The 2014 MLB amateur draft begins on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET. Over the course of three days and 40 rounds, over 1,000 players could potentially be selected by the 30 organizations.
The Oakland A's have the 25th pick.
With 40 picks and thousands of talented young men to choose from, it's nearly impossible to accurately predict the draft. Instead, this post will do the work for you, seeking out multiple other "expert" mock drafts and keying in on Oakland's first pick only.
Before getting to those mock drafts, however, the one true expert when it comes to the draft is Eric Kubota, the A's director of scouting. Kubota has held the position for 13 years, so if anyone knows what the A's will do, it's him. Jane Lee of MLB.com spent some time with Kubota, who said himself that "the farther you go down, the harder it is to know in all the picks ahead of you." Lee also wrote:
The A's certainly haven't shied away from high school bats, and in his latest mock Draft, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo had Oakland taking prep third baseman Michael Chavis, who is considered to be capable of one day moving behind the plate. It's his bat that's drawing plenty attention. At the same time, this is considered to be a pitching-rich Draft class, so don't be surprised if the A's go in that direction.
So right off the bat, we have Kubota saying that knowing how the draft will play out is impossible and an MLB writer who won't be surprised if the A's go pitching or infield.
Here's what the rest have to say...