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Will G.W.'s Bivens Go Pro or Go to Liberty?

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DANVILLE - Blake Bivens has been playing baseball since he was six years old and one of his goals will come true, possibly on Thursday night.

Blake Bivens - "[My] dream scenario is I get picked by a team and go start a pro career and hopefully in a couple years make my major league debut."

The first two rounds (74 picks) of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday on MLB Network and MLB.com. Rounds three through ten begin Friday at 1 p.m. and rounds 11 through 40 are on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

Bivens has plenty of God-given ability but getting to this point is hard work. His coach at G.W. High School said, "I think there's a difference between being a good athlete and good baseball player and he is a good baseball player. He's put a lot of time and effort into it and I think when you look at the total package, the gray area, the drive, the desire, work ethic, then you look at the physical tools that sets him apart definitely from high school kids and moves him up to the professional ranks."

Bivens, whose favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, recently worked out in Kansas City for the Royals and in New York for the Mets, has also received interest from the Braves and Rays, among others.

When asked if there is a major league pitcher who he looks up to, he said Zach Greinke of the Dodgers and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins. “They have the same build, not really tall, they’re thick and they’re strong and they carry themselves well but I kind of take bits and pieces from everything, everybody in the major leagues. There’s no magic bullet to anything when it comes to baseball, you got to work every part of your game,” Bivens said.

Powell said Bivens has set an example that future G.W. players can emulate. "There was always a vote of confidence when he took the mound for us. We really felt like we had a chance to win. We were going to be in every game. He's a competitor. Hopefully the enthusiasm, the desire, the work ethic that he has displayed here will carry over to help some of our younger players in years to come," Powell said.

"We're very fortunate to have had him in the program for four years and you're exactly right, very seldom to you get a young man that has the ability to move on and play at the professional level."

Powel understands the inner workings of professional organizations and has dealt with kids just like Bivens in the past. He used to be a major league scout. “You have to take everything into consideration – signability, the product that’s at hand today as well as the product projection of four years down the road. I think Blake projects well,” Powell said. “Double-A is a pretty good tell-tale [level]. If they succeed at Double-A I think the chances really increase. They have a better opportunity to play in the big leagues.”

Whether it's after Thursday, after Friday, or after Saturday, Blake will have a decision to make - go pro or go to college. He does have a round and a dollar figure in mind but he says it's a win-win either way.

"It really depends on is what I'm being offered worth giving up a scholarship to college and the experience you get in college and all the people you meet and the education and everything. It's pretty much the toughest decision I'll ever make in my life. I can't go wrong either way. Going to Liberty [University] would be a fantastic thing for me and going pro would be a great thing too so I can't really lean one way or the other because I have two great options."

The draft is much like baseball - it's unpredictable but Bivens, who's fastball approaches the mid-90s - is projected to be selected anywhere between the 2nd and 7th rounds.

"I really don't pay any attention to that. They do all kinds of mock drafts but when it comes down to draft day no one really knows what's going to happen," Bivens said.

For an 18-year-old kid it's scary not knowing where you'll get picked or where you might be living in the immediate future but Bivens still says he's excited. "It'll definitely be a relief to know what I'll be doing. When I may start my first real job. It's going to be a surreal moment. It's going to be pretty cool but at the same time keep it in perspective and do what I got to do no matter what happens."

If Bivens ends up at Liberty he said, “There’s no doubt in my mind if that did happen I’d get a whole lot better at Liberty and have a chance to do [the draft process] again in three years.”  During the recruiting process, Bivens was impressed with Liberty’s new stadium and he got along well with the coaching staff. “I really could communicate well with them and I felt at home there. It was the right place for me. They had a lot of players drafted out of there in years past. It was sort of just a no-brainer,” he said.

If he’s selected high enough, the professional route will likely take him to a different city. It may be the first of a number of stops along the way to the big leagues. “I’d like to put Danville on the map, baseball-wise,” he said.

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MLB DRAFT SCHEDULE
June 5
6 p.m. - Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com
7 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 1-Comp. B) on MLB Network and MLB.com
June 6
1 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 3-10) on MLB.com
June 7
1 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 11-40) on MLB.com

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Below are the assigned pick values (courtesy of Baseball America) for each of the selections in the first 10 rounds of the 2014 MLB draft. These values have increased by 1.7 percent compared to the 2013 bonus pools.

