Draft Rankings: Midwest

Nebraska commit C/RHP Jakson Reetz

Kiley shares his rankings of all the 2014 MLB Draft top 5 round prospects in Midwestern states: Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota. He includes links to scouting reports and video along with a peak ahead to the 2015 prep draft class.

Scouting Baseball's 2014 MLB Draft Content

MLB Draft Overall Rankings: Top 50 Overall Draft Prospects, Top 30 High School Prospects & Top 30 College Prospects

Regional Prep Prospect Rankings (September 2013): Florida, Georgia, Deep South, Mid-Atlantic & Ohio Valley, Northeast, East Region, Midwest, Southwest & Rockies, Texas & Oklahoma, Southern California, Pacific Northwest & West Region

Marginal Prospects Podcasts: Post Showcase Class Breakdown with BA's Clint Longenecker & PG's Frankie Piliere, Early Cape Cod League Review, ECU RHP Jeff Hoffman Interview, Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz, Padres Scouting Director Billy Gasparino, Reviewing Top 50 Draft Prospects w/PG's Frankie Piliere

Draft Central & Complete Site Archive

Updated Video/Links/Scouting Notes (August 2013): Tyler Kolek, Alex Jackson, Braxton Davidson, Michael Gettys & Jacob Gatewood

Area Code Games Content (August 2013): HS Prospects Stock Sideways/Down, Pitcher Notes, Hitter Notes I, Hitter Notes II & Top Prospects

PG National Showcase Content (June 2013): Pre-PG Showcase Notes, PG Junior National Hitter Rankings, PG Junior National Pitcher Rankings, Top Five High School Pitchers With Full Video & Reports & Top Five High School Hitters With Full Video & Reports

College Recruiting Classes, Ranked With Scouting Reports (June 2013): SEC Commit Scouting Reports, Pac-12 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 10 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 12 Commit Scouting Reports, ACC Commit Scouting Reports

Early Class Previews (May 2013): College Pitchers, Prep Pitchers, College Hitters, Prep Hitters

Class Overview

From the 2013 draft, four notable preps prospects turned pro in the area: 1st round LHP Trey Ball/Red Sox and 5th round SS Josh VanMeter/Padres both came from Indiana's prep ranks while Missouri's RHP Devin Williams/Brewers went in the 2nd round and LHP Jake Brentz/Blue Jays signed for 3rd round money in the 11th round. Minnesota prep CF Ryan Boldt was the second-best prospect in the above group but justified first round expectations over a strong summer led to a first round signing bonus demand that clubs couldn't meet after a knee injury kept him out all spring. Boldt is joined by Iowa prep RHP Derek Burkamper on campus at Nebraska, but Boldt is the potential star here: he has a chance to go in the top half of the first round if he continues progressing after three years. The 2014 class is deeper in top three round prospects than last year, but doesn't have a prospect that can match Ball right now. I was lower on Ball than most (15th overall in my ranking, went 7th overall) and think Reetz or McKinney could get that high with a strong spring, so I'll take the 2014 class and it's superior depth with comparable high end talent.

Recruiting Overview

Arkansas, LSU and Missouri are the best western-based SEC baseball programs that recruit this area heavily while Notre Dame and Nebraska use some football cachet to steal a few players as well. These five programs account for over half the players on this list. It's worth mentioning that #5 CF Monte Harrison (link is to football profile) is also a notable football recruit for Nebraska, graded as a 3-star recruit and ranked as the 95th wide receiver in the country. It's still an open question as to which sport he may choose but it's looking like he'll have a high six figure to possibly seven figure bonus offer to consider.

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2014 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 5 Rounds, High School: IN/MI/WI/MN/IA/NE/IL/MO/KS/ND/SD)

Pos High School Commit
Rd
1. Keaton McKinney
RHP
Ankeny (IA)
Arkansas
1-2
2. Jakson Reetz
C
Norris (NE)
Nebraska
1-2
3. Jeren Kendall
CF
Holmen (WI)
Vanderbilt
2
4. Brandon Murray
RHP
Hobart (IN)
S. Carolina
2
5. Monte Harrison
CF
Lee's Summit West (MO)
Nebraska
3
6. Jake Godfrey
RHP
Providence Catholic (IL)
Notre Dame
3
7. Brad Bass
RHP
Lincoln-Way Central (IL)
Notre Dame
3
8. Ryan Lillard
SS
Urbandale (IA)
Kansas St.
3
9. Darius Day
CF
Simeon (IL)
Arizona
3
10. Brady Feigl
RHP
Parkway Central (MO)
Ole Miss
4
11. Simeon Lucas
C
Grant Community (IL)
Illinois St.
4
12. Bryce Montes De Oca
RHP
Lawrence (KS)
Missouri
4
13. Trey Turner
C
Neosho (MO)
Crowder CC
4
14. Jonah Patten
RHP
Norwell (IN)
Arkansas
5
15. Keith Grieshaber
2B
Marquette (MO)
Arkansas
5
16. Shane Benes
RHP
Westminster Chr. (MO)
Missouri
5
17. Sam Hentges
LHP
Mounds View (MN)
None
5
18. Mike Papierski
C
Lemont (IL)
LSU
5
19. Jack Benninghoff
OF
Rockhurst (MO)
Arkansas
5
20. Tanner Gragg
C
Blue Valley West (KS)
None
5
21. Alex Lange
RHP
Lee's Summit West (MO)
LSU
5

2015 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 3 Rounds, High School: IN/MI/WI/MN/IA/NE/IL/MO/KS/ND/SD)

Pos High School Commit
1. Garrett Hutson
RHP
Augusta (KS)
Wichita St.
2. Grant Sloan
3B
Zionsville (IN)
None
3. Matt Vierling
3B
Christian Brothers (MO)
Notre Dame
4. Noah Burkholder
RHP
Crown Point (IN)
Louisville
5. Ashe Russell
RHP
Cathedral (IN)
Notre Dame
6. Bryan Hoeing
RHP
Batesville (IN)
Louisville
7. Chris Botsoe
CF
Hindsdale Central (IL)
Louisville

2016 MLB Draft Prospects (Elite Follows, High School: IN/MI/WI/MN/IA/NE/IL/MO/KS/ND/SD)

Pos High School Commit
1. Reid Schaller
RHP
Lebanon (IN)
None

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