The 2014 MLB Draft will be held June 5-7 and will be carried on the MLB Network. As has been done in years past, a stream on the website will surely be available as well. This could well be the last time you see Bud Selig overseeing the process.
Take that as you wish…
Putting together a rankings list of any type for any reason presents a major challenge. With these players facing so many different levels of competition, even using video and written word about showcases and summer leagues might not tell the entire picture. In essence, it comes down to a judgment call and/or opinion. I realize those are not always popular. Now, to the meat and potatoes.
One aspect of this year’s draft that has created some buzz is the availability of right-handed pitchers at the high school level. Actually, pitching overall has been the talk of this draft. Some mock drafts have as many as eight pitchers going within the first ten selections. That number could have been nine had it not been for the unfortunate case of Matt Hoffman. I’ll cover that, as well as a couple more injured notables, as I go through my rankings.
Yesterday, you got my list on ten players that fell just outside my top 50 rankings. Today, we’ll start to delve into the top 50 of the list. Let’s start by looking at those draft prospects I have ranked from 50 to 46. Whenever possible, I will supply the most recent video that was found.
Here’s the first five of my top 50 2014 MLB draft prospects.