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2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Big 10 Follow List

Illinois

JR LHP Tyler Jay (2015)
JR LHP Kevin Duchene (2015)
SR RHP John Kravetz (2015)
rSR RHP Drasen Johnson (2015)
JR LHP JD Nielsen (2015)
JR RHP Nick Blackburn (2015)
rSR LHP Rob McDonnell (2015)
rJR RHP Charlie Naso (2015)
SR RHP/1B Josh Ferry (2015)
rSR RHP/2B Reid Roper (2015)
JR C Jason Goldstein (2015)
SR 1B/SS David Kerian (2015)
SR 2B Michael Hurwitz (2015)
rSR C Kelly Norris-Jones (2015)
rSO SS Adam Walton (2015)
JR OF/1B Ryan Nagle (2015)
SR OF Will Krug (2015)
SR OF Casey Fletcher (2015)
SO RHP Cody Sedlock (2016)

Indiana

JR LHP Scott Effross (2015)
rSO RHP Jake Kelzer (2015)
rSO RHP Thomas Belcher (2015)
rSR RHP Ryan Halstead (2015)
rJR LHP Kyle Hart (2015)
SR RHP Luke Harrison (2015)
JR LHP Will Coursen-Carr (2015)
JR RHP Christian Morris (2015)
rSO RHP Kent Williams (2015)
JR LHP Sullivan Stadler (2015)
JR RHP Evan Bell (2015)
rSR OF Scott Donley (2015)
SR 2B/OF Casey Rodrigue (2015)
SR C/OF Brian Hartong (2015)
rSR OF Will Nolden (2015)
SR OF Chris Sujka (2015)
JR SS/2B Nick Ramos (2015)
rFR LHP Austin Foote (2016)
rFR C Brent Gibbs (2016)
SO 1B/SS Austin Cangelosi (2016)
SO OF Craig Dedelow (2016)
FR OF Logan Sowers (2017)
FR OF Larry Crisler (2017)
FR OF Laren Eustace (2017)
FR RHP Brian Hobbie (2017)
FR 3B Isaiah Pasteur (2017)

Iowa

JR RHP/C Blake Hickman (2015)
SR RHP Nick Hibbing (2015)
SR LHP Andrew Hedrick (2015)
JR RHP Calvin Mathews (2015)
JR LHP Ryan Erickson (2015)
JR RHP Tyler Radtke (2015)
rJR LHP/OF Taylor Kaufman (2015)
JR 1B/RHP Tyler Peyton (2015)
SR OF/2B Eric Toole (2015)
rSR 2B Jake Mangler (2015)
SR OF Kris Goodman (2015)
SR OF Dan Potempa (2015)
JR OF Joel Booker (2015)
JR C Jimmy Frankos (2015)
rSO SS/RHP Josh Martsching (2015)

Maryland

JR LHP Jake Drossner (2015)
JR LHP Alex Robinson (2015)
JR RHP Kevin Mooney (2015)
JR RHP Jared Price (2015)
rJR LHP Zach Morris (2015)
SR RHP Bobby Ruse (2015)
JR OF/LHP LaMonte Wade (2015)
JR 3B Jose Cuas (2015)
JR C Kevin Martir (2015)
rSO 2B Brandon Lowe (2015)
JR OF Anthony Papio (2015)
SO C/1B Nick Cieri (2016)
SO RHP Mike Shawaryn (2016)
SO LHP Tayler Stiles (2016)
rFR 1B Matt Oniffey (2016)
FR C Justin Morris (2017)
FR LHP Willie Rios (2017)
FR 2B/SS Andrew Bechtold (2017)
FR OF Zach Jancarski (2017)
FR SS Kevin Smith (2017)
FR RHP Taylor Bloom (2017)
FR RHP Tyler Brandon (2017)
FR OF Kengo Kawahara (2017)
FR RHP Brian Shaffer (2017)
FR OF Jamal Wade (2017)
FR LHP Jack Piekos (2017)

