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Yankees Draft Preview 2015: Aggregated 2015 Mock Draft

When obtaining the average of all the major mock drafts, who are the Yankees' first picks?

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If you have read about this draft, then you have probably read a mock draft. They usually come out every few weeks on each major site, and they usually combine a writer's scouting skills with insider sources to make an educated guess on a particular pick.

This year is particularly wide open, and many mock drafts have players in the top ten that don't appear on other mock drafts, and other players that could appear on the top or the bottom of the first round, depending on who you talk to. So just a few days before the draft, I have taken four major mock drafts: Keith Law, Kiley McDaniel, Baseball America, and Minor League Ball, and took the weighted average of their most recent first round mock draft. The results are as follows:

Team Selection
Arizona Diamondbacks Dansby Swanson
Houston Astros Brendan Rodgers
Colorado Rockies Alex Bregman
Texas Rangers Dillon Tate
Houston Astros Kyle Tucker
Minnesota Twins Tyler Jay
Boston Red Sox Carson Fulmer
Chicago White Sox Daz Cameron
Chicago Cubs Garrett Whitley
Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Stephenson
Cincinnati Reds Trenton Clark
Miami Marlins Ian Happ
Tampa Bay Rays Jon Harris
Atlanta Braves Andrew Benintendi
Milwaukee Brewers James Kaprielian
New York Yankees Walker Buehler
Cleveland Indians Kolby Allard
San Francisco Giants Kevin Newman
Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Nikorak
Oakland Athletics Phil Bickford
Kansas City Royals Kyle Funkhouser
Detroit Tigers Cornelius Randolph
St. Louis Cardinals Michael Matuella
Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Betts
Baltimore Orioles Nathan Kirby
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Donny Everett
Colorado Rockies Brady Aiken
Atlanta Braves Blake Trahan
Toronto Blue Jays Nick Plummer
New York Yankees Richie Martin
San Francisco Giants Cody Ponce
Pittsburgh Pirates Nolan Watson
Kansas City Royals Ke'Bryan Hayes
Detroit Tigers DJ Stewart
Los Angeles Dodgers Ashe Russell
Baltimore Orioles Tristson McKenzie

This is probably interesting for any baseball fan, but I have highlighted here the projected picks for the Yankees. For their first overall pick, Walker Buehler is not a bad choice at all. This right-handed starter from Vanderbilt features a fastball that sits in the low-90's with plus movement, a plus curveball, and an average change.

That's the making of a quality big league starter, and I'd say the floor is relatively higher as a college prospect. He did have issues with elbow soreness earlier in the season and there have been questions about his size as it relates to his durability, but I wouldn't complain with this pick considering the mediocrity of this first round.

The second pick is Richie Martin, and he has been consistently a late first round selection for the past six months, and it seems he'll go around there. Martin is a shortstop out of Florida with the athleticism to stick at the position, and the reason he climbed boards over the past year was due to his possibly plus hit tool and average raw power, and if all of those play, you're looking at a decent defensive shortstop that can hit and hit for power, and that's a unicorn in baseball today. I don't think that's a high probability outcome at all, but I wouldn't complain if they gave him a shot.

As I mentioned before, this is just a weighted average, so changes in all four of these mock drafts will likely shuffle this around. But at least for now, this gives us a good idea of industry consensus as to the most likely first round outcome.