MLB Draft Big Board 2014: Mike Rosenbaum's Final Predraft Rankings

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterMay 28, 2014

MLB Draft Big Board 2014: Mike Rosenbaum's Final Predraft Rankings

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    With the 2014 MLB Rule 4 draft less than two weeks away, one would think that the teams with early first-round picks already know who they’re going to take. However, due to a lack of impact hitters in this year’s class as well as the injuries to some of its more talented arms, there’s little clarity as to how the draft’s first five picks will unfold.

    Since publishing my initial rankings in mid-May, many of the prospects that appeared in the top 150 have either maintained or improved their respective draft stock, with a few notable late-risers also finding a home on the board.

    Yet as is the case every year, there’s still plenty of time for players to improve their stock before the draft, especially with the College World Series on the horizon and most prep prospects busily working out for potential suitors.

    With that being said, here are the top-100 overall prospects for this year’s draft, including a look at how the class stacks up at each position. For each positional superlative, one high school prospect and one college prospect will be presented.

Top 100 Overall

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    OF Bradley Zimmer (No. 6)
    OF Bradley Zimmer (No. 6)Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press
    RankPlayer Pos.SchoolRound
    1Brady AikenLHPCathedral Catholic HS (Calif.)1
    2Carlos Rodon LHPN.C. State1
    3Alex JacksonC/OF Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)1
    4Tyler Kolek RHPShepherd HS (Texas)1
    5Nick GordonSSOlympia HS (Fla.)1
    6Bradley Zimmer OFSan Francisco1
    7Jeff HoffmanRHPEast Carolina1
    8Aaron NolaRHPLouisiana State1
    9Grant HolmesRHPConway HS (S.C.)1
    10Sean Newcomb LHPHartford1
    11 Touki Toussaint RHPCoral Springs Christian Academy HS (Fla.)1
    12Michael Conforto OFOregon State1
    13Max PentecostC Kennesaw State1
    14Kyle FreelandLHPEvansville1
    15 Trea TurnerSSN.C. State1
    16Michael Chavis 3B/2B Sprayberry HS (Ga.)1
    17Kyle Schwarber C/1BIndiana1
    18Tyler Beede RHPVanderbilt1
    19Jacob Gatewood SSClovis HS (Calif.)1
    20Sean Reid-FoleyRHPSandalwood HS (Fla.)1
    21Derek FisherOFVirginia1
    22Monte HarrisonOFLee's Summit HS (Mo.)1
    23Brandon FinneganLHPTexas Christian1-1S
    24Luis OrtizRHPSanger HS (Calif.)1
    25Casey Gillaspie 1BWichita State1-1S
    26 Kodi Medeiros LHP Waiaka HS (Hi.)1-1S
    27Marcus WilsonOFJ Serra HS (Calif.)1-1S
    28Spencer AdamsRHPWhite County HS (Ga.)1-1S
    29 Braxton DavidsonOF/1BT.C. Roberson HS (N.C.)1-2
    30Erick Fedde RHPUNLV1-3
    31Derek HillOFElk Grove HS (Calif.)1-2
    32Jake Bukauskas RHPStone Bridge HS (Va.)1-3
    33Foster GriffinLHPFirst Academy (Fla.)1-1S
    34Michael Gettys OF Gainesville HS (Ga.)1-1S
    35A.J. Reed1BKentucky1-2
    36Nick Burdi RHPLouisville1-2