Round

Pick #

Team

Allotment

1

1

Houston Astros

$7,922,100

1

2

Miami Marlins

$6,821,800

1

3

Chicago White Sox

$5,721,500

1

4

Chicago Cubs

$4,621,200

1

5

Minnesota Twins

$3,851,000

1

6

Seattle Mariners

$3,575,900

1

7

Philadelphia Phillies

$3,300,900

1

8

Colorado Rockies

$3,190,800

1

9

Toronto Blue Jays

$3,080,800

1

10

New York Mets

$2,970,800

1

11

&Toronto Blue Jays

$2,888,300

1

12

Milwaukee Brewers

$2,805,700

1

13

San Diego Padres

$2,723,300

1

14

San Francisco Giants

$2,613,200

1

15

Los Angeles Angels

$2,475,600

1

16

Arizona Diamondbacks

$2,338,200

1

17

Kansas City Royals

$2,200,600

1

18

Washington Nationals

$2,145,600

1

19

Cincinnati Reds

$2,090,500

1

20

Tampa Bay Rays

$2,035,500

1

21

Cleveland Indians

$2,008,100

1

22

Los Angeles Dodgers

$1,980,500

1

23

Detroit Tigers

$1,953,100

1

24

Pittsburgh Pirates

$1,925,500

1

25

Oakland Athletics

$1,898,000

1

26

Boston Red Sox

$1,870,500

1

27

St. Louis Cardinals

$1,843,000

1

28

*Kansas City Royals

$1,815,500

1

29

*Cincinnati Reds

$1,788,000

1

30

*Texas Rangers

$1,760,500

1

31

*Cleveland Indians

$1,733,000

1

32

*Atlanta Braves

$1,705,400

1

33

*Boston Red Sox

$1,678,000

1

34

*St. Louis Cardinals

$1,650,400

A

35

Colorado Rockies

$1,614,500

COMP

36

&Miami Marlins

$1,573,900

A

37

^Houston Astros

$1,534,100

A

38

Cleveland Indians

$1,495,400

A

39

^Pittsburgh Pirates

$1,457,600

A

40

Kansas City Royals

$1,420,800

A

41

Milwaukee Brewers

$1,384,900

2

42

Houston Astros

$1,350,000

2

43

Miami Marlins

$1,316,000

2

44

Chicago White Sox

$1,282,700

2

45

Chicago Cubs

$1,250,400

2

46

Minnesota Twins

$1,218,800

2

47

Philadelphia Phillies

$1,187,900

2

48

Colorado Rockies

$1,158,000

2

49

Toronto Blue Jays

$1,128,800

2

50

Milwaukee Brewers

$1,100,300

2

51

San Diego Padres

$1,083,400

2

52

San Francisco Giants

$1,066,900

2

53

Los Angeles Angels

$1,050,600

2

54

Arizona Diamondbacks

$1,034,500

2

55

New York Yankees

$1,018,700

2

56

Kansas City Royals

$1,003,200

2

57

Washington Nationals

$987,800

2

58

Cincinnati Reds

$972,800

2

59

Texas Rangers

$957,900

2

60

Tampa Bay Rays

$943,200

2

61

Cleveland Indians

$928,700

2

62

Los Angeles Dodgers

$914,600

2

63

Detroit Tigers

$900,600

2

64

Pittsburgh Pirates

$886,800

2

65

Oakland Athletics

$873,300

2

66

Atlanta Braves

$860,000

2

67

Boston Red Sox

$846,800

2

68

St. Louis Cardinals

$833,900

B

69

^Arizona Diamondbacks

$821,100

B

70

Arizona Diamondbacks

$808,600

B

71

St. Louis Cardinals

$796,100

B

72

Tampa Bay Rays

$784,000

B

73

Pittsburgh Pirates

$772,000

B

74

Seattle Mariners

$760,300

3

75

Houston Astros

$748,600

3

76

Miami Marlins

$737,200

3

77

Chicago White Sox

$726,000

3

78

Chicago Cubs

$714,900

3

79

Minnesota Twins

$703,900

3

80

Seattle Mariners

$693,200

3

81

Philadelphia Phillies

$682,500

3

82

Colorado Rockies

$672,100

3

83

Toronto Blue Jays

$661,800

3

84

New York Mets

$651,700

3

85

Milwaukee Brewers

$641,800

3

86

San Diego Padres

$631,900

3

87

San Francisco Giants

$622,300

3

88

Los Angeles Angels

$612,800

3

89

Arizona Diamondbacks

$603,400

3

90

Baltimore Orioles

$594,200

3

91

New York Yankees

$585,100

3

92

Kansas City Royals

$576,100

3

93

Washington Nationals

$567,300

3

94

Cincinnati Reds

$558,700

3

95

Texas Rangers

$550,100

3

96

Tampa Bay Rays

$544,900

3

97

Cleveland Indians

$539,600

3

98

Los Angeles Dodgers

$534,400

3

99

Detroit Tigers

$529,400

3

100

Pittsburgh Pirates

$524,300

3

101

Oakland Athletics

$519,200

3

102

Atlanta Braves

$514,200

3

103

Boston Red Sox

$509,400

3

104

St. Louis Cardinals

$504,400

COMP

105

&Miami Marlins

