Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 MLB Draft Compilation Board #2

by: Ben Embry

Amateur baseball seasons are starting to get under way, and all of the big draft scouts/writers that I follow have updated their prospect rankings recently.  Between now and June 5, we can expect a lot of changes.  There will be some pop up guys, like Jonathan Gray from last year, and movement up and down the rankings for a lot of guys.  Some prospects predicted to be first round talents could easily fall multiple rounds based on how they look this Spring.  But right now, we're only two weeks into the season and there really hasn't been much opportunity for that to happen, so this is kind of like a jumping off point.

This compilaton board is a little thing I like to do to stay up on who the big names are in the draft pool. What I do is take rankings from 6 different sources that I trust the most on the subject of draft prospects and I compile them into one board.  And honestly, it is very difficult to find a lot of information on the MLB Draft on the internet, at least compared to the more popular NFL and NBA Drafts.  The MLB Draft is more niche-y, so if anything I'd like to consider what I do a service to those other MLB draftniks out there who are looking for some good information.

My previous board can be found here.  Here's the second board for the 2014 draft:

Rnk Name Pos School
1 Carlos Rodon SP NC State
2 Jeff Hoffman SP E Carolina
3 Alex Jackson C H.S.
4 Tyler Kolek SP H.S.
5 Tyler Beede SP Vandy
6 Trea Turner SS NC State
7 Derek Fisher OF Virginia
8 Nick Gordon SS H.S.
9 Jacob Gatewood SS H.S.
10 Brady Aiken SP H.S.
11 Grant Holmes SP H.S.
12 Max Pentecost C Kensaw St
13 Braxton Davidson 1B H.S.
14 Luis Ortiz SP H.S.
15 Sean Newcomb SP Hartford
16 Touki Toussaint SP H.S.
17 Brandon Finnegan SP TCU
18 Kyler Schwarber C Indiana
19 Erick Fedde SP UNLV
20 Michael Gettys SP/OF H.S.
21 Luke Weaver SP Florida St
22 Alex Verdugo SP/OF H.S.
23 Sean Reid-Foley SP H.S.
24 Aaron Nola SP LSU
25 Kodi Medeiros SP H.S.
26 Brad Zimmer OF San Fran
27 Michael Cederoth SP SD State
28 Mac Marshall SP H.S.
29 Scott Blewett SP H.S.
30 Cobi Johnson SP H.S.
31 Justus Sheffield SP H.S.
32 Nick Burdi RP Louisville
33 Michael Conforto OF Oregon St
34 Kyle Freeland SP Evansville
35 Derek Hill OF H.S.
36 Matt Chapman 3B CS Fuller.
37 Michael Chavis 3B H.S.
38 Dylan Cease SP H.S.
39 Ti'quan Forbes SS H.S.
40 Forrest Wall 2B H.S.
41 Jackson Reetz C H.S.
42 J.D. Davis SP/1B CS Fuller.
43 Monte' Harrison OF H.S.
44 Dylan Davis SP/OF Oregon St
45 Keaton McKinney SP H.S.
46 Jake Godfrey SP H.S.
47 Marcus Wilson OF H.S.
48 Sean Bouchard 3B H.S.
49 Greg Deichmann 3B H.S.
50 Taylor Sparks 3B UC Irvine
51 Jeren Kendall OF H.S.
52 Alex Blandino 3B Stanford
53 Matt Imhof SP Cal Poly
54 Jordan Brink SP Fresno St
55 Chris Ellis SP Ole Miss
56 Michael Kopech SP H.S.
57 Josh Morgan 3B H.S.
58 Cameron Varga SP H.S.
59 Jack Flaherty SS H.S.
60 Chase Vallot C H.S.
61 Austin Davis SP CS Baker.
62 Stone Garrett OF H.S.
63 Spencer Turnbull SP Alabama
64 Turner Larkins SP H.S.
65 Chad Sobotka SP SC Upstate
66 Spencer Adams SP H.S.
67 Lane Thomas OF H.S.
68 Kel Johnson OF H.S.
69 Tate Blackman 2B H.S.
70 Luke Bonfield SP/OF H.S.
71 Andrew Suarez SP Miami (FL)
72 Grayson Greiner C South Car
73 Joey Gatto SP H.S.
74 Milton Ramos SS H.S.
75 Travis Jones OF H.S.
76 Dillon Peters SP Texas
77 Jake Cosart SP JUCO
78 Scott Heineman OF Oregon
79 Evan Skoug C H.S.
80 Foster Griffin SP H.S.
81 Chris Oliver SP Arkansas
82 Zach Shannon SP/OF H.S.
83 Carl Chester OF H.S.
84 Austin Byler 3B Nevada
85 Karsten Whitson SP Florida
86 Lukas Schiraldi SP Texas
87 Joey Pankake 3B S Carolina
88 Casey Gillaspie 1B Wichita St
89 Brandon Downes OF Virginia
90 Devon Fisher C H.S.
91 Gareth Morgan OF H.S.
92 Adam Haseley SP/OF H.S.
93 Sam Coonrod SP So Illinois
94 Keith Weisenberg SP H.S.
95 JJ Schwarz C H.S.
96 Grant Hockin SP H.S.
97 Brett Austin C NC State
98 Justin Bellinger 1B H.S.
99 Blake Bivens SP H.S.
100 Riley Ferrell RP TCU

