The MLB Draft is one of the hardest things to predict. Between asking prices, bonus pool money and postseason college games, there are a lot of moving parts heading into draft day.
MBN’s Jon Lewis and John Vittas put together their 2015 Maryland Draft Preview, making rough predictions on where the players would fall. The predictions were based on Lewis’ and Vittas’ personal talent evaluations that were then confirmed via conversations with scouts, players and coaches. The predictions turned out to be extremely accurate, with Lewis proving to be particularly on-the-money.
Lewis was no more than four rounds off on any player and was within one round on five of Maryland’s eight selections.
“I was able to confirm my personal evaluations with a few scouts I’ve met along the way,” Lewis said. “Being around the game for more than ten years as a former college player and then continuing to be a student of the game has allowed me to evaluate talent effectively.”
Lewis, now 23, is an Analyst for a large investment bank in Baltimore, but hopes to use his financial analytics background to help a Major League front office in the near future.
“I hope to latch on with a pro team and get into their scouting department,” Lewis said. “Hopefully this can serve as a jumpstart on that process.”
Lewis announced over twenty Terps’ games over the last two years, serving as a color analyst for the Maryland Baseball Network. In 2013, Lewis was a Baseball Operations Intern for the program.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure being around this program for a few years now and watching these players develop into legit pro prospects. I wish them all the best and prosperous pro careers. They were all instrumental pieces in legitimizing this baseball program into a national power.”
2B Brandon Lowe FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 4th ACTUAL: 3rd
LHP Alex Robinson FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 3rd ACTUAL: 5th
3B Jose Cuas FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 10th ACTUAL: 11th
CF LaMonte Wade FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 8th ACTUAL: 9th
LHP Jake Drossner FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 10th ACTUAL: 10th
RHP Kevin Mooney FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 12th ACTUAL: 15th
C Kevin Martir FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 14th ACTUAL: 18th
LHP Zach Morris FULL PROFILE
Lewis: 23rd ACTUAL: 24th