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MLB Mock Draft

June 4, 2014

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Finally. Baseball fans have long awaited this day when their teams’ futures will get a little brighter, and DraftAmerica will take a stab at making the most accurate prediction of what the first round of the 2014 amateur draft will look like. Without further ado, the 2014 mock draft:

1. Houston Astros, Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA)

Skinny: The Astros tab Aiken as the first high school pitcher to be taken No. 1 since 1991. A future ace in the mold of Cole Hamels, he deserves the hype.

2. Miami Marlins, Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State

Skinny: Maybe Alex Jackson, but Jeffrey Loria is too dead-set on adding another potential Cuban-American ace to the mix in the near future.

3. Chicago White Sox, Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd HS (TX)

Skinny: Again Jackson is tempting, but hard to envision the Sox passing on the flame-throwing Kolek at No. 3.

4. Chicago Cubs, Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)

Skinny: Finally, the position player eagle has landed. Jackson probably projects as an outfielder long-term with the Cubbies.

5. Minnesota Twins, Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU

Skinny: Minnesota could use some long-term pitching prospects and Nola’s rising stock makes him a logical fit at No. 5.

6. Seattle Mariners, Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (FL)

Skinny: Dee’s bro and son of Flash, Nick Gordon will bring immediate excitement to the Mariners’ farm system and could be in the bigs sooner than later.

7. Philadelphia Phillies, Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

Skinny: The Phillies are aging fast in the outfield and Conforto could ultimately provide some sizzle for the suddenly punchless Phillies offense.

8. Colorado Rockies, Kyle Freeland, LHP, Evansville

Skinny: The Coors Field dwellers can never have enough pitching, so Freeland makes plenty of sense to land in Denver soon.

9. Toronto Blue Jays, Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State

Skinny: What a spot for the Jays, with two picks in the top 11. They can go position player with Turner then turn to pitching.

10. New York Mets, Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco

Skinny: Zimmer hasn’t been universally projected to go in the top 10, but he is a tough-minded player from a family of athletes that could be a solid fit for the Mets organization and he has a higher ceiling than people think.

11. Toronto Blue Jays, Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina

Skinny: Sort of a perfect scenario for Toronto. With a second first-round pick to play with, the Jays can gamble a little on the injured Hoffman, who was a top five selection prior to his arm issues.

12. Milwaukee Brewers, Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt

Skinny: Another possible “reach,” Beede embodies the pitching depth of this class and is a big-bodied, durable pitcher that was drafted No. 21 in 2011 by Toronto but didn’t sign and has ace-like stuff. With proper development, he could be a front-line starter down the road.

13. San Diego Padres, Max Pentecost, C, Kennessaw State

Skinny: A line-drive hitting catcher has to appeal to the offense-starved Padres, who have Yasmani Grandal but can never feel too comfortable with any part of their offense.

14. San Francisco Giants, Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford

Skinny: Newcomb doesn’t get a lot of pub nationally but is a big lefty that needs to harness some command issues. Still, his stuff has scouts buzzing.

15. Los Angeles Angels, Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs HS (FL)

Skinny: Another power arm with fluid mechanics, Toussaint simply needs more experience, as he has only played the game for about five years. He comes with quite an upside.

16. Arizona Diamondbacks, Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove HS (CA)

Skinny: Perhaps the best pure outfielder in the draft, Hill needs to bulk up to pose more of a power threat but he is skilled and athletic and ran a 6.44 60-yard dash.

17. Kansas City Royals, Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV

Skinny: Maybe Tommy John surgery just doesn’t scare teams anymore. If Fedde rounds back into form, he could turn into a front-end guy for the Royals with a mid-90’s fastball with sink and plus-slider.

18. Washington Nationals, Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway HS (SC)

Skinny: Conway’s secondary pitches are starting to garner positive attention. He already possesses a mid-90’s fastball, but with a potentially dominant curve, Holmes is making quite a name for himself as of late.

19. Cincinnati Reds, Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU

Skinny: There are some injury concerns surrounding Finnegan, but the power lefty’s stellar season has given his stock a major boost.

20. Tampa Bay Rays, Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana

Skinny: Though he projects as more of a first baseman down the road, Schwarber has plenty of power potential that should appeal to the Rays. He is big and bulky but that is precisely the type of player the Rays are lacking.

