2014 MLB Draft: Live day one blog
11:32 p.m. ET: With their 2nd round pick the Indians have selected prep RHP Grant Hockin.
11:02 p.m. ET: Just a reminder that the picks are not on the front page. To see them go to the newswire to the right or the "New" tab at the top. Here are the links:
10:38 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected outfielder Mike Papi from the University of Virginia with their #38 pick.
10:07 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected prep left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield with the #31 pick.
10:02 p.m. ET: KC loves the lefties and take Griffin who I like much better than Mederios who went 20 picks ago. Cincy takes Blandino who has some nice pop from the right side, but no way I think he can play shortstop. Texas then takes a really great pitcher in Luis Ortiz, who I think the Indians were hoping to take at 31.
9:47 p.m. ET: The first round is done with these two picks. Chavis to the Red Sox was a heart breaker for a lot of Indians fans. He is undersized but the hit tool could be very special. Weaver looked like a top 15 pick earlier, I think his consistency and velocity drop were caused by arm fatigue and bet he rebounds quite well.
9:37 p.m. ET: Two back to back interesting picks. Cole Tucker is a guy I had in round two, but a good athlete. A writer I work with over at MLB DI loves the kid though, and I trust him so time will tell. Matt Chapman to the A's is a bit shocking. They weren't connected to him at all, might have the best right handed college player in the draft. Big concern with Chapman's hit tool.
9:26 p.m. ET: Gillaspie had a huge year, but I worried about his 90 point jump in average being the same as his 90 point jump in BABIP, still a nice pick. Holmes was another huge talent, Dodgers made a hell of a pick right there. Hill is a mega athlete with some of the best future defensive value of any player in this draft. The kid could win a lot of gold gloves patroling centerfield in Detroit.
9:11 p.m. ET: The Indians have selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer from the University of San Francisco.
9:02 p.m. ET: More college arms off the board. Fedde goes to the Nationals who scoff at TJ surgey. Reds take Nick Howard who was hitting 98 this year, plan has to be to see if he can start.
8:50 p.m. ET: One of my favorites goes to the Royals. If he was four inches taller he is the first pick. Yet with the injury concerns and the fact its the Royals means his arm might fall off.
8:46 p.m. ET: I am a big fan of the last two picks. Newcomb is a big lefty with some upside for the Angels. I am a bigger fan of the Diamondbacks taking Toussaint, who I think has a real chance to be the best player in this draft massive upside.
8:36 p.m. ET: College players coming off the board, might be because of depth of high school arms. Turner to Padres makes sense, been fans for awhile. Beede to Giants is a suprise, but Giants always suprise. Beede is a guy I wanted no part of glad, he is off the board.
8:22 p.m. ET First pick, I have a major issue with. Medeiros did not have a first round grade to me. I think he will get killed against better competition. He is going to be a LOOGY, I could be wrong but then again he was just drafted by the worst drafting team in baseball over the last five years with the worst minors in baseball.
8:18 p.m. ET: Now back to back college bats. Conforto the on base machine to the Mets. Then the Blue Jays take the top catcher Max Pentecost who is a do it all type.
8:03 p.m. ET: Run on pitchers. Nola the safest pitcher in the draft to the Phillies. Rockies take the local kid in Freeland. Toronto takes the gamble on Hoffman who was the top talent on the board, but slid due to injury.
7:46 p.m. ET: Pair of prep bats go back to back. Gordon to the Twins was something everyone knew. Jackson to Mariners was also put out there by a lot of people first prep player taken in the top ten by Mariners since AROD.
7:29 p.m. ET: Schwarber to Cubs is first truly crazy pick. Cubs have drafted power at the expense of everything else. This certainly changes things.
7:25 p.m. ET: Rodon to White Sox, rich get richer.
7:20 p.m. ET: Kolek to Marlins is a bit of a suprise. I had Kolek to Marlins in Feb, because of Stan Meek. I backed off dumbly even though everything about it screamed Meek. Pick should really not be a suprise. Have to wonder if Rodon's salary demand is hurting him right now.
7:08 p.m. ET: Being reported by Keith Law Brady Aiken will go first, top player on every board
6:17 p.m. ET: Reports are coming out that Carlos Rodon is asking for over six million, and the Astros seem to be fully locked in on Aiken
Jeff Ellis taking over here, can also follow for more info on my twitter @jeffmlbdraft
5:30 p.m. ET: I can't believe draft day is here again. It seems like yesterday we were prepping for the Indians fifth overall pick in 2013 and beyond excited when they chose Clint Frazier with the pick.