$499,500

4

106

Houston Astros

$494,800

4

107

Miami Marlins

$490,000

4

108

Chicago White Sox

$485,400

4

109

Chicago Cubs

$480,600

4

110

Minnesota Twins

$476,100

4

111

Seattle Mariners

$471,400

4

112

Philadelphia Phillies

$467,000

4

113

Colorado Rockies

$462,500

4

114

Toronto Blue Jays

$458,000

4

115

New York Mets

$453,600

4

116

Milwaukee Brewers

$449,300

4

117

San Diego Padres

$445,000

4

118

San Francisco Giants

$440,600

4

119

Los Angeles Angels

$436,500

4

120

Arizona Diamondbacks

$432,300

4

121

Baltimore Orioles

$428,100

4

122

New York Yankees

$424,000

4

123

Kansas City Royals

$420,000

4

124

Washington Nationals

$415,900

4

125

Cincinnati Reds

$411,900

4

126

Texas Rangers

$408,000

4

127

Tampa Bay Rays

$404,000

4

128

Cleveland Indians

$400,200

4

129

Los Angeles Dodgers

$396,300

4

130

Detroit Tigers

$392,400

4

131

Pittsburgh Pirates

$388,800

4

132

Oakland Athletics

$385,000

4

133

Atlanta Braves

$381,300

4

134

Boston Red Sox

$377,600

4

135

St. Louis Cardinals

$374,100

5

136

Houston Astros

$370,500

5

137

Miami Marlins

$366,900

5

138

Chicago White Sox

$363,400

5

139

Chicago Cubs

$359,900

5

140

Minnesota Twins

$356,400

5

141

Seattle Mariners

$353,000

5

142

Philadelphia Phillies

$349,700

5

143

Colorado Rockies

$346,300

5

144

Toronto Blue Jays

$343,000

5

145

New York Mets

$339,600

5

146

Milwaukee Brewers

$336,400

5

147

San Diego Padres

$333,100

5

148

San Francisco Giants

$330,000

5

149

Los Angeles Angels

$326,800

5

150

Arizona Diamondbacks

$323,700

5

151

Baltimore Orioles

$320,500

5

152

New York Yankees

$317,500

5

153

Kansas City Royals

$314,400

5

154

Washington Nationals

$311,400

5

155

Cincinnati Reds

$308,400

5

156

Texas Rangers

$305,500

5

157

Tampa Bay Rays

$302,600

5

158

Cleveland Indians

$299,600

5

159

Los Angeles Dodgers

$296,700

5

160

Detroit Tigers

$293,900

5

161

Pittsburgh Pirates

$291,000

5

162

Oakland Athletics

$288,300

5

163

Atlanta Braves

$285,500

5

164

Boston Red Sox

$282,800

5

165

St. Louis Cardinals

$280,100

6

166

Houston Astros

$277,400

6

167

Miami Marlins

$274,800

6

168

Chicago White Sox

$272,100

6

169

Chicago Cubs

$269,500

6

170

Minnesota Twins

$266,900

6

171

Seattle Mariners

$264,300

6

172

Philadelphia Phillies

$261,800

6

173

Colorado Rockies

$259,200

6

174

Toronto Blue Jays

$256,800

6

175

New York Mets

$254,300

6

176

Milwaukee Brewers

$251,900

6

177

San Diego Padres

$249,400

6

178

San Francisco Giants

$247,000

6

179

Los Angeles Angels

$244,700

6

180

Arizona Diamondbacks

$242,400

6

181

Baltimore Orioles

$240,000

6

182

New York Yankees

$237,600

6

183

Kansas City Royals

$235,400

6

184

Washington Nationals

$233,200

6

185

Cincinnati Reds

$230,900

6

186

Texas Rangers

$228,700

6

187

Tampa Bay Rays

$226,600

6

188

Cleveland Indians

$224,300

6

189

Los Angeles Dodgers

$222,200

6

190

Detroit Tigers

$220,100

6

191

Pittsburgh Pirates

$217,900

6

192

Oakland Athletics

$215,900

6

193

Atlanta Braves

$213,800

6

194

Boston Red Sox

$211,800

6

195

St. Louis Cardinals

$209,700

7

196

Houston Astros

$207,800

7

197

Miami Marlins

$205,700

7

198

Chicago White Sox

$203,800

7

199

Chicago Cubs

$201,900

7

200

Minnesota Twins

$199,900

7

201

Seattle Mariners

$198,100

7

202

Philadelphia Phillies

$196,200

7

203

Colorado Rockies

$194,300

7

204

Toronto Blue Jays

$192,400

7

205

New York Mets

$190,600

7

206

Milwaukee Brewers

$188,800

7

207

San Diego Padres

$186,900

7

208

San Francisco Giants

$185,200

7

209

Los Angeles Angels

$183,400

7

210

Arizona Diamondbacks

$181,600

7

211

Baltimore Orioles

$179,900

