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2014 Draft: Day 3 Preview

It's getting very late so I won't write much. I'll say more about the Mariners draft in my annual pick-by-pick rundown, but day 2 at first glance looks pretty boring by design. Lots of...affordable picks today, potentially because Alex Jackson and Gareth Morgan come with some noteworthy price tags. I'm okay with affordable picks if it means getting both of those guys signed.

Day 3 is the day I like to turn and give whatever due respect I can to college seniors. As I comb through data I'm constantly amazed at the tremendous seasons players have across the nation...only to not get drafted. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a shame, especially now that the draft is 40 rounds instead of 50, but I will say that I like the idea of more baseball teams using late round picks to honor good careers with a paycheck in a rookie league for a few months. Just give these players enough of a taste of pro ball for some of these noteworthy players in their own right to be able to say they were drafted and played a few pro games. On a related note, the number of accomplished players in college who do nothing, even in the minors, reminds me how difficult baseball is, and just how phenomenal even the worst MLB players are.

Here it is, the list for the third and final day of the draft, rounds 11 through 40:

Remaining from the Day 2 Preview
  • Mike Alexander, C, Delaware State
  • Dustin Beggs, RHP, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Jace Conrad, 2B, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Matt Cooper, RHP, Hawai'i
  • Matt Fraudin, RHP, Gardner Webb
  • Connor Goedert, 3B, Neosho County CC
  • Chase Harris, OF, New Mexico
  • Casey Jones, UT, Elon
  • Jake Kelzer, RHP, Indiana
  • Conor Lourey, RHP, High Point
  • Keaton McKinney, RHP, Ankeny HS (IA)
  • Cody Mincey, RHP, South Carolina
  • Aaron Nardone, OF, Delaware State
  • Julio Nunez, UT, Alabama A&M
  • Connor Panas, 1B/3B, Canisius
  • Eric Peterson, RHP, NC State
  • Brandon Rawe, OF, Morgan State
  • Joel Seddon, RHP, South Carolina
  • James Vasquez, 1B, Central Florida - Hit well with an advanced approach at the plate, though his bat is his only tool.
Some college seniors more than worth recognizing
  • Kevin Archbold, LHP, Albany
  • Anthony Azar, C, Sam Houston State
  • Mat Batts, LHP, UNC-Wilmington
  • Tim Colwell, OF, North Dakota State
  • James Connell, RHP, Kennesaw State
  • Montana Durapau, RHP, Bethune-Cookman
  • Joey Epperson, LF, UCSB
  • Casey Grayson, 1B, Houston
  • Sean Godfrey, OF, Ball State
  • Mackenzie Handel, OF, Stephen F. Austin
  • Zach Hirsch, LHP, Nebraska
  • Tyler Kuresa, 1B, UCSB
  • Bo Logan, LHP, Florida Atlantic
  • Whit Mayberry, RHP, Virginia
  • Kyle McKenzie, RHP, Tulane
  • Danny Mooney, RHP, Davidson
  • Clay Murphy, RHP, Missouri State
  • Seth Neely, 1B, Wofford
  • Ryan Plourde, C/OF, Fairfield
  • Chase Raffield, OF, Georgia State
  • Bennie Robinson, 1B, Florida A&M
  • Dan Savas, RHP, Illinois State
  • J.P. Sportman, OF, Central Connecticut State
  • Scott Weathersby, RHP, Mississippi
  • T.J. Weir, RHP, Ball State
  • Nic Wilson, 1B, Georgia State
  • Andrew Woeck, RHP, NC State
  • Brian Wolfe, 1B, Washington
The MLB draft resumes at 10 a.m. Pacific time, and I'd recommend using the draft tracker