The MLB draft is less than a month away, and ESPN's Keith Law has busy preparing a ton of draft coverage, including a mock draft of the first round (Insider required). Law details the injuries that could play a factor in how the first round will unfold. The most notable names are collegiate right handers -- East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman and UNLV's Eric Fedde. Both players could still be taken in the first round, but their futures have been complicated by Tomm John surgery.
Law projects California prep lefty Brady Aiken to be selected number one overall by the Astros. He also lists NC State lefty Carlos Rodon and high school catcher Alex Jackson as names linked to Houston. Tyler Kolek's absence from their rumored targets is somewhat surprising considering the massive velocity he has exhibited regularly this season.
Rodon slips all the way to the Cubs at number four. Law suggests that his bonus demands could cause the top three teams to pass on him. Opting to sign players that might command less would give those clubs a chance to scoop up any prospects that could fall into the sandwich or second round due to their own high demands.
A few notable names that did not appear in Law's mock are prep righty Luis Ortiz, Florida State's Luke Weaver, and Georgia high school prospects Michael Chavis and Michael Gettys.