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2014 MLB Draft College Big Board: 51-100

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
51 Daniel Savas RHP JR Illinois State Third Round

It’s a mystery as to why Savas hasn’t gotten any more looks at this point in his career. He’s not an elite prospect, but one that could easily develop into a solid #4-type arm. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
52 Andrew Suarez LHP JR Miami Third Round

Suarez has been one of the biggest risers this spring. He’s still not missing a whole lot of bats yet – just 6.82 K/9 this season. The control is a reliable, above-average skill, but he’s also been quite hittable too – 11 doubles, four triples, and three homeruns, the most extra-base hits surrendered by any of Miami’s top three starters. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
53 Brent Jones RHP JR Cornell Third Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
54 Brandon Woodruff RHP JR Mississippi State Third Round

He’s going to have to be brought up to speed slowly, but there’s some big league rotation potential here. The control will eventually bounce back after this season; granted, it couldn’t get much worse. And in limited time he’s shown a pretty good ability to miss bats. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
55 Adam Ravenelle RHP JR Vanderbilt Third Round

Talk about a sleeper with upside. Ravenelle has improved control, granted in a short sample size, very little wear-and-tear on his right-arm, and what could turn out to be an above-average ability to miss bats. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
56 Jonathan Holder RHP JR Mississippi State Third/Fourth Round

the stocky right-hander is one of the top relievers in college, one that could move very quickly through a team’s farm system. He’s not quite an elite “relief prospect,” but should settle into a late inning (seventh/eighth) role down the line. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
57 John Richy RHP JR UNLV Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
58 Bo Thompson 1B JR The Citadel Third/Fourth Round

Again, he’s an absolute personal favorite of mine – elite plate discipline, solid contact skills and above-average power. Add in the fact that The Citadel’s home field is bordering on an extreme pitcher’s park and the numbers are all the more impressive. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
59 Skyler Ewing 1B/C JR Rice Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
60 J.D. Davis 1B JR Cal State Fullerton Third/Fourth Round

Another prospect that could potentially shift to the mound if he fails to hit in the minor leagues, Davis’ offensive tool kit grades out as merely solid average across the board – he isn’t likely to hit for enough power for the position, the plate discipline is good, not great, and he isn’t likely to hit for a high average. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
61 Jace Fry LHP JR Oregon State Third/Fourth Round

A higher ceiling than that of rotation-mate Wetzler, though only slightly, Fry profiles as a better-than-average #5/fringe #4-type arm. It’ll be interesting to see if his K-rate spikes a little more than the average collegiate hurler in the low levels of the minors as he moves further away from the surgery/rehab. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
62 Spencer Turnbull RHP JR Alabama Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
63 Jake Peter RHP JR Creighton Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
64 Brett Graves RHP JR Missouri Third/Fourth Round

Where are the strikeouts? While his K-rate has bounced back nicely from a career worst 4.06 last year, he still hasn’t missed even an average amount of bats. The control is obviously an above-average to plus skill, but at some point he’s going to need to miss bats. Period. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
65 Wyatt Strahan RHP JR USC Third/Fourth Round

Big arm with some strikeout potential, but it will all come down to his ability to find the strike zone. Strahan’s also been a bit too hittable this season as well, coughing out 13 doubles and four triples so far. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
66 Robbie Dickey RHP So Blinn CC Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
67 Chad Sobotka RHP JR USC-Upstate Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
68 Aaron Brown LHP JR Pepperdine Third/Fourth Round

Overall, Brown profiles as a Quad-A-type hitter, offering plenty of power and very little of anything else. On the mound, though, he looks like a potential backend starting pitcher, perhaps peaking as a fringe #4 in a couple years, and nothing worse than a middle reliever. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
69 A.J. Vanegas RHP SR Stanford Third/Fourth Round

The production hasn’t matched the potential yet, something that becomes even more concerning given the fact he’s pitched primarily out of the pen. Vanegas has the ceiling of a dominant backend reliever, but it’s a bit of long shot. And at some point he’s going to need to start missing more bats – he’s averaged 7.28 K/9 for his career – and/or show the major development in his control is a repeatable skill. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
70 Michael Russell SS JR North Carolina Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
71 Matt Chapman 3B JR Cal State Fullerton Third/Fourth Round

The Titans’ home ballpark is incredibly hitter-friendly, so much so, in fact, that his 2013 park adjusted wOBA (according CollegeSplits.com) is 13 points lower than his raw total (.394 to .381). On the positive side, Chapman’s power is solid-average with the potential to peak in the 17- to 20-HR range; the plate discipline is decent, as is the hit tool. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
72 Reed Reilly RHP RS JR Cal Poly Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
73 Matt Shortall C/OF SR Texas-Arlington Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
74 Jordan Montgomery LHP JR South Carolina Third/Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
75 Chris Ellis RHP JR Ole Miss Fourth Round

