Here is an early mock draft for 2014.
1. Miami Marlins- Carlos Rodon- LHP- Rodon is the best pitcher in this draft class so far with a mid-90s fastball and a plus slider. He also has the frame to be a workhorse pitcher and should form a nice 1-2 punch with Jose Fernandez.
2. Houston Astros- Tyler Beede- RHP- At 6’4 with a mid-90s fastball, good curveball, and a changeup that flashes plus, Beede has the stuff and build to be a top of the rotation starter. The Astros have been stockpiling talent in the minors in the past few years and Beede will only strengthen the farm system.
3. New York Mets- Touki Toussaint- RHP- The past few years the Mets have been taking high-upside high school position players, and this time around they could take the best high school pitcher in this draft class. Toussaint, who comes with a fastball that can touch 97 and a knee-buckling curveball, could become a top of the rotation starter.
4. Milwaukee Brewers- Michael Cederoth- RHP- The Brewers have had solid drafts in 2012 and this year, but still need lots of work in their farm system. Well when you’re picking in the top 5, you can nab some great talent. With Cederoth, he comes with a blistering fastball that can touch triple digits with a hard slider and a decent changeup. He is also 6’6 and can be a workhorse. With that kind of package the Brewers could be looking at a very good starter who can anchor their starting rotation in the future.
5. Chicago Cubs- Sean Newcomb- LHP- Lefties that touch 97 don’t grow on trees, and if the Cubs draft Newcomb, they could be adding a potential #2 starter or better to complement the impressive position players they have in the minors.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers- Alex Jackson- C- Jackson is the top high school catcher in this draft class with a plus arm and athleticism that will give him a shot at sticking at catcher. He also comes with great bat power, so if catching doesn’t work out he could move to right field or 3B and still be a very good player.
7. Chicago White Sox- Trea Turner- SS- With Turner the White Sox would be getting an electric player who can stick at shortstop and has excellent speed to be a constant threat on the bases. He also has above average pop with his bat. Because he plays a premium position and has solid tools across the board, he might not even be available by the 7th pick.
8. Los Angeles Angels- Jacob Gatewood- SS- Gatewood comes with impressive power and although he may not stick at SS due to his size, he has more than enough power to be a good outfield prospect. The Angels are in need of talent after Mike Trout’s graduation to the big leagues and the Zack Greinke trade, but getting Gatewood into the system is a good step forward.
9. Seattle Mariners- Nick Gordon- SS- While Gordon can be an effective pitching prospect, his future may be better at shortstop with his strong arm and defensive skills allowing him to be effective at a premium position. As for the bat, he’s not a slugger right now but he still has a lot of room left to grow into and could develop above-average pop.
10. Minnesota Twins- Jack Flaherty- 3B- Flaherty comes with a great power bat and may be able to hit for average as well. He also has good athleticism and range and could stick at 3B. If the Twins are patient they could very well have another impressive bat for the future in Flaherty.