Day 1 of the 2014 MLB Draft will consist of 74 selections — Round 1, plus Comp. Round A and Competitive Balance Round A — and it all starts at 7p ET/4p PT. It’s televised on MLB Network and you can listen to each pick on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

I’ll be chatting all day right here so if you have questions join me live and let’s talk MLB Draft. I will also be offering analysis for each pick with links to video and scouting reports when available.

In the chat you’ll also be privy to the Twitter chatter among the draft experts, including PI’s Rob Balboni and Eric Longenhagen, which will post right inside the chat room live as it happens, including each selection via MLB Draft Tracker. Literally, you will not need to leave the chat room.

Here are some essentials:

  • Team-by-Team Draft Pools
  • First Round Order (1-27) and Pick Values
  • Comp. Round A & Comp. Balance Round A Order (28-41) and Pick Values
  • Second Round & Comp. Round B Order (42-74) and Pick Values
  • Prospect Insider’s 2014 Draft Coverage
  • Mariners Must Nail No. 6 Pick

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    Jason A. Churchill

    Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at InsidethePark.com. He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI. Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016. Find Jason's Mariners podcast, Baseball Things, right here and follow him on Twitter @ProspectInsider.

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    1. Well that worked out perfectly. Awesome. I thought he was the third best guy for the Ms after Aiken and Rodon. We’ve got some good RH bats in the organization with DJ Peterson, Austin Wilson, Gabriel Guerrero, and now Jackson.

      Oh, and to answer people’s comments about the upside/polish issue from before, that comment was directed at posts that had “we need a solid pitcher ASAP” logic. I do think the Ms did this with Hultzen, and that it’s a mistake to pick a guy that high unless he as elite upside. Just my opinion.

      In regards to the question about who I would have liked to see the Ms take if the top 5 guys – Aiken, Rodon, Kolek, Jackson, and Gordon – I’d have to say Jeff Hoffman. He’s a bit of a risk, although TJ surgery is so common now that I think it’s worth it. If he was healthy, he’s right up there with Rodon. The big reason, though, is they could likely offer him half the slot bonus, then throw that extra cash at guys who slipped. This would make sense only if those other guys were off the board, tho. Newcomb would also have been appealing.

      But all this is moot. Things fell perfectly, IMHO.

    2. anyone else having a problem getting into the chat?

    3. If Jackson had not of slipped Nola would have been that pick in my opinion. But Jackson has a ton of upside. With drafting him to play the OF could fast track him to the big leagues. 2015-16 could be not that far of a reach. Edman I actually agree with you, but you take the best player with the next pick. And there could be a bat or two that slips and would be of interest.

    4. Seattle should be able to get a decent arm at #74. This is a pitching strong draft.

    5. Alex Jackson is a great pick. Position players are thin in this draft. Seattle now has two, plus RH bats in Jackson and DJ Peterson.

    6. SO it is Jackson. I did not think he would be there at the M’s pick. Solid get and a surprise he fell to them.

    7. some players are falling..

    8. This you can’t miss on a pick attitude with baseball is so wrong. First round picks on average only 20-24% make it to the pros even for a cup of coffee, far less become regular players 15% maybe. This isn’t Basketball or Football.

    9. My board for the M’s based on who should be there at #6.

      Conforto
      Nola
      Schwarber
      Newman
      Hoffman
      Turner
      Beede
      Pentacost
      Toussaint

      Going to be fun to watch!!!

    10. They missed on Hultzen and Ackley. You can’t miss on picks that high in the draft. It will set your timetable back and certainly has in this case. The Ms have had four top 3 picks and there isn’t one star out of any of the 4 picks. That’s bad really bad and will set your team back.

    11. Jerry used Hultzen as an example of a “safe pick” and a cautionary tale to not expect them to actually be safer than upside. Jerry wants upside over safety. Who is the upside over “safe” Nola, Freeland, etc.?

    12. Who did they miss on? I don’t think Ackley is terrible but is definately disappointing for the 2nd overall pick. I wouldn’t say they missed on Hultzen yet as he was on his way thru the system prior to injury. If he heals correctly he could still be a good pitcher, only time will tell. Too early on DJ Peterson but he looks like a legit hitter and probably Smoaks replacement, perhaps by midyear 2015. Zunino is excellent defensively, the leader he was expected to be, and should be at least an average hitter with power.

