Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson leads SI.com's first 2015 MLB Mock Draft, but he's far from the only Commodore expected to go in the first round on June 8.
The talent level of the 2015 major league draft, which takes place on June 8, has been categorized by many in the scouting community as being markedly below average. While that group is naturally conservative, there is good reason for the general pessimism.
To start with, there is no obvious No. 1 overall pick—no Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper to blow away the field. Instead there are about a dozen different players who could go in the top five picks under different scenarios. Last year's first pick, lefthanded pitcher Brady Aiken, is available once again after failing to come to terms on a contract with the Astros, but he will not be a candidate for the top spot or, in fact, any spot in the first round after tearing his UCL earlier this year.
There are also the new draft rules adopted in 2013 that assign bonus slots and bonus pools to each pick in the top 10 rounds. The potential rewards for saving money with the top picks in the draft and spending that savings in later rounds are huge and will cause some teams, especially in the top half of the first round, to make decisions based on signability as much as talent.
NOTE: This mock draft covers the first round through the compensation picks. David Rawnsley is the former Assistant Scouting Director for the Houston Astros and national writer for Baseball America. For the past 13 years, he has been the National Scouting Director and is the current Vice-President, Player Personnel for Perfect Game.