C-USA Has 35 Players Taken in 2014 MLB Draft

Go C-USA! Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

June 5, 2014

Conference USA had a total of 35 players selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, which concluded Saturday evening. East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman was the first C-USA player chosen, going to the Toronto Blue Jays with the ninth pick of the first round. He is the third player in C-USA history to be selected in the top 10.

With his first round selection, Hoffman becomes the highest draft pick in school history in any sport, besting Theodore "Blue" Edwards, who was the 21st-overall selection by the Utah Jazz in the 1989 NBA Draft. The right-hander from Latham, N.Y. is the third-highest baseball selection in Conference USA history trailing only Houston's Brad Lincoln (No. 4 in 2006 by the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Rice's Anthony Rendon (No. 6 in 2011 by the Washington Nationals). Hoffman appeared in 10 games in 2014 (all starts), posting a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA. He finished the season with 72 strikeouts to 20 walks in 67.1 innings pitched, holding opposing batters to a .216 composite batting average.

FIU junior catcher Aramis Garcia, the 2014 C-USA Player of the Year, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the second round at No. 52 overall. That was the second-highest that an FIU player has ever been selected. Garcia was recently named an All-American and was also a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's best catcher. He hit .368 this season with 14 doubles, eight home runs and 37 RBI. He finished first in Conference USA in batting average, led the conference in slugging percentage (.626) and finished second in on-base percentage (.442). His eight home runs tied for third in C-USA and his .592 slugging percentage and five home runs in C-USA games led the conference.

Eleven teams that played in Conference USA during the 2014 season had at least one player chosen, with Rice producing the most picks with seven, while East Carolina, FIU, Southern Miss and UTSA each had four apiece.

The Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres selected the most Conference USA players with four, while the Los Angeles Angels chose three.




Rd.     Player	        Pos.	School	         MLB Team
1	Jeff Hoffman	RHP	East Carolina	 Toronto Blue Jays
2	Aramis Garcia	C	FIU	         San Francisco Giants
3	Zech Lemond	RHP	Rice	         San Diego Padres
4	Ryan Yarbrough	LHP	Old Dominion	 Seattle Mariners
4	Austin Gomber	LHP	Florida Atlantic St. Louis Cardinals
6	Skyler Ewing	1B	Rice	         San Francisco Giants
6	Zac Curtis	LHP	Middle Tennessee Arizona Diamondbacks
7	Ryan Butler	RHP	Charlotte	 San Diego Padres
7	Mike Franco	RHP	FIU	         Tampa Bay Rays
8	Bradley Roney	RHP	Southern Miss	 Atlanta Braves
10	Randy LeBlanc	RHP	Tulane	         Minnesota Twins
10	Ryan Williams	RHP	East Carolina	 Chicago Cubs
13	Mike Gomez	LHP	FIU	         Chicago White Sox
13	Zach Houchins	3B	East Carolina	 Los Angeles Angels
14	Chase Mallard	RHP	UAB	         Toronto Blue Jays
14	Justin Anderson	RHP	UTSA	         Los Angeles Angels
14	Ian Tompkins	LHP	WKU	         Kansas City Royals
15	Connor Overton	RHP	Old Dominion	 Miami Marlins
15	Caleb Smith	RHP	Rice	         Milwaukee Brewers
15	Matt Ditman	RHP	Rice	         St. Louis Cardinals
17	Shane Hoelscher	3B	Rice	         Colorado Rockies
19	John Bormann	C	UTSA	         Los Angeles Angels
20	Kyle McKenzie	RHP	Tulane	         Tampa Bay Rays
24	Conor Fisk	RHP	Southern Miss	 Toronto Blue Jays
25	Mason Robbins	OF	Southern Miss	 Chicago White Sox
27	Taylor Nunez	RHP	Southern Miss	 Boston Red Sox
27	Matt Sims	RHP	UTSA	         Atlanta Braves
29	Matt Blackham	RHP	Middle Tennessee New York Mets
29	Mitch Morales	SS	Florida Atlantic San Diego Padres
30	Tyler Mapes	RHP	Tulane	         Washington Nationals
31	Brock Hudgens	RHP	Charlotte	 Milwaukee Brewers
33	Tyler Bolton	RHP	East Carolina	 Arizona Diamondbacks
33	Louis Silverio	OF	FIU	         Chicago White Sox
37	Michael Kraft	LHP	UTSA	         Toronto Blue Jays
40	Trent Miller	OF	Middle Tennessee Toronto Blue Jays

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