Ranking The Top 10 OF Prospects In The 2014 MLB Draft

Ranking The Top 10 OF Prospects In The 2014 MLB Draft

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The outfield in this year’s MLB draft class is deep with talent, although it lacks elite talents. Each of the top 10 outfielders in the 2014 MLB Draft is a top-50 overall prospect and many of them will have a chance to contribute at the major league level.

Here are the top 10 outfield prospects in the 2014 MLB Draft.

10. Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia

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10. Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia

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Derek Fisher’s calling card is his plus raw power, but he’s a below-average defender with a below-average arm who has average at best speed. Fisher has a solid swing from the left side of the plate and at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has the body type to succeed as a left fielder in the major leagues.

9. Marcus Wilson, OF, Serra HS, Gardena, CA

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9. Marcus Wilson, OF, Serra HS, Gardena, CA

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Marcus Wilson is a high-risk, high-reward high school player who has plus speed and some upside with the bat, but lacks baseball instincts. Wilson shows strong bat speed from the right side of the plate and could tap into some power down the line with a chance to hit for average. If it all breaks right, Wilson could be a five-tool player in MLB, but it will be a long road to get there.

8. Mike Papi, OF/1B, Virginia

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8. Mike Papi, OF/1B, Virginia

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Mike Papi played in left field for Virginia, but is a below-average runner. He may eventually have to make the move to first base, lowering his value on draft day. 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. Papi is not a great athlete, and sticking in the outfield will be a challenge.

7. Michael Gettys, OF, Gainesville (GA) HS

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7. Michael Gettys, OF, Gainesville (GA) HS

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Michael Gettys has all of the tools to succeed at the major league level, but he has adjustments to make in both his swing and approach at the plate if he is going to become more than just a plus defender. Gettys should be able to play center field and has a cannon for an arm with 100 mph velocity. Gettys also shows 70 speed as well as plus raw power. However, his bat currently holds him back from being a five-tool player.

6. Braxton Davidson, 1B/OF, Roberson HS, Asheville, NC

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6. Braxton Davidson, 1B/OF, Roberson HS, Asheville, NC

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Braxton Davidson has potential to develop a plus hit tool as well as plus raw power, although both are just above-average at this point. Davidson, a left-handed hitter, knows the strike zone and he became a much better hitter this spring. He is intelligent at the plate and has a quick path to the ball. He has the strength to drive the ball to the opposite field and should be an all-around hitter.

5. Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove HS (CA)

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5. Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove HS (CA)

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Derek Hill is the best defensive center fielder in the draft with plus range and strong instincts. He has an accurate arm with average arm strength and has well above-average speed. Hill also has a line drive swing that could develop power down the line.

4. Monte Harrison, OF, Lee’s Summit West HS (MO)

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4. Monte Harrison, OF, Lee’s Summit West HS (MO)

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Monte Harrison is the best athlete in the draft at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds. Harrison possesses plus speed and a plus-plus arm in the outfield. He shows above-average raw power, but it doesn’t always show up in games. His bat could be plus overall, and he has the makeup to continue to improve.

3. Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco

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3. Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco

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Bradley Zimmer has the potential to be a rare center fielder with plus power and will be a coveted player in the upcoming draft. The question is whether or not he can stick defensively in center field. At 6-foot-5, Zimmer may end up in a corner outfield position, but his plus power will play there if he can harness it in games.

2. Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

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2. Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State

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Michael Conforto has a high floor as the best hitter in the draft, but may not have quite the upside as some of the younger players on this list. At 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, Conforto is a safe pick as an outfielder who possesses strength, bat speed and an advanced hit tool.

1. Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS, Escondido, CA

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1. Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS, Escondido, CA

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Alex Jackson is a lock to be among the first 10 players picked in the draft, and could go as high as No. 2 overall to the Miami Marlins. Jackson has everything a team is looking for in a prospect, possessing a plus hit tool to go along with plus power, a strong arm and good makeup. Whichever team drafts him will most likely start him off at catcher, but a move to a corner outfield position down the road seems likely.

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