Alabama in The MLB Draft: Good News/Bad News

The 2014 MLB First Year Draft took place from June 5 to June 7 with a total of 40 rounds.

Good News

The Crimson Tide had four baseball players drafted in last weekend's MLB draft:

Round 2 (63) Spencer Turnbull RHP Detroit Tigers (5-7, 2.22 ERA - ignore the record. It's ERA that grabs scouts' eyes)
Round 8 (254) Ben Moore OF/C Boston Red Sox (.305, 9 HR, 39 RBI, .481 Slugging)
Round 18 (542) Justin Kamplain LHP New York Yankees (7-4, 2.90)
Round 33 (977) Austen Smith 1B Miami Marlins (.316, 6 HR, 39 RBI, .487 Slugging)

Bad News

Three of them are juniors. Turnbull, Moore, and Kamplain all have one more year of eligibility. Bama just lost their top two starters.  Austen Smith is a senior.

Good News

As per MLB/NCAA rules, a drafted junior can return to school.

Bad News

I doubt any of them will return. Turnbull and Moore will get paid and 18th round is not too shabby for Kamplain. There is an outside shot that Kamplain will want to return to the Capstone for his senior season and get picked higher next year but that is a gamble.

Good News

Junior left-handed pitchers Jon Keller (5-2, 2.97) and Taylor Guilbeau (1-1, 3.65) were not drafted and should lead the pitching staff in 2015.

Bad News

Senior pitcher Tucker Hawley (4-1, 1.93) was not drafted.

Good News

Bama has signed an excellent catching prospect in Matt Morgan out of Thorsby High School (AL).

Bad News

Matt Morgan got drafted in the fourth round by the Toronto Blue Jays and will sign with them.

Good News

Alabama signees shortstop Zack Coker (Northridge, AL) and outfielder Jamal Howard (Phenix City, AL) were possible candidates to be drafted but were not.

Bad News

No more bad news!

Good News

67 players from SEC schools were drafted including NINE off the Ole Miss team who is heading to Omaha. Every SEC school had at least one player drafted.

Ole Miss - 9
South Carolina - 7
Texas A&M - 7
Arkansas - 6
Florida - 6
LSU - 5
Vanderbilt - 5
Alabama - 4
Kentucky - 4
Mississippi State - 4
Auburn - 3
Georgia - 3
Tennessee - 3
Missouri - 1

LSU pitcher Aaron Nola (11-1, 1.47) was the highest SEC player drafted. He was taken with the seventh overall by the Philadelphia Phillies. He has STAR written all over him.

The first ten SEC players chosen:

Round 1 (7) Aaron Nola P LSU Philadelphia Phillies
Round 1 (14) Tyler Beede P Vanderbilt San Francisco Giants
Round 2 (42) A.J. Reed P/1B Kentucky Houston Astros
Round 2 (55) Jacob Lindgren P Mississippi State New York Yankees
Round 2 (63) Spencer Turnbull P Alabama Detroit Tigers
Round 3 (76) Brian Anderson 2B Arkansas Miami Marlins
Round 3 (80) Austin Cousino CF Kentucky Seattle Mariners
Round 3 (88) Chris Ellis RHP Ole Miss L.A. Angels
Round 3 (99) Grayson Greiner C South Carolina Detroit Tigers
Round 4 (106) Daniel Mengden RHP Texas A&M Houston Astros

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To be drafted in the First Year Draft a player must fit the following criteria:

* Be a resident of the United States, Canada, or a U.S. territory such as Puerto Rico. Players from other countries are not subject to the draft, and can be signed by any team (unless they are current members of college teams in the aforementioned countries).
* Have never signed a major or minor league contract.
* High school players are eligible only after graduation, and if they have not attended college.
* Players at four-year colleges are eligible after completing their junior years, or after their 21st birthdays.
* Junior and community college players are eligible to be drafted at any time.

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