Draft Rankings: Deep South

Kiley shares his rankings of all the 2014 MLB Draft top 5 round prospects in the remaining deep south states: South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Puerto Rico. 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

Last year, these states only produced five top-three round picks that turned pro: Puerto Rican 3B Jan Hernandez/Phillies, South Carolina's C Nick Ciuffo/Rays and RHP Akeem Bostick/Rangers along with Louisiana RFs Justin Williams/D'Backs and Ivan Wilson/Mets. Arguably the three best prep prospects in Alabama (RHP Keegan Thompson, CF Anfernee Grier and RHP Kevin Davis) all made it to campus at Auburn for various reasons while arguably the top prospect in Louisiana (LHP Garrett Williams) made it to campus at Oklahoma State. This year's class is similar but looks a bit stronger with Grant Holmes superior to Ciuffo, the only first rounder of the 2013 group, and a couple more players in Ti'Quan Forbes and Chase Vallot that I prefer to anyone else in last year's group.

Recruiting Overview

The talent is spread pretty evenly throughout these states and is spread pretty evenly amongst the top programs. SEC powers LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State get most of their players from this area, with other high-end SEC programs like Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt dipping their toe in along with some other programs outside of the SEC.

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2014 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 5 Rounds, High School: SC/AL/MS/LA/AR/PR)

Pos High School Commit
Rd
1. Grant Holmes
RHP
Conway (SC)
Florida
1
2. Ti'Quan Forbes
SS
Columbia (MS)
Ole Miss
1
3. Chase Vallot
C
St. Thomas More (LA)
Mississippi St.
2
4. Greg Deichmann
3B
Brother Martin (LA)
LSU
3
5. Alexis Pantojas
SS
PR Baseball Academy
None
4
6. Kevin Bryant
CF
Wade Hampton (SC)
Clemson
4
7. B.J. White
LF
Opelika (AL)
None
4
8. Handsome Monica
C
St. Paul's (LA)
Arizona
4
9. Bobby Bradley
1B
Harrison Central (MS)
LSU
4
10. Marcos Rios
CF
Beltran Academy (PR)
None
4
11. Luis Alvarado
OF
PR Baseball Academy
None
5
12. Gilberto Rodriguez
C
PR Baseball Academy
None
5
13. Jesse McCord
RHP
Spanish Fort (AL)
Mississippi St.
5
14. Kyle Wright
RHP
Buckhorn (AL)
Vanderbilt
5
15. David Burkhalter
RHP
Ruston (LA)
None
5
16. Henry Davis
SS
Mayo (SC)
None
5
17. Michael Arroyo
C
Beltran Academy (PR)
None
5
18. Kevin Rivera
2B
Beltran Academy (PR)
None
5
19. Chandler Avant
2B
Pike Liberal Arts (AL)
Alabama
5
20. Justin Steele
LHP
George County (MS)
Southern Miss.
5

2015 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 3 Rounds, High School: SC/AL/MS/LA/AR/PR)

Pos High School Commit
1. O'Neal Lochridge
3B
St. Thomas More (LA)
LSU
2. Dayton Dugas
OF
Sam Houston (LA)
None
3. Brock Love
RHP
Southside (AL)
None
4. L.T. Tolbert
3B
Wren (SC)
South Carolina

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