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2014 MLB Draft: My Way too early Big Board

2014 MLB Draft: My Way too early Big Board
September 17, 2013
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It is several months before the college baseball season begins, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking draft.

Since the summer leagues are done and the showcase circuit is over, I decided to sit down and make my first draft board. My initial reaction on this year's draft is that it's the best in years. I have players down near twenty that I like more than guys who I had around ten last year. The high school arms in particular are very deep.

The Indians already have two firsts going into this draft thanks to the competitive balance pick which should be right around 35, so I decided to go 35 players deep in my first 2014 draft article.

1. Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
Power throwing lefty, would have been first last year, special talent.

2. Tyler Kolek, RHP, HS
Huge right hander, hits 99 MPH, nice secondary offerings, ace potential.

3. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina
Small school guy, but stuff is excellent and has an outside chance at going one.

4. Alex Jackson, C/OF, HS
Chance to play catcher, plus hitter and plus power make him an attractive pick.

5. Trea Turner, SS, NC state
Good defense, 80 grade speed, plus hitter, everything but power in his package.

6. Grant Homes, RHP, HS
Has done well at the showcase circuit, projectable righty, mid 90’s with good secondary offerings.

7. Brandon Finnegan LHP TCU
Lefty who hits the upper 90’s, three potential plus pitches, under 6-feet or would be top three.

8. Michael Gettys, CF/RHP, HS
I love bat speed and his is one of the best in the class, great all around athlete, also hits mid 90’s as a pitcher.

9. Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana
Low chance he stays at catcher, major tool is massive power, showed a good eye in college as well.

10. Brady Aiken, LHP, HS
Very young for draft, good athleticism and feel for pitching, shown well on showcase circuit.

11. Kodi Medeiros, LHP, HS
Smallish pitcher, good athlete with a mid-90’s fastball, throws from a low slot but like the upside.

12. Touki Toussaint RHP HS
One of the most known pitchers in class, plus fastball, good secondary offerings, another power arm

13. Jacob Gatewood, 3B, HS
Best pure power of any bat carrying a first round grade, questions if BP stroke can transition to game time.

14. Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Deigo State
Has hit 100, big is the word for him, big arm and big size, needs polish, could go top ten or higher with a great year.

15. Dylan Cease, RHP, HS
Already hitting the upper 90’s, needs work on command and secondary pitchers, but full of potential.

16. Tyler Beede, RHP, Vandy
Not as high on him as others, solid bet to make majors, just don’t see the upside when compared to other arms.

17. Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford
Big lefty from a small school, has performed very well, lots of buzz building.

18. Ti’quan Forbes, SS, HS
Plus athlete, might have to move off SS because of his size, performed well against big names.

19. Alex Verdugo, RF/LHP, HS
Another guy I am not as high on, low 90’s as a pitcher, and five solid tools but nothing plus plus.

20. Nick Gordon, SS, HS
Tom Gordon’s son, good chance he sticks at SS, solid defender, advanced approach at the plate.

21. Luis Ortiz, RHP, HS
Doesn’t throw as hard as his peers, but nice secondary offerings and solid command make him a safer bet.

22. Derek Fisher, OF, Virgina
Has all the tools but hasn’t dominated yet, projects for plus power, break out candidate.

23. Luke Weaver, RHP, FSU
Looked great on Team USA, hit the upper 90’s this year, helium candidate who has blossomed over the last year.

24. Cameron Varga, RHP, HS
Old for a prep player, turns 20 at end of next summer, mid 90’s, solid curve, age is only concern, Ohio kid.

25. Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU
Dominant in college, best pitcher for LSU last year, amazing control, three good pitches, not top of rotation for me.

26. David Peterson, LHP, HS
One of the biggest guys in the class at 6’7”, all about projection, bit soft tossing but expect a velocity jump.

27. Kel Johnson, 1B, HS
Nice power projection, might be able to play outfield, nice athlete.

28. Bryce Montes De Oca, RHP, HS
Another giant at 6’7” who throws in the low 90’s, good feel for offspeed pitches.

29. Jack Flaherty, 3B, HS
Comes from powerhouse program Harvard Westlake, good athlete, plus power potential, good bat speed.

30. Max Pentecost, C, Kennessaw State
Small school guy, had a great Cape, good bat, will stick at catcher, could be another riser.

31. Mac Marshall, LHP, HS
Might have the best changeup of any of the high school guys, good feel for all his pitches, advanced arm.

32. Marcus Wilson, OF, HS
Might have the best speed other than Turner, projectable frame, potential plus power and bat.

33. Nick Burdi, RHP, Lousiville
Hits 100 more than any arm in this draft, wipeout slider, dominant reliever who could move quickly.

34. Cobi Johnson, RHP, HS
Dad is the Blue Jays pitching coordinator, big frame, three potential plus pitches, grew up in the game.

35. Chris Ellis, RHP, Ole Miss
Another guy coming off a good Cape, big frame with some projection, needs more innings, could fly up board.

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User Comments

September 18, 2013 - 11:07 PM EDT
Sorry missed the Burdi question, he is a much better talent. He has closer ability, Kime has the advantage of being a starter but Burdi is the better pure talent
September 18, 2013 - 11:05 PM EDT
I debated on Papi, he was a guy who would be in the next 5. Attendance should not affect the pool, they are set by MLB and not very big to begin with, that being said they have go under the pool total the last two years.
September 18, 2013 - 8:08 PM EDT
Couple of college OF's I like, Mike Papi & Mike Conforto. So, I'd be happy with a college OF named Mike. Of the guys on your list, I especially like Ti'quan Forbes as a 3B. He's got slow-the-game-down talent. Medeiros could be the fastest HSer to the show if moved to the pen. He could be dominant in the late innings.
September 18, 2013 - 5:26 PM EDT
With Indians going to have a 2nd pick around #35 pick. There good chance they could pick up Dace Kime teammate in Nick Burdi. Who is better prospect between them. Also with Indians struggling with attendance this year would that have an effect the draft pool they will receive for the 2014 draft? Reason I ask you have stated in past articles that 2014 is a deeper draft than 13.

Thanks for the professionalism of this site. I have learned and enjoyed this site a lot. Great way for me to follow my favorite team.
September 18, 2013 - 5:10 PM EDT
I have them in the order of who I like the best, so should draft a guy right around the 20 range
September 18, 2013 - 5:09 PM EDT
Beede is not a 1 type of pitcher he is more of a 2/3 to me, not an ace at all.
September 18, 2013 - 3:31 PM EDT
No matter where the Indians sit in the draft they should just draft the BPA. If that is an outfielder, so be it. If it is a pitcher, then fine. But should be BPA and not on need.
September 18, 2013 - 3:21 PM EDT
With Indians probably drafting somewhere in late first round who should they select if the draft was today?
September 18, 2013 - 12:54 AM EDT
I scanned all that for "plus power", we've done pretty well developing pitching, fast middle infielders, and OFs with limited power like Holt and Naquin. I am holding out hope for Moncrief (sooner) and Frazier (later).

Maybe we used up all our karma with Belle, Thome, and Manny.
September 17, 2013 - 11:32 PM EDT
Beede has NO UPSIDE? Weak
September 17, 2013 - 9:54 PM EDT
We need as much hitting as we can get. AAA is devoid of hitters. And our offense has been anemic. Not saying we don't need any pitching, but offense is clearly the need now.
September 17, 2013 - 1:51 PM EDT
Wow. 24 pitchers in top 35. Good time to load up with some arms for the future. Indians could sure use that.

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