This is the first installment of the TCB Mock Draft for the 2015 draft. Given time constraints and volatility of the draft (especially this one), this is only a top five mock draft. Imagine that, since the Astros are selecting 1-2 and 1-5. How convenient.
1-1: Arizona Diamondbacks-Brendan Rodgers, SS, FL HS
This selection comes down to two players- Brendan Rodgers and Dillon Tate. It may be more likely that Tate is the selection in the end, but my personal opinion is that Rodgers is the top player in the class and because of that I am making him the pick here. A true shortstop with potential plus hit and power tools, it’s hard to find players like Rodgers- Carlos Correa is the last real example.
1-2: Houston Astros-Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Curtis Leister, Blake Mueller
Tate only made his first collegiate start this spring so there's some uncertainity there, but he's really blossomed since performing well last summer for Team USA, so this was not unexpected for some. Tate has a high level of upside and there's not much mileage on his arm, and he has a mid-90s fastball and easily the best slider in the draft. He's a work in progress and could take more development time than your typical college starter, but he's healthy right now (which counts for something in this draft, as I quickly knock on wood). Overall, he's a very high upside righty with powerful stuff, and if he figures out how to start quickly he could be special.
1-3: Colorado Rockies-Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt University
Swanson is solid player that looks to be able to stick at short. He has an advanced approach and can hit. He also can hit with some power. He's not a 20 HR bat, but you don't have to be in order to do that in Coors Field. Add in that Tulo won't be around forever and this fits the organization quite well.
1-4: Texas Rangers-Dazmon Cameron, OF, GA HS
Anthony Boyer, Alex Goodwin
Jon Daniels doesn't have a track record with top-ten picks, much less top-five picks. But we do know that he's only selected college players in the first round five times - and with one exception (Justin Smoak,) they came in years when he had more than one first-round pick. We don't expect this year to be any different.We jumped back and forth on a couple of names, but landed on Cameron, the Georgia prep outfield with legitimate five-tool potential. The son of MLB veteran Mike Cameron, Dazmon (or Daz) stands 6'1", 186 pounds with room to add to his frame. He has just enough of each of the five tools to truly intrigue, and looks like an easy bet to play center field as a professional. We think there's a good chance that Daniels evaluates Cameron well and swings for the fences on him, seeing the player that many thought Cameron could be after his second Under Armour All-American Game.
1-5: Houston Astros-Kyle Tucker, OF, FL HS
Curtis Leister, Blake Mueller
Curtis and I were torn on this and it was between Tucker and Bregman are both great choices here, after seeing more reports about the Astros tied to Tucker, we went ahead with Tucker.It's hard to go wrong with a high upside talented OF such as Tucker, as a bonus it just so happens that his brother is one of top prospects. He is a lanky kid but man you can really see the potential. He already has the great hit tool and power, he has the above average arm and defense to play at the very least RF, his switch from CF might be warranted but he definitely has the power to move to the corner. I would be ecstatic to have this pick here, hopefully the Rangers go a different direction, because this kid is going to be a stud.
So to recap what is most important to the majority of the readers of this article (Astros fans), if this were the actual draft, the Astros would get Dillon Tate and Kyle Tucker. That's the top pitcher in the draft and arguably the top OF. Not a bad haul at all. Despite this being a weaker draft than recent years, this is a very good haul.