2015 Draft Superlatives

Baseball’s version of the draft is more about the future than the present than any other sport’s version. Not only will the majority of the players drafted not see time in the majors, the few that do will need at least three or four years of seasoning before reaching the pinnacle of their profession. And then, after all the hard work, even fewer will attain success at the highest level. It’s no wonder the majority of the top young athletes in the country choose football over baseball.

That said, the projection of these prospects holds more fascination than any other sport, with the sky literally being the limit. There’s a good chance that someone from any given draft class will do something historic…such as throw a no-hitter, or hit four home runs in a single game. This year is no exception. So, without further ado, we present to you this year’s version of draft superlatives.

Most Likely to… Player Pos University/High School
…hit four home runs in a game Luke Lowery 1B/OF East Carolina University
…throw a no-hitter Michael Matuella RHP Duke University
…break single-game strikeout record Kyle Funkhouser RHP University of Louisville
…to hit for the cycle Dansby Swanson SS Vanderbilt University
…to hit 40 home runs in a single-season Greg Pickett OF Legend HS (CO)
…to steal 60 bases in a single-season Alonzo Jones 2B/OF Columbus HS (GA)
…to win 20 games in a single-season Brady Aiken LHP IMG Academy
…to win a batting title Alex Bregman 2B/SS Louisiana State University
…to lead the league in strikeouts (batter) D.J. Stewart OF Florida State University
…to lead the league in strikeouts (pitcher) Phil Bickford RHP CC of Southern Nevada
…to save 40 games in a single-season Dillon Tate RHP UC Santa Barbara
…to have a 30 HR/30 SB season Dazmon Cameron OF Eagle’s Landing HS (GA)
…to lead the league in outfield assists Doak Dozier OF Arlington Heights HS (TX)
…to win a Gold Glove (infielder) Richie Martin SS University of Florida
…to win a Gold Glove (outfielder) Skye Bolt OF University of North Carolina
…to reach 3000 career hits Ian Happ 2B/OF University of Cincinnati
…to reach 200 career wins Tyler Jay LHP University of Illinois
…to reach 500 career home runs Luke Lowery 1B/OF East Carolina University
…to bust as a top-ten selection Walker Buehler RHP Vanderbilt University
…to be oneday enshrined in the HOF Brendan Rodgers SS Lake Mary HS (FL)

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