With just over two weeks to go before MLB's 2014 First-Year Player draft gets underway, mock drafts are popping up everywhere.
Unlike in the NBA, NFL and NHL drafts, the top players in the MLB draft are relative unknowns, and quite often, these mock drafts serve as our introduction to them. That only serves to make keeping track of which player which mock has your favorite team taking, well, nearly impossible.
So think of this as your mock draft clearinghouse.
We'll look at the latest mock drafts from five of the best in the business—Baseball America's John Manuel, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, Sporting News' Ryan Fagan, ESPN's Keith Law and Bleacher Report's Mike Rosenbaum—and see if we can't find a consensus as to which player winds up where.
We'll run this as if it was a mock draft being conducted by the five experts—once a player comes off the board, while he can be "under consideration" for a team, he cannot be selected. It's the mock draft of mock drafts, I suppose.
In cases where there is no consensus, I'll cast the deciding vote based on what I believe to be a team's need or the talent of a specific player when compared to the others that are under consideration with that particular pick.
Let's get to it.
*Only 26 teams have first-round picks. The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers all forfeited their first-round selections by signing free agents with draft-pick compensation attached to them over the winter.
*Additionally, the Toronto Blue Jays have two first-round picks, the second coming due to the team's inability to sign last year's first-round selection, Phil Bickford.
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