2014 MLB Mock Draft: Latest Look at Complete 1st Round

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2014 MLB Mock Draft: Latest Look at Complete 1st Round
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With the 2014 MLB draft set for Thursday, mock drafts are currently about as accurate as they're going to get.

This year, no prospect has separated himself as the consensus first overall pick. However, the draft class as a whole is deeper than most others.

Here is an updated first-round mock.

 

1. Houston Astros: LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS

Houston is back at the top of the draft for the third straight year. In 2012, it selected shortstop Carlos Correa at No. 1, and in 2013 it selected pitcher Mark Appel.

Joining this promising duo will be Aiken. A prep pitcher hasn't heard his name called first since 1991. Of course, there have been few prep pitchers since 1991 that were as promising as Aiken.

His fastball reaches speeds of 97 mph, and he has three above-average pitches. His ERA this season is 1.06.

And if you weren't already convinced, Aiken had a 162.5 passer rating as a sophomore quarterback (on two pass attempts, but it is still an impressive number).

 

2. Miami Marlins: LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State

Miami already has two quality left-handed pitchers in its farm system in Andrew Heaney and Justin Nicolino. Rodon may not fill the Marlins' greatest need, but he's too talented to pass up.

His fastball, like Aiken's, can touch 97 mph. Few prospects also have a better slider than Rodon. He's also built well at 6'3" and 235 pounds.

This season for the Wolfpack, Rodon recorded an 2.01 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 98.2 innings pitched.

 

3. Chicago White Sox: RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS

The White Sox haven't spent a first-rounder on a prospect over 20 years old since 2010. Kolek is not only younger than 20, but he's the best player available.

The monstrous 6'5", 230-pound prep star is one of the few top pitchers in the class whose fastball can reach 100 mph. While its his most dominant pitch, he also utilizes an above-average slider and curveball. With such an extensive arsenal, its no wonder why he finished with a 0.35 ERA this season.

 

4. Chicago Cubs: C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS

Chicago's farm system is already stacked with position players. But it won't pass on a top hitter who's notably better than the top pitcher available, and that's what Jackson is.

He hit .385 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI this season. Few catching prospects are as skilled on both offensive and defensive as Jackson.

 

5. Minnesota Twins: SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS

If any offensive prospect in the draft is more promising than Jackson, it's Gordon. With a top arm and great wheels, he's lacking little athletically. The 6'2", 170-pounder is some time in the weight room away from adding strength to his resume, though.

He finished this season with a batting average of .494.

 

6. Seattle Mariners: RHP Aaron Nola, LSU

Seattle's farm system needs everything. Nola falls into that category.

The Tigers' ace made his stat sheet look pretty in 2014. He finished 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 134 strikeouts. His stamina is also phenomenal, having pitched 24.9 more innings than any other LSU arm.

 

7. Philadelphia Phillies: LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville

Philadelphia almost always drafts high school prospects in the first round. But due to the fact that they are in need of minor league pitching depth, Freeland makes sense here.

His fastball reaches speeds in the mid-90s, and he has an above-average slider. Freeland used those pitches to abuse opposing hitters in 2014, as he finished with 10 wins, a 1.90 ERA and 128 strikeouts.

He also didn't allow a single home run all year in 99.2 innings pitched.

 

8. Colorado Rockies: OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco

Zimmer is one of the most promising hitters in the draft. This season for the Dons, he hit .368 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. 

He's also has starting center fielder potential with a cannon arm and impressive wheels. Standing at 6'4" could come in handy when leaping for balls headed over the fence. 

 

9. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS

Toronto needs to land an offensive prospect in the first round, but with another selection two picks later, it has the flexibility to take another pitcher at No. 9.

Holmes' fastball reaches triple digits. And as powerful as his fastball is, his curveball is almost as impressive.

 

10. New York Mets: LHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford

If the Mets selects Newcomb here, they'd be bucking the trend; the team hasn't selected a college player with their first pick since 2010.

However, it also lacks a promising left-handed pitcher in its farm system. Newcomb, who has a 1.25 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 93.2 innings this season, is promising.

 

11. Toronto Blue Jays: OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State

After opting for an arm two spots earlier, Toronto has to address its offensive-absent farm system here. 

Conforto excelled in the batter's box this season. He finished with seven home runs and 57 RBI while hitting .345.

 

12: Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.

