Several teams in the 2014 MLB Draft took a step in the right direction with their performances on Thursday night to secure a bright future.
Here are the Day 1 draft results, as well as a grade for each selection and the remaining selection order.
|Day 1 Picks|
|1||Houston Astros||LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS||A|
|2||Miami Marlins||RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS||A|
|3||Chicago White Sox||LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State||A|
|4||Chicago Cubs||C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana||C-|
|5||Minnesota Twins||SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS||A|
|6||Seattle Mariners||C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS||A|
|7||Philadelphia Phillies||RHP Aaron Nola, LSU||A|
|8||Colorado Rockies||LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville||A|
|9||Toronto Blue Jays||RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina||B|
|10||New York Mets||OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State||A+|
|11||Toronto Blue Jays||C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State||B|
|12||Milwaukee Brewers||LHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS||C-|
|13||San Diego Padres||SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State||A|
|14||San Francisco Giants||RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt||A|
|15||Los Angeles Angels||LHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford||A|
|16||Arizona Diamondbacks||RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.||A|
|17||Kansas City Royals||LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU||A|
|18||Washington Nationals||RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV||C+|
|19||Cincinnati Reds||RHP Nick Howard, Virginia||B-|
|20||Tampa Bay Rays||1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State||A|
|21||Cleveland Indians||OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco||A+|
|22||Los Angeles Dodgers||RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS||A+|
|23||Detroit Tigers||OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS||A|
|24||Pittsburgh Pirates||SS Cole Tucker, Pointe HS||C-|
|25||Oakland Athletics||3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton||C-|
|26||Boston Red Sox||3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS||A|
|27||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State||A-|
|Comp. Round A|
|28||Kansas City Royals||LHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy||A|
|29||Cincinnati Reds||SS Alex Blandino, Stanford||B-|
|30||Texas Rangers||RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS||A|
|31||Cleveland Indians||LHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS||A|
|32||Atlanta Braves||OF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS||A|
|33||Boston Red Sox||RHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS||A-|
|34||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS||B-|
|Competitive Balance Round A|
|35||Colorado Rockies||2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS||C|
|36||Miami Marlins||C Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS||D|
|37||Houston Astros||OF Derek Fisher, Virginia||A+|
|38||Cleveland Indians||OF Mike Papi, Virginia||A-|
|39||Pittsburgh Pirates||OF Connor Joe, University of San Diego||D|
|40||Kansas City Royals||C Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS||A|
|41||Milwaukee Brewers||SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS||A+|
|42||Houston Astros||1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky||A|
|43||Miami Marlins||SS Justin Twine, Falls City HS||D|
|44||Chicago White Sox||RHP Spencer Adams, White County HS||A|
|45||Chicago Cubs||RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland||B|
|46||Minnesota Twins||RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville||A|
|47||Philadelphia Phillies||LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo||A|
|48||Colorado Rockies||RHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School||D|
|49||Toronto Blue Jays||RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS||A+|
|50||Milwaukee Brewers||OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS||A+|
|51||San Diego Padres||OF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS||A|
|52||San Francisco Giants||C Aramis Garcia, Florida International||C-|
|53||Los Angeles Angels||RHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep||A|
|54||Arizona Diamondbacks||LHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS||C|
|55||New York Yankees||LHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State||A-|
|56||Kansas City Royals||RHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS||A+|
|57||Washington Nationals||LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami||D|
|58||Cincinnati Reds||3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine||A-|
|59||Texas Rangers||SS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS||A|
|60||Tampa Bay Rays||RHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy||A|
|61||Cleveland Indians||RHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS||A-|
|62||Los Angeles Dodgers||OF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS||A|
|63||Detroit Tigers||RHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama||A|
|64||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS||A|
|65||Oakland Athletics||RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson||A-|
|66||Atlanta Braves||RHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS||A|
|67||Boston Red Sox||1B Sam Travis, Indiana||A|
|68||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS||D|
|Competitive Balance Round B|
|69||Arizona Diamondbacks||OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS||A+|
|70||Arizona Diamondbacks||SS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS||D+|
|71||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine||D|
|72||Tampa Bay Rays||RHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC||D|
|73||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS||A+|
|74||Seattle Mariners||OF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy||A|
Highest Round 1 Grades
Michael Conforto to the New York Mets at No. 10
No one expected Conforto to have to wait so long to hear his name called. And by no one, I mean ESPN's Keith Law (subscription required) and MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis. All of them had Conforto slotted at No. 4 in their mocks.
New York should be celebrating.
The 6'2", 217-pound Conforto has great genes. His father played linebacker at Penn State linebacker, and his mother won two Olympic synchronized swimming gold medals. The son hit .345 and 57 RBIs this season.
Bradley Zimmer to the Cleveland Indians at No. 21
MLB.com ranked Zimmer the 10th best player in the draft class. Prospects rated that highly shouldn't fall to 21st overall, but that's what Zimmer did. And Cleveland, too, should be celebrating.
Zimmer has sprinter speed, a canon for an arm and stands at 6'4". Not only do his physical tools give him enormous potential as an outfielder, but he also batted .368 this season. The only thing he's missing is power, and he definitely has the frame to gain weight.
Grant Holmes to the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 22
Keith Law (subscription required) ranked Holmes the sixth best prospect in the class. How a player that talented falls that far (without having Tommy John surgery) is beyond me.
Holmes' fastball flies up into triple-digit speeds. It isn't his only elite pitch either. His curveball is nearly as effective.
Lowest Round 1 Grades
Kyle Schwarber to the Chicago Cubs at No. 4
Chicago must be watching different film.
Schwarber can hit. He batted .358 this year, connecting on 14 home runs and 48 RBIs. But this is a reach no matter how you spin it.
Cole Tucker to the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 24
If Tucker was going to get drafted on Day 1, he'd have to sneak in late Round 2 or Competitive Balance Round B. Or at least that's what was supposed to happen.
MLB.com ranked him the 67th best prospect in the draft. Pittsburgh needed infield help and it reached. Reaching for need is especially absurd in the MLB draft.
Matt Chapman to the Oakland Athletics at No. 25
It's OK, though, Pittsburgh. Oakland reached even further a pick later.
Champan is the 82nd rated prospect on MLB.com. His phone was supposed to ring on Day 2, not Round 1. He only hit .312 this season, a batting average not even high enough to lead his team.
|Selection Order of Rounds 3-40|
|77||Chicago White Sox|
|83||Toronto Blue Jays|
|84||New York Mets|
|86||San Diego Padres|
|87||San Francisco Giants|
|88||Los Angeles Angels|
|91||New York Yankees|
|92||Kansas City Royals|
|96||Tampa Bay Rays|
|98||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|103||Boston Red Sox|
|104||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Round 4-40 repeat picks No. 75-104|
David Daniels is a columnist for Bleacher Report and reporter at Wade-O Radio.