Two hours before the First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET, there still was no word that the Astros had made any final decisions regarding the No. 1 overall pick. That's par for the course, because that's exactly what happened the previous two years when Houston also had the top selection.
So I'm resisting the temptation to make wholesale changes to my more detailed first-round projection from earlier this morning. In fact, the first 12 picks below are identical.
The 2014 Draft will take place on today through Saturday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.
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Here's my last look:
1. Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
2. Marlins: Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State
3. White Sox: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd (Texas) HS
4. Cubs: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
5. Twins: Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (Orlando, Fla.)
6. Mariners: Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego)
7. Phillies: Aaron Nola, RHP, Louisiana State
8. Rockies: Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Indiana
9. Blue Jays: Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State
10. Mets: Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford
11. Blue Jays: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina
12. Brewers: Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
13. Padres: Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
14. Giants: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy
15. Angels: Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt
16. Diamondbacks: Kyle Freeland, LHP, Evansville
17. Royals: Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis (Calif.) HS
18. Nationals: Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State
19. Reds: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Texas Christian
20. Rays: Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco
21. Indians: Michael Chavis, SS, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga.
22. Dodgers: Spencer Adams, RHP, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga.
23. Tigers: Nick Howard, RHP, Virginia
24. Pirates: Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway (S.C.) HS
25. Athletics: Matt Chapman, 3B, Cal State Fullerton
26. Red Sox: Erick Fedde, RHP, Nevada-Las Vegas
27. Cardinals: Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
28. Royals: Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Waiakea HS (Hilo, Hawaii)
29. Reds: Foster Griffin, LHP, The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
30. Rangers: Forrest Wall, 2B, Orangewood Christian HS (Maitland, Fla.)
31. Indians: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger (Calif.) HS
32. Braves: Garrett Fulenchek, RHP, Howe (Texas) HS
33. Red Sox: A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky
34. Cardinals: Alex Blandino, 3B, Stanford