Michigan

rJR RHP Matthew Ogden (2015)
JR LHP Evan Hill (2015)
SR RHP Donnie Eaton (2015)
JR RHP/3B Jacob Cronenworth (2015)
JR 3B/SS Travis Maezes (2015)
SR C/OF Kevin White (2015)
SR OF Jackson Glines (2015)
SR 1B/OF Kyle Jusick (2015)
SO LHP Brett Adcock (2016)
SO RHP/OF Jackson Lamb (2016)
SO RHP Mac Lozer (2016)
SO OF Johnny Slater (2016)
SO RHP Keith Lehmann (2016)
SO INF/OF Carmen Benedetti (2016)
SO INF Ramsey Romano (2016)
SO RHP/SS Hector Gutierrez (2016)
SO C Harrison Wenson (2016)
FR C/3B Drew Lugbauer (2017)
FR RHP Jayce Vancena (2017)
FR LHP Grant Reuss (2017)
FR RHP Ryan Nutof (2017)
FR RHP Bryan Pall (2017)
FR 2B Jake Bivens (2017)

Michigan State

SR C Blaise Salter (2015)
SR 1B Ryan Krill (2015)
rSR 3B Mark Weist (2015)
rSR SS Ryan Richardson (2015)
SR OF Anthony Cheky (2015)
JR OF Cameron Gibson (2015)
JR 3B/SS Justin Hovis (2015)
SR RHP Mick VanVossen (2015)
rSR LHP/OF Jeff Kinley (2015)
rSO LHP Cameron Vieaux (2015)
JR LHP Anthony Misiewicz (2015)
rFR RHP Dakota Mekkes (2016)
SO LHP Joe Mockbee (2016)
SO RHP Jake Lowery (2016)
SO RHP Walter Borkovich (2016)
FR LHP Keegan Baar (2017)
FR LHP/OF Brandon Hughes (2017)
FR LHP Alex Troop (2017)
FR RHP Andrew Gonzalez (2017)

Minnesota

rJR RHP Lance Thonvold (2015)
JR LHP Dalton Sawyer (2015)
rJR LHP Jordan Jess (2015)
SR RHP Ben Meyer (2015)
rJR RHP Ty McDevitt (2015)
SR RHP Neal Kunik (2015)
rSR SS Michael Handel (2015)
SR OF Jake Bergren (2015)
JR 2B/SS Connor Schaefbauer (2015)
JR OF Dan Motl (2015)
SR 2B/OF Tony Skjefte (2015)
rSO OF Jordan Smith (2015)
rSO C/OF Troy Traxler (2015)
SO RHP/1B Tyler Hanson (2016)
SO RHP/OF Matt Fiedler (2016)
SO RHP Toby Anderson (2016)
SO RHP Cody Campbell (2016)
SO C Austin Athmann (2016)
SO RHP Brian Glowicki (2016)
FR OF Alex Boxwell (2017)
FR 1B/C Toby Hanson (2017)
FR 3B Micah Coffey (2017)
FR LHP Lucas Gilbreath (2017)
FR RHP Reggie Meyer (2017)

Nebraska

SR RHP Josh Roeder (2015)
SR LHP Kyle Kubat (2015)
SR RHP Chance Sinclair (2015)
JR RHP Jeff Chesnut (2015)
JR RHP Colton Howell (2015)
rJR LHP/1B Austin Christensen (2015)
SR C Tanner Lubach (2015)
SR OF Austin Darby (2015)
SR SS Steven Reveles (2015)
OF/LHP Christian Cox (2015)
SR 3B/1B Blake Headley (2015)
JR 2B/SS Jake Placzek (2015)
SO OF Ryan Boldt (2016)
SO LHP Max Knutson (2016)
SO RHP Derek Burkamper (2016)
SO LHP/1B Ben Miller (2016)
SO RHP Jake Hohensee (2016)
FR 1B/3B Scott Schreiber (2017)
FR OF Elijah Diday (2017)
FR OF Luis Alvarado (2017)
FR RHP Zack Engelken (2017)
FR RHP Garret King (2017)

