Draft Rankings: Mid-Atlantic & Ohio Valley

Vanderbilt commit LHP Justus Sheffield

Kiley shares his rankings of all the 2014 MLB Draft top 5 round prospects in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley states: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. He includes links to scouting reports and video along with a peak ahead to the 2015 prep draft class.

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

Class Overview

Last year, these states produced 7 high round picks that turned pro: 1st rounder North Carolina RHP Hunter Harvey/Orioles, 2nd rounders Kentucky RHP Clinton Hollon/Blue Jays, Kentucky LHP Hunter Green/Angels and North Carolina 3B Ryder Jones/Giants, 3rd rounder Ohio RHP David Ledbetter/Rangers, 4th rounder Maryland CF Matt McPhearson/D'Backs and 10th rounder that received 3rd round money Virginia LHP Austin Nicely/Astros. The three best prep prospects in Tennessee were all right handers and all made it to campus for various reasons: Kyle Serrano/Tennessee, Jordan Sheffield/Vanderbilt and Wil Crowe/South Carolina. Also, the top prospect in Ohio (RHP Eric Lauer/Kent State) and top two prospects in Virginia (RHP Connor Jones/Virginia and 2B Andy McGuire/Texas) all ended up making it to campus. Some of those high picks from 2013 were overdraft, underslot bonus types so when you line up 2013 and 2014 based on talent, they're basically equal. This year's class has the best prospect in either class (North Carolina 1B Braxton Davidson) and it's obviously early enough that more players can emerge from the bottom half of the list, so I'd give 2014 a slight edge right now.

Recruiting Overview

North Carolina and Virginia are the top programs in this area and rightfully dominate this list with a number of players in the sweet spot colleges are shooting for in recruiting: rounds 3-5. Both schools should get a number of high level talents on campus though it's too early to know exactly which ones will make it. South Carolina and Vanderbilt are among the other power programs showing up on the list but Tennessee is one program with a very solid class right now (with some players outside this region) and may be on the rise if they can get most of this class on campus.

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2014 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 5 Rounds, High School: NC/VA/MD/DE/WV/TN/KY/OH)

Pos High School Commit
Rd
1. Braxton Davidson
1B
T.C. Roberson (NC)
N. Carolina
1
2. Justus Sheffield
LHP
Tullahoma (TN)
Vanderbilt
1-2
3. Zach Shannon
RF/P
Anderson (OH)
Ohio State
1-2
4. Cameron Varga
RHP
Cincinnati Hills Chr. (OH)
N. Carolina
2
5. Lane Thomas
CF
Bearden (TN)
Tennessee
2
6. Devon Fisher
C
Western Branch (VA)
Virginia
2-3
7. Tommy Doyle
RHP
Flint Hill (VA)
Virginia
2-3
8. Clay Casey
OF
Olive Branch (TN)
Ole Miss
2-3
9. Alex Destino
LHP
North Bumcombe (NC)
S. Carolina
3
10. Dale Burdick
2B
Summit (TN)
Mississippi St.
4
11. Ryder Ryan
3B
N. Mecklenburg (NC)
N. Carolina
4
12. Micah Miniard
RHP
Boyle County (KY)
W. Kentucky
4
13. Jacob Bukauskas*
RHP
Stone Bridge (NC)
N. Carolina
4
14. Brooks Kennedy
2B
S. Mecklenburg (NC)
N. Carolina
5
15. Brodie Leftridge
CF
St. John's (MD)
Tennessee
5
16. Troy Stokes
CF
Calvert Hall (MD)
Maryland
5
17. Derek Casey
RHP
Hanover (VA)
Virginia
5
18. Jack Gerstenmaier
2B
Freeman (VA)
Virginia
5
19. Kevin Steen
RHP
Oak Ridge (TN)
Tennessee
5
20. Sean Collins
RHP
Weddington (NC)
Virginia
5
21. Hunter Taylor
C
Nandua (VA)
S. Carolina
5
22. Hunter Williams
1B
Cosby (VA)
N. Carolina
5
23. Blake Bivens
RHP
Washington (VA)
Liberty
5
24. Justin Morris
C
Dematha Catholic (MD)
Maryland
5
25. Dom Cammarata
C
T.C. Roberson (NC)
Tennessee
5

* #13 RHP Jacob Bukauskas recently reclassified from the 2015 class to the 2014 class this summer, enabling him to enroll at North Carolina after the season with peers in the 2014 draft class, but Bukauskas will not be draft eligible. This situation happened three years ago with current Florida Gators junior C Taylor Gushue, who will be draft eligible for the first time this spring. Bukauskas will be omitted from other 2014 MLB Draft rankings.

2015 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 3 Rounds, High School: NC/VA/MD/DE/WV/TN/KY/OH)

Pos High School Commit
1. Austin Havekost
RHP
Medina (OH)
None
2. Max Wotell
LHP
Marvin Ridge (NC)
None
3. Nate Trevillian
RHP
Amherst County (VA)
Liberty
4. Michael Curry
C
Murphy (NC)
None
5. Riley Thompson
RHP
Christian Academy (KY)
Louisville
6. Connor Eason
LHP
Hickory (VA)
Virginia

2016 MLB Draft Prospects (Elite Follows, High School: NC/VA/MD/DE/WV/TN/KY/OH)

Pos High School Commit
1. Jalen Harrison
OF
St. Anne's Belfield (VA)
None

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