2014 MLB Draft: Team-by-Team Order for Each Round and Analysis of Top Prospects

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon throws against North Carolina during an NCAA College World Series elimination baseball game in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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No, it doesn't receive the hype or attention of the NFL draft. No, the players selected won't make as instant an impact as many players selected in the NBA draft. 

But, hey, the MLB draft has 40 rounds. Forty rounds—no other draft comes close. So, you know, it has that going for it.

Of course, it has far more going for it than just that, as hardcore baseball types will tell you. Pay attention to the scouting reports or the college baseball season, and you know that some truly talented players are about to be streaming through baseball's farm system. 

But before we get can get to that, let's take a look at this year's draft order and break down a few of the top prospects in this year's class. 


Draft Order

Early Rounds
11. Houston Astros
12. Miami Marlins
13. Chicago White Sox
14. Chicago Cubs
15. Minnesota Twins
16. Seattle Mariners
17. Philadelphia Phillies
18. Colorado Rockies
19. Toronto Blue Jays
110. New York Mets
111. Toronto Blue Jays (P. Bickford - unsigned)
112. Milwaukee Brewers
113. San Diego Padres
114. San Francisco Giants
115. Los Angeles Angels
116. Arizona Diamondbacks
117. Kansas City Royals
118. Washington Nationals
119. Cincinnati Reds
120. Tampa Bay Rays
121. Cleveland Indians
122. Los Angeles Dodgers
123. Detroit Tigers
124. Pittsburgh Pirates
125. Oakland Athletics
126. Boston Red Sox
127. St. Louis Cardinals
Comp A28. Kansas City Royals
Comp A29. Cincinnati Reds
Comp A30. Texas Rangers
Comp A31. Cleveland Indians
Comp A32. Atlanta Braves
Comp A33. Boston Red Sox
Comp A34. St. Louis Cardinals
Competitive Balance A35. Colorado Rockies
Competitive Balance A36. Miami Marlins
Competitive Balance A37. Houston Astros (from the Orioles)
Competitive Balance A38. Cleveland Indians
Competitive Balance A39. Miami Marlins
Competitive Balance A40. Kansas City Royals
Competitive Balance A41. Milwaukee Brewers
242. Houston Astros
243. Miami Marlins
244. Chicago White Sox
245. Chicago Cubs
246. Minnesota Twins
247. Philadelphia Phillies
248. Colorado Rockies
249. Toronto Blue Jays
250. Milwaukee Brewers
251. San Diego Padres
252. San Francisco Giants
253. Los Angeles Angels
254. Arizona Diamondbacks
255. New York Yankees
256. Kansas City Royals
257. Washington Nationals
258. Cincinnati Reds
259. Texas Rangers
260. Tampa Bay Rays
261. Cleveland Indians
262. Los Angeles Dodgers
263. Detroit Tigers
264. Pittsburgh Pirates
265. Oakland Athletics
266. Atlanta Braves
267. Boston Red Sox
268. St. Louis Cardinals
Competitive Balance B69. Arizona Diamondbacks (from the Padres)
Competitive Balance B70. Arizona Diamondbacks
Competitive Balance B71. St. Louis Cardinals
Competitive Balance B72. Tampa Bay Rays
Competitive Balance B73. Pittsburgh Pirates
Competitive Balance B74. Seattle Mariners
375. Houston Astros
376. Miami Marlins
377. Chicago White Sox
378. Chicago Cubs
379. Minnesota Twins
380. Seattle Mariners
381. Philadelphia Phillies
382. Colorado Rockies
383. Toronto Blue Jays
384. New York Mets
385. Milwaukee Brewers
386. San Diego Padres
387. San Francisco Giants
388. Los Angeles Angels
389. Arizona Diamondbacks
390. Baltimore Orioles
391. New York Yankees
392. Kansas City Royals
393. Washington Nationals
394. Cincinnati Reds
395. Texas Rangers
396. Tampa Bay Rays
397. Cleveland Indians
398. Los Angeles Dodgers
399. Detroit Tigers
3100. Pittsburgh Pirates
3101. Oakland Athletics
3102. Atlanta Braves
3103. Boston Red Sox
3104. St. Louis Cardinals
Supplemental Round105. Miami Marlins


Rounds 4 through 40
1Houston Astros
2Miami Marlins
3Chicago White Sox
4Chicago Cubs
5Minnesota Twins
6Seattle Mariners
7Philadelphia Phillies
8Colorado Rockies
9Toronto Blue Jays
10New York Mets
11Milwaukee Brewers
12San Diego Padres
13San Francisco Giants
14Los Angeles Angels
15Arizona Diamondbacks
16Baltimore Orioles
17New York Yankees
18Kansas City Royals
19Washington Nationals
20Cincinnati Reds
21Texas Rangers
22Tampa Bay Rays
23Cleveland Indians
24Los Angeles Dodgers
25Detroit Tigers
26Pittsburgh Pirates
27Oakland Athletics
28Atlanta Braves
29Boston Red Sox
30St. Louis Cardinals
MLB.com (Note: The order will remain the same in Rounds 4 through 40)


Prospects to Know

Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego)

Aiken has nasty stuff, folks. He already possesses an elite fastball, curveball and changeup, and he has shown maturity and discipline on the mound. He's currently the front-runner to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Astros, and for good reason—he projects as a front-of-the-rotation arm. 

Lefties with plus stuff and solid control don't grow on trees, so don't be surprised if he's the top player selected this year.


Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd High (Texas)

Right-handed pitchers aren't generally valued as highly as lefties, but when they are high-school righties who happen to throw 100 miles per hour, well, they tend to attract the attention of big league teams. 

Tyler Kolek is one of those rare prospects. Standing 6'5" and weighing 250 pounds, he also brings a nasty curve to the table, making him nearly untouchable when he's hitting his spots. He'll be gone within the top-five picks.


Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State

As Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com notes, Carlos Rodon is easily this year's best college pitching prospect:

Any discussion of college pitchers must start with Rodon, a left-hander at North Carolina State. While he broke out of the gate a bit slowly this season, raising questions as to whether he was still a seemingly slam-dunk choice to be selected No. 1 by the Astros, he's recently turned it up a few notches. Rodon has a 2.01 ERA, a .229 batting average against and 117 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings for a disappointing N.C. State team. Rodon could still be Houston's choice. The top two prep pitchers, Aiken and Tyler Kolek, are his primary competition.

Rodon is certainly the top college prospect around, but for a team like the Astros that is likely still a few years away from competing, a college pitcher like Rodon that will probably be ready for the Major Leagues in a year or two might be less appealing than the raw upside of Aiken or Kolek. 

Don't expect him to slip out of the top five, however. 


Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo High (San Diego)

With a pure stroke from the right side of the plate and an arm that makes him an option at catcher or right field, Alex Jackson is a physical specimen and a player with really exciting upside. A future line-drive hitter, Jackson has one of the better bats in this draft.


Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia High (Orlando)

There's something to be said for bloodlines, and Nick Gordon has a good one. The son of former Major League pitcher Tom Gordon and the brother of Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has been rising up draft boards and could very well be a top-five pick. 

Gordon doesn't project to have many weaknesses and should develop more power than his brother. He seems like a true shortstop at the next level, which is always appealing. And if he continues to grow as a hitter, he could be a very special player. He's a defensive whiz, and when scouting shortstops that's always the metric that matters most.


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