MLB mock draft 2014: Baseball America projects Carlos Rodon to stay on top

USA TODAY Sports

Other prospects have emerged, but Rodon's recent success could keep him in the top spot.

The MLB draft is less than three weeks away, and although there has been some speculation that the Houston Astros could look elsewhere, Baseball America's John Manuel still has Carlos Rodon at the top of his second mock of the year.

Many evaluators are currently high on high school catcher Alex Jackson due to a "power barrage" of late, and prep lefty Brady Aiken has also received a few mock-topping accolades. Texas high school righty Tyler Kolek lights up fans' imagination with his triple-digit fastball, but Manuel has him slipping to the Phillies at No. 7, presumably due to the fact that the rest of his game isn't quite as incendiary as his heater.

High school shortstop Nick Gordon, Dee Gordon's brother, is a near lock to crack the top five. He's likely to stick at short, and his brother's success this season in Los Angeles can't hurt.

Louisiana State's Aaron Nola represents the lowest risk after Rodon as far as college arms go. Manuel has him being selected by the Mariners at No. 6 overall.

East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman was projected as a top-five pick before undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this month. He could slip to a team in the middle of the first round -- or even later in the first -- and present a potential steal for the team willing to take a chance on him as he recovers.

College lefties Kyle Freeland, Brandon Finnegan, and Sean Newcomb could also push their way into the top fifteen picks, but as always, it will depend on how the draft unfolds.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker