The draft plays a vital role in baseball. It gives clubs the chance to bolster their rosters with the best collegiate players available. Below is a breakdown of some of the most exciting players eligible for the 2014 draft.
The 20-year-old North Carolina State Wolfpack pitcher is turning heads; had he been eligible in the 2013 draft, he would undoubtedly been a top-three pick. The youngster has dominated the college scene. During his freshman year (2012), he achieved 135 strikeouts and had an ERA of 1.57. With a fastball capable of reaching 97-98 mph, expect a whole host of teams competing for his signature.
Vying with Rodon for first pick, this Vanderbilt pitcher has it all. Although not as fast as Rodon, with a fastball reaching 94mph, his changeup play is fantastic and his slide ball is unplayable at times. Whether Houston Astros want a right or left handed pitcher will be the deciding factor in who gets picked first, Beede or Rodon.
The shortstop is a teammate of Rodon at NC State. He has the ability to hit the entire field and is a dab hand at stealing bases. In 2012, the 20-year-old led the nation in stolen bases with 57 in all, while this season he has 27 stolen bases, as well as 41 RBIs and seven home runs. Many fans in the betfair forums are expecting him to be a top-five pick along with teammate, Rodon.
The outfielder is one of the driving forces in Indiana’s successful run in the College World Series; he was selected by Perfect Game as the best catcher in America. Schwarber’s ability to stay at the plate is the main reason for a projected move; the youngster has allowed 82.5% of runners to safely steal a base.
The best catching prospect in the draft, standing 6’2 he is noted by pundits on betfair.com for his impressive footwork and athleticism. Arguably, one of the most powerful players available during the draft, he would be a safe pick for most teams; he has the potential to become a brilliant all-rounder.