Bowman Draft Baseball_footerGuide to Collecting 2015 Bowman Draft Autographs Part 1 – The annual release of Bowman Draft Baseball provides collector’s with their first look at that year’s MLB Draft Class in their major league uniforms. The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft saw plenty of top prospects get their shot at the big leagues. The first of a two-part guide will look at the first 30 players on the Chrome Prospects Autograph Checklist, according to how they were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft.

The Guide to Collecting 2015 Bowman Draft Autographs Part 1 and Part 2 will provide collectors with an overview of all of the players on the 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autograph checklist including where they were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft. 

The Guide to Collecting 2015 Bowman Draft Autographs Part 1 will include the player’s scouting report, their draft position and estimated time of arrival until their MLB debut (ETA). Click on the team name to see where they rank within their organization and a more in-depth scouting report.

In the coming days and weeks, a more comprehensive player profile will be created for each player on the 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autograph checklist.

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Guide to Collecting 2015 Bowman Draft Autographs Part 1

Dansby Swanson Arizona Diamondbacks, SS
Overall Pick: 1, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-DS
Scouting Report: Prototypical lead-off hitter with above average contact ability. Has good eye for the strike zone leading to a high on-base percentage. Coupled with his speed, he is ideally suited at the top of the order.
Dansby Swanson
Brendan Rodgers Colorado Rockies, SS
Overall Pick: 3, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-BR
Scouting Report: Hits to all fields for average and has a compact swing that generates consistent power.  He’s a quality, all-around athlete with solid speed and above-average arm strength and defensive skills.
2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autograph Brendan Rodgers
Dillon TateTexas Rangers, RHP
Overall Pick: 4, ETA: 2017, Card#: BCA-DT
Scouting Report: He throws two pitches consistently for strikes. His dominant pitch is a lively 92-98 mph fastball with a sharp breaking 85-89 mph slider. He is working on a changeup that should serve as a nice complimentary offering.
Kyle Tucker Houston Astros, OF
Overall Pick: 5, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-KT
Scouting Report: Considered by many to be the best pure hitter in the 2015 high school crop. He has a selective approach at the plate allowing him to make consistent hard contact. He projects as a .280-plus hitter with 20 or more homers per season.
2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autographs Kyle Tucker
Tyler Jay Minnesota Twins, LHP
Overall Pick: 6, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-TJ
Scouting Report: Currently a long reliever, his extensive four pitch repertoire will most likely lead to his development as a starter. Throws a fastball that peaks at 98 mph, a strong slider, serviceable changeup and a power curve.
Andrew BenintendiBoston Red Sox, OF
Overall Pick: 8, ETA: 2017, Card#: BCA-AB
Scouting Report: Has the best all-around tools of any college player in the 2015 Draft. A patient hitter with a quick left-handed swing. Has deceptive strength that gives him legitimate power.
2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autographs Andrew Benintendi
Carson FulmerChicago White Sox, RHP
Overall Pick: 8, ETA: 2017, Card#: BCA-CF
Scouting Report: Possesses an electric arm that delivers 93-97 mph fastballs and power curveballs that induces a lot of swings and misses. His changeup is an effective third pitch, showing he has the arsenal required to be a starter.
Carson Fulmer
Ian Happ Chicago Cubs, OF
Overall Pick: 9, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-IH
Scouting Report: Developed into one of the top hitters in college baseball. All the makings of a five-tool player. A switch-hitter who’s better as a lefty, has good command of the strike zone. He should hit for both average and power and is a solid runner with the ability to steal bases.
2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autograph Ian Happ
Tyler StephensonCincinnati Reds, C
Overall Pick: 11, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-TS
Scouting Report: Considered advanced for a high schooler. Has a strong upper body making him a quality defensive catcher. Has surprising agility for his size (6′-4″, 210lbs). Combination of strength and bat speed translates into raw power.
2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autographs Tyler Stephenson
Josh NaylorMiami Marlins, 1B
Overall Pick: 12, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-JN
Scouting Report: Makes hard, consistent contact and has a ton of power. Has the potential to be a serious home run threat in the future. Other tools are below average including speed and defense.
Garrett WhitleyTampa Bay Rays, OF
Overall Pick: 13, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-GW
Scouting Report: Has the strength and bat-speed to produce above average power. He has serious wheels, making his speed his best asset. Could make for unique top of the order bat.
Kolby Allard Atlanta Braves, LHP
Overall Pick: 14, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-KA
Scouting Report: Has a smooth delivery which produces good command of the strike zone. Has two plus pitches; fastball that peaks at 96 and a tight rotating curveball. Projects as an innings eating starter.
