Fresno State's right fielder and No. 3 hitter has shown the ability to hit for average and power in 2014, improving his Draft stock consistently throughout the spring. The right-handed hitter makes consistent hard contact with good bat speed. None of his other tools particularly stand out, with Luplow being more of a solid all-around performer in an A.J. Pollock kind of way.
Luplow, earlier named a finalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award as college baseball's "Breakout Player of the Year," he was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year after hitting.377 with 48 RBIs, 21 doubles, nine home runs, 10 stolen bases, a .609 slugging percentage and a .475 on base percentage -- leading the Bulldogs in every statistical category.
Gushue has established himself as a solid all-around catcher in his three years at Florida. He is a capable, durable receiver with an average arm and a quick release. Gushue is a switch-hitter and has a quick, compact swing from both sides of the plate. He has some pop now, but scouts think his swing portends average power in the future. Because he graduated from high school early, he is one of the youngest college players in the Draft class.
Gushue is coming off a strong junior season in which he was named All-SEC. He led the SEC in conference games with a .389 batting average and was the runner-up in slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.449).
The Pirates selected outfielder Michael Suchy in round five. He was a key part of Florida Gulf Coast's offense this spring. Scouts like Suchy's raw tools, but still have questions about his bat. There is a lot of swing-and-miss in his game and he relies on his strength more than bat speed to produce power. His short swing gives him a chance to develop if he can refine his approach. Suchy has above-average speed and is a capable defender in the outfield.
In earning Atlantic Sun Conference first-team honors, Suchy led the Eagles this past season in homers (8), RBIs (49) and total bases (124) and had a hefty .318 batting average. He showed his speed with four triples and his toughness getting hit by a pitch a team-high 11 times.
The Bucs picked a pitcher in round six, Tyler Eppler a right-hander from Sam Houston State.
Eppler had a 3.20 ERA in 109.2 innings at Sam Houston State this year, with a 67:30 K/BB ratio. He's got a big frame, at 6' 6?, 220 pounds.
Shortstop Nelson Jorge Pagan was the Pirates choice in round seven. He is a switch-hitter from the International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico). He was named to the 2014 Canada/Puerto Rico All Region First Team.
In round eight the Bucs chose right-hander Austin Coley from Belmont University in Tennessee.
Coley posted a 5-1 record on the hill this season with a league-best 2.72 ERA. The right-hander led the Belmont pitching staff with 85 strikeouts through 82.2 innings of work, and held his opponents to a .218 batting average. The junior set career records this season as he registered 13 strikeouts against Mercer and went eight innings against Tennessee Tech.
Round nine saw the Bucs tab another catcher, Kevin Krause from SUNY Stoney Brook. The America East Player of the Year was named third-team Louisville Slugger All-America by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Krause terrorized opposing pitching to the tune of a .354 batting average while leading the league in home runs (eight) and RBI (51) for a team that finished 35-18 overall.
Right-handed pitcher Alex McRae was the Pirates pick in round 10. McRae posted a record of 5-7 with a 6.06 ERA at Jacksonville University this past season. He had a career mark of 12-22 with a 4.80 ERA with the Dolphins.