    13. They reached on Hultzen because he was considered a safe, polished, left handed pitcher. Ackley was the consensus number 2 pick and that was just bad bad luck because Ackley is terrible. The Ms did think long and hard about taking Trout with that pick and Trout dad has gone on record saying he thought the Ms might take Trout at #2. Which makes the signing of Fields odd. Wasn’t their guy and if the don’t sign him they use that pick on Trout. Zunino was a consensus top 3 pick and I think he will have a long productive career with gold gloves and all star appearances. They really only missed on 2 guys. It just shows you how much you get set back by missing on your top draft picks

      I’m really hoping Jackson falls to us. Best bat in the draft by far and some of the best hands and wrists I’ve seen on a high school kid in a long long time

    14. I know many are not talking about Sean Newcomb but don’t be surprised if he ends up being the best pitcher in this draft when all is said an done. I would prefer him over every pitcher in this draft outside of the Rodon/Aiken top 2.

      I think Hultzen was a pick that was made with the idea he was the “closest” to the majors and had the lowest floor therefore I would agree with Jerry on this one. However, Fields was not this regime although they did end up signing him a year after he was drafted. Of course, we all know that Trout was available in that spot but who knows if that’s who we would of taken. I guess I am saying I don’t see the correlation with this pick in this argument. Looking at the other picks we would be talking Ackley (the consensus #2 in the draft) and Zunino who was picked just about right where he was projected. I don’t see either being reaches for being safe, they were the value at those spots.

      Overall I think the drafts have been pretty solid and there is still room for more players to contribute at the big league level. Most picks don’t ever develop, that is fact, which is why you layer talent throughout the minors. I still think we have guys who will be impact players coming thru the system in Walker and Peterson. I also think we have guys like Wilson, Blash, Taylor, Smith, and many others that could be legit players as well in time.

    15. Jerry, I doubt we disagree as much as you think. The 2014 draft has different players available to us than the other drafts you mention. While I agree with the examples you gave, it’s apples to oranges.

      If Jackson and Gordon are gone, (and Kolek/Rodon/Aiken), who’s your upside guy? I guess that would be my main question.

      We all felt like there were better options than Hultzen. Bundy, Bradley to name a couple. Not so much with Zunino, although there were some higher upside guys for sure.

      Let me switch gears…

      Is Nola safer than Touissant? Yes. Does he have the upside? Probably not. I prefer Nola because he’s safer and more likely to hit his ceiling, as well as closer to the major leagues. You can argue the upside in better in the long run and therefore Touissant is the better selection, but you would be in the minority.

      Does Grant Holmes or Luis Ortiz have a higher ceiling than Nola or Freeland? Heck if I know, but it doesn’t seem like it’s so much higher that scouts/pundits are placing them in the top 6 picks. Proximity matters. Safety matters. Nola or Freeland could drastically help the team, in 2015, and in 2020. There’s not short-term thinking going on here. They are “safe guys” for the sake of safety. They are damn good pitchers who make the M’s that much better. Heck, Nola could be the next Greinke. He’s got the ingredients minus the height.

      Taking Conforto is short-term thinking. Taking Turner is short-term thinking.

      If the concensus top-5 are gone when we pick, who’s your upside guy that trumps a stud college pitcher with velocity, command, a plus curveball, decent change-up, (and is a winner), who’s close to MLB ready and fits in longterm as a #2/3?

    16. Jerry, you make some pretty broad statements that are mostly based on your perception. When the M’s drafted those players, they were “safe” picks, based on their high ceilings, not their quickness to the 25-man roation. Most teams in baseball draft for ceiling, and Seattle is no exception. It’s silly to take the results of those drafts, and try to make a case otherwise.

      With the exception of Bill Bavasi drafting Fields and possibly Clement, there is no evidence of Mac and Jack (I could use one right now…LOL) picking for immediate returns, and ignoring a player’s ceiling. In fact, they did just that, in selecting Walker and Franklin. Many thought they were over-drafts.

      However, you cannot ignore that there is value in a player that can get to the majors quickly. It’s a factor, and might be used when comparing players of similar talent levels. And, most important, is signability. It shouldn’t be a factor, but the reality is, that it can affect a decision to draft a player. There are players (Buxton and Bundy come to mind) who make it clear that they only want to play for certain teams, or they will go to college. Some here have criticized the M’s for not drafting them, and testing their resolve. But, is it worth risking that they aren’t serious? I don’t think so.

    17. Rudolf,

      I can’t disagree more about the value of “safe” picks who will help the team soon.

      First, no pitchers are safe, low-risk picks. Injuries are too common, and many times those “near MLB ready” guys take time. Danny Hultzen is a perfect example: he was widely considered the most polished pitcher in the draft, but even before his injury he took a while to get through the system. Now, his career is in serious jeopardy. “Safe” doesn’t apply to any pitchers.

      Second, giving up upside for proximity rarely works. Look at our own track record: Ackley, Hultzen, Zunino, and Josh Fields were recent picks that were widely seen as low risk, med reward guys who were expected to contribute soon. Only Zunino has worked out as planned, and he was probably rushed. Even with polished college players, they usually take at least one full year in the minors. Even if we did pick a guy like Nola, its highly unlikely he’ll reach SEA till mid 2016.

