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SEC shines in 2014 MLB Draft

The Southeastern Conference had a strong showing in the 2014 MLB Draft, to little surprise.


The Southeastern Conference has proved itself to be one of the best baseball conferences in America over the last few years. And once again over the weekend, the conference celebrated yet another strong showing in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Over the course of the 40-round event, the SEC stockpiled quite the dossier in talent. In all, 68 talented players were selected from the conference with each of the 14 schools having at least two players drafted. Mizzou had the least amount of players selected (2) while Ole Miss led the way with nine players drafted.

The SEC was also featured within the Top 15 in Round 1. LSU's ace right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola was selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Phillies and Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede was drafted 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants. Both Vanderbilt and LSU saw ten of own players be drafted, five apiece, including Nola and Beede.

Not only was the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year in Aaron Nola drafted, but the 2013 SEC Player of the Year was as well. Kentucky's versatile A.J. Reed, who was a monster at the plate in the regular season, was picked in the second round, 42nd overall, by the Houston Astros. And on Tuesday, Reed was signed by the Astros. Talk about getting things done.

While the pot is certainly not stirring as much as usual for the SEC at the College World Series, another strong showing in the draft certainly showcases a rich amount of talent.

Team Players Drafted Highest Pick
Alabama 4 RHP Spencer Turnbull (2-63)
Arkansas 6 2B Brian Anderson (3-76)
Auburn 3 RHP Trey Cochran-Gill (17-501)
Florida 4 C Taylor Gushue (4-131)
Georgia 3 SS Nelson Ward (12-351)
Kentucky 5 1B A.J. Reed (2-42)
LSU 5 RHP Aaron Nola (1-7)
Ole Miss 9 RHP Chris Ellis (3-88)
Mississippi State 4 LHP Jacob Lindgren (2-55)
Mizzou 2 RHP Brett Graves (3-101)
South Carolina 7 C Grayson Greiner (3-99)
Tennessee 3 3B Will Maddox (18-550)
Texas A&M 8 RHP Daniel Mengden (4-106)
Vanderbilt 5 RHP Tyler Beede (1-14)