7

212

New York Yankees

$178,300

7

213

Kansas City Royals

$176,500

7

214

Washington Nationals

$174,800

7

215

Cincinnati Reds

$173,200

7

216

Texas Rangers

$171,600

7

217

Tampa Bay Rays

$169,900

7

218

Cleveland Indians

$168,200

7

219

Los Angeles Dodgers

$166,600

7

220

Detroit Tigers

$165,000

7

221

Pittsburgh Pirates

$164,700

7

222

Oakland Athletics

$164,200

7

223

Atlanta Braves

$163,900

7

224

Boston Red Sox

$163,500

7

225

St. Louis Cardinals

$163,200

8

226

Houston Astros

$162,800

8

227

Miami Marlins

$162,400

8

228

Chicago White Sox

$162,100

8

229

Chicago Cubs

$161,800

8

230

Minnesota Twins

$161,300

8

231

Seattle Mariners

$161,000

8

232

Philadelphia Phillies

$160,700

8

233

Colorado Rockies

$160,200

8

234

Toronto Blue Jays

$159,900

8

235

New York Mets

$159,600

8

236

Milwaukee Brewers

$159,100

8

237

San Diego Padres

$158,700

8

238

San Francisco Giants

$158,400

8

239

Los Angeles Angels

$158,000

8

240

Arizona Diamondbacks

$157,700

8

241

Baltimore Orioles

$157,300

8

242

New York Yankees

$157,000

8

243

Kansas City Royals

$156,600

8

244

Washington Nationals

$156,200

8

245

Cincinnati Reds

$155,900

8

246

Texas Rangers

$155,600

8

247

Tampa Bay Rays

$155,200

8

248

Cleveland Indians

$154,800

8

249

Los Angeles Dodgers

$154,500

8

250

Detroit Tigers

$154,200

8

251

Pittsburgh Pirates

$153,900

8

252

Oakland Athletics

$153,500

8

253

Atlanta Braves

$153,000

8

254

Boston Red Sox

$152,700

8

255

St. Louis Cardinals

$152,400

9

256

Houston Astros

$152,000

9

257

Miami Marlins

$151,700

9

258

Chicago White Sox

$151,400

9

259

Chicago Cubs

$151,000

9

260

Minnesota Twins

$150,600

9

261

Seattle Mariners

$150,300

9

262

Philadelphia Phillies

$150,000

9

263

Colorado Rockies

$149,700

9

264

Toronto Blue Jays

$149,300

9

265

New York Mets

$149,000

9

266

Milwaukee Brewers

$148,700

9

267

San Diego Padres

$148,400

9

268

San Francisco Giants

$148,000

9

269

Los Angeles Angels

$147,700

9

270

Arizona Diamondbacks

$147,200

9

271

Baltimore Orioles

$146,800

9

272

New York Yankees

$146,500

9

273

Kansas City Royals

$146,200

9

274

Washington Nationals

$145,900

9

275

Cincinnati Reds

$145,500

9

276

Texas Rangers

$145,200

9

277

Tampa Bay Rays

$144,900

9

278

Cleveland Indians

$144,600

9

279

Los Angeles Dodgers

$144,300

9

280

Detroit Tigers

$143,900

9

281

Pittsburgh Pirates

$143,600

9

282

Oakland Athletics

$143,300

9

283

Atlanta Braves

$143,000

9

284

Boston Red Sox

$142,600

9

285

St. Louis Cardinals

$142,300

10

286

Houston Astros

$142,100

10

287

Miami Marlins

$141,800

10

288

Chicago White Sox

$141,300

10

289

Chicago Cubs

$141,000

10

290

Minnesota Twins

$140,700

10

291

Seattle Mariners

$140,400

10

292

Philadelphia Phillies

$140,000

10

293

Colorado Rockies

$139,700

10

294

Toronto Blue Jays

$139,400

10

295

New York Mets

$139,100

10

296

Milwaukee Brewers

$138,700

10

297

San Diego Padres

$138,500

10

298

San Francisco Giants

$138,200

10

299

Los Angeles Angels

$137,900

10

300

Arizona Diamondbacks

$137,600

10

301

Baltimore Orioles

$137,600

10

302

New York Yankees

$137,600

10

303

Kansas City Royals

$137,600

10

304

Washington Nationals

$137,600

10

305

Cincinnati Reds

$137,600

10

306

Texas Rangers

$137,600

10

307

Tampa Bay Rays

$137,600

10

308

Cleveland Indians

$137,600

10

309

Los Angeles Dodgers

$137,600

10

310

Detroit Tigers

$137,600

10

311

Pittsburgh Pirates

$137,600

10

312

Oakland Athletics

$137,600

10

313

Atlanta Braves

$137,600

10

314

Boston Red Sox

$137,600

10

315

St. Louis Cardinals

$137,600


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