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Date set for 2014 First-Year Player Draft

Annual event to begin on Thursday, June 5; Astros currently in line for first pick

The summer season for amateur baseball players, most notably those eligible for the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has come to a close. Now the scouting departments of all 30 teams know exactly when they'll be able to put those evaluations -- along with the information they collect in the spring -- into use.

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the 2014 Draft will begin on June 5. The typical format for the Draft would have the opening two rounds on that Thursday, rounds 3-10 on Friday and the remaining 30 rounds coming on Saturday.

2014 draft order
This would be the Draft order if the season ended now* (based on the standings entering Aug. 29):
Pick Team W L PCT
1 Astros 44 88 0.333
2 Marlins 49 82 0.374
3 Cubs 56 77 0.421
4 White Sox 56 76 0.424
5 Twins 57 74 0.435
6 Brewers 58 74 0.439
7 Giants 59 74 0.444
8 Mariners 59 73 0.447
9 Blue Jays 60 74 0.448
10 Mets 59 72 0.450
11 Blue Jays**      
12 Angels 59 72 0.450
13 Padres 60 73 0.451
14 Phillies 61 72 0.459
15 Rockies 63 72 0.467
16 Nationals 67 65 0.508
17 Royals 68 64 0.515
18 D-backs 68 64 0.515
19 Yankees 70 63 0.526
20 Orioles 70 61 0.534
21 Indians 71 61 0.538
22 Reds 75 59 0.560
23 A's 75 57 0.568
24 Rays 75 56 0.573
25 Tigers 77 56 0.579
26 Pirates 77 55 0.583
27 Dodgers 78 55 0.586
28 Cardinals 78 55 0.586
29 Rangers 78 55 0.586
30 Red Sox 79 55 0.590
31 Braves 80 52 0.606

*Draft order is based on reverse order of the previous season's final regular season standings.

** Comp pick for failure to sign 2013 No. 10 overall pick Phil Bickford

If the season ended today, the Houston Astros would have the No. 1 pick for the third consecutive year, a first since the Draft's inception in 1965. Houston took Carlos Correa, a high school shortstop from Puerto Rico, in the top spot in 2012, then followed that up with Stanford right-hander Mark Appel this year.

Any scouting staff will say it would rather not take top honors in this contest, since it's a sign of a lack of success at the big league level, but the Astros knew going into this summer what they should be looking for.

"We are aware of the standings and have kept an eye on them as we've attacked the summer circuit," Astros scouting director Mike Elias said. "Picking No. 1 is never something you want to be doing, but the reality is we're going to be picking high again in 2014."

The Miami Marlins would follow the Astros, based on the reverse order of the current standings. The Cubs, White Sox, Twins, Brewers, Giants, Mariners, Blue Jays and Mets would round out the top 10 selections. Toronto would pick again at No. 11, as compensation for failing to come to terms with 2013 first-round pick Phil Bickford.

With the completion of the summer season -- from high school showcases, All-America Games from coast to coast and college leagues -- most seem to feel the Class of 2014 is stronger and deeper than its most recent predecessor. High school pitching appears to be a strength of this crop, though there does seem to be a number of options among the other groups of prospects.

North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, a Golden Spikes Award finalist after his freshman year in 2012, is considered by many to be the early front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick. Other potential top-of-the-first-round talents could be Rodon's teammate, speedy shortstop Trea Turner, East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman, California high school shortstop Jacob Gatewood and fellow Californian prepster Alex Jackson, a catcher who can also play third and the outfield. Among that deep high school pitching crop, Texas right-hander Teddy Kolek, Georgia right-hander Dylan Cease and California lefty Brady Aiken stand out, though it should be noted that a high school righty has never been taken No. 1 overall.

"Our responsibility is to make the most of that Draft pick and all the ones after that first pick," Elias said. "We've been hitting the showcase circuits and the college leagues hard. It looks like it's going to be another strong Draft class. We are excited about following up on a lot of these guys in the spring."

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter.