No, Patrick Mahomes is not on this list.
- Houston Astros: Trea Turner, SS, NC State
Original Pick: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA)
Turner headlines this 2014 re-draft for a few different reasons. One, he’s as close as a five-tool player as we can get in this class. While his power doesn’t tip the scale, he does have consistent 20-homer potential. Originally the 13th pick in this class, he’s made the most out of his time in the majors at the ripe age of 28. Brady Aiken is a bust, much like Mark Appel was in the 2012 draft.
- Miami Marlins: Jack Flaherty, RHP, Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)
Original Pick: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd HS (TX)
If the Marlins scored Flaherty in this draft, he would still be their ace. While they do have a solid staff, helmed by Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers and Pablo Lopez, Jack Flaherty would’ve put the A+ in Ace in Miami. Even though he’s battling injuries in 2021, he’s still everything a manager hopes to have in a true ace.
- Chicago White Sox: Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU
Original Pick: Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
Rodon wasn’t a bad pick when you really look back. He’s having a season to remember at the moment. But if we’re talking complete packages, Aaron Nola was born to become atop of a team’s rotation. He’s only 28 and is still just coming into his own.
- Chicago Cubs: Matt Chapman, 3B, Cal State Fullerton
Original Pick: Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana
Schwarber didn’t quite turn into the draft pick the Cubs had expected. There’s a lot of power here, but his consistency has always been an issue. He wasn’t even really a competent catcher. Matt Chapman is my pick at four. Breaking out in 2017, Chapman has solidified his spot in the middle of the A’s order. In 2018 and 2019, he made a run for the dark horse MVP. The last two seasons haven’t quite been anything worth writing about for the California product, but I see better years coming.
- Minnesota Twins: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
Original Pick: Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (FL)
It took a while, but Conforto is starting to prove he was worth a Mets first round pick. He’s an everyday outfielder with sneaky power and a knack for driving in runs. I do like the Nick Gordon selection by the Twins and feel Dee’s little brother will come on soon. He’s only 25. At five though, Conforto is the dude.
- Seattle Mariners: Alex Verdugo, OF, Sahuaro HS (AZ)
Original Pick: Alex Jackson, OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
In a year or two, who knows, maybe Verdugo sneak into the top-five re-draft. He was the main piece for the Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade of 2020. At the time he was the Dodgers’ top prospect. Fast-forward nearly two years on, he fits in Fenway just right and lessens the tragic blow suffered by them losing Betts. If Seattle had chosen him in 2014, he would still be there to this day. Maybe even a star. A Verdugo/Lewis/soon to be Julio Rodriguez outfield would’ve been scary good.
- Philadelphia Phillies: Ramon Laureano, OF, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Original Pick: Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU
Phillies got lucky with landing Nola. If this re-draft shaked out my way, they would have selected Laureano. A quality outfielder with pop and a rifle in the field. Early on it appeared he was more glove than bat, but at the moment he’s starting to have more of a completeness to his game. If the cards landed this way, the Andrew McCutchen signing wouldn’t have made any sense.
- Colorado Rockies: Rhys Hoskins, 1B/OF, Sacramento State
Original Pick: Kyle Freeland, LHP, Evansville
The Rockies have a couple of stud first basemen on their way from the farm, but if they had drafted Hoskins they would’ve had a solid first baseman; something they haven’t had since Todd Helton.
- Toronto Blue Jays: Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
Original Pick: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina
If this pick had happened, the Jays would’ve rejoiced. Hoffman never panned out, and reports leading up to the draft had the Jays going back and forth with who they liked at number nine. Rodon would’ve gave Toronto an instant power arm with a high ceiling and floor to boot.
- New York Mets: John Means, LHP, West Virginia
Original Pick: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
The Mets have zero regrets. Conforto is turning it up. If John Means was the pick, it would’ve solve the frustrating rotation injury problems they’re dealing with currently with Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard.