Monday, June 2, 2014

Final Four 2014 MLB Draft Prospects

I wanted to finish just about everyone left projected to go in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, namely Nick Burdi, AJ Reed, Luis Ortiz, and Michael Gettys. All four are very fascinating prospects who will likely be taken in the latter half of the draft on Thursday.

RHP Nick Burdi (Louisville)

6'4", 215lbs with a fastball that touches 100 (some reports have him hitting as high as 103). Sounds like a guy who should be going in the teens of the first round, if not higher, but Louisville's Burdi, but he has been used as a bullpen arm and will likely remain there due to only having two pitches and having an unsual delivery. Throws at a 3/4 arm slot. Fastball sits at 96-98. Slider sits at 89-91. Minor mechnical issue with his front stride, as he steps a bit to the left. Command issues at times, but nowhere near as bad as someone like Touki Toussaint. Ridiculous 15.87K/9 this past season at Louisville. Likely to be a top closer in the league someday. Draft Position:23-34

1B/P A.J. Reed (Kentucky)

The 6'4", 235lb SEC Player of the Year is projected to be the second best 1B in this draft, third if Schwarber switches over to 1B (which is likely). Really limited as either a 1B or DH. Reed has plus raw power already and could have elite (70) power in the majors. He'll hit average at very best in the majors. Needs more work on developing plate patience. While he will probably be a full-time position player in the majors, there's a chance he could be a bullpen guy or used in late inning situations. Reed has a low-mid 90s fastball and a changeup, which isn't enough to be starter material. It's always fun to see position players pitch in games and he might do well in those situations! Draft Position:21-34

RHP Luis Ortiz (Sanger High School)

Despite being a prep arm, Ortiz is physically mature, standing 6'3", 220lbs. Weight might be an issue in the future with him. Fastball tops out at 97, sitting at 92-95. Plus slider sits at 82-85 that just has a great sink to it. Changeup sits a bit slower than the slider. He is another 3/4 arm slot guy. Great command, near the top of all the prep arms this year. Ortiz is oldest of all the prep arms this year at 19. He projects to end up as a 3/4 starter in the majors. Relatively safe pick. Draft Position:23-34

OF Michael Gettys (Gainsville High School)

Almost a five tool player, as his hit tool is a bit suspect. 6'2", 200lb Gettys is the definition of potential. Plus plus arm, suggesting he can easily play RF. Plus plus speed, running the 60 in 6.4, allowing him to have the range to play CF. In addition to the speed, Michael has shown the ability to run the bases intelligently. Has great bat speed and all things point to him potentially developing above average power in the league. Needs major work on plate patience, which is a red flag. Tends to swing at everything. Pitched in high school, throwing a 91-93 fastball, but he's a position player in the majors. Big risk here, but potential all-star. Draft Position:19-33

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