As in years past, the IBI will be all over the draft this week and up through the signing deadline with information, scouting reports, news, and much more. As each pick is made we will be throwing up draft capsules literally minutes after the picks. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis will once again be providing write-ups on each drafted player and we will also have pictures, video, bios, and other information on players included in their draft capsules literally minutes after the picks from day one and day two.
Also, as in years past, I'll be providing post-day commentary each morning with analysis, quotes, and tons of stuff from scouts and people in the know. These writeups will be available to premium members only. In addition, I'll be providing daily signing updates up through the July 18th signing deadline.
One thing to note is that all of the draft picks will not be listed on the front page. In order not to bog down the front page and slider, we will only be posting them to the “News” section, which is the top left tab below the site header (they should also display in the "Newswire" in the right panel on the front page). As each pick is made, we will update and post the picks to that page. We will have one homepage article each morning on Day 2 and Day 3 that will direct people to that page as a reminder.
Also, this blog post will continue to be updated throughout the day today as new information becomes available, though with the Indians first pick at #21 overall the updates and news should be much less than last year. We will also post some commentary in this post throughout the day and during the draft up until the Indians first pick.
To get caught up on the draft, I suggest you check out Jeff Ellis's final mock which posted earlier today. Incredibly, he mocks out the first 105 picks of the draft, including the Indians' first five picks. For more detail and tons of info and insight on the top players in this draft, I suggest you check out his his big board which posted on Wednesday (premium only).
In any case, tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET the 2014 First-Year Player Draft will commence, and it can be seen live on the MLB Network in their Secaucus, N.J studio. They will also air a preview show, simulcast on MLB.com, at 6 p.m. ET.
Here is the draft order for the first round:
1. Houston Astros
2. Miami Marlins
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Colorado Rockies
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. New York Mets
11. Toronto Blue Jays (P. Bickford - unsigned)
12. Milwaukee Brewers
13. San Diego Padres
14. San Francisco Giants
15. Los Angeles Angels
16. Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Kansas City Royals
18. Washington Nationals
19. Cincinnati Reds
20. Tampa Bay Rays
21. Cleveland Indians
22. Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Detroit Tigers
24. Pittsburgh Pirates
25. Oakland Athletics
26. Boston Red Sox
27. St. Louis Cardinals
1st round compensation
28. Kansas City Royals (E. Santana)
29. Cincinnati Reds (S. Choo)
30. Texas Rangers (N. Cruz)
31. Cleveland Indians (U. Jimenez)
32. Atlanta Braves (B. McCann)
33. Boston Red Sox (Ellsbury)
34. St. Louis Cardinals (C. Beltran)
Competitive Balance Round A
35. Colorado Rockies
36. Miami Marlins (M. Krook - unsigned)
37. Houston Astros (from the Orioles)
38. Cleveland Indians
39. Pittsburgh Pirates (from the Marlins)
40. Kansas City Royals
41. Milwaukee Brewers
- The draft will carry over three days as the first round, compensation round, competitive balance round and second round will only be held tonight, rounds 3-10 will be on Friday, and rounds 11-40 will be on Saturday. The draft picks back up at 1:00 pm ET on Friday and at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday.
- There will be a five minute interval between picks in the first round, and then one minute between picks from the first round supplemental round through the tenth round of the draft. Rounds 11-40 will be like the old way where picks are named off without delay. Both day two and day three of the draft will be held via a conference call from MLB headquarters in New York.
- The bonus pool will once again be something that is very interesting to follow this year since it is just the third year it has been implemented into the draft. Each club has a set amount of money that they can spend on their picks in the first ten rounds depending on where they are picking and how many picks they have.
Here is the Indians bonus pool:
|Round 1 (#21)||$2,008,100|
|Round 1 (#31)||$1,733,000|
|Round 1 (#38)||$1,495,400|
|Round 2 (61)||$928,700|
|Round 3 (#97)||$539,600|
|Round 4 (#128)||$400,200|
|Round 5 (#158)||$299,600|
|Round 6 (#188)||$224,300|
|Round 7 (#218)||$168,200|
|Round 8 (#248)||$154,800|
|Round 9 (#278)||$144,600|
|Round 10 (#308)||$137,600|
- It is important to note that the Indians cannot simply punt on picks in the first 10 rounds to use that money to help sign another player. If they do not sign a player, that money is lost in the bonus pool. For example, if they decide to not sign their 3rd round pick valued at $539,600, they can’t just reallocate that money to their 9th rounder as that money from their 3rd round pick is gone.
- However, unused money from a signed pick can certainly be used toward other picks. So, in the example above, say they sign their 3rd rounder for $400,000, then they can use the extra $139,600 they did not spend on their 3rd rounder and use it toward the signing of another player(s). Bottom line, the Indians can use the money in the first 10 rounds however they see fit so long as the player is signed.
