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Top 50 Prospects for 2014 MLB Draft




Top 50 Prospects for 2014 MLB Draft


This list will change a lot between now and draft day but much of the information we'll have before the spring starts is already collected. With the college offseason done, we wait for fall scrimmages/scout days, while one big event (October travel team tournament in Jupiter, Fla.) remains on the prep calendar beyond this weekend's Under Armour All American Game.

This class is better than last year's class and I'd take either of the top two players over last year's top player Mark Appel, who was picked first overall in the June draft. NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon and East Carolina pitcher Jeff Hoffman are potential No. 1 starters and are already among the top pitching prospects in all of baseball (more on that later). They're the clear top two prospects in this class and it was tough to decide who deserved the No. 1 ranking - eventually going with Rodon due to his longer track record of elite performances.

For scouting video and other articles on each player, click on their name. I've already posted video on 35 of the 50 names below, including every one of the top 12 players.


1. Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State

Quick Take: Isn't without his faults but flashes 70 fastball and slider on 20-80 scouting scale with improved changeup that's above average at times.

2. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina

Quick Take: Went from solid first round arm to legitimate 1-1 threat with dominating 24.1 IP on Cape reminiscent of Adam Wainwright.

3. Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd HS (TX), No college commitment

Quick Take: Massive 6'5/240 righty hit a few 99s on my gun with a plus curveball and is still growing into his frame.

4. Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State

Quick Take: Had a tough summer battling an ankle injury but has had two super productive springs with 80 speed as the calling card.

5. Alex Jackson, C/RF, Rancho Bernardo HS (CA), Oregon commit

Quick Take: Projects as a plus hitter with plus power and arm; likely moves to right field but has a chance to play behind the plate with some work.

6. Derek Fisher, LF, Virginia

Quick Take: Advanced bat has really improved in college and plus left-handed power is starting to show up in games.

7. Braxton Davidson, 1B, T.C. Roberson HS (NC), North Carolina commit

Quick Take: The best pure bat in the prep class has been productive this summer and hit upper deck shots at the MetroDome as 16 year old.

8. Michael Gettys, CF/RHP, Gainesville HS (GA), Georgia commit

Quick Take: Explosive athlete has plus-plus bat speed, foot speed and arm strength along with fastball that's hit 95 mph.

9. Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway HS (SC), Florida commit

Quick Take: Athletic 6'2 righty regularly works 92-95 mph with a plus curve and feel for pitching.

10. Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU

Quick Take: 5'11 lefty reminds some of Scott Kazmir with fastball that's been up to 98 mph and three pitches that flash above average potential.

11. Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS (CA), USC commit

Quick Take: Massive upside as 6'4 shortstop with current plus power and more coming but has had trouble down-shifting BP swing into game swing.

12. Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger HS (CA), No college commitment

Quick Take: 6'3 righty dropped 40 pounds in last year and now consistently sits 91-94 mph with a plus slider and at least average command.

13. Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford

Quick Take: 6'5 lefty from small school had buzz entering summer but mono kept him from showing his spring stuff that drew Jon Lester comps.

14. Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana

Quick Take: Strong lefty makes the most of modest catching tools but his 70 grade raw power reminds some of Travis Hafner.

15. Ti'quan Forbes, SS, Columbia HS (MS), Ole Miss commit

Quick Take: Athletic 6'4 prep shortstop has huge potential: he racks up hits in games off top pitching and is one of the youngest players in the draft class.

16. Max Pentecost, C, Kennessaw State

Quick Take: Athletic small school catcher took a big step forward on the Cape this summer with potential to be best true catcher from college ranks in years.

17. Chris Ellis, RHP, Ole Miss

Quick Take: Ellis had the breakout Cape pitching performance flashing three above average pitches from a projectable 6'5 frame despite limited innings.

18. Derek Hill, CF, Elk Grove HS (CA), No college commitment

Quick Take: Hill has been among the top few game hitters and fielders on the summer showcase circuit with at least 70 grade speed.

19. Cobi Johnson, RHP, Mitchell HS (FL), Florida State commit

Quick Take: Son of Blue Jays pitching coordinator hasn't thrown much this summer but 6'4 frame is projectable and he flashes three above average pitches.

20. Nick Gordon, SS/RHP, Olympia HS (FL), Florida State commit

Quick Take: Son of Tom and brother of Dee has great big league bloodlines to go with advanced lefty stick, steady glove and above average fastball/curve combination.

21. Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt

Quick Take: Former first rounder hasn't found consistency in college but has three above average to plus pitches if the command returns.

22. Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State

Quick Take: A midweek starter until late in the spring, there was buzz Weaver had taken a step forward and with Team USA he hit 97 mph with above average changeup.

23. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs Christian HS (FL), No college commitment

Quick Take: Toussaint was the huge name in the prep class entering the summer but his inconsistent command has undermined plus fastball-curve combo.

24. Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Waiakea HS (HI), No college commitment

Quick Take: Athletic 6'0 lefty slings 65 slider and fastball that's bumped 95 mph from deceptive low slot that gives hitters fits but slot, size and lack of a changeup make some scouts say reliever.

25. Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood HS (FL), Florida State commit

Quick Take: One of the more consistent arms this summer closed strong, sitting 93-96 mph with a plus slider in a dominating inning at the PG All American Classic.

26. Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Diego State

Quick Take: 6'6 righty caught scouts attention last spring with 95-99 mph fastball that regularly touched 100 mph but other parts of his game need work and he sat out the summer.

27. Kyle Freeland, LHP, Evansville

Quick Take: 6'4 lefty has projection, chance to start and plenty of current stuff with low-90's fastball and slider that's plus at times.

28. Alex Verdugo, RF/LHP, Sahuaro HS (AZ), Arizona State commit

Quick Take: Verdugo took a step forward at Area Codes with five average or better tools including a plus arm that's been up to 93 mph on the mound with a good curveball.

29. Dylan Cease, RHP, Milton HS (GA), No college commitment

Quick Take: One of the top arms early in the summer had his curveball and command back up on him, but regularly sits 93-97 mph with one of the quickest arms in the class.

30. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma HS (TN), Vanderbilt commit

Quick Take: 6'0 lefty has limited upside but shows plenty of now ability with three pitches that flash above average potential and advanced command.

31. Sean Bouchard, 3B, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA), UCLA commit

Quick Take: 6'3 athlete is teammates with #47 Brady Aiken from powerhouse San Diego area high school and flashes everyday player upside.

32. Alex Blandino, 2B, Stanford

Quick Take: Consecutive strong summers on the Cape gives scouts hope they can salvage another Stanford Swing while Blandino flashes average raw power along with the ability to play second base.

33. Jack Flaherty, 3B, Harvard Westlake HS (CA), North Carolina commit

Quick Take: 6'4 athlete comes from same school as Max Fried and Lucas Giolito with plenty of his own tools: smooth swing, power potential and athleticism to stick at third base.

34. Mac Marshall, LHP, Parkview HS (GA), LSU commit

Quick Take: His Atlanta-area high school has produced first rounders the last two years in a row and the 6'3 Marshall has flashed three above average pitches with a changeup that's plus.

35. Zach Shannon, RF/RHP, Anderson HS (OH), Ohio State commit

Quick Take: Rare northern talent has hit 95 mph with plus slider on the mound but is better as a hitter with a fluid swing and above average power potential.

36. Carl Chester, CF, Lake Brantley HS (FL), Miami commit

Quick Take: Lake Brantley already produced Mariners SS Nick Franklin and is part of loaded Orlando-area prep class that will be scouted heavily this spring; Chester's plus-plus speed and advanced feel to hit is going to draw plenty of attention.

37. Keaton McKinney, RHP, Ankeny HS (IA), Arkansas commit

Quick Take: 6'5 righty has steadily improved this summer with a great inning in the PG All American Classic: up to 94 mph with a plus changeup that baffled elite hitters.

38. Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU

Quick Take: Super productive (126 IP, 122 K, 18 BB for 1.57 ERA) Friday starter for powerhouse program took the summer off but flashes three above average pitches from low slot.

39. Marcus Wilson, CF, Serra HS (CA), Arizona State commit

Quick Take: 6'3 projectable athlete is plus runner with some feel to hit and power potential that could move up or down this list a good bit this spring.

40. Turner Larkins, RHP, Martin HS (TX), Texas A&M commit

Quick Take: 6'3 Power arm from Texas came on later in the summer, flashing three above average pitches and some feel at Area Code Games.

41. Cameron Varga, RHP, Cincinnati Hills Christian HS (OH), North Carolina commit

Quick Take: Oldest guy in the prep class turns 20 two months after the draft but hit 95 mph with above average to plus curveball early in the summer before a minor injury.

42. Jakson Reetz, C/RHP, Norris HS (NE), Nebraska commit

Quick Take: Top true prep catcher was great early in the summer and hasn't stopped hitting in games but hitting mechanics and speed have backed up recently.

43. Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville

Quick Take: Best college reliever is tough to peg as clubs are more skeptical of that type of player now, but regularly hits 100 mph with plus slider.

44. Brad Zimmer, RF, San Francisco

Quick Take: Brother of Royals 2012 #5 overall pick RHP Kyle Zimmer is also very athletic but is 6'5 and still growing into his frame; game hitability, above average to plus arm and speed are great indicators of projection.

45. Karsten Whitson, RHP, Florida

Quick Take: One of the biggest wild cards in the class; has a clean bill of health and last fall showed glimpses of stuff that made him #9 overall pick out of high school.

46. Michael Conforto, LF/1B, Oregon State

Quick Take: Productive, advanced college corner bat offers no defensive value but plus raw power from left side shows up in games already.

47. Chad Sobotka, RHP, South Carolina Upstate

Quick Take: 6'6 righty has grown 6 inches in college and sat 92-95 mph in relief on the Cape with plus breaking ball; will move to rotation at small school this spring.

48. Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA), UCLA commit

Quick Take: One of the youngest players in the class is very good athlete with advanced feel from left side but no pitch projects better than 55.

49. Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV

Quick Take: 6'4 projectable righty hit 96 mph with plus slider on the Cape but stuff varied a lot start to start as did his arm slot, so bullpen may be the fit.

50. Michael Chavis, 3B/LF, Sprayberry HS (GA), Clemson commit

Quick Take: Squatty, 5'11 power hitter has above average raw power and hits in games with chance to stick at third base but doesn't look physically like most top picks.


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