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Callis, Mayo take first crack at top 10 2014 Draft picks

Callis, Mayo take first crack at top 10 2014 Draft picks

Callis, Mayo take first crack at top 10 2014 Draft picks

Our First-Year Player Draft experts, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, take their first crack at projecting how the top 10 selections in 2014 will unfold:

1. Astros
Callis: Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State -- Best college lefty since David Price (2007). Biggest front-runner for No. 1 overall pick since Bryce Harper ('10).
Mayo: Rodon -- About as no-brainer as it can be at this point. It'd be more of a surprise if he didn't go No. 1.

2. Marlins
Callis: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina -- Could challenge Rodon for top selection. Has similar fastball and better changeup and command.
Mayo: Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego -- The top high school player in the class, and Miami hasn't shied away from taking exciting young bats (see Yelich, Christian).

3. White Sox
Callis: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd (Texas) HS -- White Sox love high-ceiling players, and Kolek has a huge one with a fastball that already reaches 99 mph.
Mayo: Hoffman -- The White Sox like their athletes, but they also like big, strong starting pitching. After Rodon, Hoffman is the best in the class.

4. Cubs
Callis: Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt -- Cubs almost certainly will take a pitcher after spending last two top-six choices on bats, though Beede must refine his command.
Mayo: Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State -- How about a future left side of the infield featuring Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 Draft, and Turner, a leadoff type with 80 speed?

5. Twins
Callis: Jackson -- With Joe Mauer moving to first base, Jackson would be a nice fit; Minnesota also could use his power.
Mayo: Beede -- A former first-round pick back in 2011, look for Beede to answer questions about his command this spring and be among the top college arms taken in June.

6. Mariners
Callis: Turner -- Seattle has young middle infielders, but Turner's speed/bat/defense combo will be too much to ignore.
Mayo: Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis (Calif.) HS -- The power is more than legit, but there are some questions about the hit tool ... not enough to keep him out of Top 10 consideration.

7. Phillies
Callis: Gatewood -- Philadelphia isn't afraid to gamble on upside; could opt for Gatewood's massive power or Michael Gettys' all-around package.
Mayo: Michael Gettys, OF, Gainesville (Ga.) HS -- The Phils have taken a high schooler with their first pick in each of the last six Drafts. They seem to like toolsy position players and Gettys fits that description perfectly.

8. Rockies
Callis: Gettys -- Has the best collection of tools in this Draft class; could go higher if he answers questions about his bat.
Mayo: Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU -- After nabbing Jonathan Gray at No. 3 in 2013, adding Nola could give them a very nice 1-2 punch that could get to Coors Field in a hurry.

9. Blue Jays
Callis: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy -- After failing to sign Phil Bickford in 2013, Toronto lands another high school righty with devastating stuff.
Mayo: Kolek -- It might be too easy to give the Blue Jays the top high-ceiling high school arm available, but they don't shy away from rolling the dice in that fashion.

10. Mets
Callis: Brady Aiken, LHP, Central Catholic HS (San Diego) -- New York's last three first-rounders have been hitters, so the ultra-polished Aiken would make a lot of sense.
Mayo: Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia -- After going the high school position player route in the first round for the last three Drafts, maybe the Mets go for a more advanced player. If not a pitcher, then a bat like Fisher, relying on the fact that UVA bats tend to perform better in the pro game.

Jim Callis is a reporter for and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.