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MLB mock draft 2014: The first round 3.0

The draft is only a few days away ...


Other than a few "What if?" Nick Gordon rumors, the prevailing opinion is that the Astros are going to pick high school lefty Brady Aiken. It makes sense. He's a southpaw that throws in the mid- to upper-90s and he has a curveball that has led some to compare him to Clayton Kershaw.

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The Marlins could go with the high-ceiling bat of Alex Jackson at No. 2, but it might be hard for them to resist Carlos Rodon. Although he'd probably be well received anywhere, Rodon -- a Cuban-American -- would be immensely popular in Miami, and paired with Cuban ace Jose Fernandez, the Marlins could have a incredible one-two punch at the top of their rotation.

From there, the draft could go many different directions, and the selection of Louisiana State right hander Aaron Nola could be the pivot point. Some have him going as high as No. 4 overall to the Cubs, which would inevitably push one of the four premier prep players out of the top five.

A team could also surprise, as the Royals did last year, and make an underslot selection early in the draft in order to catch a falling prospect later in what is considered an extremely deep draft class.

1. Houston Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, California HS

2. Miami Marlins: Alex Jackson, C/3B/OF, California HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas HS

4. Chicago Cubs: Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State

5. Minnesota Twins: Nick Gordon, SS, Florida HS

6. Seattle Mariners: Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU

7. Philadelphia Phillies: Kyle Freeland, RHP, Evansville

8. Colorado Rockies: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

9. Toronto Blue Jays: Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State

10. New York Mets: Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, ECU

12. Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana

13. San Diego Padres: Trea Turner, SS, NC State

14. San Francisco Giants: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Florida HS

15. Los Angeles Angels: Grant Holmes, RHP, South Carolina HS

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt

17. Kansas City Royals: Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco

18. Washington Nationals: Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV

19. Cincinnati Reds: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU

20. Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Florida HS

21. Cleveland Indians: Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State

22. Los Angeles Dodgers: Derek Hill, OF, California HS

23. Detroit Tigers: Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville

24. Pittsburgh Pirates: Michael Chavis, 3B/2B, Georgia HS

25. Oakland Athletics: Monte Harrison, OF, Missouri HS

26. Boston Red Sox: A.J. Reed, 1B/LHP, Kentucky

27. St. Louis Cardinals: Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia