Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 MLB Draft Update - Atendees Not Previously Discussed

Seven attendees were announced for the 2014 MLB Draft today; Michael Chavis, Jacob Gatewood, Nick Gordon, Monte Harrison, Derek Hill, Grant Holmes, and Kodi Medeiros. While I've previously discussed Gatewood, Gordon, and Holmes, I've yet to discuss the other four.

OF Monte Harrison (Lee's Summit West High School)

Another guy who could be a potential steal, depending upon where he is drafted is Monte Harrison. Can play 3B and pitch in addition to playing the OF. Good frame for a prep bat at 6'2", 200lbs. Monster arm that could play in RF. Has slightly above average home run power, but possible plus power down the road with maturation. Top five in the draft in terms of speed, as he is described to have 60 speed. Five-tool player. Has committed to being at the 2014 draft, but is also a high level high school football player, so it's not a sure thing he'll sign this year. Draft Position:18-34

3B Michael Chavis (Sprayberry High School)

Five tool prep bat. Put up a 1.861 OPS his senior season at Sprayberry, which while low level, backs up scouts analysis on him. Top five hitter in this draft, if not higher, due to his contact and bat speed. Power projects to translate at a major league level. Plus speed, akin to Turner and Harrison. Quick bat. Minor mechanical swing issues that could probably be corrected (hands that don't move, swings a bit late). Very likely to stick at 3B or 2B, which is a plus. Apparently willing to catch, but it's not going to happen. Commit to Clemson. Draft Position:16-30

OF Derek Hill (Elk Grove High School)

Plus plus speed. Many scouts say he's faster than Trea Turner even before the ankle injury. Easy plus arm from the OF. Should be a very good to great defensive CF. Hit tool is still developing. Little power presently and unlikely to improve. For a first rounder, I would shy away from taking someone with a questionable hit tool, but more than one team is interested in him in the late first. I generally don't like player comparisons, but really, it's Billy Hamilton with Derek Hill. Draft Position:21-Early Second Round

LHP Kodi Medeiros (Waiskea High School)

Fastball that touches 96, but sits on average at about 90-93. Estimates of his height place him at either 6'0" and 6'1". Has a plus slider that gets great movement and potential plus changeup. Presents major command issues at times, especially when throwing secondary pitches. Slight mechanical issue of still winding the ball back after taking his front stride. Sidearm guy who throws from a three quarters arm slot. During his senior season at Waiskea, Medeiros had a K/BB ratio of 81/15, showing the ability to get guys out when on. Had a muscle strain in his arm his junior year, so some injury concerns on him already. Any team that takes him is doing so as nothing more than a project at this time. Draft Position:27-Early-to-Mid Second Round

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