The 2014 Major League Baseball draft is finally upon us. It's the one time of the year when fans of all 30 teams gather together to celebrate the hope and optimism that comes with adding new and exciting talent to the sport.
However, as fun as it is to speculate about what your favorite team will do, it's not all sunshine and rainbows for players and teams. Sometimes, reality sets in, whether it is due to an injury or a player wanting a lot of money, making it difficult for two sides to reach an agreement.
That's the situation a few of this year's top players find themselves in just days away from what is supposed to be the biggest day of their lives.
There is no protocol for declaring for the MLB draft; players are eligible to be drafted when they graduate high school, have three years of college or play one year at a junior college. High school and JUCO players have leverage because they're still young enough to get better and can improve their stocks substantially to earn more money as higher picks.
Here, we'll take a look at the 10 players in the 2014 draft class who have injury concerns and/or will be looking for more money than their current talent warrants. They are ranked on a scale of 1-10, with one being someone to avoid at all costs and 10 being a no-doubt signee.
Players are listed in descending order through a combination of overall future potential and injury/signability risks (and the player's likelihood to return to form from any injury).