    37 Ti'Quan ForbesSSColumbia HS (Miss.)1S-2
    38Scott Blewett RHPBaker HS (N.Y.)1S-2
    39Alex Blandino 2B/3BStanford1S-2
    40Bryce Montes De Oca RHPLawrence HS (Kan.)1S-2
    41Michael Kopech RHPMount Pleasant HS (Texas)1-2
    42Matt Imhof LHPCal Poly1S-2
    43Cameron Varga RHPCincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Ohio)1S-2
    44Justus SheffieldLHP Tullahoma HS (Tenn.)1S-3
    45Mike Papi OFVirginia1S-3
    46Sam Travis1BIndiana2-3
    47Mac MarshallLHP Parkview HS (Ga.)1S-3
    48Forrest Wall2B Orangewood Christian HS (Fla.)2-3
    49Luke WeaverRHPFlorida State1S-2
    50Matt Chapman3BCal State Fullerton2-3
    51Matt Railey OFNorth Florida Christian Academy (Fla.)2-3
    52Keith Weisenberg RHPOsceola HS (Fla.)2-3
    53 Zech Lemond RHPRice2-3
    54Dylan CeaseRHPMilton HS (Ga.)2-5
    55Chase Vallot CSt. Thomas More HS (La.)2-3
    56Taylor Sparks3B/2B UC Irvine1S-3
    57Alex Verdugo LHP/OF Sahauro HS (Ariz.)1S-3
    58Nick Howard RHP/3BVirginia1S-3
    59Daniel Gossett RHPClemson2-3
    60Trey Supak RHPLa Grange HS (Texas)2-4
    61Cole TuckerSSMountain Pointe HS (Ariz.)2-3
    62Bobby Bradley3B/1BHarrison Central HS (Miss.)2-4
    63Michael Cederoth RHPSan Diego State1S-4
    64Jake GodfreyRHPProvidence Catholic HS (Ill.)2-4
    65Keaton McKinney RHP/1B Ankenny Centennial HS (Iowa)2-5
    66 Grayson Greiner CSouth Carolina2-5
    67Chris EllisRHPMississippi2-5
    68Jake Stinnett RHPMaryland2-4
    69Garrett Fulencheck RHPHowe HS (Texas)2-4
    70Cody ReedLHP Ardmore HS (Ala.)1S-4
    71Milton RamosSSAmerican Heritage HS (Fla.)2-4
    72J.J. Schwarz CPalm Beach Gardens HS (Fla.)3-4
    73 Jeren KendallOF Holmen HS (Wisc.)2-5
    74Carson SandsLHPNorth Florida Christian Academy (Fla.)2-5
    75James NorwoodRHPSt. Louis3-4
    76Joe Gatto RHPSt. Augustine HS (N.J.)2-4
    77Aramis GarciaCFlorida International2-4
    78Jordan Luplow OFFresno State3-4
    79Grant Hockin RHPDamien HS (Calif.)3-4
    80Brian Anderson2B/OFArkansas3-4
    81Gareth MorganOF Blyth Academy (Toronto)3-5
    82Trace Loehr SSPutnam HS (Ore.)2-4
    83Jack Flaherty RHP/3BHarvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)2-5
    84 Jakson Reetz C/OFHickman HS (Neb.)2-5
    85Spencer Turnbull RHPAlabama3-4
    86Andrew SuarezLHPMiami3-5
    87Austin DeCarr RHPSalisbury HS (Conn.)2-5
    88Josh MorganSS/3BOrange Lutheran HS (Calif.)3-5
    89Brett GravesRHPMissouri3-4
    90Jordan BrinkRHPFresno State3-5
    91Cobi JohnsonRHPMitchell HS (Fla.)3-5
    92Jacob Lindgren LHPMississippi State3-5
    93Dylan DavisOF/RHPOregon State3-5
    94Evan Skoug C Libertyville HS (Ill.)3-5
    95Michael CantuC/1BCarrol HS (Texas)4-5
    96Rhys Hoskins OFSacramento State4-5
    97Eric Skoglund LHPCentral Florida4-5
    98Heath Fillmyer RHPMercer Community College4-5
    99David PetersonLHP Regis Jesuit (Colo.)3-5
    100Justin SteeleLHPGeorge County HS (Miss.)3-5

     

Right-Handed Pitcher

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    RHP Aaron Nola (No. 3)
    RHP Aaron Nola (No. 3)USA TODAY Sports

