Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|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.
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|Left-hander Carlos Rodon has spent his first two years in college at North Carolina State building a very strong case to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, a selection once again held by the Houston Astros.
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|With Wednesday night's deadline for 40-man roster decisions having passed, attention regarding prospects turns to the Rule 5 Draft, to be held at the end of the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Dec. 12.
More»Mayo on Cecchini's abilities at the plate, third base|
|Wednesday night, at 11:59 p.m. ET, to be exact, all 30 teams had to decide which players deserved to be added to their 40-man rosters. Those eligible and left unprotected were thus left exposed to selection in December's Rule 5 Draft.
More»MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo recaps the Rule 5 Draft|
|It's probably safe to assume that both Lucas Giolito and Dylan Bundy will go on to have the kinds of careers many envisioned when they were drafted. But while Bundy already made a beeline up to the big leagues, pitching in two games in September 2012, Giolito is poised to start his own climb.
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|Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, who ranks No. 4 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has all the tools to become the prospect to make the biggest impact in Majors in 2014.
More»Who is the best pitching prospect in baseball?|
|There were 13 players headed toward free agency who were given qualifying offers to stay with their old clubs. On Monday, as the 5 p.m. ET deadline passed, all officially 13 declined the offers. That means there is the possibility of 13 additional Draft picks come June.
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|Jonathan Mayo dissects the Yankees' farm system. Plus, he takes a look at two of the Arizona Fall League's top prospects, Colorado's Kyle Parker and Oakland's Addison Russell.
More»Yankees prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Both Oscar Taveras of the Cardinals, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 100 list, and the Tigers' Nick Castellanos, No. 11 on that list, can and will hit. But who is going to have more of an impact next year? The chips should be put on Castellanos.
More»Who is the best hitting prospect in baseball?|
|Want to get a sneak peak at 2014? Curious who may contribute to big league roster for the first time? In a fantasy league and wanting to get a leg up on competition by knowing who the hot rookies will be now? Then boy, does the Arizona Fall League have a game for you.
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|When trying to decide which organization has the best farm system, one must consider a combination of impact talent -- elite prospects who could become highly productive big leaguers -- as well as depth. Taking those two variables into account, the team that currently has the best system is the Pirates.
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|It's not so easy to find players who fit the offensive description of prototypical third basemen, ones who can hit for power and drive in runs. There are two, though, who really fit the mold almost perfectly, Miguel Sano and Kris Bryant. Bryant, of the Cubs, is the better prospect for a variety of reasons.
More»Comparing Bryant, Sano as third-base prospects|
|A year ago at this time, Richie Shaffer did a lot of sitting and watching. The Rays' top pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft wasn't hurt. He was playing in the Arizona Fall League as a part of the Phoenix Desert Dogs' taxi squad. This year, he's looking to take a bigger step toward the Majors.
More»Rays prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Cardinals rookie sensation Michael Wacha has been the story of the postseason so far this October, so it begs the question: Why did 18 teams pass on him in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft?
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|Jonathan Mayo fields questions from readers about baseball's most promising prospects in the MLBPipeline.com Inbox. This week, he discusses the Giants' Kyle Crick, the Cubs' infield depth and more.
More»Giants prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman has spent most of his life being told he can't do certain things because of his size. But with the chance to boast at least four Major League average or better pitches, the right-hander loves the idea of getting the chance to prove everyone wrong at the highest level.
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|After playing at three levels in 2013, White Sox prospect Micah Johnson continued to work on the finer points of stealing bases, not to mention hitting, against more advanced pitching in the Arizona Fall League.
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|Shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top Indians prospect who is No. 1 on the shortstop list and No. 5 overall, could handle the challenges of the position at the big league level right now.
More»Mayo, Callis discuss top shortstop prospects|
|Of those not on the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list, Mariners third baseman D.J. Peterson, one of the best pure, advanced hitters in this year's Draft, is the most likely player to enter it next year.
More»Mayo, Callis on new names in Top 100 Prospects list|
|Jameson Taillon's Arizona Fall League season is over after just one outing, as the Pirates removed their top prospect from the Scottsdale Scorpions roster on Monday due to a tweaked groin.
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