At the top of the 2014 MLB draft sat the potential to change the landscape of the league.
This class didn't have a prospect heads and shoulders above the rest. That says more about its wealth of talent than a lack, though.
Here are the players drafted this year with the highest ceilings.
4. C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
Sixth overall to the Seattle Mariners
Usually the best hitter in the draft is selected before the sixth overall pick, but not on Thursday. Primarily thanks to the Chicago Cubs reaching for Kyle Schwarber at No. 4, Jackson slipped to the Mariners, which have to be thrilled.
Uncertainty about what position he'll play may have caused him to fall. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, he'll play outfielder:
And the #Mariners take HS C Alex Jackson with No. 6 overall pick. Expect to convert to OF fulltime.— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) June 5, 2014
Uncertainty shouldn't have overshadowed his ability with the bat, though. No hitter in this class has more power potential the 6'2", 215-pounder. He hit .385, 11 home runs and 31 RBI as a senior.
3. SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
Fifth overall to the Minnesota Twins
Gordon was destined for the majors. His father, Tom, played over two decades and was a three-time All-Star and World Series champion. His brother, Dee, plays on the Los Angeles Dodgers right now.
As a result, he's always been around baseball, as illustrated by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
I don't know what Gordon batted the year that picture was taken, but he hit .494 his senior season. The 6'2", 170-pounder is also a top-notch athlete. He definitely has the physical ability to stay at shortstop.
2. RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
Second overall to the Miami Marlins
Following its selection of Kolek, Miami tweeted why it drafted him:
At least that's much of the reason. It doesn't get much better than Kolek's measurables.
As one can imagine, he was a man among boys in high school. He imposed his will on his opponents, striking out 126 hitters in just 60.1 innings his senior season. Kolek's 0.35 ERA wasn't too bad, either.
1. LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
First overall to the Houston Astros
While Aiken isn't as physically gifted as Kolek, he has superior control and a better changeup. And he's still physically gifted. He stands at 6'3", 210 pounds and throws 97 mph.
As a senior, he finished with an ERA of 1.06 and threw 111 strikeouts. Richard Justice of MLB.com pointed out that Aiken also recorded those numbers in limited work:
Astros very pleased that Brady Aiken's work load was monitored. Very seldom threw over 80 pitches until later in season. 100 pitches rare.— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) June 6, 2014
The Astros' farm system needed left-landed pitching, and they couldn't have filled their need with a better prospect.
All high school statistics courtesy of MaxPreps.com.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.