21. Cleveland Indians, Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State

Skinny: Gillaspie offers a lot of upside as a switch-hitter who has some speed as well. The younger brother of current White Sox infielder Conor was picked in the first round by the Giants in 2008.

22. Los Angeles Dodgers, Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville

Skinny: Kershaw. Greinke. Ryu. Burdi? The young righty can reach triple-digits with his fastball and was selected by the Twins in 2011, though scouts wonder if his stiff delivery could lead to injury down the road. The potential is definitely there.

23. Detroit Tigers, Alex Blandino, 3B, Stanford

Skinny: Though Blandino is viewed somewhat as a “solid but unspectacular” player, he has a strong all-around skill set and a great eye at the plate.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates, Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood HS (FL)

Skinny: A budding strikeout pitcher with a mid-90’s fastball and a sharp curveball, Reid-Foley would be a nice addition to a Pirates organization that has had its fair share of misses on pitchers in the draft.

25. Oakland Athletics, Ti’Quan Forbes, SS, Columbia HS (MS)

Skinny: Forbes is tall and rangy and has terrific bat speed but is a work in progress. He has committed to Ole Miss.

26. Boston Red Sox, Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger HS (CA)

Skinny: The Fresno State commit has a deep arsenal of pitches and was a bona fide top 20 pick prior to a forearm injury at the start of the year.

27. St. Louis Cardinals, Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS (CA)

Skinny: The Cardinals have had a void at short for a while and the 6’5”, 200-pound Gatewood could be the answer, though he also projects as a third baseman.

 

Pick Team Name
Position
School
Height
Weight
1
Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole
RHP
UCLA
6 ft 4 in
220 lbs
2
Seattle Mariners Anthony Rendon
3B
Rice
6 ft 4 in
190 lbs
3
Arizona Diamondbacks Sonny Gray
RHP
Vanderbilt
5 ft 11 in
180 lbs
4
Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy
RHP
Owasso HS
6 ft 1 in
200 lbs
5
Kansas City Royals Bubba Starling
OF
Gardner Edgerton HS
6 ft 4 in
180 lbs
6
Washington Nationals Danny Hultzen
LHP
Virginia
6 ft 3 in
200 lbs
7
Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Jungmann
RHP
Texas
6 ft 6 in
195 lbs
8
Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor
SS
Montverde Academy HS
5 ft 10 in
170 lbs
9
Chicago Cubs Trevor Bauer
RHP
UCLA
6 ft 1 in
175 lbs
10
San Diego Padres George Springer
OF
Connecticut
6 ft 3 in
220 lbs
11
Houston Astros Taylor Guerrieri
RHP
Spring Valley HS
6 ft 3 in
180 lbs
12
Milwaukee Brewers Matthew Purke
LHP
TCU
6 ft 4 in
180 lbs
13
New York Mets Daniel Norris
LHP
Johnson City HS
6 ft 1 in
170 lbs
14
Florida Marlins Archie Bradley
RHP
Broken Arrow HS
6 ft 4 in
230 lbs
15
Milwaukee Brewers Alex Meyer
RHP
Kentucky
6 ft 9 in
210 lbs
16
Los Angeles Dodgers Mikie Mahtook
OF
LSU
6 ft 1 in
205 lbs
17
Los Angeles Angels Anthony Meo
RHP
Coastal Carolina
6 ft 2 in
185 lbs
18
Oakland Athletics Blake Swihart
C
Cleveland HS
6 ft 0 in
175 lbs
19
Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley
OF
South Carolina
5 ft 10 in
175 lbs
20
Colorado Rockies Dillon Howard
RHP
Searcy HS
6 ft 2 in
200 lbs
21
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Bell
OF
Jesuit Prep
6 ft 3 in
185 lbs
22
St. Louis Cardinals Andrew Susac
C
Oregon St.
6 ft 1 in
205 lbs
23
Washington Nationals Matt Barnes
RHP
UConn
6 ft 3 in
180 lbs
24
Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Anderson
LHP
Oregon
6 ft 3 in
195 lbs
25
San Diego Padres Josh Stilson
RHP
Texas A&M
6 ft 4 in
190 lbs
26
Boston Red Sox Jed Bradley
LHP
Georgia Tech
6 ft 3 in
205 lbs
27
Cincinnati Reds Levi Michael
SS
UNC
5 ft 10 in
180 lbs
28
Atlanta Braves Jose Fernandez
RHP
Alonso HS
6 ft 3 in
215 lbs
29
San Francisco Giants Kolten Wong
2B
Hawaii
5 ft 9 in
190 lbs
30
Minnesota Twins Brian Goodwin
OF
Miami Dade College
6 ft 1 in
180 lbs
31
Tampa Bay Rays Travis Harrison
OF
Tustin HS
6 ft 2 in
215 lbs
32
Tampa Bay Rays Cory Spangenberg
SS
Indian River HS
6 ft 1 in
190 lbs
33
Texas Rangers Henry Owens
LHP
Edison HS
6 ft 5 in
180 lbs