- After the 10th round, teams can spend whatever they want on players up to $100,000 and the signing does not count against their bonus pool. Teams can sign a player above $100,000 after the 10th round, but then that signing is counted against their bonus pool.
- The penalties for going over your draft bonus pool allotment are pretty severe. If a team goes from 0-5% over they will be taxed at a rate of 75% of the overage. If a team is over by 5-10% then they are taxed the 75% and also lose their first round pick in the next draft. If a team goes over by 10-15% then they are taxed 100% and they lose a first and second round pick. Anything over 15% and the team is taxed 100% and they lose their first round pick in the next two drafts.
- Don't forget to keep checking back into the site throughout the day for updates to this blog post. As updates are provided they will be posted at the top of the page.
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Most definitely not spot on, son! Let's step it up with the analysis. C'mon, man.
.. and isn't a 5 foot something, hundred and something pound lefty with pitchability... rme...
So, Zimmer, a speed merchant & athlete to go with Mike Papi, a limited one tool guy (hit tool) and a midget in the first three picks.. meh... there are a lot of names yet to be picked..
Translation: he rules the strike zone with an iron fist. RT @Clint_BA: Mike Papi has walked in 19.5% of PAs this season
YES! Mike Papi at 38, another one of my targets and finally both rocky and me can celebrate it. Cheers!
MLB had him at 39..
The Indians selected him at 31.. this is a reach...
Patrick Ebert: "I will say that I think Justus Sheffield has some of the best pitchability I've seen at the HS level and think he could be a guy we all wonder how he didn't go int the first round 2-3 years down the road."
LHP, pitchability...kind of reminds me of a bigger version of Sean Brady.
I dont' get this pick.. at all.. this looks like a reach..
This is a good pick folks. Would have slightly preferred Reid-Foley or Mac Marshall, but if Sheffield came in cheaper, I'm all for it since he's right up with them on my board.
Great pick! Now watch GS hate on it, hehe
Then, BB:K: Naquin had similar BB:K in College in a better conference against better pitching to boot. Zimmer had a horrible 2:17 BB:K in the Cape against the sort of pitching he will face soon, not Gonzaga or Sacramento St pitchers
Best case comp for Zimmer, if ALL goes well for him and he improves, he max out as another Brantley. I guess soem would say Hunter Pence, but I think that's too optimistic.
Naquin-Wacha and now Zimmer-Weaver. Maybe that's the reason the Cards seem to get to the postseason more regularly. We will see.
Now at 31 I hope they go pitcher, avoiding the likes of Gatewood, Harrison and Fisher.
If they go strictly internet boards BPA Reid-Foley should be in play, lol
Physical Size: A "yet to mature" 6'5 205 versus a fully filled out 6'2, 190.. Zimmer should be able to put on 15 to 25 more pounds..he'll be Jimmy Thome size..
Speed: Zimmer is a speed merchant and smart base stealer. 29 of 31 tries.. Naquin.. not so much..
Power: Not a lot of difference right now.. as power is typically the last toll to develop, this could be a question going forward.
Hand/Eye: Zimmer has as many K's as he does walks.. Naquin would be in heaven if he could cut his K-rate to only 3 times Zimmer's
Price: It's a slotted system and saving money for later has been and will ALWAYS BE A BAD PLAN. When it comes to baseball talent, teams should their money on the best talent.. not save it for later on LESSER talent..
I'm sure this sounds like it's one sided.. but truth be told.. Zimmer can and should be a bigger faster stronger better player. He's not a masher.. but, he shouldn't be at this time. His swing mechanics and bat speed says he will have some pop.. I'll take 9 guys in the batting order who hit 15 to 20 homers each year.. forever..
Overall, it looks like the approach tonight is starting out with the Indians grabbing the scarcer resource (college level bat) and relying on later picks for the real depth of the draft.. upside arms.. I can't say I disagree with the approach..
How does Zimmer falling to the Tribe affect their draft pool? They could play hard ball with him and offer slot, but I would expect he might want more than slot.
At 31, I'd like Michael Chavis or Luis Ortiz and at 38, Luke Weaver or Matt Imhof.
Someone needs to explain to me why Zimmer is such a much better pick compared to Naquin. Taking him over Holmes and Weaver has some Naquin-Wacha feel to it, without the under slot strategy that is.
Sorry to be this negative, but I'm simply not seeing it yet. Hope I'm very wrong.
3 more picks to come though...
I liked Nick Howard at #21.
He was 40/69 in the WCC the past two seasonsi, with 21/32 in 2014, not impressive and not trending good. He also had an inflated BABIP in 2014. He's falling for a reason, he's just not that impressive. He's closer to Naquin than you think and Naquin might have been the better pure hitter....