Northwestern

SR 3B Reid Hunter (2015)
JR 3B/OF Jake Schieber (2015)
rSR C Scott Heelan (2015)
JR 1B/OF Zach Jones (2015)
SR OF Luke Dauch (2015)
JR OF Jack Mitchell (2015)
SR RHP Brandon Magallones (2015)
JR LHP Matt Portland (2015)
JR LHP Reed Mason (2015)
SO OF/C Joe Hoscheit (2016)
SO OF/LHP Matt Hopfner (2016)
SO RHP Joe Schindler (2016)

Ohio State

SO RHP Travis Lakins (2015)
SR RHP Trace Dempsey (2015)
rSO RHP Shea Murray (2015)
SR LHP Ryan Riga (2015)
JR RHP Jake Post (2015)
rJR LHP Michael Horejsei (2015)
JR 1B/OF Zach Ratcliff (2015)
SR C Aaron Gretz (2015)
SR C Connor Sabanosh (2015)
rJR 1B/3B Ryan Leffel (2015)
SR OF Patrick Porter (2015)
JR 3B/1B Jake Bosiokovic (2015)
JR 2B/3B Troy Kuhn (2015)
JR 3B Craig Nennig (2015)
rJR 3B Nick Sergakis (2015)
SO OF Ronnie Dawson (2016)
SO OF Troy Montgomery (2016)
SO LHP/OF Tanner Tully (2016)
SO RHP/1B Curtiss Irving (2016)

Penn State

rJR OF Greg Guers (2015)
JR OF James Coates (2015)
SR 1B JJ White (2015)
rJR OF Ryan Richter (2015)
rSO 3B Christian Helsel (2015)
JR RHP Jack Anderson (2015)
JR LHP Nick Hedge (2015)
rSR LHP Geoff Boylston (2015)
FR LHP Taylor Lehman (2017)
FR RHP Sal Biasi (2017)
FR RHP Nick Distasio (2017)

Purdue

SR RHP Brett Haan (2015)
SR RHP Joe Eichmann (2015)
rJR RHP Gavin Downs (2015)
rSR RHP Matt Gibbs (2015)
rJR 1B/LHP Kyle Wood (2015)
JR OF/RHP Kyle Johnson (2015)
JR C/OF Jack Picchiotti (2015)
JR 2B/OF Cody Strong (2015)
SR 3B/SS Brandon Krieg (2015)
JR 2B Michael Vilardo (2015)
SO RHP Matt Frawley (2016)
FR SS/2B Harry Shipley (2017)

Rutgers

SR OF Vinny Zarrillo (2015)
JR 3B/C RJ Devish (2015)
SR RHP Jon Young (2015)
JR LHP Mark McCoy (2015)
JR LHP Howie Brey (2015)
rSO LHP Max Herrmann (2015)
SO SS/RHP Christian Campbell (2016)
SO C/1B Chris Folinusz (2016)
SO OF Mike Carter (2016)
SO OF Tom Marcinczyk (2016)
SO RHP Sean Kelly (2016)
SO RHP/2B Gaby Rosa (2016)
SO LHP Ryan Fleming (2016)

2013 MLB Draft Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

Most Intriguing Pre-Season 2013 MLB Draft Prospect(s)

1. rJR RHP Brad Schreiber
2. JR OF Stephen Talbott
3. JR C/1B Sean McHugh

Last year’s postseason run was a magical one for Purdue, so it should come as no shock to fans of the program that 2013 is set up as a “nowhere to go but down” kind of season. There is little doubt that times will be tough in the Boilermaker lineup, at least initially. Of the nine qualified batters listed on Purdue’s College Splits page, only two return in 2013. That includes nobody in the top four (sorted by wOBA): JR OF Stephen Talbott is fifth, SR 1B Angelo Cianfrocco ninth. Only two of the seven qualified pitchers (sorted by innings) return: rSR RHP Robert Ramer (fourth) and SO RHP Connor Podkul (fifth). Last year’s banner crop of hitters – Kevin Plawecki, Cameron Perkins, and Eric Charles – must be replaced, as will a number of solid arms off the pitching staff.