Milwaukee has drafted a high schooler in the first round in three out of the last four years. The 6'2" Toussaint boasts one of the best fastball-curveball combinations in the draft class, as the former can touch 97 mph.

He recorded an ERA of 1.22 to go along with 104 strikeouts this season.

 

13. San Diego Padres: SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State

The San Diego farm system's greatest weakness is infield depth. Turner would fix that.

He batted .321 this season while also hitting eight home runs and knocking in 37 runs. But his greatest strength is speed, as Turner is lightning-fast and stole 26 bases on just 30 attempts.

 

14. San Francisco Giants: RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt

Beede was drafted out of high school in 2011, but he instead chose to attend college. Vanderbilt is sure glad he did. Beede led the team with 106 strikeouts this season.

His fastball touches 97 mph, and he has great size at 6'5" and 215 pounds.

 

15. Los Angeles Angels: C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana

At 6'0" and 240 pounds, Schwarber looks like a power hitter—and he certainly is.

Schwarber compiled 14 home runs and 48 RBI this season for the Hoosiers while batting .358. Few, if any, prospects are more gifted in the batter's box in this class.

 

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina

Arizona's two best prospectsArchie Bradley and Braden Shipleyare right-handed pitchers. Its major league team is in need of more than two upgrades on the mound, though.

Hoffman is only 185 pounds and his fastball can hit 98 mph. He also has an above-average curveball. While he missed most of this season with Tommy John surgery, his ceiling is too high for him to fall further in the first round.

 

17. Kansas City Royals: LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU

Kansas City has used four out of its past five first-round picks on college prospects. 

Measuring in at just 5'11" and 185 pounds, Finnegan isn't as physically gifted as most of the pitchers who will hear their names called in the first round. But this season, he proved that his lack of size isn't a problem. He finished with a 2.07 ERA and 122 strikeouts in just 91.1 innings pitched.

 

18. Washington Nationals: SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS

The majority of Washington's top prospects are pitchers. It's not that teams can ever have enough pitching, but the organization also needs more help elsewhere.

The 6'5", 180-pound Gatewood has immense power potential. He won the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. If he fills out that long frame, he could be a home-run machine.

 

19. Cincinnati Reds: RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS

Cincinnati has drafted a high school pitcher in the first round in two out of the last three years. Reid-Foley is gifted enough for it to continue the trend this year.

He finished this season with a 0.64 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. His fastball can reach 95 mph.

 

20. Tampa Bay Rays: 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State

Tampa Bay has little offensive talent in its farm system. Gillaspie just so happens to have an elite bat.

He certainly passes the eyeball test at 6'4" and 230 pounds. And this season for the Shockers, he hit .389 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI. Few hitters at the collegiate level were better.

 

21. Cleveland Indians: OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS

Harrison can throw 97 mph, but he's not a pitcher. He has one of the best outfield arms in the draft, and coupled with his elite athleticismhe's also a 4-star wide receiver commit to Nebraska, per Rivals.comhe projects as a defensive stud if he sticks with baseball.

 

22. Los Angeles Dodgers: C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State

Pentecost is one of the best hitters in college baseball. He ranks second in Division I this season with a .423 batting average, which skyrocketed as the year progressed thanks to a 36-game hit streak.

 

23. Detroit Tigers: 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky

Reed finished this season with a 2.09 ERA and 12-2 record on the mound for the Wildcats, but he doesn't even project as a pitcher. He somehow found a way to be even more productive with a bat in his hand, hitting .336 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI.

At 6'4" and 245 pounds, those power numbers should translate to the next level.

 

24. Pittsburgh Pirates: OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS

Pittsburgh doesn't necessarily need an outfielder with Gregor Polanco, Austin Meadows and Josh Bell in the fold, but Hill is too talented to pass on this late in the first round.

He batted .500 this season and used his blazing speed to steal 21 bases.

 

25. Oakland Athletics: RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS

Oakland's farm system is void of pitching talent, and Ortiz's presence would change that.

His fastball can reach 97 mph, and he also has an above-average slider.

 

26. Boston Red Sox: 3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS

Boston's farm system is so stacked that it doesn't need to consider need at all in the first round.

Chavis batted an incredible .580 this season with 13 home runs and 37 RBI.

 

27. St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV

St. Louis hasn't drafted a high schooler in the first round since 2009.

Fedde could've snuck into the top 10 if he didn't need Tommy John surgery. He finished this season with a 1.76 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched.

 

All high school statistics courtesy of MaxPreps.com.

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.

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