 

Version 1.0

May 12, 2011

 

Pick Team Name
Position
School
Height
Weight
1
Pittsburgh Pirates Anthony Rendon
3B
Rice
6 ft 0 in
190 lbs
2
Seattle Mariners Gerrit Cole
RHP
UCLA
6 ft 4 in
220 lbs
3
Arizona Diamondbacks Sonny Gray
RHP
Vanderbilt
5 ft 11 in
180 lbs
4
Baltimore Orioles George Springer
OF
Connecticut
6 ft 3 in
220 lbs
5
Kansas City Royals Bubba Starling
OF
Gardner Edgerton HS
6 ft 4 in
180 lbs
6
Washington Nationals Dylan Bundy
RHP
Owasso HS
6 ft 1 in
200 lbs
7
Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Jungmann
RHP
Texas
6 ft 6 in
195 lbs
8
Cleveland Indians Trevor Lindor
SS
Montverde Academy HS
5 ft 10 in
170 lbs
9
Chicago Cubs Matthew Purke
LHP
TCU
6 ft 4 in
180 lbs
10
San Diego Padres Trevor Bauer
RHP
UCLA
6 ft 1 in
175 lbs
11
Houston Astros Taylor Guerrieri
RHP
Spring Valley HS
6 ft 3 in
180 lbs
12
Milwaukee Brewers Danny Hultzen
LHP
Virginia
6 ft 3 in
200 lbs
13
New York Mets Daniel Norris
LHP
Johnson City HS
6 ft 1 in
170 lbs
14
Florida Marlins Archie Bradley
RHP
Broken Arrow HS
6 ft 4 in
230 lbs
15
Milwaukee Brewers Jed Bradley
LHP
Georgia Tech
6 ft 3 in
205 lbs
16
Los Angeles Dodgers Anthony Meo
RHP
Coastal Carolina
6 ft 2 in
185 lbs
17
Los Angeles Angels Matt Barnes
RHP
UConn
6 ft 3 in
180 lbs
18
Oakland Athletics Blake Swihart
C
Cleveland HS
6 ft 0 in
175 lbs
19
Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley
OF
South Carolina
5 ft 10 in
175 lbs
20
Colorado Rockies Dillon Howard
RHP
Searcy HS
6 ft 2 in
200 lbs
21
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Bell
OF
Jesuit Prep
6 ft 3 in
185 lbs
22
St. Louis Cardinals Mikie Mahtook
OF
LSU
6 ft 1 in
205 lbs
23
Washington Nationals Josh Stilson
RHP
Texas A&M
6 ft 4 in
190 lbs
24
Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Anderson
LHP
Oregon
6 ft 3 in
195 lbs
25
San Diego Padres Andrew Susac
C
Oregon St.
6 ft 1 in
205 lbs
26
Boston Red Sox Alex Meyer
RHP
Kentucky
6 ft 9 in
210 lbs
27
Cincinnati Reds Levi Michael
SS
UNC
5 ft 10 in
180 lbs
28
Atlanta Braves Jose Fernandez
RHP
Alonso HS
6 ft 3 in
215 lbs
29
San Francisco Giants Kolten Wong
2B
Hawaii
5 ft 9 in
190 lbs
30
Minnesota Twins Henry Owens
LHP
Edison HS
6 ft 5 in
180 lbs
31
Tampa Bay Rays Brian Goodwin
OF
Miami Dade College
6 ft 1 in
180 lbs
32
Tampa Bay Rays Javier Baez
SS
Arlington Country Day HS
6 ft 1 in
205 lbs
33
Texas Rangers Travis Harrison
OF
Tustin HS
6 ft 2 in
215 lbs