When teams reset their Draft boards before the second day begins, they will still find plenty of talented players available. Right-hander J.B. Bukauskas from Stone Bridge High School in Virginia is ranked No. 38 on MLB.com's Top 200 Prospects list and is the highest-rated player still on the board entering the third round. He is one of 34 players in the top 100 who have yet to be selected.
Bukauskas is committed to North Carolina and was a junior when school began in the fall. But at the request of the Tar Heels' coaches, he moved his high school graduation up a year, becoming eligible for the 2014 Draft in the process. Though Bukauskas' dynamic arm excited scouts this spring, he remains committed to North Carolina and sent a letter to teams last month telling them he intended to attend college.
Even after a pitcher-friendly Day 1 of the Draft, Bukauskas is one of 21 pitchers rated in the top 100 who were still on the board entering Day 2. Among the remaining highly ranked pitchers are a few who missed time this spring because of injury, including Rice right-hander Zech Lemond (No. 58); Milton (Ga.) High School right-hander Dylan Cease (No. 76); and University of Texas left-hander Dillon Peters (No. 83).
Highlighting the available position players are two high school stars: Norris (Neb.) High School catcher Jakson Reetz (No. 40) and American Heritage High School (Fla.) shortstop Milton Ramos (No. 46). Norris is committed to Nebraska, and Ramos, considered by some scouts to be the best defender in the Draft class, is committed to Florida Atlantic.
Of the remaining college players ranked in the top 100, most are pitchers. Arkansas right-hander Chris Oliver (No. 48) leads the group, while Oregon State right fielder Dylan Davis (No. 74) is the top position player.
In addition to the top available talents, fans can watch on Day 2 for several players with prominent Major Leaguers in their families. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School catcher J.J. Schwarz (No. 97), the son of former Major League pitcher Jeff Schwarz; and Seminole State Community College right-hander Jake Cosart (No. 99), the younger brother of Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart, are among the best.
Other players with notable relatives include:
• Grand Canyon left-hander Brandon Bonilla, son of six-time All-Star Bobby Bonilla and godson of seven-time MVP Barry Bonds
• Westlake (Calif.) High School shortstop Luke Dykstra, son of former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra
• Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian High School catcher Benito Santiago Jr., son of former All-Star catcher Benito Santiago
• UCLA catcher Shane Zeile (No. 184), nephew of former All-Star third baseman Todd Zeile
Friday will most likely see several college seniors selected as teams try to get the most out of their allotted pool of money to sign their Draft picks. Each team's budget for the Draft is determined by adding up the value assigned to each of their picks in the first 10 rounds. If a team goes over this total, it is subject to penalties.
If a player is signed for less than the pick's value, the savings can be applied to other selections. College seniors have minimal leverage in negotiations, and for this reason, teams have routinely grabbed seniors in Rounds 6-10 since the new Draft rules went into effect in 2012.
Some of this year's top college seniors are Stanford right-hander A.J. Vanegas (No. 152), Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler (No. 155) and Coastal Carolina left-hander Ben Smith (No. 175).
No matter what strategy teams employ, there will be good players selected. Fans can follow the Draft in myriad ways on MLB.com, including Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.