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2015 MLB Draft: Everything unsettled above the White Sox

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One month out, it's unclear who will go with the first pick, let alone the eighth

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We're officially a month away from the MLB draft, but good luck trying to hone in on truly possible picks for the White Sox at No. 8, because nobody seems to have much of an idea of who's going to Arizona with the first overall selection.

While there is a consensus top prospect -- prep shortstop Brendan Rogers -- he isn't considered a golden ticket, so Kiley McDaniel says the Diamondbacks seem to be angling for a below-slot player at the start.

The industry speculation is that the D’Backs’ preference is [Garrett] Whitley over [Tyler] Stephenson as cut-rate options at #1 overall and Georgia prep CF Daz Cameron (son of Mike Cameron) is also rumored to be in the mix.  Watson went to Cameron’s game yesterday instead of Stephenson, but the heavy hitters for Arizona have seen all three players already. At this point, I’d call the three high school players the co-favorites to go #1 overall until more information comes in, with [Dillon] Tate and Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson both longshots. It sounds like Arizona wants a hitter, but it’s clear to the industry that Arizona doesn’t know what they’re going to do yet.

The math behind this preference means the that D’Backs could have a financial hammer with their later picks. The pool value for the top pick is about $8 million and the D’Backs full pool is $13.6 million. [Brendan] Rodgers would likely cost at least $6 million at 1-1 and Tate would probably be just below that, but since Whitley and Stephenson don’t have a clear home in the top 7 picks if Arizona passes, they may accept a deal of about $3.5 million. This would shave about $4.5 million off the top pick that could be spent on multiple other picks. Cameron has more interest in the top 10 and would probably ask for a price between Stephenson/Whitley and Tate.

While there was a little mystery at the top of last year's draft, there was a defined pitching troika of Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek and Carlos Rodon. But in the two paragraphs above, McDaniel lists six names, most of whom would sign for below the first-pick slot value of $8,616,900.

For the White Sox, it shouldn't be as complicated. They lost their second- and third-round picks as compensation for signing protected free agents David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, so they'll have to make their first pick count. The slot value for the eight pick is $3,470,600, which is 65 percent of their overall pool ($5,347,500).

We'll be previewing and profiling potential White Sox targets over the next month, but here's a quick rundown of the top 15 draft prospects from the most noteworthy outlets (click on the headers for more details).

Baseball America
Keith Law
MLB.com FanGraphs
1 Brendan Rogers
SS, HS (Fla).
Brendan Rogers
SS, HS (Fla).
Brendan Rogers
SS, HS (Fla).
Brendan Rogers
SS, HS (Fla).
2 Dansby Swanson
SS, Vanderbilt
Kevin Newman
SS, Arizona
Dillon Tate
RHP, UCSB
Dillon Tate
RHP, UCSB
3 Dillon Tate
RHP, UCSB
Dansby Swanson
SS, Vanderbilt
Dansby Swanson
SS, Vanderbilt
Dansby Swanson
SS, Vanderbilt
4 Kyle Funkhouser
RHP, Louisville
Dillon Tate
RHP, UCSB
Kyle Funkhouser
RHP, Louisville
Alex Bregman
SS, LSU
5 Alex Bregman
SS, LSU
Kolby Allard
LHP, HS (Calif.)
Alex Bregman
SS, LSU
Kyle Funkhouser
RHP, Louisville
6 Daz Cameron
OF, HS (Ga.)
Alex Bregman
SS, LSU
Mike Nikorak
RHP, HS (Pa.)
Carson Fulmer
RHP, Vanderbilt
7 Carson Fulmer
RHP, Vanderbilt
Ian Happ
OF, Cincinnati
Carson Fulmer
RHP, Vanderbilt
Kyle Tucker
OF, HS (Fla.)
8 Garrett Whitley
OF, HS (N.Y.)
Garrett Whitley
OF, HS (N.Y.)
Kyle Tucker
OF, HS (Fla.)
Kevin Newman
SS, Arizona
9 Mike Nikorak
RHP, HS (Pa.)
Walker Buehler
RHP, Vanderbilt
Walker Buehler
RHP, Vanderbilt
Ian Happ
OF, Cincinnati
10 Kyle Tucker
OF, HS (Fla.)
Kyle Tucker
OF, HS (Fla.)
Jon Harris
RHP, Missouri St.
Tyler Jay
LHP, Illinois
11 Nick Plummer
OF, HS (Mich.)
Kyle Funkhouser
RHP, Louisville
Nick Plummer
OF, HS (Mich.)
Mike Nikorak
RHP, HS (Pa.)
12 Trenton Clark
OS, HS (Tex.)
Mike Nikorak
RHP, HS (Pa.)
Daz Cameron
OF, HS (Ga.)
Kolby Allard
LHP, HS (Calif.)
13 Walker Buehler
RHP, Vanderbilt
Daz Cameron
OF, HS (Ga.)
Trenton Clark
OS, HS (Tex.)
Cody Ponce
RHP, Cal Poly Pomona
14 Ashe Russell
RHP, HS (Ind.)
Trenton Clark
OS, HS (Tex.)
Ian Happ
OF, Cincinnati
Walker Buehler
RHP, Vanderbilt
15 Kolby Allard
LHP, HS (Calif.)
Nick Plummer
OF, HS (Mich.)
Ashe Russell
RHP, HS (Ind.)
Nate Kirby
LHP, Virginia

Baseball America will be releasing a new mock draft today, and since we're officially at the one-month point, I imagine it won't be the only one.