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2014 MLB Draft: List of Day 1 Picks, Grades and Updated Selection Order

FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon throws against North Carolina during an NCAA College World Series elimination baseball game in Omaha, Neb. The Houston Astros are on the clock to lead off the Major League Baseball draft for the third straight year Thursday night June 5, 2014. Houston has a few options with the first pick, including a pair of California high school stars in left-hander Brady Aiken and catcher-outfielder Alex Jackson, and North Carolina State lefty Carlos Rodon. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 6, 2014

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.

Others didn't.

Here are the Day 1 draft results, as well as a grade for each selection and the remaining selection order.

Day 1 Picks
No.TeamPlayerGrade
Round 1
1Houston AstrosLHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HSA
2Miami MarlinsRHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HSA
3Chicago White SoxLHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina StateA
4Chicago CubsC/1B Kyle Schwarber, IndianaC-
5Minnesota TwinsSS Nick Gordon, Olympia HSA
6Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HSA
7Philadelphia PhilliesRHP Aaron Nola, LSUA
8Colorado RockiesLHP Kyle Freeland, EvansvilleA
9Toronto Blue JaysRHP Jeff Hoffman, East CarolinaB
10New York MetsOF Michael Conforto, Oregon StateA+
11Toronto Blue JaysC Max Pentecost, Kennesaw StateB
12Milwaukee BrewersLHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS C-
13San Diego PadresSS Trea Turner, North Carolina StateA
14San Francisco GiantsRHP Tyler Beede, VanderbiltA
15Los Angeles AngelsLHP Sean Newcomb, HartfordA
16Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.A
17Kansas City RoyalsLHP Brandon Finnegan, TCUA
18Washington NationalsRHP Erick Fedde, UNLVC+
19Cincinnati RedsRHP Nick Howard, VirginiaB-
20Tampa Bay Rays1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita StateA
21Cleveland IndiansOF Bradley Zimmer, San FranciscoA+
22Los Angeles DodgersRHP Grant Holmes, Conway HSA+
23Detroit TigersOF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HSA
24Pittsburgh PiratesSS Cole Tucker, Pointe HSC-
25Oakland Athletics3B Matt Chapman, Cal State FullertonC-
26Boston Red Sox3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HSA
27St. Louis CardinalsRHP Luke Weaver, Florida StateA-
Comp. Round A
28Kansas City RoyalsLHP Foster Griffin, The First AcademyA
29Cincinnati RedsSS Alex Blandino, StanfordB-
30Texas RangersRHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HSA
31Cleveland IndiansLHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HSA
32Atlanta BravesOF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HSA
33Boston Red SoxRHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HSA-
34St. Louis CardinalsRHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HSB-
Competitive Balance Round A
35Colorado Rockies2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HSC
36Miami MarlinsC Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HSD
37Houston AstrosOF Derek Fisher, VirginiaA+
38Cleveland IndiansOF Mike Papi, VirginiaA-
39Pittsburgh PiratesOF Connor Joe, University of San DiegoD
40Kansas City RoyalsC Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HSA
41Milwaukee BrewersSS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HSA+
Round 2
42Houston Astros1B A.J. Reed, KentuckyA
43Miami MarlinsSS Justin Twine, Falls City HSD
44Chicago White SoxRHP Spencer Adams, White County HSA
45Chicago CubsRHP Jake Stinnett, MarylandB
46Minnesota TwinsRHP Nick Burdi, LouisvilleA
47Philadelphia PhilliesLHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis ObispoA
48Colorado RockiesRHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep SchoolD
49Toronto Blue JaysRHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HSA+
50Milwaukee BrewersOF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HSA+
51San Diego PadresOF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HSA
52San Francisco GiantsC Aramis Garcia, Florida InternationalC-
53Los Angeles AngelsRHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine PrepA
54Arizona DiamondbacksLHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HSC
55New York YankeesLHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi StateA-
56Kansas City RoyalsRHP Scott Blewett, Baker HSA+
57Washington NationalsLHP Andrew Suarez, MiamiD
58Cincinnati Reds3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - IrvineA-
59Texas RangersSS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HSA
60Tampa Bay RaysRHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian AcademyA
61Cleveland IndiansRHP Grant Hockin, Damien HSA-
62Los Angeles DodgersOF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HSA
63Detroit TigersRHP Spencer Turnbull, AlabamaA
64Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HSA
65Oakland AthleticsRHP Daniel Gossett, ClemsonA-
66Atlanta BravesRHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HSA
67Boston Red Sox1B Sam Travis, IndianaA
68St. Louis CardinalsRHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HSD
Competitive Balance Round B
69Arizona DiamondbacksOF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HSA+
70Arizona DiamondbacksSS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HSD+
71St. Louis CardinalsRHP Andrew Morales, University of California - IrvineD
72Tampa Bay RaysRHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CCD
73Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Trey Supak, La Grange HSA+
74Seattle MarinersOF Gareth Morgan, Blyth AcademyA
MLB.com

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

This is what makes the Cubs the Cubs. Schwarber wasn't ranked among the top 15 prospects in MLB.com's or Keith Law's big boards. In fact, he wasn't ranked top 25 on Law's.

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
No.Team
Round 3
75Houston Astros
76Miami Marlins
77Chicago White Sox
78Chicago Cubs
79Minnesota Twins
80Seattle Mariners
81Philadelphia Phillies
82Colorado Rockies
83Toronto Blue Jays
84New York Mets
85Milwaukee Brewers
86San Diego Padres
87San Francisco Giants
88Los Angeles Angels
89Arizona Diamondbacks
90Baltimore Orioles
91New York Yankees
92Kansas City Royals
93Washington Nationals
94Cincinnati Reds
95Texas Rangers
96Tampa Bay Rays
97Cleveland Indians
98Los Angeles Dodgers
99Detroit Tigers
100Pittsburgh Pirates
101Oakland Athletics
102Atlanta Braves
103Boston Red Sox
104St. Louis Cardinals
Supplemental Round
105Miami Marlins
Round 4-40 repeat picks No. 75-104
MLB.com

 

David Daniels is a columnist for Bleacher Report and reporter at Wade-O Radio.

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