Recapping Duke players and signees taken in 2014 MLB Draft

Posted by Laura Keeley on June 9, 2014 

Jordan Betts became the first Duke third baseman drafted since 1998.

CHUCK LIDDY

For the first time since 2010, Duke had multiple players taken in the MLB Draft. The selections were as follows:

***RHP Drew Van Orden, Sr., 5th round (154 overall), Washington Nationals

A nice end to a senior year that saw him initially lose his weekend starting spot before injuries gave it back to him.

***3B Jordan Betts, Sr., 18th round (554 overall), Boston Red Sox

***RHP Robert Huber, Sr., 26th round (792 overall), Oakland Athletics

The Blue Devils also had two incoming freshmen taken in the draft: 1B Justin Bellinger (11th round, 345 overall, St. Louis Cardinals) and LHP Chris McGrath (35th round, 1,041 overall, Seattle Mariners). McGrath, who was ranked the 201st best draft prospect by Baseball America, but he will enroll at Duke and try his chances again in three years.

Bellinger, who stands 6-foot-6, will have a legitimate decision to make concerning coming to Duke or turning pro. Back in the fall, Duke head coach Chris Pollard said he was blown away by his raw power, plate discipline and athleticism. This spring at Needham (Mass.) St. Sebastian's School, Bellinger hit .479 in 17 games, with one home run and 21 RBI in 48 at-bats, according to MaxPreps.

The Cardinals will likely have to save money by signing one of their top-10 round picks for a below-slot bonus value in order to lure Bellinger from Duke. Players drafted after the 10th round can receive bonuses of up to $100,000, but anything above that comes out of a team’s designated bonus pool, which is set to cover picks in the first 10 rounds. Check out this MLB.com article to read more about Bellinger and his decision.

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