The Yankees currently have the 47th pick, with a slot of about $1.03 million.  That's actually about 10 spots better than I was thinking they would have.  In theory, they should wind up with 2 guys off this list.  In the 40-50 range, you see a lot of high school kids, which I don't think would be a bad way to go.  Based on what talent they have in the system, a HS OF would work.  HS pitchers are never a bad way to go.  I'd advocate for some college pitching, but generally the pickings get slim in that area after the first round, (if not sooner).  They can afford to stay away from advanced catchers and outfielders, and young infielders based on what they did last year and what they're working on in the international free agent class, (although it never hurts to get a good young SS if they're available).

I'm a big fan of Dylan Cease for New York right now.  He really impressed me in the Under Armour game last Summer, particularly in his strike out of 2015 stud Daz Cameron.  Baseball America said he has an athletic delivery and "produces easy velocity, with a fastball up to 97 mph" and they recently ranked his fastball as one of the best in high school.  He's currently ranked 38th, so it wouldn't be a big stretch to see him end up with the Yankees.  I think that would be a really good value for a team picking halfway into the second round, although $1 million may not be big enough to lure him away from his Vanderbilt commitment.

I should say I find it a little self defeating to have these specific guys you want your team to draft, because the chances are very slim when you draft where NY always drafts.  Last year is a prime example; I had hoped all Spring that Ryne Stanek would be available when the Yankees drafted at 26 even though no one predicted he'd last that long.  Somehow he did and yet NY took Jagielo instead.  I'll refrain from saying whether I think that was a mistake, but it was a little bit of a gut punch for me.  Still, what fun is it if you can't dream, know what I mean?

I want to make sure I give credit where credit's due, that being the six writers/publications I use to assemble my board.  Some are subscription based, some are free.  I encourage everyone to check them all out.  They are:

Big League Futures (Kevin Gallo, Matt Grabusky)

Baseball America (various writers)

ESPN (Keith Law) (Jim Callis, Jon Mayo)

Scouting Baseball (Kiley McDaniel)

MLB Draft Insider (Chris Crawford)

My next board will be available at the end of April.  At that point I'll have enough info to do a deep dive on some of the top prospects and some guys that are being predicted for New York.  You can expect a lot of changes and the board should get to at least 125 maybe 150 at that point; I actually have 109 names now but I don't like odd numbers like that so I cut it off at 100.  The last board, which will be available within a week prior to the draft, will expand to 250.

Email me or hit me up on twitter with any questions: or @thebronxempire.  Have a good day!

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