    Best Prospect: Jeff Hoffman/Tyler Kolek

    Most MLB-Ready: Aaron Nola/Sean Reid-Foley

    Highest Ceiling: Hoffman/Touki Toussaint

    Most Helium: Nick Burdi/Jake Bukauskas

    Biggest Risk: Hoffman/Kolek

    Sleeper Candidate: Jordan Brink/Bryce Montes de Oca

    Best Command: Nola/Reid-Foley

    Bust Candidate: Tyler Beede/Kolek

    Best Velocity: Nick Burdi/Kolek

    Best Curveball: Hoffman/Toussaint

    Best Slider: Burdi/Michael Kopech

    Best Changeup: Nola/Keaton McKinney 

     

    RankPlayerSchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Tyler KolekShepherd HS (Texas)Texas Christian 4
    2Jeff HoffmanEast Carolina Never Drafted7
    3Aaron NolaLouisiana State Blue Jays 2011 (22)8
    4Grant HolmesConway HS (S.C.)Florida 9
    5Touki ToussaintCoral Springs Christian Academy HS (Fla.)Vanderbilt 11
    6Tyler BeedeVanderbilt Blue Jays 2011 (1)18
    7Sean Reid-FoleySandalwood HS (Fla.)Florida State 20
    8Luis OrtizSanger HS (Calif.)Fresno State 24
    9Spencer AdamsWhite County HS (Ga.)Georgia 28
    10Erick FeddeUNLV Padres 2011 (24)30
    11Jake BukauskasStone Bridge HS (Va.)North Carolina 32
    12Nick BurdiLouisville Twins 2011 (24)36
    13Scott BlewettBaker HS (N.Y.)St. John's 38
    14Bryce Montes de OcaLawrence HS (Kan.)Missouri 40
    15Michael KopechMount Pleasant HS (Texas)Arizona 41
    16Cameron VargaCincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Ohio)North Carolina 43
    17Luke WeaverFlorida State Blue Jays 2011 (19)49
    18Keith WeisenbergOsceola HS (Fla.)Stanford 52
    19Zech LemondRice Pirates 2011 (50)53
    20Dylan CeaseMilton HS (Ga.)Vanderbilt 54
    21Nick HowardVirginia Never Drafted58
    22Daniel GossettClemson Red Sox 2011 (16)59
    23Trey SupakLa Grange HS (Texas)Houston 60
    24Michael CederothSan Diego State Diamondbacks 2011 (41)63
    25Jake GodfreyProvidence Catholic HS (Ill.)Louisiana State 64
    26Keaton McKinneyAnkenny Centennial HS (Iowa)Arkansas 65
    27Chris EllisMississippi Dodgers 2011 (50)67
    28Jake StinnettMaryland Pirates 2013 (29)68
    29Garrett FulencheckHowe HS (Texas)Dallas Baptist 69
    30James NorwoodSt. Louis Never Drafted75
    31Joe GattoSt. Augustine HS (N.J.)North Carolina 76
    32Grant HockinDamien HS (Calif.)UCLA 79
    33Jack FlahertyHarvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)North Carolina 83
    34Spencer TurbullAlabama Never Drafted85
    35Austin DeCarrSalisbury HS (Conn.)Clemson 87
    36Brett GravesMissouri Cardinals 2011 (26)89
    37Jordan BrinkFresno State Never Drafted90
    38Cobi JohnsonMitchell HS (Fla.)Florida State 91
    39Heath FillmyerMercer Community College Rockies 2012 (28)98

     

Left-Handed Pitcher

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    LHP Carlos Rodon (No. 2)
    LHP Carlos Rodon (No. 2)USA TODAY Sports

    Best Prospect: Carlos Rodon/Brady Aiken

    Most MLB-Ready: Rodon/Kodi Medeiros

    Highest Ceiling: Rodon/Aiken

    Most Helium: Sean Newcomb/Cody Reed

    Biggest Risk: Rodon/Aiken

    Sleeper Candidate: Matt Imhoff/Mac Marshall

    Best Command: Kyle Freeland/Aiken

    Bust Candidate: Brandon Finnegan/Foster Griffin

    Best Velocity: Finnegan/Medeiros

    Best Curveball: Dillon Peters/Aiken

    Best Slider: Rodon/Medeiros

    Best Changeup: Newcomb/Marshall

     

    RankPlayerSchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Brady AikenCathedral Catholic HS (Calif.)UCLA 1
    2Carlos RodonN.C. State 2011 Brewers (16)2
    3Sean NewcombHartford Never Drafted10
    4Kyle FreelandEvansville Phillies 2011 (35)14
    5Brandon FinneganTexas Christian Rangers 2011 (45)23
    6Kodi MedeirosWaiaka HS (Hi.)Pepperdine 26
    7Foster GriffinFirst Academy (Fla.)Mississippi 33
    8Matt ImhofCal Poly Never Drafted42
    9Justus SheffieldTullahoma HS (Tenn.)Vanderbilt 44
    10Mac MarshallParkview HS (Ga.)Louisiana State 47
    11Alex VerdugoSaharuo HS (Ariz.)Arizona State 57
    12Cody ReedArdmore HS (Ala.)Vanderbilt 70
    13Carson SandsNorth Florida Christian Academy (Fla.)Florida State 74
    14Andrew SuarezMiami Blue Jays 2011 (9)86
    15Jacob LindgrenMississippi State Cubs 2011 (12)92
    16Eric SkoglundCentral Florida Pirates 2011 (16)97
    17David PetersonRegis Jesuit HS (Colo.)Oregon 99
    18Justin SteeleGeorge County HS (Miss.)Southern Mississippi 100

     

Catcher

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    C/OF Alex Jackson (No. 1)
    C/OF Alex Jackson (No. 1)USA TODAY Sports

    Best Prospect: Alex Jackson

    Most MLB-Ready: Max Pentecost

    Best Athlete: Pentecost

    Highest Ceiling: Jackson

    Most Helium: Pentecost

    Biggest Risk: Kyle Schwarber

    Sleeper Candidate: Jackson Reetz

    Bust Candidate: Chase Vallot

    Best Plate Discipline: Schwarber

    Best Bat: Jackson/Schwarber

    Best Power: Jackson/Schwarber

    Best Speed: Pentecost

    Best Arm: Chase Vallot

    Best Defense: Pentecost

     

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Alex JacksonC/OFRancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)Oregon 3
    2Max PentecostCKennesaw State Rangers 2011 (7)14
    3Kyle SchwarberC/1BIndiana Never Drafted17
    4Chase VallotCSt. Thomas More HS (La.)Mississippi State 55
    5Grayson GreinerCSouth Carolina Never Drafted66
    6J.J. SchwarzCPalm Beach Groves HS (Fla.)Florida 72
    7Aramis GarciaCFlorida International Cardinals 2011 (20)77
    8Jakson ReetzC/OFHickman HS (Neb.)Nebraska 84
    9Evan SkougCLibertyville HS (Ill.)Texas Christian 94
    10Michael CantuC/1BCarrol HS (Texas)Texas 95

     

Corner Infield

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    3B Matt Chapman (No. 5)
    3B Matt Chapman (No. 5)Nati Harnik/Associated Press

    Best Prospect: Michael Chavis

    Most MLB-Ready: Casey Gillaspie

    Best Athlete: Taylor Sparks

    Highest Ceiling: Chavis

    Most Helium: Sam Travis

    Biggest Risk: Sparks

    Sleeper Candidate: Bobby Bradley

    Bust Candidate: Reed

    Best Plate Discipline: Gillaspie

    Best Bat: Gillaspie

    Best Power: A.J. Reed

    Best Speed: Sparks

    Best Arm: Matt Chapman

    Best Defense: Chapman

     

