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BF.net Mock Draft - 2014 MLB Draft 1st Round - COMPLETED

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Posted: May 11, 2014, 6:14 AM Post
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I just shot Molitor Fan a PM. Hopefully he will be able to make his pick so we can keep this rolling.

I have done the same and haven't heard back in a few days. I am going to make a selection on his behalf and hope he can join us for his next pick.


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Selection #10 - New York Mets
Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (Florida)


Gordon slid a little here, and he is just too talented (not to mention good bloodlines) for the Mets to pass up at 10. He fills their system with a rare HS kid that may actually stick at SS. If he doesn't, he has a potential career on the mound to fall back on.

Other enticing selections here were Bradley Zimmer and Touki Toussaint. I have been down on Toussaint until recently when the latest reports have his control improving on what is possibly the top three pitch repertoire (fastball, curveball, change) in the draft.


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Posted: May 13, 2014, 8:04 AM Post
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Selection #11 - Toronto Blue Jays
Trea Turner - SS - NC State

The Blue Jays have an abundance of of young arms at the top of their prospect sheets, but besides uber-young Franklin Barreto no real candidate to man SS when Jose Reyes can't do it anymore - which is looking to be sooner than later. Turner would replace Reyes leadoff capability fairly soon while also replacing his position. I also think the Blue Jays will start to shy away from the riskier picks they have been known for.


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Posted: May 13, 2014, 10:32 AM Post
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Selection #12- Milwaukee Brewers

Touki Toussaint- RHP- Coral Springs Christian Academy (Florida)

The past couple of draft, the Brewers have selected high-risk, high-reward players (Coulter, Roache, D. Williams) and Toussaint is about as high-risk, high-reward as they come. He's still very raw, but has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter. Like all raw high school players, there's a chance that he may never reach the majors, but the potential reward is just too high to pass on.


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Posted: May 14, 2014, 7:28 PM Post
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Selection #13 - San Diego Padres
Brandon Finnegan - LHP - TCU

The Padres have a couple of higher-end pitching prospects in Fried and Wisler and a very deep system. On the offensive side they also have a few power OF candidates in Dickerson, Renfroe and Medica who's already seen time. It's almost time for them to "pull the trigger" on their core group. I see them going college pitching here. Another lefty makes their pitching depth very attractive.


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Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 PM Post
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Selection #14-San Francisco Giants
Bradley Zimmer-OF- San Francisco


With 10 of the first 13 picks being Pitching, San Fran goes Bradley Zimmer. A College OF bat, the organization has a need for and Zimmer they will gladly take falling to their pick. He was a 6th-14th pick projection depending you ask and getting Zimmer 14th is of great value.
Left Handed Bat so that also bolds well when he reaches the Bigs and plays those home games with the chance to deposit balls in to the McCovey Cove. Having played College ball at San Fran will also make fans happy to follow him through the minors in to the Majors. There will be added ticket sales from this kid and if/when he pans out that is all bonus to what appears to be a solid selection for 14.


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Posted: May 14, 2014, 11:26 PM Post
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Selection #15 - Los Angeles Angels
Sean Newcomb - LHP - Hartford

The Angels have the worst minor league system in all of baseball. The team desperately needs youth and athleticism all around the diamond. In Newcomb, the Angels get a big, imposing starting pitcher who can throw in the upper 90s. He doesn't have a lot of holes in his game, and should progress rather quickly through the system.

The Angels would have loved to have gotten one of the 2nd tier bats (after Jackson), such as Zimmer, Gordon or Turner, but are more than happy with Newcomb. The southpaw immediately becomes the club's top minor league prospect.


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Posted: May 15, 2014, 7:32 PM Post
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Selection #16 - Arizona Diamondbacks

3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS (GA).

After trading Davidson to the White Sox the Dbacks have a hole at 3B and Chavis fills this hole rather well.


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Posted: May 17, 2014, 7:58 PM Post
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Selection #17- Kansas City Royals

Kyle Schwarber C/OF Indiana

This pick just fits for KC. The success of Billy Butler for their team and the batting projection Schwarber has fits Butler's Mold. Sure, it could be great if he stuck at C, but Schwarber isn't the most athletic behind the dish or fleet of foot and a 1b/DH seems destined for Kyle. One who hits 25+HRs a year with a high BA. KC can't go wrong with that. His Bat will fly through the Minors and Schwarber just may be the first Position Player to graduate in to Majors. Good thing too, Billy Butler's Contract ends after 2015. And the door will be open for Schwarber for 2016.


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Posted: May 20, 2014, 8:21 PM Post
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Selection 18- Washington Nationals

Max Pentecost- C


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Posted: May 22, 2014, 9:50 AM Post
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#19--Cincinnati Reds--Michael Conforto--Oregon State

Although more bats are getting picked than expected, I'm surprised he's still on the board.


