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Draft Videos & Reports: 36-40
2014 MLB Draft Rankings: The Draft Board 2014 Mock Drafts: 1.0 & 2.0 2014 MLB Draft Reports & Videos: 1-3 (Free), 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 (Free), 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45 & 46-50 2014 MLB Draft Podcast: Jim Callis 2015/2016 MLB Draft Rankings (May 2014): 2015 College, 2016 College & 2015-16 High School For the formal explanation of all the notation used here, click on one of the report groups from the top 30 in the above block of links. I didn't want to put the whole intro on every report article and make you scroll, but I did for the first 10 articles if anything below is a little confusing. To the meaty stuff: 36. Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Waiakea HS (HI), Pepperdine commit 6'0/185, L/L, 18.03 on Draft Day Fastball: 55/55+, Slider: 55/60+, Changeup: 45/50+, Command: 45/50 Scouting Report: Medeiros has been tough to read as a prospect despite being almost exactly the same every time out in the past year. He sits 90-94 and hits 96 mph with his fastball, throws a knockout slider that's a 65 in short stints and has developed a solid average changeup to go with solid feel. He's also left handed, young for the class and has grown a bit in the last year. The problem is he throws at a near-sidearm slot and is only 6'0, so scouts are concerned righties will see the ball too easily and he may not be able to hold up through 200 innings year after year. The changeup, feel and growth spurt all help, but he's a weird one, even if lefties absolutely hate facing him; no one wants to take a prep reliever in the first round. He has no injury history and threw a lot this summer. Take A Step Back: Rare combination of skills, size, track record, clean injury history and arm slot. I'm inclined to believe he'll reach his upside, as the small guy with low arm slot is really hard for scouts to pound the table over. Projected Role: #3/4 Starter, 55-60 FV 37. Brian Anderson, CF, Arkansas 6'3/190, R/R, 21.04 on Draft Day Hit: 55/55, Power: 50/50+, Run: 55/55+, Field: 50/55, Throw: 55/55+ Scouting Report: Lanky athlete has hit everywhere except the Cape last summer, where they tried to tone down his big leg kick and disrupted Anderson's timing. It works for him and he's go the tools to play center field or third base. He plays second for Arkansas and is a little upright for the position but has good hands, while I"m told he kept throwing the ball in the dugout when he played third as a freshman. His long strides should be enough to let him profile in center, but he could end up in right. The profile is very similar to Ti'Quan Forbes, but a big kid that shows the same upside at 17 is perceived to have more upside than one who does the same at 21, though Anderson has a longer track record of success at the plate. Take A Step Back: Most scouts have him lower than this, but he belongs here if not a little higher. Doesn't have defensive home but has pretty much everything you want out of an up the middle type talent. I'm in on this guy. Projected Role: Solid Average Regular, 50-55 FV 38. Chase Vallot, C, St. Thomas More HS (LA), Mississippi State commit 6'0/205, R/R, 17.79 on Draft Day Hit: 55/50, Power: 50/50+, Run: 40/40, Field: 45/45+, Throw: 55/55 Scouting Report: Vallot was very good early in showcase season (above video), then put on some weight and faded down the stretch before coming out in great shape this spring and solidifying a spot in the top 50. Some teams aren't convinced he can catch and prep backstops can sometimes develop at weird rates given the demands of the position. He can throw enough to stick if the glove works and he has at least average power, some bat speed and some feel for the bat head. Also is among the youngest players in the class. Take A Step Back: Another prep bat that checks a lot of boxes, but if he can't catch, he's more of a third round prospect as a corner outfielder/first baseman, so if teams aren't totally convinced about the glove, he could slide from this spot. Projected Role: Solid Average Regular, 50-55 FV 39. A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky 6'4/240, L/L, 21.66 on Draft Day Hit: 60/50, Power: 60/65, Run: 40/40, Field: 45/50, Throw: 60/60 Scouting Report: Also a legit prospect on the mound, though his fringy stuff/good feel profile is more of a 4th-6th rounder. Reed is a big dude with huge power that is only behind Kyle Schwarber in the class. While Reed has been punishing the baseball all season and may win the Golden Spikes Award, his swing can get a little stiff and pull-conscious while he may not move well enough to play right field, as his arm fits better there. It's 25-30 homer pop but if he's a fringe bat, it won't totally play in games and suddenly become a platoon bat. Take A Step Back: Hard to ignore the production from a guy that hasn't even fully focused on hitting yet and the raw tools are here, but the bat-only guy that looks a little stiff is a profile teams are very afraid of. The raw juice and limited experience are what you're hoping indicate he can make the adjustments. Projected Role: Solid Average Regular 50-55 FV 40. Alex Verdugo, LHP/RF, Sahuaro HS (AZ), Arizona State commit 6'1/200, L/L, 18.06 on Draft Day Fastball: 55/55, Curveball: 50/55, Changeup: 45/50+, Command: 45/50+ Hit: 55/55, Power: 50/50+, Run: 55/55, Field: 45/50+, Throw: 60/60 Scouting Report: Verdugo is the first and maybe only player in this draft to be a legit talent as a hitter and pitcher at this point. I preferred him as a hitter over the summer, but he hasn't hit quite as much this spring and has a tweener profile. With limited time on the mound compared to other pitcher-only peers, Verdugo shows advanced command of two above average pitches and feel for a third. He's maxed-out but a very good athlete that will pop 95s at times and scouts think he could take off once he focuses on pitching (where most prefer him), beating my projected pitch grades above, but the hitting is a nice backup option (though usually if it's a toss-up, the player hits first before pitching if he fails). Some are turned off but Verdugo's general attitude on the field, but most like his aggressive demeanor. Take A Step Back: Maxed-out two-way prep athlete is a good recipe for success as you know what you're getting but you might squeeze out a little more when you focus on one position. Projected Role: #3/4 starter, 50-55 FV Follow Kiley McDaniel on Twitter for more baseball news on the draft, the minor leagues, the big leagues and July 2nd.
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