Much like science—though not nearly as predictable—the Major League Baseball draft is constantly evolving and takes many different paths before we see the full picture. The projections for this year's class have undergone drastic changes over the last three months, with talent rising and falling every single day.
It's easy to get caught up in the spectacle of what these young athletes are doing on the field, but there's a world of difference between succeeding at the high school or college level and projecting to professional baseball.
As a result, some of the best performers don't maintain their spot on a draft board if their raw tools don't look as sharp. That's a hard fact N.C. State left-hander Carlos Rodon has learned, though he isn't likely to fall below the No. 3 selection, which is held by the Chicago White Sox.
But then there are the players who just keep growing and getting better every time they step on the field. With the 2014 MLB draft set to begin on Thursday, the high-rising prospects are the ones who will determine the direction of the first and second rounds.
Here are the players who have been the most impressive down the stretch this season and have been shooting up draft boards accordingly.