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With draft prospects, it’s all about projecting how a player’s game will translate in the major leagues. And when talking about a prospect's overall potential in the major leagues, we're basically referring to his ceiling.

Now when we say ceiling, we’re talking about a player’s best-case outcome from a developmental standpoint, with the ceiling representing his maximum (and at least somewhat realistic) potential. However, it’s also a term heavily associated with risk level, as it’s often the youngest and most raw players (or in this year's crop of talent, the injured) deemed to have the highest ceilings.

With that being said, here’s a look at the top 10 draft prospects with the highest ceilings among players in this year’s class.

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In mid-May, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow suggested that first baseman Jonathan Singleton was “on deck” for a call-up. On Tuesday, the 22-year-old will finally step up to the plate, both figuratively and literally.

The Houston Astros made baseball history Monday by signing Singleton to a five-year extension that includes $10 million in guaranteed money, as reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The contract also includes three club options that could push his total earnings to $35 million. 

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Singleton will earn $9.5 million in base salary over the five guaranteed years of the contract, and he stands to receive $500,000 should the Astros decline his first option. Additionally, per Crasnick, Singleton’s three option years carry a value of $20 million, while he is due an additional $5 million in bonuses and awards.

The deal is the first for a player without a lick of major league experience, as Singleton will now be under contract through his age-29 season. The Astros approached rookie George Springer with a similar deal last month before his promotion to the major leagues, but the outfielder declined because he believed that it would limit his future earning potential.

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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.

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The 2014 season has already seen a collection of notable prospects receive promotions to the major leagues. Undoubtedly, there are many, many more to come. And soon.

In fact, with the Super Two target deadline approaching (likely around mid-June), there should be plenty of promotions of primo prospects over the next two or three weeks.

Already, highly regarded youngsters George Springer, C.J. Cron and Rougned Odor are each starting for their respective clubs following early season call-ups.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves finally gave in and promoted Tommy La Stella to help with their lack of production at second base, as Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

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We’re now well into the minor league season, and countless prospects continue to open eyes with their performances at each of the four full-season levels.

With teams having played in the neighborhood of 50 games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made at least 10 starts, while hitters are in range of 200 plate appearances—small sample sizes are no longer quite so small.

As we've done in previous installments, this week’s list of players once again combines reports on both hitters and pitchers in the same article.

Here are the hottest and coldest players at every minor league level.

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With the 2014 MLB Rule 4 draft less than two weeks away, one would think that the teams with early first-round picks already know who they’re going to take. However, due to a lack of impact hitters in this year’s class as well as the injuries to some of its more talented arms, there’s little clarity as to how the draft’s first five picks will unfold.

Since publishing my initial rankings in mid-May, many of the prospects that appeared in the top 150 have either maintained or improved their respective draft stock, with a few notable late-risers also finding a home on the board.

Yet as is the case every year, there’s still plenty of time for players to improve their stock before the draft, especially with the College World Series on the horizon and most prep prospects busily working out for potential suitors.

With that being said, here are the top-100 overall prospects for this year’s draft, including a look at how the class stacks up at each position. For each positional superlative, one high school prospect and one college prospect will be presented.

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The 2014 season already has seen a collection of notable prospects receive promotions to the major leagues. Undoubtedly, there are many, many more to come. And soon.

In fact, with the Super Two target deadline approaching by mid-June, there should be plenty of promotions of primo prospects in the coming month.

Already, highly regarded youngsters George Springer, C.J. Cron and Rougned Odor are each starting for their respective clubs following early season call-ups.

More recently, the New York Mets brought up right-handers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom for their debuts last week, while Trevor Bauer resurfaced in Cleveland and Kolten Wong did the same in St. Louis.

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We’re now well into the minor league season, and countless prospects continue to open eyes with their performances at each of the four full-season levels.

With teams having played around 40-plus games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made at least seven starts, while hitters are nearing 200 plate appearances—we continue to distance ourselves from concerns related to small sample sizes. As we did in the series’ previous installments, this week’s list of players once again combines reports on both hitters and pitchers in the same article.

Here are the hottest and coldest players at every minor league level.

 

All stats courtesy of MiLB.com and accurate as of May 21, 2014.

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The 2014 season already has seen a collection of notable prospects receive promotions to the major leagues, and undoubtedly, there will be many, many more to come.

Highly regarded prospects George Springer, C.J. Cron and Rougned Odor are each starting for their respective clubs following early season call-ups, and it shouldn't be long until they're joined by impact talents such as Oscar Taveras, Jonathan Singleton and Gregory Polanco.

On the pitching front, a pair of promising young arms debuted for the Mets this week in right-handers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, and both pitchers have the potential to emerge as fixtures in the rotation moving forward.

So, who will be the next high-profile prospect to reach the major leagues?

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With small sample sizes representing a lesser concern now that teams have played roughly 40 games, we're starting to get an idea about this year's rookie class.

International sensations Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu have emerged as elite players with their tremendous starts to the season, while Yordano Ventura, Yangervis Solarte and Xander Bogaerts have each made it clear that the running for American League Rookie of the Year won't necessarily be a two-horse race.

And even though this year's class isn't nearly as deep in the National League, it has produced a pair of young up-the-middle talents in Billy Hamilton and Chris Owings.

But between both leagues, which rookies have been the best at their respective positions?