The Board

Updated February 24, 2014

Rank Name Position School
01. Carlos Rodon LHP N.C. State
He hasn’t dominated the way he tore through lineups towards the end of the year, but Rodon was much better in start No. 2 and he’s still the prohibitive favorite to be the No. 1 pick come June.

 

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02. Jeff Hoffman RHP East Carolina

Hoffman wasn’t great in his second outing as his velocity dropped in the middle innings and his fastball was very hittable, but he’s shown more than flashes of being the pitcher he was over the summer.

 

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03. Alex Jackson C/RF/3B Rancho Bernardo High School (Calif.)
I don’t think Jackson ends up behind the plate, but the bat will play anywhere with plus bat speed, good feel for hitting and plus power potential.

 

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04. Tyler Kolek RHP Shepherd High School (Tex)
Kolek has been clocked in the high 90′s — touching 100 — in two different “exhibition” games for Shepherd, and most I’ve talked to believe he’s the clear No. 1 prep pitcher in the class right now. 

 

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05. Jacob Gatewood SS Clovis High School (Calif.)
The industry seemed to sour a bit on Gatetwood this summer, but I still think he’s got a chance to stick at shortstop and if the hit tool can even be average he’s got a chance to be special.

 

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06.  Tyler Beede RHP Vanderbilt
There was never a question about Beede’s stuff, but he’s been absolutely dominant in his first two outings, and if he continues to throw strikes, look out. 

 

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07. Brady Aiken LHP Cathedral Catholic High School (Calif.)
Aiken offers plenty of deception in his delivery, and has a chance to have three above-average offerings from the left-side.

 

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08. Sean Newcomb LHP Hartford
He’ll face inferior competition all spring — à la Sean Manaea last year — but left-handers with plus size and stuff don’t usually last long on the board.

 

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09. Grant Holmes RHP Conway High School (S.C.)
I’m still very high on Holmes, a right-hander with three pitches that could end up plus and good feel for all of them, but his lack of projection drops him ever so slightly below the other prep hurlers in this group.

 

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10. Max Pentecost C Kennesaw State
He may not have a single plus tool, but other than speed he’s average to above-average across the board, and he’s not a Molina on the bases, either, which makes him the best backstop in this year’s draft.

 

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11. Derek Fisher OF Virginia
He’s going to have to hit to justify this ranking as he isn’t even a mediocre outifelder, and so far he’s doing just that; showing two 60-tools from the left-side and standing out in one of the best lineups in college baseball.

 

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12. Trea Turner SS N.C. State
I’m lower on Turner than most, but I certainly respect his abilities as a shortstop with 80 speed and potentially above-average defense. But the swing is awkward, and there’s very little chance he hits for power at the next level.

 

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13. Nick Gordon SS/RHP Olympia High School (Fla.)
The son of former all-star pitcher Tom, Gordon likely ends up making his money in the field with plus defensive ability and an improving hit tool from the left side, though his arm strength and plus curveball make the mound a non-zero possibility as a landing spot.

 

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14. Erick Fedde RHP UNLV
Fedde was dominant in his first start of the year, and then not-so-dominant on Friday, but with a 94-96 fastball and a breaking-ball and change that will both flash plus, he’s got a chance to move up this board.

 

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15. Justus Sheffield RHP Sanger High School (Calif.)
Sheffield doesn’t have the electric stuff that his brother (Vanderbilt freshman Jordan) has, but he’s an athletic left-hander who should have three above-average to plus pitches with advanced feel for pitching.

 

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16. Braxton Davidson 1B T.C. Roberson (N.C.)
Davidson is the most difficult player to rank early on, as he might have the most offensive upside of anyone in the class, but few believe he can play in the outfield at the next level, and he struggled in the fall.

 

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17. Luis Ortiz RHP Sanger High School (Calif.)
Ortiz has a chance to shoot up the board; armed with a fastball that has touched 95, a slider that will flash plus coming from a durable pitcher’s body that still have some projection left in it, as welll

 

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18. Brandon Finnegan LHP TCU
Finnegan has dominated in his first two outings — albeit against terrible competition — and has touched the mid 90′s with his fastball, but there are still concerns about his size and many still believe he’s a reliever long-term.

 

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19. Bradley Zimmer OF San Francisco
Zimmer is the brother of Royals 2012 first-round pick Kyle, and while he’s not likely to be a top ten pick like his brother he does impress as a toolsy outfielder who might be able to play centerfield and hit for power from the left side.

 

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20. Alex Verdugo OF/LHP Sahauro High School (Ariz.)
Verdugo is one of the true two-way propspects in this year’s class along with Gordon, with a fastball that will sit 90-93 and showing big offensive potential from the left side with impressive feel for hitting

 

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21 Touki Toussaint RHP Coral Springs High School (Fla.)
Toussaint is one of the most athletic pitchers in the class with a fastball that will touch the mid-90s and a breaking-ball that flashes plus-plus, but the stuff has been inconsistent, and the command is well below-average at this point.

 

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22. Mac Marshall LHP Parkview High School (Ga.)
Marshall could be the third straight player from Parkview to go on day one come June; with a low 90′s fastball and two above-average secondary offerings along with improving feel for pitching in his left arm..

 

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23 Forrest Wall 2B Orangewood High School (Fla.)
If Wall could be play shortstop he’d be a potential top ten pick as he might have a 65 hit-tool, but even at second base he has a chance to be a first-rounder with said feel for hitting and plus speed

 

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24. Sean Reid-Foley RHP Sandalwood High School (Fla.)
Reid-Foley saw his stock rise after good — if unspectacular — showings over the summer, and has shown continued progress over the spring with two plus offerings in his fastball and sweeping slider.

 

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25. Michael Gettys OF Gainesville High School (Ga.)
There’s no denying Gettys’ athletic ability, and he has one of the strongest throwing arms in the entire class and some power potential; but that doesn’t mean much if Gettys’ can’t hit, which is still very much in doubt.