Projecting The Top 10 Picks
It’s a big day at MLB Pipeline, as we’re rolling out our initial 2014 First-Year Player Draft coverage. We have a Top 50 Prospects list complete with scouting reports and videos, an overview on the Draft class as a whole and a feature on presumptive No. 1 overall choice Carlos Rodon.
We’re still seven months away from the Astros exercising that first selection, but it’s always fun to start projecting the top of the first round. I’m basing these picks more on educated guesswork than hard intel, of course. It should be interesting to look back next June and see if I was anywhere close.
1. Astros: Carlos Rodon, lhp
Best college lefty since David Price (2007), biggest front-runner for No. 1 overall pick since Bryce Harper (2010).
2. Marlins: Jeff Hoffman, rhp
Could challenge Rodon for top selection, has similar fastball and better changeup and command.
3. White Sox: Tyler Kolek, rhp
White Sox love high-ceiling players, and Kolek has a huge one with a fastball that already reaches 99 mph.
4. Cubs: Tyler Beede, rhp
Cubs almost certainly will take a pitcher after spending last two top-six choices on bats, though Beede must refine his command.
5. Twins: Alex Jackson, c/of
With Joe Mauer moving to first base, Jackson would be a nice fit; Minnesota also could use his power.
6. Mariners: Trea Turner, ss
Seattle has young middle infielders, but Turner’s speed/bat/defense combo will be too much to ignore.
7. Phillies: Jacob Gatewood, ss
Philadelphia isn’t afraid to gamble on upside, could opt for Gatewood’s massive power or Michael Gettys’ all-around package.
8. Rockies: Michael Gettys, of
Has the best collection of tools in this Draft class, could go higher if he answers questions about his bat.
9. Blue Jays: Touki Toussaint, rhp
After failing to sign Phil Bickford in 2013, Toronto lands another high school righty with devastating stuff.
10. Mets: Brady Aiken, lhp
New York’s last three first-rounders have been hitters, so the ultra-polished Aiken would make a lot of sense.