2015 Amateur Draft
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Because they failed to sign the first overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros ended up with two picks in the top five, the first team to do so: they got the second overall pick in compensation of Aiken's failure to sign with them, and the 5th overall based on their finish during the season; they also held two more picks within the top 50. For his part, Aiken was selected again in the first round, although this time he fell to #17 because of concerns over his health; he signed a contract quickly this time, however.
Six years after the draft, the top two picks, Dansby Swanson and Bregman faced off in the 2021 World Series as key players for their respective teams, the Atlanta Braves (Swanson had been traded there in a disastrous trade for Arizona one year after being selected first overall) and the Astros. Both were drafted as shortstops - Bregman quickly switched to third base - and there was a lot of discussion before the draft about who was the better prospect.
Compensation Round A
|27||Colorado Rockies||Mike Nikorak||RHP||Stroudsburg High School (HS)||Stroudsburg, PA||Compensation pick for the New York Mets signing Michael Cuddyer|
|28||Atlanta Braves||Michael Soroka||RHP||Bishop Carroll High School (HS)||Calgary, AB||Compensation pick for the Minnesota Twins signing Ervin Santana|
|29||Toronto Blue Jays||Jon Harris||RHP||Missouri State University (Col.)||Compensation pick for the Chicago White Sox signing Melky Cabrera|
|30||New York Yankees||Kyle Holder||SS||University of San Diego (Col.)||Compensation pick for the Chicago White Sox signing David Robertson|
|31||San Francisco Giants||Chris Shaw||1B||Boston College (Col.)||Compensation pick for the Boston Red Sox signing Pablo Sandoval|
|32||Pittsburgh Pirates||Ke'Bryan Hayes||3B||Concordia Lutheran High School (HS)||Tomball, TX||Compensation pick for the Toronto Blue Jays signing Russell Martin|
|33||Kansas City Royals||Nolan Watson||RHP||Lawrence North High School (HS)||Indianapolis, IN||Compensation pick for the San Diego Padres signing James Shields|
|34||Detroit Tigers||Christin Stewart||IF||University of Tennessee (Col.)||Lawrenceville, GA||Compensation pick for the Washington Nationals signing Max Scherzer|
|35||Los Angeles Dodgers||Kyle Funkhouser||RHP||University of Louisville (Col.)||Compensation pick for the Boston Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez|
Did not sign
|36||Baltimore Orioles||Ryan Mountcastle||IF||Paul J. Hagerty High School (HS)||Compensation pick for the Seattle Mariners signing Nelson Cruz|
Competitive Balance Round A
|37||Houston Astros||Daz Cameron||OF||Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (HS)||McDonough, GA||Traded by Marlins to Astros as part of five-player deal for Jarred Cosart|
|38||Colorado Rockies||Tyler Nevin||3B||Poway High School (HS)|
|39||St. Louis Cardinals||Jake Woodford||P||Plant High School (HS)||Tampa, FL|
|40||Milwaukee Brewers||Nathan Kirby||P||University of Virginia (Col.)|
|41||Atlanta Braves||Austin Riley||3B/P||DeSoto Central High School (HS)||Traded by Padres to Braves as part of six-player deal for Craig Kimbrel|
|42||Cleveland Indians||Triston McKenzie||P||Royal Palm Beach High School (HS)|
Carson Fulmer (#8) was the first player from the draft to reach the major leagues, making his debut on July 17, 2016. He was followed on July 23rd by Alex Bregman (#2), who became the first position player from the draft to make the Show.
- Jim Callis: "Draft: Pick-by-pick, first-round analysis", mlb.com, June 8, 2015. 
- Spencer Fordin: "Shortstop trio atop Draft makes history: Displaying depth at position, Swanson, Bregman, Rodgers are first three picks", mlb.com, June 8, 2015. 
- Jake Lourim: "Diamondbacks take Dansby Swanson with No. 1 overall pick", USA Today Sports, June 8, 2015. 
- Brian McTaggart: "Bregman, Swanson forever linked by Draft: Top two picks from 2015 face off in World Series", mlb.com, October 26, 2021.