Big 12 MLB 2014 Draft Selections Number 42

Draft selections from the Big 12 in this year’s MLB draft started out slow – only two Big 12 players were drafted among the first 156 first-year player selections – but finished strong. All total, 42 Big 12 players were selected in this year’s draft, which concluded on Saturday after three days and 40 rounds.

Big 12 Player of the Year in 2014, Zach Fish of Oklahoma State, was am 11th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the just-concluded 2014 MLB draft.

Big 12 Player of the Year in 2014, Zach Fish of Oklahoma State, was am 11th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the just-concluded 2014 MLB draft.

The 2014 Big 12 draft list compares with 36 selections a year ago and 48 draft picks from the Big 12 in 2012.

TCU left-handed weekend starter Brandon Finnegan was the first Big 12 player selected in this year’s MLB draft and the only pick from the conference in the first round. Finnegan was the 17th player overall to come off the board, the No. 1 pick of the Kansas City Royals.

Wes Benjamin of Kansas, another left-handed starter, who was injured early in the season after suffering a season-ending elbow injury, was the second Big 12 pick in this year’s draft, going in the fifth round (156th overall) to the Texas Rangers. Benjamin made only seven starts in 2014 and had a 4-0 record with a 4.21 ERA.

Seven of the first 13 players selected from Big 12 rosters were pitchers, underscoring the pitcher-heavy nature of this year’s MLB draft. Five of those seven throw from the left side, which has long been a strong asset in the major leagues. Three of the first four draft picks from the Big 12 were left-handed starters and all four were pitchers.

The final Big 12 player selection came on Day 3 in the 38th round. Cody Jones, an outfielder for TCU, was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 1,148th overall pick in the draft.

Surprising Kansas, which finished in third place this season in the conference standings, TCU, Texas and West Virginia led all Big 12 teams with six draft selections each. Big 12 regular-season champion Oklahoma State was right behind, with five draft picks.

Interestingly, the first 20 Big 12 players picked in the draft this year were selected by 20 different major-league teams. Overall, the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics each selected three Big 12 players, all from the American League.

The Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, all National League teams, were the only four major-league teams that did not take a player from the Big 12 among their first-year player picks.

Sixteen of the 42 Big 12 draft picks were right-handed pitchers. There were 10 outfielders selected, seven left-handed pitchers (six of the seven in the first 11 rounds), four catchers, three shortstops and two first basemen.

Big 12 Players Selected In 2014 MLB Draft

Round 1

17. Brandon Finnegan, TCU, LHP – Kansas City Royals

Round 5

156. Wes Benjamin, Kansas, LHP  – Texas Rangers

Round 6

167. Chris Sadberry, Texas Tech, LHP – Miami Marlins

170. John Curtis, Texas, RHP – Minnesota Twins

187. Mac James, Oklahoma, C – Tampa Bay Rays

190. Ross Kivett, Kansas State, OF – Detroit Tigers

Round 7

206. Mitch Meyer, Kansas State, OF – Milwaukee Brewers

212. Mark Payton, Texas, OF – New York Yankees

Round 8

228. Bobby Boyd, West Virginia, OF Houston Astros

233. Houston Musgrave, West Virginia, LHP, Colorado Rockies

249. Hunter Redman, Texas Tech, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Round 9

269. Jordan Kipper, TCU, RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers

Round 10

287. Dillon Peters, Texas, LHP – Miami Marlins

Round 11

318. Zach Fish, Oklahoma State, OF – Chicago White Sox

325. Connor Buchmann, Oklahoma RHP – New York Mets

331. John Means, West Virginia, LHP – Baltimore Orioles

Round 13

382. Nathan Thornhill, Texas, RHP – Philadelphia Phillies

398, Austin Fisher, Kansas State, SS – Cleveland Indians

401. Frank Duncan, Kansas, RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates

Round 14

420. Kevin Cron, TCU, 1B – Arizona Diamondbacks

422. Sean Carley, West Virginia, RHP – New York Yankees

Round 15

441. Lukas Schiraldi, Texas, RHP – Seattle Mariners

444. Ryan McBroom, West Virginia, OF – Toronto Blue Jays

Round 19

580. Parker French, Texas, RHP – Detroit Tigers

Round 21

623. Josh Michalec, Baylor, RHP – Colorado Rockies

642. Tim Proudfoot, Texas Tech, SS – Oakland Athletics

Round 22

672. Brandon McCurry, Oklahoma State, RHP, Oakland Athletics

Round 23

703. Tanner Kreitemeier, Oklahoma State, 1B – Atlanta Braves

Round 24

706. Vince Wheeland, Oklahoma State, RHP – Houston Astros

708. Michael Suiter, Kansas, OF – Chicago White Sox

Round 25

754. Kyle Bacak, TCU, C – Washington Nationals

Round 26

791. Jerrick Suiter, TCU, OF – Pittsburgh Pirates

Round 28

839. Jordan Piche, Kansas, RHP – Los Angeles Angels

852. Corey Walter, West Virginia, RHP – Oakland Athletics

Round 30

895. Tucker Tharp, Kansas, OF – New York Mets

Round 32

946. Robert Kahana, Kansas, RHP – Houston Astros

948. Adam Choplick, Oklahoma, LHP – Chicago White Sox

Round 33

1000. Jon Perrin, Oklahoma State, RHP – Detroit Tigers

1005. Dominic Moreno, Texas Tech, RHP – St. Louis Cardinals

Round 37

1124. Hector Lorenzana, Oklahoma, SS – Boston Red Sox

Round 38

1130. Brett Doe, Baylor, C – Minnesota Twins

1148. Cody Jones, OF – Cleveland Indians





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