Following Swanson, the Astros selected Louisiana State University shortstop Alex Bregman second overall, and the Colorado Rockies chose Lake Mary H.S. (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers with the third overall selection. It marked the first time in Draft history that shortstops were taken with each of the first three selections.
Four players who were in attendance at Studio 42 were selected in the opening round, including Rodgers; Niskayuna H.S. (NY) outfielder Garrett Whitley (13th overall, TB); Cathedral H.S. (IN) right-handed pitcher Ashe Russell (21st overall, KC); and Stroudsburg H.S. (PA) right-handed pitcher Mike Nikorak (27th, COL).
The first round featured the selection of nine African-American players (25%, 9-of-36), including Dillon Tate (4th overall, TEX); Cornelius Randolph (10th overall, PHI); Whitley; Trent Clark (15th overall, MIL); Richie Martin (20th overall, OAK); Nick Plummer (23rd overall, STL); D.J. Stewart (25th overall, BAL); Ke'Bryan Hayes (32nd overall, PIT); and Christin Stewart (34th overall, DET). In addition, African-American players made up 17 of the 75 selections (22.7%) made on the first day of the Draft. Among the others were Daz Cameron (37th overall, HOU); Triston McKenzie (42nd overall, CLE); Eric Jenkins (45th overall, TEX); Austin Smith (51st overall, SD); Desmond Lindsay (53rd overall, NYM); Juan Hillman (59th, CLE); Blake Perkins (69th overall, WSH); and Jahmai Jones (70th overall, LAA).
Tate is an alumnus of MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. In addition, Hayes, Hillman, Perkins, Smith and Tate each played in The Breakthrough Series, a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball.
A record-tying eight shortstops were selected in the first round of the Draft, matching the total number of shortstops selected in the opening round in 2002 and 1971. Other players taken in the first round featured 15 pitchers, including 12 right-handers and three left-handers; eight outfielders; two catchers; two first basemen; and one third baseman.
A total of 19 players in the first round were chosen from college, while 16 were selected from the high school ranks. Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken (17th overall, CLE), who was the top overall selection in the 2014 Draft, was the lone player selected in the opening round without ties to a school. The states of California and Florida each produced seven players in the first round, followed by Georgia (4) and Texas (3). For the 13th time in the last 14 years, at least one pair of teammates (college or high school) were selected in the first round when shortstop Dansby Swanson (1st overall, ARI), right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer (8th overall, CWS) and right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler (24th overall, LAD) were selected out of Vanderbilt University.
Hayes, a third baseman selected 32nd overall by Pittsburgh out of Concordia Lutheran H.S. (TX), is the son of former Major Leaguer Charlie Hayes, and he was the lone third baseman selected in the first round. Cameron, the son of former Major League All-Star Mike Cameron, was the 37th overall pick by the Houston Astros. Tyler Nevin, the son of former Major League All-Star Phil Nevin, was selected 38th overall by the Colorado Rockies.
The 2015 Draft is scheduled to continue on Tuesday via conference call beginning with the third round at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and is scheduled to go through the 10th round. The Draft will resume on Wednesday beginning with the 11th round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Draft will have 40 rounds and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds.
MLB.com will begin its exclusive live programming of the Draft's final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) tomorrow, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.
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