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2014 MLB Draft College Big Board: 101-150

After months of building, sculpting, perfecting, the 2014 MLB Draft College Big Board is finally complete. The list includes the top 200 collegiate prospects as well as over 80 in-depth draft profiles. Enjoy!

 

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 1-50 / 51-100 / 101-150 / 151-200 Overall

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# Player Pos. YR College Grade
101 Luke Eubank RHP So Oxnard CC Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
102 Josh Laxer RHP JR Ole Miss Fourth/Fifth Round

Laxer could be one these guys that could be found in the mid rounds – fourth, fifth, sixth, etc… – that could be plunked down in High-A and move quickly. Not sure if he’s an elite relief prospect, if there ever was such a thing (there isn’t), but he profiles as a strong eighth inning-type.   Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
103 Dillon Peters LHP JR Texas Sixth Round

Plenty of big league potential in the his left arm, Peters, however, will likely have to slide into a bullpen role to help realize that ceiling. Another of these Tim Collins-type lefties – solid control and the strikeout rate will spike to close to where it was as a freshman when he split time between the rotation and pen (9.76 K/9). Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
104 Brandon Leibrandt LHP JR Florida State Fourth/Fifth Round

Unsurprisingly, Leibrandt falls into the same category as his father – a soft-tossing lanky left-hander who relies more on pitchability than pure stuff. The Florida State hurler won’t miss a whole lot of bats and his control still has a little bit of fine-tuning needed, but he could be a serviceable backend starting pitcher. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
105 Austin Byler 1B/3B JR Nevada Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
106 Chris Diaz LHP JR Miami Fifth Round

Diaz’s ceiling falls pretty much right in place with his teammates’ – a better than finesse left-hander who will likely develop into a solid backend arm. The problem, of course, is that Diaz hasn’t missed a whole lot of bats at any point in his collegiate career and the control is merely average with flashes of above-average ability. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
107 Ben Smith RHP JR Coastal Carolina Fifth/Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
108 Greg Allen OF JR San Diego State Sixth Round

Allen has one true standout tool, his speed, and a couple average-ish skills (his bat and plate discipline), but the complete lack of power will push him into a backup role in the professional levels. And depending upon how his defense grades out, he might actually be relegated into fifth outfielderdom. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
109 Garrett Boulware C JR Clemson Sixth Round

Another one of these guys with solid tools across the board without a true standout tool; pitch recognition being the best of the bunch. Boulware could carve out a nice little big league career as a versatile reserve player capable of handling a pitching staff as well as a corner outfield spot without killing you with the bat. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
110 Gunnar Heidt SS JR Charleston Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
111 Trevor Oaks RHP So California Baptist Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
112 Sam Coonrod RHP JR Southern Illinois Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
113 Austin Slater 3B JR Stanford Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
114 Sam Clay LHP So Georgia Tech Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
115 Branden Cogswell 2B/SS JR Virginia Sixth Round

Cogswell has one standout tool: his eye at the plate. Through his first 596 career plate appearances, he’s walked over 14% of the time and has been plunked another 18 times. The power, which was never even been an average tool, has all but evaporated and there’s certainly enough questions surrounding the hit tool. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
116 Lukas Schiraldi RHP JR Texas Sixth Round

At this point it appears he’s headed down the same path as his father – a potential backend reliever. Despite playing against lesser competition at Navarro, the younger Schiraldi never quite dominated the competition. Still, though, he has the size and bloodlines to convince a team in the middle rounds – perhaps fifth through seventh – to take a gamble. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
117 Artie Lewicki RHP SR Virginia Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
118 Jordan Ramsey RHP JR UNC Wilmington Sixth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
119 Michael Katz IF JR William & Mary Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
120 Jalen Beeks LHP JR Arkansas Seventh Round

He’s in the Aaron Laffey mold – finesse, serviceable lefty with some big league potential but not a whole lot. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
121 Dustin DeMuth 3B SR Indiana Seventh Round

Seventy-five percent the player that Bill Mueller was, which, unfortunately, is a fringe Major Leaguer/Quad-A guy. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
122 Michael Fagan LHP SR Princeton Seventh Round

Fagan’s days in the rotation are likely winding down as we speak. He might spend another year or two working as a starter in the lower levels, but his real home is in the pen. If the control issues are truly behind him – and let’s hope they are – the he could be a serviceable left arm out of the bullpen in a few years, alternating between middle reliever and solid left-handed setup man. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
123 Ryan Harris RHP JR Florida Seventh Round

Pretty good size. Solid control. But it’s a little concerning that Harris has never missed a whole lot of bats. He’s also been a little homer-prone. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
124 Taylor Gushue C JR Florida Tenth Round

Barring some unforeseen developmental changes Gushue’s probably already reached his offensive peak. Despite the output this season his plate discipline has basically maintained status quo during his three-year career, hovering right around average. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
125 Cy Sneed RHP JR Dallas Baptist Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
126 John Curtiss RHP RS So Texas Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
127 Benton Moss RHP JR North Carolina Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
128 Drew Weeks SS JR North Florida Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
129 Jose Trevino SS/C JR Oral Roberts Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
130 Tejay Antone RHP So Weatherford CC Seventh Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
131 Pat Connaughton RHP JR Notre Dame Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
132 Parker French RHP JR Texas Eighth Round

In the end, French has, maybe, the ceiling of a fringe #5 starting pitcher, but he’s likely to get to get pushed in the bullpen at some point to extract as much big league value, if any, out of his right arm or flame out as a minor leaguer. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
133 Andrew Chin LHP JR Boston College Eighth Round

Two full years removed from the draft Chin’s production is very run-of-the-mill. He doesn’t miss a whole lot of bats and the control is below-average. Back-of-the-rotation-type arm at best. He falls into that dime-a-dozen category. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
134 Evan Beal RHP JR South Carolina Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
135 Zach Thompson RHP JR Texas Arlington Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
136 Jordan Stephens RHP JR Rice Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
137 Michael Mader LHP So Chipola CC Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
138 D.J. Roche RHP RS SR NJIT Eighth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
139 Colin Welmon RHP JR Loyola-Marymount Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
140 Ross Kivett 2B/OF SR Kansas State Ninth Round

A nice little solid potential big league utility guy, Kivett can handle center field (and likely both corners as well) and second base while offering a little offensive upside. Solid eye and contact skills, a smidgeon of pop, and above-average speed. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
141 Trevor Megill RHP JR Loyola-Marymount Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
142 Mitch Watrous RHP JR Utah Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
143 Nick Torres OF JR Cal Poly Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
144 Robert Winemiller RHP JR Geneva Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
145 Bradley Roney RHP JR Southern Miss Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
146 Jared Miller LHP JR Vanderbilt Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
147 Grahamm Wiest RHP JR Cal State Fullerton Ninth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
149 Richard Prigatano 1B JR Long Beach State Tenth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
150 Hunter Cole LF JR Georgia Tenth Round

 

 

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  1-50 / 51-100 / 101-150 / 151-200 Overall

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About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.