FAYETTEVILLE – Major League Baseball will hold day one of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 5th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. (CT). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 5 p.m. (CT).
The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. The Houston Astros will have the first overall selection of the 2014 Draft, followed by the Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins.
Arkansas has three players listed in the top 200 prospects according to MLB.com, with Chris Oliver topping out at No. 48, followed by Brian Anderson at 121 and Jalen Beeks at 174.
Last June, Arkansas set a school record with 11 players taken in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 11 players drafted was the most by any program in the country as Arkansas continues to develop players and produce some of the best talent in the nation.
Arkansas’ MLB draft success goes far beyond last season, as the Razorbacks have seen seven players taken in the first round since 1981, including Ryne Stanek in the 2013 MLB Draft with the 29th overall pick. Over the last five years, 39 Arkansas players have been taken in the MLB Draft.
The Razorbacks could have players selected in the first round in consecutive years for just the second time in program history. The only time Arkansas had players taken back-to-back years in the first round came when Nick Schmidt went 23rd overall in 2007, followed Logan Forsyth in 2008 with the 46th overall pick. Both players were selected by the San Diego Padres.
Arkansas Draft Notes
· – The highest draft pick in program history came in 1986 when Jeff King was selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
· – The Razorbacks have had seven players taken in the first round of the MLB Draft, including four in the last seven years.
· – The last first round pick came in 2013 when Ryne Stanek was taken 29th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays.
· – The most Arkansas picks in one draft came in 2013 when 11 players (10 signed) were selected.
· – Dave Van Horn has had 68 players selected in 11 MLB Drafts since taking over as head coach in 2003.
Major League Baseball Top 200 Prospect Watch
48 | Chris Oliver | Jr. | RHP | Farmington, Ark.
121 | Brian Anderson | Jr. | INF | Edmond, Okla.
174 | Jalen Beeks | Jr. | LHP | Prairie Grove, Ark.
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