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Posted: May 22, 2014, 10:20 AM Post
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Selection #20 Tampa Bay Rays
Luis Ortiz RHP

No team has done a better job of cycling talent than the Rays. However, they've never been all that great at precisely identifying impact talent like San Francisco, they've gotten by on volume, especially under the old system. The Rays have had only 1 first round pick just once in the recent past picking Richie Shaffer 3B from Clemson in 2012. They had 2 picks in 2013 (21,29), 10 picks in 2011 (24,31,32,38,41,42,52,56,59,60), and 3 picks in 2010 (17,31,41). They usually alternate some safer college picks with high upside HS picks to spread the risk in the first round. I think they would have been all over Conforto but as he just came off the board they'll go back to upside. They could also go after some of the HS bats remaining here like Gatewood, Harrison, and Hill if they were interested in grabbing a potential impact bat before they are gone. The safer pick here would have Sean Reid-Foley who's profiling like more of a mid rotation guy (and from FL) but TB has proven that they will jump on impact talent other teams have passed on for various reasons like the character concerns with Taylor Guerrieri in 2011 so the injury issue won't scare them away from Ortiz.

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Posted: May 25, 2014, 1:30 PM Post
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Selection #21- Cleveland Indians

Jacob Gatewood- SS
Huge power but his swing is a bit long. I really doubt he stays at ss (especially with lindor in the tribes infield for years to come) but his bat and range would play well at third. exciting player.


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Posted: May 25, 2014, 4:00 PM Post
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Selection #22- Los Angeles Dodgers

Casey Gillaspie - 1B Wichita State


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Posted: May 27, 2014, 8:33 PM Post
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Selection #23 - Detroit Tigers
Sean Reid-Foley - RHP - Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville

Detroit is one of the few teams that will truly go BPA without a HS or College preference, though they have drafted a plethora of 1st round pitchers going back to 2003. Reid-Foley doesn't have the highest ceiling but the Tigers have used 1st round picks on players like Corey Knebel and Chance Ruffin both college closers in the recent past, he's the BPA here.

Just a note that jjkoestler asked me to make his pick for him.


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Selection #24 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Monte Harrison - OF - Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West HS

The Pirates always go upside and aren't afraid to deviate from the industry consensus about a player if they have a different opinion of the young man. Harrison is considered to be the best athlete in the class and one of the bigger projects as a 3 sport athlete, he's a very good basketball player though he's an even better at football with a scholarship to Nebraska as a WR waiting for him. He has the speed to stay in CF and has a plus/plus arm hitting 97 MPH from the OF. He's shown decent power in batting practice but has more of a live drive swing in games, he's one of the tougher players to project in this class. However the combination of physical tools are too much for the Pirates to pass up on even with the signability questions.

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Selection #23 - Detroit Tigers
Grant Holmes - RHP Conway (S.C.) HS

Detroit is one of the few teams that will truly go BPA without a HS or College preference, though they have drafted a plethora of 1st round pitchers going back to 2003. Holmes is clearly the best player left on the board at this time, there is a fairly solid consensus that he should be the 3rd or 4th HS arm to come off the board and is great value here.

Just a note that jjkoestler asked me to make his pick for him.


The Blue Jays selected Grant Holmes for the 9th pick.


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Posted: May 27, 2014, 9:56 PM Post
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TheCrew07 said:
Selection #23 - Detroit Tigers
Grant Holmes - RHP Conway (S.C.) HS

Detroit is one of the few teams that will truly go BPA without a HS or College preference, though they have drafted a plethora of 1st round pitchers going back to 2003. Holmes is clearly the best player left on the board at this time, there is a fairly solid consensus that he should be the 3rd or 4th HS arm to come off the board and is great value here.

Just a note that jjkoestler asked me to make his pick for him.


The Blue Jays selected Grant Holmes for the 9th pick.


Gah! He wasn't crossed off my list! Let me revisit and edit the original.

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Posted: May 27, 2014, 10:13 PM Post
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Oakland Atheltics #25

OF-Marcus Wilson Junipero Serra, CA

A's have done away with low upside college players the last couple years and have made a switch to high upside high schoolers. Wilson fits this profile perfectly. Wilson a toolsy outfielder is just what the A's want in the system.


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Selection #26 - Boston Red Sox
Foster Griffin, LHP, First Academy HS (Florida)


A 6'5" southpaw with a low 90's fastball that has touched 95. Also reportedly a decent change-up and a developing slider. A little risky as a first rounder, but the Red Sox system is strong and they can afford to take a chance on a high ceiling lefty with this pick.

Other interesting selections here are Derek Hill, Nick Burdi, or the injured Erick Fedde.


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