A lesser version of Ole Miss’ ace from last year, Bobby Wahl, who was a fifth round pick by Oakland, Ellis hasn’t missed a whole lot of bats since his freshman season. And while the control is a tangible, repeatable skill, it’s not enough to compensate for his inability to miss bats. With that being said, there is some rotational upside. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
76 Sikes Orvis 1B JR Ole Miss Fourth Round

A Mike Jacobs clone. Orvis, like Jacobs, has some pretty good pop, something along the lines of consistent 20- 25-HR thunder, but he just isn’t likely to hit for any average or get on base at a decent clip. Plus, Orvis’ success is limited to just this season. Could be a viable platoon option/bench bat if everything breaks correctly. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
77 Sam Howard LHP JR Georgia Southern Fourth Round

Howard’s control has come a long, long way throughout his three-year career, going from below-average to above-average or better. He also has a long history of missing bats (8.91 K/9 for his career), though the level of competition – the Southern Conference – isn’t the best. And his work in the Cape last summer – 21 IP, 14 K, and 8 BB – doesn’t squelch any concerns. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
78 Austin Cousino CF JR Kentucky Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
79 Max Povse RHP JR UNC Greensboro Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
80 Keaton Steele RHP JR Missouri Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
81 Brian Anderson CF JR Arkansas Fourth Round

If Anderson can stay at second, which, again, isn’t a certainty, he has an outside shot of being a league average regular down the line – if everything breaks the right way. More likely, though, his ceiling will fall somewhere between Quad-A status and solid big league bench bat. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
82 Mason McCullough RHP JR Lander University Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
83 Jose Lopez RHP JR Seton Hall Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
84 Seth Varner LHP SR Miami Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
85 Bryan Radziewski LHP SR Miami Fourth Round

Radziewski is a potential backend starting pitcher, something between a fringe #4/good #5, but he’s always going to have that labrum tear hanging over his head. And at the very least, he could slide into a serviceable middle relief role. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
86 Eric Skoglund LHP JR UCF Fourth Round

He’s a nice back-of-the-rotation option down the line, someone in the mold of Brian Tallet early in his career or Brian Flynn, who is currently working his way through the minors in the Miami organization. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
87 Jake Reed RHP JR Oregon Fourth Round

Hopefully, whichever team drafts Reed will push him back into the rotation to see if he has the chops to hang, though he still profiles as a backend guy. At the very least, he can be pushed back into the bullpen, where he should slide into a seventh/eighth-inning role. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
88 Josh Prevost RHP SR Seton Hall Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
89 Joey Pankake 3B JR South Carolina Fourth Round

Pankake falls into same category as so many of his counterparts – a potential fringe everyday player. The power/plate discipline/hit tools are decent, average at best. He’s likely going to wind up as a solid role player down the road. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
90 Ashton Perritt RHP JR Liberty Fourth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
91 Brett Austin C JR N.C. State Fourth Round

Long term backup, nice organizational depth. Some team will pounce on him sooner than they should, thanks to his offensive explosion this season and the “former first round” tag that is clearly hanging over his head, but there’s just not enough upside to justify anything higher than the third or fourth round. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
92 Ben Wetzler LHP SR Oregon State Fourth/Fifth Round

Wetzler has the peak of a decent #5 and the floor as a replaceable/serviceable middle relief arm. He’s likely to be nabbed somewhere near the fifth round again – though it’s pretty safe to say that we could successfully eliminate one team from that list. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
93 Jordan Foley RHP JR Central Michigan Fourth/Fifth Round

Another fringe #4-type arm if everything breaks right. But his work in the Cape last summer, which came almost exclusively out of the pen, could be a harbinger of things to come. Foley could be a potential late inning reliever. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
94 Mike Franco RHP JR Florida International Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
95 Brad Roney RHP JR Missouri Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
96 Austin Robichaux RHP JR Louisiana-Lafayette Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
97 Hawtin Buchanan RHP JR Ole Miss Fourth/Fifth Round

If everything breaks just right and, admittedly, it’s an incredible long shot, Buchanan could be a relief pitcher in the mold of former first round pick and fellow towering right-hander Alex Meyer. Buchanan, though, will likely be a supernova of sorts, shining very brightly before burning out. Full analysis click here.

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
98 Adam McCreery LHP JR Azuza Pacific Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
99 Jake Jewell RHP So NE Oklahoma CC Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

# Player Pos. YR College Grade
100 Sam Hilliard LHP So Crowder CC Fourth/Fifth Round

 

 

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

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Photo Courtesy of hurricanesports.com.

 



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.


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