      Third, picking guys based on current team needs is foolish, since things will likely change before anyone we select today will be ready to contribute. This is particularly bad when thinking of rotation roles. We don’t need a mid rotation starter. We need more good starters. Its not like having another “ace” starter is a problem. You should never approach a draft looking to fill specific needs. Especially with a top 10 pick. Solid mid-rotation starters aren’t as difficult to find as elite players. At the top of the draft, you should always be focused on getting elite guys. That’s why Alex Jackson is appealing. He has plus hit and power tools. Guys with that potential are very rare.

      The “safe” guys just aren’t that safe. Why waste a shot at a really great player to fill some need on the team when that player won’t even be able to contribute till 2016? And why focus on “safe” guys when the perceived low risk of those guys is way overrated. The M’s need elite players. That’s what they should focus on.

    18. Sounds like Jackson is the top talent on the M’s Board, even ahead of the pitchers, so I assume they will take him if he is available. However, it also sounds like he might be one of the most expensive players in the class, and if they pass on him, it will be completely about signability.

    19. Hopefully this posts as I can’t seem to login anywhere these days. In any case, I as well am hoping for Alex Jackson over any of the other guys, even if Kolek were to fall as Keith Law thinks may happen. If he is gone at #6 and Gordon is gone as well, I would lean towards Newcomb or Nola as this pick I’d like to see. I could see Trea Turner being a player and he has elite speed and solid defense at shortstop, but I think we can do better with the names above.

    20. Jackson, Gordon, Nola, or Freeland– and of course any of the top three who may slip– will make me happy. I will be mildly annoyed if we sign a below slot deal to some lesser valued player that Macnamara is excited about. I want the concensus guy. Pay him the $$. If that’s Gordon, awesome. Nola, great. I don’t see any of the college hitters being worth the #6 pick even if it saves us money.

      Nola makes a solid pick. He might not be a #1 starter, but he will be good. Plus we already have two #1 starters AND a couple guys who can quickly become #1 starters. We need good players like Nola and the sooner the better. Freeland also looks like a winner. As great as upside is, polish and proximity are pretty great, too. I love a pitcher who can command the strikezone.

      If Jackson or Gordon falls I think they have to be the pick. They have the upside and the talent and are worth the wait.

      Does anyone think Newcomb is as good as Nola or Freeland?

    21. The consensus among draft pundits is that there is a pretty clear top 5 guys: Aiken, Rodon, Kolek, Jackson, and Gordon, in more or less that order. I hope the Ms walk away with one of those guys. To me, Jackson is the most interesting. I’d love to see the M’s add an impact bat, and it seems like Jackson has the most upside.

      If those five are gone, the next guys are mostly college pitchers that seem more like mid rotation types, like Newcomb, Nola, and Freeland. With the #6 pick, I’d rather get a guy with elite upside.

      One other interesting yet risky proposition: offer Jeff Hoffman half the slot bonus cash, then use the savings to sign prep players who slide in rounds 2-4. It seems like the best area of depth in this class is prep arms. Some of those guys might slide if their bonus expectations scare off teams late in the first and early second rounds. Hoffman is a risk coming off TJ surgery, but he was a clear top 3 talent before the injury. If the Ms could get him, plus a few other first round talents that slide, it could be a great move.

    22. Please let it be Alex Jackson. The more I’ve looked into him the more I like him.

      Jason, is it safe to assume that the M’s would move him to the outfield right away? Or would they let him stay at catcher for a bit?

    23. I really hope to get Jackson. In Keith Laws final Mock this morning said he heard M’s were strong on Turner but hope thats a smoke screen

    24. I’ll go with whatever the Mariner braintrust comes up with but the players I am most interested in are Alex Jackson, Aaron Nola and Sean Newcomb. It will be interesting if Kolek falls as much as he seems to be. Maybe out of the top 10.

    25. Nola would be a solid pick. Not a high risk pick, he is about a finished product. Think Leake with more upside. He could be your #3 or #4 next year. That would free up the ability to trade a SP for a young bat. And you hope it goes better than when the M’s got Montero. Otherwise I like the kid from Oregon or Gillespie from Witchita.

    26. Big time draft pick, *hopefully* this is the last time we pick inside the top 10 for awhile. Like JAC sad, the Ms must nail this pick.

      Obviously I’m hoping for either Gordon or Jackson, but I can see the value in getting another stud SP. It makes one of our current young SP trade bait to get a more ML ready bat. But if we miss on this pick, none of that matters.

      Let’s go McNamara, do your thing!

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