue among evaluators as his stock seems stagnant despite a strong spring and impressive physical tools including speed and power. He is committed to Kentucky but if he is drafted where his talent warrants that shouldn’t be an issue.

Kyle Tucker the brother of Astros prospect Preston Thucker, Kyle has one of the best bats in the high school class due to the power generated from a lean 6-4, 175 frame. A high schooler from Florida, his swing mechanics are unconventional and not everyone trusts them, but his track record is strong enough to generate rumors that he’ll go in the top five. That would certainly be early enough to get him away from the University of Florida.

Lucas Wakamatsu, SS: A high school infielder from Texas, Lucas is the son of long-time coach Don Wakamatsu. A switch-hitter, he makes contact but doesn’t have much power at this point, though that may come given his physical projectability. His glove is ahead of the bat and is very polished. He is committed to Rice.

Jose Vizcaino Jr: was the leading player for the Santa Clara Broncos this spring, hitting .335/.406/.588 with nine homers and 10 steals. Much more of a slugger than his dad was, he has legitimate sock but there are mixed opinions about how the bat will play at the highest levels in terms of OBP and batting average. He has the arm for shortstop but perhaps not the range or reliability, making third base a likely destination. He’ll go in a single digit round.

Other prospects for the 2015 Draft include Kirk Gibson’s  son Cam a outfielder. Jaime Moyer’s son Hutton that’s  second baseman for Pepperdine University. Johnathon Lucroy’s brother David that is a right handed pitcher at East Carolina University. Mike Cameron’s son Daz an outfielder in high school (Georgia).

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