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June 6, 2014

Raising Aces

Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two

by Doug Thorburn


The first round of the 2014 draft was saturated with arms, as teams popped pitchers with 13 of the top 19 picks. It may have been the result of an arm-heavy draft class, or perhaps teams are stockpiling moundsmen in the wake of the UCL epidemic of 2014; either way, the plethora of pitcher names called on day one of the draft was anticipated by the BP Prospect Staff in their “whom would you draft” mock that was conducted throughout the month of May. The exercise produced a match with reality at the top of the draft, nailing the identity and order of the first three players (and pitchers) picked: Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek, and Carlos Rodon. I tackled that big three last week in Part One of the “Under the Hood” series, along with Jeff Hoffman, whose recent trip under the knife did little to drop his stock, as the Blue Jays snapped him up ninth overall.

This week, we delve into the next batch of pitchers selected in BP’s mock series. There are more deviations from the actual draft order as we move down the list, which is to be expected, but the staff was able to identify 11 of the first 12 pitchers to fly off the board. The lone exception was right-hander Grant Holmes, who went fifth among pitchers in the mock yet slipped to 13th among arms in the real deal yesterday, and who leads off today's breakdown of drafted talent.

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