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If there’s one reason to appreciate the overlap between Major League Baseball’s amateur draft and the College World Series, it’s because the final eight teams to reach Omaha each year tend to feature many of the top early-round picks from the previous week.

This year is no exception, as there will be six first-round picks in action this weekend, including three players from Virginia’s talented squad as well as several others who were selected in the first five rounds.

Here's a preview of the must-watch MLB draft picks to keep an eye on this weekend during the opening round of the 2014 College World Series.

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

In fact, with the Super Two cutoff coming right around this time, there should be plenty of promotions of primo prospects over the coming days.

Already, highly regarded youngsters like George Springer, Oscar Taveras, Jonathan Singleton and Marcus Stroman are starting for their respective clubs following call-ups.

The big news this week, of course, was the Pittsburgh Pirates' promotion of elite prospect Gregory Polanco, who had been tearing up the International League.


We’re now over two months into the 2014 season, which means it’s about that time of the year when teams begin to assess—if they haven’t already, that is—whether or not they can contend for a postseason berth.

For teams on the outside looking in, the remainder of the season presents a potential opportunity to part with either older or costly players—guys who can improve another team in the short term but offer minimal long-term value to their current organization. In such a scenario, a team that’s willing to move a legitimate major league asset typically receives an influx of young, high-upside talent in return.

So, who are the prospects that could be on the move this season?

While my selections for this article aren't necessarily based on any specific rumors, I did focus on prospects who are part of an organization that has a glaring need at the major league level. Along those same lines, I also looked at what each prospect means to his respective organizationboth at the present and in the futurein order to determine whether he realistically could be used as a trade chip at some point this season.

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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. And with the Short Season New York-Penn League set to begin Friday, we’ll soon have an entirely new crop of prospects to break down each week.

With teams having played around 60-plus games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made anywhere from 10 to 14 starts, while everyday players are nearing 250 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.

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We're only a few days removed from the conclusion of the 2014 draft, but it's never too early to start looking ahead at what next year's class has to offer.

While my colleague Adam Wells already highlighted many of the top 2015 prospects on Monday with a mock draft, here we'll look at next year's crop of talent in greater depth through a position-by-position breakdown. Each player's position is based on his projection as a professional, as guys are often drafted at a position other than their primary position as an amateur.

Players are ranked based on their perceived impact potential in the major leagues. However, keep in mind that these rankings will change drastically between now and next June, as the class hasn't even taken shape beyond some of the highly touted prospects you'll soon read about.

Here are the top-ranked 2015 draft prospects at each position. 

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With the 2014 MLB first-year player draft now in the books, it's time to see how baseball's new crop of talent compares to its current top prospects.

However, the arrival of new faces in this top-50 update means we have to say goodbye to those players who've lost prospect status (either by accruing 130 at-bats or 50 innings in the major leagues) or are currently part of a team's 25-man, active roster. Please note that all rankings for 2014 draftees are based on the assumption they will sign with their respective teams and begin their professional careers.

With that being said, here is Prospect Pipeline's updated ranking of baseball's top 50 prospects in the wake of the 2014 draft.

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The 2014 MLB first-year player draft came to an end Saturday with Rounds 11 through 40, as teams made one final attempt to either build on or improve their hauls from the opening rounds.

Having already analyzed the selections from Days 1 and 2, in this slideshow we'll take a step back and evaluate each team's overall draft, breaking down some of the potential steals and questionable picks.

Each team was graded on a combination of factors, ranging from organizational needs and potential impact to value at the draft slot and signability of the draftee.

After three days and 1,215 picks, here's a look at how each team fared in this year's draft.

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The 2014 MLB first-year player draft continued Friday with Rounds 3 through 10, as teams tried to either build on or improve their haul from the opening rounds.

After breaking down every pick made on Day 1, today we'll take a step back and evaluate each team's overall drafting strategy from the first 10 rounds.

Each team was graded on a combination of factors, ranging from organizational needs, potential impact, value at the draft slot and signability of the draftee.

Here's a look at where each team stands headed into the draft's final day.

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While Day 1 of the Major League Baseball draft took place Thursday night and carried through the end of the Competitive Balance Round after Round 2, Day 2 began in the early afternoon Friday and came to a close after Round 10.

Since most of the best amateurs are selected on Day 1, Rounds 3 through 10 are about picking more signable players (i.e., college seniors) so teams can stay within their allotted bonus pools. That doesn't mean, though, that clubs can't find and take college and high school talent with some upside as potential mid-round steals.

Here's a look at a batch of the biggest steals from Day 2—amateurs who went much later in the draft than projected based solely on their talent—listed in draft order from latest to earliest. For the purposes of this piece, only players picked in Round 5 or later could qualify as steals.


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And just like that, Day 1 of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft came to an end.

Thursday night saw a total of 74 MLB hopefuls selected between Round 1, Comp Round A, Competitive Balance Round A, Round 2 and Competitive Balance Round B. 

Day 1 had a little of everything, including surprise selections, gross overdrafts and, of course, plenty of under-the-radar steals. 

After bringing you all of the latest information on every pick made on Day 1, it's time to take a step back and evaluate each team's draft strategy.