2014 MLB Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Projections 2 Months from Draft Day

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2014 MLB Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Projections 2 Months from Draft Day
Charlie Neibergall
OF Bradley Zimmer's (San Francisco) stock is on the rise.

The start of the major league season this week means we're roughly two months away from the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft, held annually from June 6 to June 8.

This year's class is especially deep on the mound, with a trio of college pitchers in left-hander Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State), right-hander Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina) and righty Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) expected to come off the board within the first 10 picks. Prep standouts Brady Aiken (LHP) and Tyler Kolek (RHP) are also in the mix.

However, impact hitters are few and far between in this year's class, as outfielder Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco) and catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson represent the top college and prep bats, respectively, and will likely be drafted in the top half of the first round.

But with that said, endless changes are guaranteed in the class’ player rankings between now and June, as countless names will fall out of the standings and be replaced by other up-and-coming draft prospects.

While this is technically a mock draft, it’s admittedly near-impossible to get a feel for which teams are interested in certain players this early in the process. Therefore, using MLB’s set first-round draft order for 2014, I designed this draft on the assumption that each team will be interested in the best player still on the board rather than getting too cute with a perfect pick.

Simply put: I’m more concerned with getting the key names to know out there than predicting the order they come off the board.

Here's a look at Prospect Pipeline’s latest first-round projections for the 2014 draft.

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