2014 State Draft Report: North Carolina

The class will be defined by the top of the draft with three players that are top-half of the first round talents, though Jeff Hoffman’s injury clouds that status. The college crop has star power and depth. Although the high school side is considered light, it has a headlining prospect in Braxton Davidson who is a first-day talent.

The University of North Carolina, historically the most talent-rich program in the state, is down significantly from both a winning and prospect standpoint.

The sheer volume of college programs in the state gives the college class depth beyond the top 500.

Catawba College righthander Joe Watson came onto the scene last in the process and could go in the top 10 rounds to a team buying his arm strength and athleticism. He offers upside as a former collegiate wide receiver who has drawn physical comparisons to Latroy Hawkins and has touched 97 with his fastball. But he is raw and has only thrown 31 innings in college.

North Carolina righthander Luis Paula has been tough to see because of infrequent use but has the body and arm strength for pro ball with fastball that has touched 95 while sitting 88-91 at times this season.

His teammate Taylor Cherry is a draft-eligible sophomore with a hulking build (6-foot-9, 270 pounds) and an easy delivery that produces low 90s heat. Infielder Landon Lassiter, who is another draft-eligible North Carolina sophomore, has a history of hitting and on-base ability (.333/.457/.406) but faces questions about his defensive profile at the next level.

Louisburg outfielder Cedric Mullins is a switch-hitter who is a plus run with an above-average arm and is considered signable.

BA 500 PROSPECTS
Name Pos. National Rk State Rk School Source
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Carlos Rodon LHP 3 1 North Carolina State 4YR
Trea Turner SS 9 2 North Carolina State 4YR
Jeff Hoffman RHP 13 3 East Carolina 4YR
Braxton Davidson 1B/OF 35 4 Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. HS
Brett Austin C 133 5 North Carolina State 4YR
Michael Russell SS 134 6 North Carolina 4YR
Ryan Butler RHP 141 7 Charlotte 4YR
Max Povse RHP 142 8 UNC Greensboro 4YR
Ryder Ryan RHP 169 9 North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, N.C. HS
Storm Edwards OF 207 10 West Henderson HS, Mountain Home, N.C. HS
Alex Destino OF 246 11 North Buncombe HS, Weaverville, N.C. HS
Jordan Ramsey RHP 288 12 UNC Wilmington 4YR
Logan Jernigan RHP 343 13 North Carolina State 4YR
Benton Moss RHP 365 14 North Carolina 4YR
Andrew Van Orden RHP 395 15 Duke 4YR
Jordan Edgerton 3B 437 16 UNC Pembroke 4YR
Jeremy Null RHP 441 17 Western Carolina 4YR
D.J. Burt OF/2B 478 18 Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) HS HS
OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE
Name POS National Rank State Rank School Source
Joe Watson RHP 19 Catawba COL
Cedric Mullins OF 20 Louisberg JC
Luis Paula RHP 21 North Carolina COL
Taylor Cherry RHP 22 North Carolina COL
Tyler Bolton RHP 23 East Carolina COL
Landon Lassiter 3B 24 North Carolina COL
David Lucroy RHP 25 East Carolina COL
Chris Marconcini 1B 26 Duke COL
Doug Norman RHP 27 Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte HS
Sarkis Ohanian RHP 28 Duke COL
Adam Martin C 29 Western Carolina COL
Jordan Betts 3B 30 Duke COL
Logan Ratledge 2B 31 North Carolina State COL
Reid Love LHP 32 East Carolina COL
Alex Durham RHP 33 Southern Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C. HS
Sean Collins RHP 34 Weddington HS, Matthews, N.C. HS
Jake Fincher OF 35 North Carolina State COL
Andrew Istler RHP 36 Duke COL
Andrew Woeck RHP 37 North Carolina State COL
Patrick Peterson LHP 38 North Carolina State COL
Derek Justice RHP 39 Mount Olive COL
Drew Reynolds INF/RHP 40 East Carolina COL
Matt Fraudin RHP 41 Gardner-Webb COL
Bubby Riley OF 42 North Carolina State COL
Zach Houhins 3B 43 East Carolina COL
Dez Roberts OF 44 Charlotte COL
Ryan Pennell RHP 45 Elon COL
T.J. Fussell RHP 46 Western Carolina COL
Kelly Secrest RHP 47 UNC Wilmington COL
Michael Hill INF 48 Charlotte COL
Zach Gahagan INF 49 North Henderson HS, Fletcher, N.C. HS
Bobby Deatherage OF 50 Western Alamance HS, Burlington, N.C. HS
Brooks Kennedy MIF 51 South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte HS
Brett Daniels RHP 52 Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) HS HS
Mat Batts LHP 53 UNC Wilmington COL
Coan McAlpine LHP 54 Hickory (N.C.) HS HS
Dominick Cammarata C 55 Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. HS
Logan Beehler RHP 56 Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte HS
Hansen Butler RHP 57 High Point (N.C.) Central HS