One notable exception to the returning pitchers note is rJR RHP Brad Schreiber, who, due to injury, isn’t included as a returning player but arguably has the greatest pro upside as any pitcher who did throw for Purdue in 2012. The strapping righthander’s return from the last year’s Tommy John surgery that wiped out his entire junior season will be interesting to watch for a few reasons.

It is widely accepted that command takes longer than velocity to come back after a procedure on the elbow. That bit of information is part of what makes Schreiber’s return so fascinating. The Boilermaker’s potential 2013 ace was never known for his command before the injury, so could it be that his return to full form will be an ever greater challenge? A more positive, and more likely, take would simply be you can’t long for what you’ve never known. Command was never what made Schreiber a prospect, so a lack of it due to the operation can’t be held too harshly against him, right? It’s a theory, at least. At his best, Schreiber relies on fastball after fastball after fastball, often without knowing quite sure each pitch is heading. His pre-injury peak velocities (94-96) jibe with his back of the bullpen profile, but what makes his heater really stand out is the explosive movement he gets on it. His is a fastball that may actually have too much movement for his own good at times. Better command and a more reliable breaking ball would help him shoot up boards.

Outside of Schreiber, there’s not a lot to currently love about future Boilermakers’ draft prospects. Admittedly, this is at least in part to the huge unknown that is the composition of this upcoming year’s team. I like Stephen Talbott as a speedy, high-contact organizational outfielder, and strong JR C/1B Sean McHugh has shown enough promise in the eyes of the Purdue coaching staff to assume the job of Plawecki’s successor behind the plate. Robert Ramer is probably the next best arm after Schreiber, but his game is built more on outstanding control – his 0.36 BB/9 in 50.1 IP last year has been the best I’ve noticed so far – than pro-caliber stuff. The betting man in me would probably only put my hard earned cash on Schreiber being drafted this year, with Talbott the next most likely name down the line and McHugh a close third.

I don’t mean to be all gloom and doom about Purdue’s prospects’ prospects going forward. I’m far from a college baseball expert, but it doesn’t take a well-compensated insider to see how good a job that Doug Schreiber has done turning around the program. Once game action begins I have little doubt that we’ll see some worthwhile names begin to pop up among the freshman and sophomore classes, and I wouldn’t completely rule out a “coached-up” existing upperclassman emerging from the current roster. There’s also the possibility that one of Purdue’s incoming junior college players – Conner Hudnall, perhaps – will prove himself draftable in the next few months.

2014 MLB Draft Name(s) to Know

1. FR LHP Jordan Minch
2. SO RHP Connor Podkul

The top returning prospect to watch for in 2014 is probably Connor Podkul, a righthander with good size (6-4, 200), good breaking stuff, and a steady freshman season under his belt. Getting incoming freshman LHP Jordan Minch, last year’s 298th best prospect according to the fool in charge of this site, is quite the coup for the Purdue program. He’ll be draft-eligible again in two years, so the pressure will be on to see if he can hone his three potential above-average pitches (upper-80s FB, mid-70s CB, and low-70s CU) in short order. I don’t know what Purdue has planned for the young lefty, but his advanced pitchability and superior command, to say nothing of his already solid stuff for a lefthanded pitcher, seem well-suited for the college game. With holes littering the Boilermakers pitching staff, I see no reason why he shouldn’t get opportunities to pitch from February on. The ability to convince a player of Minch’s caliber to turn down pro ball and come to West Lafayette is just one of many indicators that make it clear that Coach Schreiber has this program in excellent hands.