The Big 12 had only one player drafted in the opening round of the 2014 Major League Baseball first-year player draft and none in rounds two through five. All that changed, though, in the sixth round as the names of 11 former Big 12 players were called over the next five rounds, which ended Day 2 of the annual MLB draft.
TCU left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan was the No. 1 pick of the Kansas City Royals, the 17th player selected overall, and the only Big 12 player to go in the opening round of this years MLB draft. It was 139 picks later before the second Big 12 player was selected by one of the 30 major league teams.
Wes Benjamin, a left-handed starter with the Kansas Jayhawks was the 156th player taken overall, a fifth-round pick of the Texas Rangers. Benjamin missed most of the 2014 season with an injured elbow. He pitched his last game in late March and had Tommy John surgery on April 10. Benjamin was 4-0 with an ERA of 4.22 in seven starts before being shut down for the season.
Benjamin reportedly told The Kansas City Star that he was hoping to be drafted early so he could continue his rehab under the supervision of a major league team.
Three former Big 12 players were selected in the seventh round. Chris Sadberry, a left-handed pitcher for Texas Tech, was the 167th player selected, by the Miami Marlins; Mac James, a catcher for Oklahoma, was No. 187, selected by the Tampa Bay Rays; and Ross Kivett, the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year, a Kansas State outfielder, was taken in the sixth round at No. 190 by the Detroit Tigers.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected another Kansas State outfielder, Mitch Meyer, in the seventh round, with the No. 206 overall pick. Mark Payton of Texas,who went three-for-five with a home run in the Longhorns’ 8-4 victory over Houston in the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday, was selected with 212th overall pick, by the New York Yankees.
In the eighth round, three players from the Big 12 were selected: West Virginia outfielder Bobby Boyd, who led the Big 12 in hitting this season with a .356 batting average (No. 226 overall by the Houston Astros), Harrison Musgrave, a left-handed starter for West Virginia (No. 233, by the Colorado Rockies) and catcher Hunter Redman of Texas Tech (No. 249, by the Los Angeles Dodgers).
The Los Angeles Angels selected TCU right-hander Jordan Kiper in the ninth round with the 269th overall pick, and Dillon Peters, a left-handed starter for Texas, was a 10th round selection, No. 287 overall, by the Miami Marlins. Peters, who was tied for fourth among active Big 12 pitchers with 17 career victories, injured his elbow in the Big 12 Conference tournament and was ruled out of the postseason.