None of the major draft publications have released any draft boards for 2014 so here's my list of top college guys for 2014. Keep in mind, this time last year, not only did no one know Sean Manaea, even Jonathon Crawford hadn't blown up and turned into a possible top 10 pick. These kids develop at different paces.
1. Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State – Would have been the #1 overall pick in 2012 as a freshman if he were eligible. Ditto for this year’s draft.
2. Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State – He is converting to SS and I think he can pull it off (he played 3B as a freshman) but if he can’t handle SS, his stock would drop quite a bit. Probably has 80 speed.
3. Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt – First round pick in 2011 who struggled last season as a freshman but has come on strong this year with a rebound in velocity.
4. Austin Cousino, OF, Kentucky
5. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina – Broke out in the Cape Cod League.
6. Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia
7. Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State – Love his bat but he’s not as athletic as Cousino or Fisher. Will have to play corner OF.
8. Michael Cederoth, RHP, San Diego State
9. Matt Chapman, 3B, Cal State Fullerton
10. Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville - Has hit 100 - currently closing for Louisville but should have starting potential.
11. Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU – LSU’s Friday night starter over potential 2013 first rounder Ryan Eades.
12. Kevin Cron, 1B, Texas Christian – CJ Cron’s brother.
13. Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU
14. Mason Robbins, OF, Southern Mississippi
Karsten Whitson, RHP, Florida – It’s possible he returns for a redshirt junior season and bounces back to where he was last fall and his freshman year.
Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS (Clovis, CA) – Perfect Game, BA and Keith Law have mentioned he’s a possible top-10 pick.
Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego, CA) – Perfect Game, BA and Keith Law have mentioned he’s a possible top-10 pick.
Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs Academy (Coral Springs, FL) – Topped out at 97 in a showcase event, BA *loves* him.
Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (MFer Windermere, FL) – Dee Gordon’s brother. BA and PG love him but dude still only weighs 140 lbs as a HS junior.
Overall, the 2014 draft is stronger than 2012 and 2013. The college class of 2014 is easily much stronger than the past two years and if Gatewood and Jackson are as good as their hype, the HS class will definitely be stronger than this year's draft.