Ranking the Top 10 Infield Prospects in the 2014 MLB Draft

Ranking the Top 10 Infield Prospects in the 2014 MLB Draft

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The 2014 MLB Draft includes one elite infield prospect who may be selected in the top five picks and has potentially two shortstops with top ten talent. There are also some interesting corner infield prospects who could be impact players at the MLB level, in addition to a second base prospect who should be selected much higher than recent prospects who entered the draft at 2B.

Here are the top 10 infielders in the 2014 MLB Draft.

10. Mike Papi, 1B, Virginia

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10. Mike Papi, 1B, Virginia

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Mike Papi played in left field for Virginia but is a below-average runner and should ultimately end up at first base. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds Papi possesses plus power and has excellent on-base skills, ranking second in the nation in 2013 with a .517 on-base percentage.

9. A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky

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9. A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky

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A.J. Reed has power that will play at the Major League level, and if he doesn’t make it as a hitter he’s also been an effective left-handed pitcher in the SEC this season with a 2.20 ERA in 12 starts on Friday nights. Reed has a patient approach and will wait for his pitch to hit, punishing it when he does. Reed’s swing can get long, but he has worked on shortening it up and his bat should get him through the minors.

8. Kyle Schwarber, 1B, Stanford

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8. Kyle Schwarber, 1B, Stanford

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Kyle Schwarber will attempt to make it to the Big Leagues as a catcher, but if he doesn’t stick behind the plate he should have no problem moving over to first base. chwarber improved defensively as a catcher, but he may never be an average MLB defender. He does have the athleticism to move around, though, and could excel at first base with a strong 6-foot, 240-pound frame that produces plus in-game power.

7. Braxton Davidson, 1B, Roberson HS, Asheville, NC

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7. Braxton Davidson, 1B, Roberson HS, Asheville, NC

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Braxton Davidson has the potential for a plus hit tool as well as plus raw power, although both are just above-average in games at this point. Davidson, a left-handed hitter, knows the strike zone and improved himself overall as a hitter this spring. He is intelligent at the plate and has a quick swing path with the strength to drive the ball to the opposite field. Davidson has the potential be an all-around plus hitter at the MLB level.

6. Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State

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6. Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State

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Casey Gillaspie is the younger brother of White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie, but Casey has a chance to be a much better Big League player. With plus power and plus on-base skills, Gillaspie should be a highly sought after prospect in the 2014 MLB Draft. Gillaspie is 6-foot-4, 238-pounds and has a patient, disciplined approach. As a switch-hitter, Gillaspie also has power from both sides of the plate.

5. Michael Chavis, 3B/2B, Sprayberry HS, Marietta

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5. Michael Chavis, 3B/2B, Sprayberry HS, Marietta

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Michael Chavis is one of the better hitters in this year’s draft class, with good bat speed and a short, compact stroke. Chavis generates plus bat speed with his quick and consistent swing at the plate and also has plus power despite being just 5-foot-10, 192-pounds. Chavis could play at either second or third base and is one of the safer picks among the infield prospects.

4. Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis (CA) HS

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4. Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis (CA) HS

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If Jacob Gatewood was likely to stay at shortstop he would be higher on this list, but an uncertainty if he can stick at the position will lower his draft status. Gatewood has exceptional raw power, likely the best in the draft, although his ability to tap into that power in games remains in question. Gatewood has a plus arm and a smooth glove that could potentially fit across the diamond if he outgrows shortstop.

3. Forrest Wall, 2B, Orangewood Christian HS, Winter Park, FL

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3. Forrest Wall, 2B, Orangewood Christian HS, Winter Park, FL

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Forrest Wall is one of the best hitters in this year’s draft and was forced to move to second base after labrum surgery in 2011. Wall is athletic and has the ability to be a plus defender at second. At the plate he uses every field with plus-plus contact skills and also shows above-average raw power. Wall is also a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and should be a valuable all-around player at the Major League level.

2. Trea Turner, SS, NC State

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2. Trea Turner, SS, NC State

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Trea Turner’s best skill is his speed, which is rated from 70-80 on the 20-80 scale. In 2012 Turner stole 55 bases in 59 tries and has shown pop at times with 14 home runs in the past two seasons. Overall, though, Turner has struggled with the bat and will likely have to hit at the bottom of a Major League lineup. He has the defensive ability to stick at shortstop and has speed to burn, but questions about his hit tool could cause him to slip.

1. Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS, Orlando

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1. Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS, Orlando

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Nick Gordon, son of Tom and brother of Dee, has the highest upside of any position player in this year’s draft. Gordon is a plus defender at shortstop, possessing the range, soft hands and strong arm to develop into one of the top defenders at the Major League level. Gordon also has the ability to hit for power, and his hit tool has the potential to be plus as well. While his bat currently lags behind his glove, Gordon has elite potential.

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