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MLB Draft Review: NL West


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Continuing with the NL West, here's a look at how the 2015-2018 draft classes are shaping up using WAR. The Dodgers are the cream of the crop, currently ranking No. 3 overall in Return on Investment and have loads of upside with high ceiling, Major League ready prospects. The D'Backs are coiled strong at No. 9 with solid upside for the future. In the cellar are the Rockies at No. 28, while both the Giants (No. 13) and Padres (No. 17) sit squarely in the middle at this point. In particular, the Padres have several high ceiling prospects and significant depth which bodes well for the future, not only for them, but for the powerhouse that this division could soon become.

NOTES: All references to a prospect’s overall MLB ranking is per MLB PipelineNegative WAR is not used to calculate total WAR. For any WAR value less than zero, 0.0 is used to calculate a team’s total WAR.


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
 (Scouting Director Deric Ladnier 2015-18)
2015: 1st Round  1st Overall Dansby Swanson. Career WAR: 7.5
Individual Career WAR Leader: Swanson
2015 Draft Totals: WAR: 8.3
MLers to Date: 4 (Swanson, Alex YoungTaylor ClarkeRyan Burr)
Signing Bonuses: $12.27M

2016: 1st Round, 39th Overall. Anfernee Grier. Career WAR: 0.0
Individual WAR Leader: Riley Smith, 24th Round. Career WAR: 0.6
2016 Draft Totals: WAR: 1.2
MLers to Date: 4 (Jon DuplantierColin PocheKevin Ginkel, Smith)
Signing Bonuses: $6.12M

2017: 1st Round  7th Overall Pavin Smith. Career WAR: 0.2
Individual Career WAR Leader: Smith
2017 Draft Totals: WAR: 0.2
MLers to Date: 2 (Smith, Dalton Varsho)
Signing Bonuses: $11.28M

2018: 1st Round  25th Overall Matt McLain. Did Not Sign
Individual Career WAR Leader: N/A
2018 Draft Totals: WAR: 0.0
MLers to Date: 0
Signing Bonuses: $5.77M

2015-18 TOTALS   WAR:  9.7   MLers: 10    BONUSES: $35.44M

RETURN ON INVESTMENT: $3.65M per 1.0 WAR (ranks 9 of 30 overall)

SUMMARY: The D’Backs hold the No. 9 overall spot in the ROI rankings thanks mostly...

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