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

      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.------------------------------------------------------------------------------MLB DRAFT SCHEDULEJune 56 p.m. - Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com7 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 1-Comp. B) on MLB Network and MLB.comJune 61 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 3-10) on MLB.comJune 71 p.m. - Live Draft (Rounds 11-40) on MLB.com------------------------------------------------------------------------------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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