Scouting Baseball's 2014 MLB Draft Content
MLB Draft Overall Rankings: Top 50 Overall Draft Prospects, Top 30 High School Prospects & Top 30 College Prospects
Regional Prep Prospect Rankings (September 2013): Florida, Georgia, Deep South, Mid-Atlantic & Ohio Valley, Northeast, East Region, Midwest, Southwest & Rockies, Texas & Oklahoma, Southern California, Pacific Northwest & West Region
Marginal Prospects Podcasts: Post Showcase Class Breakdown with BA's Clint Longenecker & PG's Frankie Piliere, Early Cape Cod League Review, ECU RHP Jeff Hoffman Interview, Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz, Padres Scouting Director Billy Gasparino, Reviewing Top 50 Draft Prospects w/PG's Frankie Piliere
Draft Central & Complete Site Archive
Updated Video/Links/Scouting Notes (August 2013): Tyler Kolek, Alex Jackson, Braxton Davidson, Michael Gettys & Jacob Gatewood
Area Code Games Content (August 2013): HS Prospects Stock Sideways/Down, Pitcher Notes, Hitter Notes I, Hitter Notes II & Top Prospects
PG National Showcase Content (June 2013): Pre-PG Showcase Notes, PG Junior National Hitter Rankings, PG Junior National Pitcher Rankings, Top Five High School Pitchers With Full Video & Reports & Top Five High School Hitters With Full Video & Reports
College Recruiting Classes, Ranked With Scouting Reports (June 2013): SEC Commit Scouting Reports, Pac-12 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 10 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 12 Commit Scouting Reports, ACC Commit Scouting Reports
Early Class Previews (May 2013): College Pitchers, Prep Pitchers, College Hitters, Prep Hitters
Intro & Disclaimer
Now that the summer is over and school is starting, the first phase of the off-season for the 2014 MLB Draft is complete. College summer leagues and the high school summer showcase season are over and, after seeing most of the top events/leagues and talking to scouts to fill in some holes, I've got a solid idea of where the draft class stands right now. Over the next few weeks, I'll walk through the whole draft class, breaking it up by state/region and high school/college, with today's second installment being the prep class of Georgia.
It's important to note that while this list suggests there are 8 Georgia prep prospects will go in the top 3 rounds (106 picks in the 2013 draft), that isn't what I'm suggesting will actually happen for a few reasons. Once you get out of the top 5 players in this list, or the top two rounds, things get much harder to peg, even if this list was made the day of the draft. Between now and then, players get hurt, regress, their price tags don't match their talent and prospects get squeezed by the more limiting draft budgets ushered in by the new CBA. In addition, when you include late-round/over-slot bonuses, more than just the players picked in the top 106 picks get bonuses equivalent to talent level. All 8 Georgia prep prospects won't make my overall draft top 100 rankings (which will come out after this series is completed), but there will likely be at least 5.
Last year, the Georgia prep class was top-heavy with four first round picks: #5 overall CF Clint Frazier/Indians, #9 overall CF Austin Meadows/Pirates, #30 overall 2B Travis Demeritte/Rangers and #37 overall CF Josh Hart/Orioles. The next best prospects received 5th-6th round money, with three solid prospects going to school and all of them to play for Georgia: CF Stephen Wrenn, RHP Robert Tyler and IF Wesley Jones. This year there's only one top 10 overall pick quality player in Michael Gettys, but plenty of depth in the top few rounds, with as many as 5 with a chance to go in the first round, including Parkview HS lefty Mac Marshall having a chance to be the third first round pick from his school in as many years (2013 Josh Hart/Orioles & 2012 Matt Olson/A's).
The talent is spread evenly in this year's class, with almost all of the players listed in the Atlanta area, considered one of the best metro areas for talent every year. It's a bit of a transition year as Georgia had a coaching change and after getting three solid players on campus from last year's recruiting class, they have two elite commits for this year's class with some other prospects still on the board. It will be interesting to see how the new staff acquits itself on the recruiting trail as their backyard is the main source of talent for most of their rivals.
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Full reports and video will be coming soon on these players, but by clicking on their names, you can see the existing content, with video of the top 5 prospects for 2014 already posted along with scouting reports for many of the listed players. Much of this content beyond the list itself is for subscribers, so consider starting a free trial by clicking the link in the upper right hand corner of this page and possibly becoming a subscriber.
2014 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 5 Rounds, High School: GA)
2015 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 3 Rounds, High School: GA)
2016 MLB Draft Prospects (Elite Follows, High School: GA)