2014 State Draft Report: Tennessee

The talent in Tennessee this was solid from a college standpoint and down significantly in the high school ranks.

Lefthander Justus Sheffield is the headlining high school prospect and is likely to go in the first two rounds but the state only has one other prep pitcher in the top 500. Last year’s banner crop of prep arms had four in the top 200.

Two of the more talented high school players in the state didn’t progress as expected. Righthander Kevin Steen, a Tennessee commit, started slow after a long basketball season but offers athleticism, a projectable body and a quick arm that was up to 92 on the showcase circuit. Hunter Tackett is an athletic outfielder who looks the part in a uniform and offers an intriguing collection of tools.

While the University of Tennessee is light from a talent standpoint for this year, it should provide a much stronger presence with a core of position players.
Tennessee Tech righthanded reliever Seth Lucio could slide into the back half of the top 10 rounds. He is undersized at 5-foot-10, but has touched 96. His breaking stuff is inconsistent but shows enough to project average.

BA 500 PROSPECTS
Name Pos. National Rk State Rk School Source
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Tyler Beede RHP 15 1 Vanderbilt 4YR
Justus Sheffield LHP 49 2 Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS HS
Adam Ravenelle RHP 113 3 Vanderbilt 4YR
Lane Thomas OF/SS 172 4 Bearden HS, Knoxville, Tenn. HS
Brent Honeywell RHP 195 5 Walters State (Tenn.) CC JC
Sam McWilliams RHP 227 6 Beech HS, Hendersonville, Tenn. HS
Jared Miller LHP 253 7 Vanderbilt 4YR
David Hess RHP 267 8 Tennessee Tech 4YR
Zac Curtis RHP 373 9 Middle Tennessee State 4YR
Clinton Freeman 1B 408 10 East Tennessee State 4YR
OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE
Name POS National Rank State Rank School Source
Vince Conde SS 11 Vanderbilt COL
Dale Burdick SS 12 Summit HS, Spring Hill, Tenn. HS
Seth Lucio RHP 13 Tennessee Tech COL
Brett Martin LHP 14 Walters State JC
Sterling Coley RHP 15 Belmont COL
Hunter Tackett OF 16 Anderson County, Heiskell, Tenn. HS
Kevin Steen RHP 17 Oak Ridge (Tenn.) HS HS
Brian Miller LHP 18 Vanderbilt COL
John Norwood OF 19 Vanderbilt COL
Jonathan Frebis LHP 20 Middle Tennessee State COL
Matt Pope RHP 21 Walters State JC
Jacob Moody LHP 22 Memphis COL
Hunter Brothers LHP 23 Lipscomb COL
Scott Price 1B 24 Tennessee COL
Will Maddox 2B 25 Tennessee COL
Chris Harvey C 26 Vanderbilt COL
Nick Andros LHP 27 Lipscomb COL
Trent Miller 1B 28 Middle Tennessee State COL
Brandon Thomasson 1B 29 Tennessee Tech COL
Ryan Quick RHP 30 Austin Peay State COL
T.J. Pecoraro RHP 31 Vanderbilt COL
Colton Hathcock RHP 32 Brighton HS, Atoka, Tenn. HS
Nick Williams RHP 33 Tennessee COL
K.J. Hockaday 3B 34 Tennessee Wesleyan COL
Zander Wiel 1B 35 Vanderbilt COL
Michael Adkins C 36 Middle Tennessee State COL
Brady Puckett RHP 37 Riverdale HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn. HS
Johnny Youngblood OF 38 Tennessee COL
Keaton Baker RHP 39 Middle Tennessee State COL
Wesley Roberson MIF 40 Houston HS, Germantown, Tenn. HS