2014 MLB Draft: Early College Names To Know

by Matt Grabusky | Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

At Big League Futures, it is time to start working on the 2014 draft class.  Alot can, and will, change over the next year and we will be watching as many players as possible this year.  That said, these college players are among the most interesting names when looking at 2014.  More details are coming on these, and many more, players.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt

The 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year looks like a top 10 selection in next year’s draft.  Beede’s stuff is dominant.  His fastball sits 93-95 and he can touch 98.  His curve can be a plus pitch and he also throws a good change.  The key for Beede will be improvement of his command.  He has walked 60 in 98.1 IP this season and when he misses, he can miss big.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  K
 2013  14  0  2.20  98.1  59    3  60  101
 2012    1  5  4.52  71.2  78    4  32    68

 

Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville

The Louisville closer has one of the best arms in the country and progressed well from his freshman to sophomore seasons.  His fastball is 95+ and touches 100.  His slider is also a nice pitch.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  K
 2013  3  3  0.83  32.2  23    0  11  59
 2012  1  2  5.56  22.2  28    1  10  14

 

Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Diego Stat

Cederoth may have the best arm among those under consideration early in the first round.  He has a high 90’s fastball that hits 100.  His slider also shows plus potential, while his change also had promise.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  K
 2013  3  9  4.25  95.1  72    4  48  109
 2012  4  4  4.14  67.1  57    3  48   62

 

Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

A scout’s quick take on Conforto was that “This kid can flat out rake. I think he’s going to be the best bat in the Pac-12 next year, if not in 2013.”  He has very good bat speed with lift.  The term “the ball jumps off his bat” is one of the most overused in baseball, but it is definitely appropriate in Conforto’s case.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  218  71    9    1    9  37  38    6    4  .326  .450  .500
 2012  218  76  14    1  13  24  37    1    1  .349  .438  .601

 

Austin Cousino, OF, Kentucky

The 2013 season was somewhat disappointing for Cousino, but the first round tools are there.  He can run and provides exceptional defense in center.  At the plate, he has a line drive swing and should develop into a top of the order bat at the next level.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  209  52  12    1    6  25  46  14    1  .249  .383  .402
 2012  260  83  20    2    9  26  39  15    1  .319  .408  .515

 

Kevin Cron, 1B, Texas Christian

What a difference a year makes.  Cron was drafted in the 3rd round coming out of high school and a year ago, he looked like one of the top power bats who would be available in the 2014 draft.  Things could not have gone much worse for him in 2013, but the raw power makes him worth watching over the next year.

 

YR AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2013 192 40 7 0 2 11 44 3 1 .208 .280 .276
2012 151  51 7 0 6 12 27 0 0 .338 .383 .503

 

Derek Fisher, OF Virginia

Fisher was one of my favorite players in the 2011 draft class.  He is a good athlete with a line drive swing with good bat speed.  There is good power projection in his bat.  His approach has improved over the last year at Virginia.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  196  60  12   3   7  28  38    8    3  .306  .420  .505
 2012  219  63  11   8   7  22  61    4    5  .288  .375  .507

Grayson Greiner, C, South Carolina

The South Carolina catcher has a big frame and shows a strong arm.  He has a quick bat and projects to hit for more power than he has shown to this point.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  189  57  10    2    4  21  25    5    3  .302  .364  .439
 2012  194  43  13    1    6  30  48    0    1  .222  .336  .392

 

Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina

Hoffman was one of the most impressive pitchers on the Cape last summer.  He has 3 pitches that all grade out above average.  His fastball gets above 95.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  K
 2013  6  7  3.20  109.2  99    3  39  84
 2012  3  2  3.67    73.2  60    4  21  55

 

Aaron Nola, RHP, Louisiana State

Like the other pitchers on this list, Nola shows very good stuff.  His fastball sits 89-93 and touches 94, with good run.  His slider and change are also good pitches.  Nola shows exceptional command and can throw any pitch on any count.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  SO
 2013  11  0  1.82  109  76    4  17  111
 2012    7  4  3.61  89.2  88   9    7    89

 

Joey Pankake, SS, Souh Carolina

Pankake has good bat speed with plenty of pop in his bat.  His shows a strong arm in the field.  With a strong arm and nice hands, Pankake has a shot to remain at short.  If not, his bat willl play at third.

Pankake HR at 0:49

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  234  74    9    1  11  28  28    7    4  .316  .390  .504
 2012  239  63  15    3    2  31  40    3    3  .264  .355  .377

 

Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State

Rodon begins the summer as the favorite to go first overall in the 2014 draft.  When he is on, he is the most dominant pitcher in college baseball.  His fastball sits 92-95 and his slider is a plus plus pitch.  His curve, change, and cutter are also quality pitches.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  K
 2013  9  2  3.12  110  74    7  40  161
 2012  9  0  1.57  114.2  71    2  41  135

 

Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana

Kyle Scwarber is one of the top power bats in the country.  He has plus power with lift in his swing and should be able to hit home runs anywhere.  He also shows a good approach at the plate.  Schwarber is likely headed to first base, but his bat will play anywhere.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  215  80  10    1  17  38  29    4    3  .372  .459  .665
 2012  230  69  15    5    8  30  24    9    3  .300  .390  .513

 

Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State

Turner is the most dynamic player in the country.  He came to national attention with his great baserunning and speed, but has shown that there is much more to his game.  He should be one of the first players selected in 2014.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  204  77  12    4    7  35  30  27    6  .377  .464  .578
 2012  259  87  13    2    5  41  38  57    4  .336  .432  .459

 

Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State

The Florida State righthander has managed to remain somewhat under the radar, but he has the ability to climb draft boards over the next year.  His fasball sits low 90’s and touches 94.  His change is an above average pitch and his breaking ball shows promise.  Weaver’s also shows very good command.

 

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  SO
 2013    6   2  2.08  78  62    4  16  91
 2012    1   0  5.93  41  41    6  21  40

 

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Florida

Whitson was a first round pick (9th overall, Padres) coming out of high school and was seen as a likely first round selection before undergoing a shoulder procedure and missing his junior year.  Assuming that he does not come to terms with the Nationals, they drafted him in the 37th round, Whitson will be one of the wildcards for 2014.  When right, he has easy velocity, touching 95 with good movement, a plus slider, and a nice change.

 

 YR  W  L  ERA  IP  H  HR  BB  SO
 2012  4  0  3.51  33.1  37  18  20
 2011  8  1  2.40  97.1  84  28  92

 

Mark Zagunis, C, Virginia Tech

Zagunis is a good athlete with good tools across the board.  He has a line drive swing and shows a good eye at the plate.  Zagunis is versatile in the field, showing the ability to play behind the plate or in the outfield.

 

 YR  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG  OBP  SLG
 2013  232  79  14    3    9  32  29  19    5  .341  .433  .543
 2012  189  65  13    2    5  21  25  17    5  .344  .430  .513

 

 

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  1. Andrew says:

    Unless he transferred this past weekend, Cron plays for TCU not Tech.

  2. Staff says:

    My brain is slipping, got that fixed, thanks Andrew

  3. Fred says:

    Keep an eye out for UC Davis 2B, Steven Patterson. Hit .324 and .812 OPS. Was #7 in NCAA D1 hardest to SO. 2nd Team Big West Conference. Was an All American at San Joaquin Delta College (JC)in 2012.

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