2014 MLB Draft: Early College Names To Know
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.