Jordan Foley (P- Central Michigan)
2014 stats: 3.69 earned run average, 2 complete games, 97.2 innings pitched, 81 strikeouts
Many say that Foley is the most "MLB-ready" prospect in the MAC, and I couldn't agree more. His fastball runs 92 with, from what I saw, flashes of 94. Good movement on his breaking pitches, but command has been a struggle for him. Good athlete, good height at 6'3", and he's really made a name for himself even after being drafted out of high school (26th round in 2011 to the New York Yankees). A junior, Foley could come back to CMU for his final year to graduate and try to raise his draft stock.
Scott Baker (P- Ball State)
2014 stats: 4.04 ERA, 89 IP, 61 K
The ace of the Rat Pack had an outstanding coming out party in 2013, winning the Gregg Olson Award for being college baseball's breakout player of the year after posting a 2.18 ERA with 88 strikeouts. Things weren't the same for Baker this year, but that doesn't mean that he's already hit his peak.
Alex Miklos (OF- Kent State)
2014 stats: .362/.439/.593, 17 stolen bases, .401 batted balls in play
Another junior with a high ceiling, Miklos had a breakout year in 2014. His on-base plus slugging percentage hit an outstanding 1.032 with a batting average of .362, and plays a damn good center field, too. He helped take the Golden Flashes to Omaha in 2012 as a freshman, and helped his team to get to 29 wins on the season before getting hurt during the Northern Illinois series in early May. It'll probably be a reach to draft and sign this kid, but it's definitely not outside the realm of possibility.
Lee Longo (1B- Eastern Michigan)
2014 stats: .379/.448/.545, 20 doubles, 49 runs batted in, 108 total bases
And I'll even venture to say that, even though he was the MAC batting champion this season, Longo's chances of being drafted is a coin flip for me. The first baseman isn't exactly a great defender, but sure can hit the ball. It's easy to love his approach at the plate with his quick bat speed. However, he'd really need to prove to teams that he can progress as a defender if there can be any sort of long-term plan.
Other players that could be selected:
Eli Anderson (P-Northern Illinois)
2014 stats: 3.49 ERA, 3 CG, 95.1 IP, 77 K, 26 BB,
Brian Clark (P- Kent State)
2014 stats: 3.77 ERA, 88.1 IP, 70 K, .227 opponent's batting average
Michael Clark (P- Kent State)
2014 stats: 1.07 ERA, 44 K, 6 saves
Cody Koch (1B- Kent State)
2014 stats: .330/.432/.496, 7 home runs, 32 walks, 31 strikeouts,
Mike Frank (P-Bowling Green)
2014 stats: 5.09 ERA, 61 K, 1 CG
Andrew Sohn (SS- Western Michigan)
2014 stats: .323/.429/.422, 34 R, 22 BB, 17 SB
Sam Ott (OF- Eastern Michigan)
2014 stats: .311/.407/.392, 45 runs, 34 BB, 21 K
The 2014 MLB Amateur Draft begins on Thursday, June 5 and ends on Saturday. You can watch Thursday's festivities on MLB Network, and the whole draft can be watched with MLB.com's free (!!!) live stream.
Thursday is rounds 1 through Competitive Balance B starting at 7 p.m., Friday is rounds 3 through 10 starting at 1 p.m., while Saturday has rounds 11-40 and starts at 1 p.m.