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Michael Chavis3B/2BSprayberry HS (Ga.)Clemson 16
    2Casey Gillaspie1BWichita State Never Drafted25
    3A.J. Reed1BKentucky Mets 2011 (25)35
    4Sam Travis1BIndiana Reds 2011 (40)46
    5Matt Chapman3BCal State Fullerton Never Drafted50
    6Taylor Sparks3B/2BUC Irvine Indians 2011 (24)56
    7Bobby Bradley3B/1BHarrison Central HS (Miss.)Louisiana State  

     

Middle Infield

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    SS Jacob Gatewood (No. 3)
    SS Jacob Gatewood (No. 3)Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Best Prospect: Nick Gordon

    Most MLB-Ready: Trea Turner

    Best Athlete: Forrest Wall

    Highest Ceiling: Jacob Gatewood

    Most Helium: Gordon

    Biggest Risk: Turner

    Sleeper Candidate: Wall

    Bust Candidate: Gatewood

    Best Plate Discipline: Turner

    Best Bat: Wall

    Best Power: Gatewood

    Best Speed: Turner/Wall

    Best Arm: Gordon

    Best Defense: Milton Ramos

     

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Nick GordonSSOlympia (Fla.) HSFlorida State 5
    2Trea TurnerSSN.C. State Pirates 2011 (20)15
    3Jacob GatewoodSSClovis (Calif.) HSUSC 19
    4Ti'Quan ForbesSSColumbia (Miss.) HSMississippi 37
    5Alex Blandino2B/3BStanford Athletics 2011 (38)39
    6Forrest Wall2BOrange Christian HS (Fla.)North Carolina 48
    7Cole TuckerSSMountain Pointe HS (Ariz.)Arizona 61
    8Milton RamosSSAmerican Heritage HS (Fla.)Florida Atlantic 71
    9Brian Anderson2B/OFArkansas Twins 2011 (20)80
    10Trace LoehrSSPutnam HS (Ore.)Oregon State 82
    11Josh MorganSS/3BOrange Lutheran HS (Calif.)UCLA 88

     

Outfield

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    OF Derek Fisher (No. 3)
    OF Derek Fisher (No. 3)ANDREW SHURTLEFF/Associated Press

    Best Prospect: Bradley Zimmer

    Most MLB-Ready: Michael Conforto/Zimmer

    Best Athlete: Monte Harrison

    Highest Ceiling: Michael Gettys

    Most Helium: Harrison

    Biggest Risk: Gettys

    Sleeper Candidate: Derek Hill/Jeren Kendall

    Bust Candidate: Gettys

    Best Plate Discipline: Conforto

    Best Bat: Derek Fisher

    Best Power: Braxton Davidson

    Best Speed: Kendall/Harrison/Hill/Gettys

    Best Arm: Gettys/Harrison/Dylan Davis

    Best Defense: Gettys/Kendall

     

    RankPlayerPos.SchoolCollege CommitmentPreviously DraftedOverall
    1Bradley ZimmerOFSan Francisco Cubs 2011 (23)6
    2Michael ConfortoOFOregon State Never Drafted12
    3Derek FisherOFVirginia Rangers 2011 (6)21
    4Monte HarrisonOFLee's Summit HS (Mo.)Nebraska 22
    5Marcus WilsonOFJ Serra HS (Calif.)Arizona State 27
    6Braxton DavidsonOF/1BT.C. Roberson HS (N.C.)North Carolina 29
    7Derek HillOFElk Grove HS (Calif.)Oregon 31
    8Michael GettysOFGainesville HS (Ga.)Georgia 34
    9Mike PapiOF/1BVirginia Angels 2011 (30)45
    10Matt RaileyOFNorth Florida Christian Academy (Fla.)Florida State 51
    11Jeren KendallOFHolmen HS (Wisc.)Vanderbilt 73
    12Jordan LuplowOFFresno State Never Drafted78
    13Gareth MorganOFBlyth Academy (Toronto)N.C. State 81
    14Dylan DavisOF/RHPOregon State Never Drafted93
    15Rhys HoskinsOFSacramento State Never Drafted96