This is a preview of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, which will take place June 5-7 next year. Obviously, there is no way that I can predict who the top prospects will be at that time, but that won't stop me from trying.
- Carlos Rodon, N.C. State, LHP-Rodon has a workhorse frame at 6'3", 234 pounds. He has a wide array of pitches, most prominently his fastball that sits consistently in the mid-nineties, but can reach 97+, and his superb slider, which is just...wow. He has the production to match this slotting, with an astounding 12.51 K/9 the previous season.
- Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina, RHP-Hoffman is a 6'4" athletic righty, with a nice, repeatable delivery. He has a strong low-to-mid 90's fastball, and a solid curve and change. He averaged 7 1/3 innings per start last year, showing he has the ability to go late in games. He dominated the Cape Cod league, which shot up his stock immensely.
- Trea Turner, N.C. State, SS-Turner has a slender frame, at just 6'1", 175, but should grow into it, giving him some more power. He has solid plate coverage, can hit the ball to the gap, and a nice approach. He has blazing speed, and is a very good baserunner, with 57 steals the past year. An above-average fielder with good range.
- Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS, C/OF-Jackson has a solid build at 6'2", 210. He has huge power, and the potential for even more. He has very good defense at both C and OF, it will be interesting to see which one he stays at in the pros. He played extremely well at PG National.
- Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, RHP-Beede has a strong, athletic build at 6'4", 215 pounds. His fastball sits in the mid-nineties, and has a plus change. A very good ground ball pitcher, having only allowed 7 HRs in 172 2/3 college innings. His arsenal is what puts him over the top. His production is excellent.
- Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS, RHP-Kolek has a great power pitcher frame at 6'6", 250. His fastball consistently sits in the mid-nineties, occasionally climbing to 97. His secondary pitches (slider and curve) are both projected to be above-average. He has a great work ethic.
- Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS, OF/RHP-Gettys is the rare prospect who excels both on the mound and as a position player. An athletic, five-tool outfielder, he has exceptional speed, and his arm strength is also very impressive. On the mound, he has a low-to-mid nineties fastball, and a nice slider that sits around 80.
- Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS, SS-Gatewood is an incredible athlete, with a frame of 6'4", 190 pounds, that he should grow into. He has elite bat speed, and the power to go with it. His range at SS is average, which could force a move to 3B; with his arm strength, that wouldn't be a problem.
- Luke Weaver, Florida St., RHP-Weaver has a slender frame at 6'2", 170 pounds, but has surprising power. His fastball is low-to-mid nineties, occasionally touching 96-97. He has a solid change with good movement, which projects to be an above-average offering. A good slider, which sometimes moves very well. A very good strikeout pitcher, with 119 K's in 98 1/3 innings.
- Dylan Cease, Milton HS, RHP-Cease has a good frame at 6'2", 185, and could grow another inch. He has good command of his mid-nineties fastball, and a very nice 12/6 curve in the mid-seventies. He has a good change that he needs to throw more often instead of relying on his fastball and curve.
Honorable Mention: Touki Toussiant, Coral Springs Christian HS, RHP; Michael Cederoth, S.D. State, RHP; Nick Gordon, Olympia HS, SS/RHP; Brandon Finnegan, TCU, LHP