MLB Draft 2014: Ranking the Top 100 Prospects

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MLB Draft 2014: Ranking the Top 100 Prospects
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LSU ace Aaron Nola has been the most consistent right-handed college pitcher over the last three seasons.

At long last, draft week has arrived.

Yet, while the 2014 MLB Rule 4 draft is set to begin Thursday, June 5, it's still unclear how the top half of the first round will play out.

An NC State left-hander was widely considered the top prospect in this year's class entering the spring after his sheer domination over the last two seasons, but his high pitch counts and inconsistent performances this season figures to hurt his consideration as the No. 1 pick.

Carlos Rodon's up-and-down campaign has opened the door for a pair of high school arms to contend for No. 1 honors, as polished left-hander Brady Aiken and flame-throwing righty Tyler Kolek are both viewed as viable candidates. Furthermore, elbow injuries to college right-handers Jeff Hoffman and Erick Fedde have shaken up the first round, as both players were projected to come off the board within the first 15 picks.

The lack of impact hitters in this year’s class could also produce some surprises on draft day, as team's hoping to land an advanced bat could lead to an early selection of players such as Kyle Schwarber, Derek Fisher or Casey Gillaspie.

A few notes before we unveil this year's top-100 draft prospects: Players are ranked based on their projected position at the next level—though current positions are also taken into consideration—and, more significantly, their overall future potential in the major leagues. Please keep in mind that this is not a mock draft; rather, it's a straight ranking of this year's top draft prospects.

So, with all that being said, here are the top-100 overall prospects for the 2014 Rule 4 draft.

 

*Numbers in parentheses for previous draft history reference the round in which they were picked.

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