Trent ClarkMilwaukee Brewers, OF
Overall Pick: 15, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-TC
Scouting Report: He makes consistent hard contact with an unusual, left-handed swing and above-average bat speed. Has range and arm strength to play left field.
James Kaprielian New York Yankees, RHP
Overall Pick: 16, ETA: 2017, Card#: BCA-JK
Scouting Report: Was on the U.S. collegiate national team’s pitching staff in 2014. Projects as a number three starter with a lively upper-80s, low-90s fastball and both a curve and changeup that grade as plus pitches.
Phil BickfordSan Francisco Giants, RHP
Overall Pick: 18, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-PB
Scouting Report: Still TBD whether he will be a starter or reliever. His velocity has been sporadic on his fastball ranging anywhere from 88-96 mph, a significant difference. Slider has potential of being a plus out pitch.
Kevin NewmanPittsburgh Pirates, SS
Overall Pick: 19, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-KN
Scouting Report: Easily puts the ball into play with a contact-oriented plate approach. Generates little power but will hit average with ease. Hits line drives to any and all fields at will, making him a great situational hitter.
Richie Martin Oakland A’s, SS
Overall Pick: 20, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-RM
Scouting Report: Good command of the strike zone with some deceptive power. His speed projects him as a potential number two hitter. Has quickness, range, arm strength and footwork required to play at short.
Ashe Russell Kansas City Royals, RHP
Overall Pick: 21, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-AR
Scouting Report: His low-three-quarters delivery generates a lot of movement on his pitches. He fastball sits at 92-95 mph can reach 97. His 78-82 mph slider is a swing-and-miss offering.
Beau BurrowsDetroit Tigers, RHP
Overall Pick: 22, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-BB
Scouting Report: Generates his velocity working down in the zone from a high three-quarters arm slot. His power curveball can be a plus pitch Consistently throws his fastball between 94-96.
Nick PlummerSt. Louis Cardinals, OF
Overall Pick: 23, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-NP
Scouting Report: Has a quick left-handed bat and a mature approach at the plate with  good pitch recognition and plate discipline. Drives balls to the gaps. A savvy runner despite just average speed. Probable move to left-field seems likely.
Walker BuehlerLos Angeles Dodgers, RHP
Overall Pick: 24, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-WB
Scouting Report: Owns a four-pitch repertoire and throws all of them for strikes. His best and most reliable offering is his 90-96 mph fastball. Projects as a potential number two starter.
D.J. StewartBaltimore Orioles, OF
Overall Pick: 25, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-DST
Scouting Report: Former ACC Player of the Year at Florida State. Has raw power and great athleticism for his size (6″, 230lbs). Has a quick left-handed stroke, strength and patience at the plate which limits his strikeouts and contributes to a high OBP.
Taylor WardLos Angeles Angels, C
Overall Pick: 26, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-TW
Scouting Report: An athletic catcher with good all-around tools that make him more than capable for the position. Bat is a work in progress but has shown the ability to hit for power.
Mike NikorakColorado Rockies, RHP
Overall Pick: 27, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-MN
Scouting Report: Throws a mid-90s fastball with down and in movement. Has the makings of a plus curveball also flashes a solid changeup. An all-around athlete with good size (6″-5″, 205lbs).
Michael SorokaAtlanta Braves, RHP
Overall Pick: 28, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-MS
Scouting Report: Developed an easy and repeatable delivery as part of the Canadian Junior National Team. His curve and changeup both have the capability of eventually being above average. Best pitch is a fluid low-90s fastball.
Kyle HolderNew York Yankees, SS
Overall Pick: 30, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-KH
Scouting Report: Considered by most scouts to be the best defensive player in the 2015 Draft, and the best defensive shortstop from the college ranks in recent memory. Is a a throwback, bottom of the order shortstop offensively.
Chris ShawSan Francisco Giants, 1B
Overall Pick: 31, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-CS
Scouting Report: His solid 6-foot-3, 229-pound frame carries a lot of strength and as a result he produces with huge raw power to all fields. The lefty isn’t bothered by taking a walk showing his plate maturity.
Ke’Bryan HayesPittsburg Pirates, 3B
Overall Pick: 32, ETA: 2019 Card#: BCA-KHA
Scouting Report: The son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes, he uses a smooth right-handed stroke to hit line drives from gap to gap. Defensively, has good instincts, soft hands and a strong arm, making him well suited for third base.
Nolan WatsonKansas City Royals, RHP
Overall Pick: 33, ETA: 2019, Card#: BCA-NW
Scouting Report: Has an simple delivery with repeatable mechanics allowing him to throw strikes consistently. Has a low to mid-90s fastball and a solid slider. Can develop an additional pitch.
Christin StewartDetroit Tigers, OF
Overall Pick: 34, ETA: 2018, Card#: BCA-CS
Scouting Report: Generates line drive power to the gaps and is showing an increase in power production. Also showing an increased discipline at the plate to take walks. Defensively projects in left-field.

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