2014 State Draft Report: Virginia

This is one of the best years in recent memory for Virginia. This year provided the perfect confluence of factors: a strong high school crop that was buoyed by the reclassification of a potential first-rounder (Jacob Bukauskas) and the college programs winning and producing prospects at a high level.

Four Virginia college teams made regions, led by No. 3 national seed Virginia, which has three players (Derek Fisher, Nick Howard and Mike Papi) who could be selected in the top two rounds.

It was a four-star state last year when it had 11 players ranked in the top 500 and six in the top 200 with its highest-ranked prospect at No. 34. This year’s crop in Virginia is vastly superior, with 21 players in the top 500, 11 in the top 200 and three of the top 33 prospects.

The high school crop is deep in arms with five arms that have the talent to be considered in the top five rounds.
Three high schoolers outside the top 500 are committed to Virginia. Lefthander/ first baseman Hunter Williams has a big body, strength and a fastball that touches 93. Shortstop Jack Gerstenmaier is a heady middle infielder with a contact-oriented bat who will likely move to second base in the pros.

Third baseman Charlie Cody was a heralded underclassman who didn't hit as much as expected on the showcase circuit but has some strength to his swing, power potential and an average arm. Jason Morgan, a North Carolina commit, has a long, projectable build at 6-foot-5, 212 pounds and touched 91 at East Coast Pro.

Name Pos. National Rk State Rk School Source
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Nick Howard 3B/RHP 25 1 Virginia 4YR
Derek Fisher OF 31 2 Virginia 4YR
Jacob Bukauskas RHP 33 3 Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va. HS
Mike Papi OF/1B 43 4 Virginia 4YR
Mark Zagunis C 111 5 Virginia Tech 4YR
Nick Wells LHP 119 6 Battlefield HS, Haymarket, Va. HS
Blake Bivens RHP 124 7 Washington HS, Danville, Va. HS
Brandon Downes OF 165 8 Virginia 4YR
Michael Katz 1B 177 9 William & Mary 4YR
Derek Casey RHP 193 10 Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. HS
Devon Fisher C 194 11 Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, Va. HS
Artie Lewicki RHP 202 12 Virginia 4YR
Ashton Perritt RHP 204 13 Liberty 4YR
Tommy Doyle RHP 215 14 Flint Hill HS
Brandon Cogswell 2B/SS 228 15 Virginia 4YR
Hunter Taylor C/3B/OF 248 16 Nandua HS, Onley, Va. HS
Chris Huffman RHP 295 17 James Madison 4YR
Nate Irving C 354 18 Virginia 4YR
Ryan Seiz 2B 363 19 Liberty 4YR
Connor Overton RHP 387 20 Old Dominion 4YR
Ryan Yarbrough LHP 407 21 Old Dominion 4YR
Name POS National Rank State Rank School Source
Hunter Williams LHP/1B 22 Cosby HS, Chesterfield, Va. HS
Jack Gerstenmaier SS 23 Freeman HS, Richmond, Va. HS
Ty McFarland 3B 24 James Madison COL
Matt Blanchard RHP 25 Virginia Commonwealth COL
Carson Herndon RHP 26 Liberty COL
Christopher Bates LHP 27 Richmond COL
Jason Morgan RHP 28 Chancellor HS, Fredericksburg, Va. HS
Charlie Cody 3B 29 Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va. HS
Brad Markey RHP 30 Virginia Tech COL
Alex Close C/1B 31 Liberty COL
Chase Pinder OF 32 Poquoson (Va.) HS HS
Sean Keselica LHP 33 Virginia Tech COL
Connor Bach LHP 34 Virginia Military Institute COL
Brett Langhorne SS 35 Davis HS, Mechanicsville, Va. HS