2014 MLB Draft Open Thread

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Finnegan is projected to go somewhere in the first round, but he's not the only TCU/Big 12 prospect that could be taken.

Compared to its NFL counterpart, the MLB draft is very low key, but that doesn't mean it's not awesome. TCU fans, and fans of other Big 12 schools, should pay close attention this year as there are some big names around the conference that could go in the early rounds.

First though, if you don't know much about the MLB Draft, it's a 40 round beast, with a draft order set by record the preceding season (the right way to do things, you NBA freaks). Kids are eligible for the draft straight out of high school, junior college, or after their 21st birthday or junior year of college (whichever comes first).

This year's draft has an abundance of high school pitching talent, headlined by TCU signee Tyler Kolek.

Kolek is a right handed pitcher out of Shepherd, TX who consistently hits 100 on the radar gun. It would take an act of God to get him out of the top 3 picks in this draft, which means there's absolutely no chance he winds up on campus.

Brandon Finnegan is obviously the biggest name to watch for Frog fans, as the lefty is listed by MLB.com as the No. 15 prospect, and is projected to go somewhere between No. 17 (Kansas City) and No. 31 (Cleveland) by various people. On a personal note, if he is available at No. 30 and Texas doesn't take him, I'll personally drive to Arlington and kick Jon Daniels in the shin.

Guys like Kevin Cron, Cody Jones and Jerrick Suiter are also eligible to be drafted, and it very well could happen, but depending on where they're taken will dictate whether they return for a senior year or not.

Here's a full list of guys on TCU's current roster who are eligible for the draft tonight:

Player

YR

POS

B/T

Kevn Cron

JR

1B

R/R

Cody Jones

JR

OF

S/R

Connor Castellano

JR

INF

L/R

Derek Odell

JR

INF

L/R

Travis Evans

JR

LHP

L/L

Preston Morrison

JR

RHP

R/R

Keaton Jones

JR

INF

R/R

Jordan Kipper

JR

RHP

R/R

Brandon Finnegan

JR

LHP

L/L

Jerrick Suiter

JR

OF/C

R/R

Jeremie Fagnan

JR

OF

L/R

Garrett Crain

JR

INF

S/R

Trey Teakell

RS JR

RHP

R/R

Kyle Bacak

SR

C

R/R

Dylan Fitzgerald

SR

OF

L/R

Beyond TCU, the Big 12 has several guys that could go tonight. Keep an eye on these names from around the Big 12.All of these players appear in the Baseball America Top 500 Prospects.

Player

YR

POS

B/T

School

Dillon Peters

JR

LHP

L/L

Texas

John Curtiss

SO

RHP

R/R

Texas

Mark Payton

SR

OF

L/L

Texas

Lukas Schiraldi

JR

RHP

R/R

Texas

Parker French

JR

RHP

L/R

Texas

Nathan Thornhill

SR

RHP

R/R

Texas

Harrison Musgrave

JR

LHP

L/L

West Virginia

Sean Carley

JR

LHP

L/L

West Virginia

Wes Benjamin

SO

LHP

R/L

Kansas

Zach Fish

JR

OF

R/R

Oklahoma State

A Top 500 list sounds like a ton, and it is, but if we divide that by 30, it essentially covers players that should go in the first 16 rounds. Granted, some rounds have more picks than others, based on compensatory picks/players signed in free agency that had picks attached to them, etc.

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