MLB Draft 2014: Full Table of Team-by-Team Day 1 Results and Grades

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MLB Draft 2014: Full Table of Team-by-Team Day 1 Results and Grades
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On Thursday each Major League Baseball franchise looked to the future, as the most promising young prospects were selected over the first two rounds of the draft.

A bevy of talented pitchers and dynamic sluggers were available over the early rounds of the draft. Some teams opted to look well into the future, selecting developmental prospects with plenty of upside. Others looked for more of an immediate impact, picking up MLB-ready players.

There were a few surprising picks on Day 1 of the draft; however, given the promise of the selected athletes, every franchise improved on Thursday.

Let's take a look at each team's selections and provide the corresponding grades while highlighting a few of the day's most intriguing picks.

 

Round 1 Picks and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Round 1 Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
1 Houston Astros Brady Aiken LHP A
2 Miami Marlins Tyler Kolek RHP A
3 Chicago White Sox Carlos Rodon LHP A
4 Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber C/OF B-
5 Minnesota Twins Nick Gordon SS A
6 Seattle Mariners Alex Jackson OF A
7 Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola RHP A
8 Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland LHP A
9 Toronto Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman RHP A-
10 New York Mets Michael Conforto OF A
11 Toronto Blue Jays Max Pentecost C A-
12 Milwaukee Brewers Kodi Medeiros LHP A
13 San Diego Padres Trea Turner SS A
14 San Francisco Giants Tyler Beede RHP A
15 Los Angeles Angels Sean Newcomb LHP A
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Touki Toussaint RHP A
17 Kansas City Royals Brandon Finnegan LHP B+
18 Washington Nationals Erick Fedde RHP B-
19 Cincinnati Reds Nick Howard 3B/RHP A
20 Tampa Bay Rays Casey Gillaspie 1B A
21 Cleveland Indians Bradley Zimmer OF A-
22 Los Angeles Dodgers Grant Holmes RHP A
23 Detroit Tigers Derek Hill OF A
24 Pittsburgh Pirates Cole Tucker SS A
25 Oakland Athletics Matt Chapman 3B/RHP A-
26 Boston Red Sox Michael Chavis IF A
27 St. Louis Cardinals Luke Weaver RHP A-

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

1. Houston Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP

The 17-year-old Aiken was the first player off the board this year. The southpaw has a polished low-90s fastball and plus curveball, as well as a developing arsenal. His control is impeccable for his age, and he shouldn't need much development further down the line.

Adding Aiken gives the Astros an even more impressive farm system.

According to CBSSports.com, he ended a rather long trend for high school pitchers:

 

4. Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber, C

Schwarber may be considered a bit of a reach at the No. 4 pick, which makes his selection here a bit of a surprise. He doesn't project to stay behind the plate in the big leagues and could be expected to move to the outfield.

The redeeming virtue of his early selection is his bat. He may not have overwhelming power, but he is a consistent hitter with enough pop to make a difference in the majors.

Jim Bowden of ESPN thinks Schwarber has tremendous upside:

 

Comp. A Picks and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Comp. Round A Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
28 Kansas City Royals Foster Griffin LHP A
29 Cincinnati Reds Alex Blandino 3B A-
30 Texas Rangers Luis Ortiz RHP A-
31 Cleveland Indians Justus Sheffield LHP B+
32 Atlanta Braves Braxton Davidson 1B/OF A-
33 Boston Red Sox Michael Kopech RHP A-
34 St. Louis Cardinals Jack Flaherty RHP B+

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

28. Kansas City Royals: Foster Griffin, LHP

The Royals continued to add pitching to their farm system with the selection of Griffin here. He has plenty of upside with a plus fastball and a nice, developing changeup. With his good command and control, developing his arsenal could make the 6'5" southpaw a steal here.

Here's a look at what Griffin brings to Kansas City:

 

Competitive Balance A Picks and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Competitive Balance A Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
35 Colorado Rockies Forrest Wall SS B+
36 Miami Marlins Blake Anderson C B-
37 Houston Astros Derek Fisher OF A
38 Cleveland Indians Mike Papi OF A-
39 Pittsburgh Pirates Connor Joe OF/C B-
40 Kansas City Royals Chase Vallot C A
41 Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Gatewood SS A

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

41. Milwaukee Brewers: Jacob Gatewood, SS

Gatewood has the potential to be a stud down the road. His bat speed is off the charts, and his raw power is noticeable. He does need to develop patience, as he's known to be a little too aggressive at the plate. Defensively, he'll probably move to third base down the line, as he'll eventually outgrow the shortstop position. Nevertheless, he's athletic enough to handle multiple positions in the infield.

Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports tweeted a comment from Bruce Seid regarding Gatewood's defensive versatility:

 

Round 2 Picks and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Round 2 Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
42 Houston Astros A.J. Reed 1B A
43 Miami Marlins Justin Twine SS A-
44 Chicago White Sox Spencer Adams RHP A-
45 Chicago Cubs Jake Stinnett RHP B-
46 Minnesota twins Nick Burdi RHP A
47 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Imhof LHP B+
48 Colorado Rockies Ryan Castellani RHP B-
49 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Reid-Foley LHP A
50 Milwaukee Brewers Monte Harrison OF A
51 San Diego Padres Michael Gettys OF A
52 San Francisco Giants Aramis Garcia C B
53 Los Angeles Angels Joe Gatto RHP A
54 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Reed LHP A
55 New York Yankees Jacob Lindgren LHP A
56 Kansas City Royals Scott Blewett RHP A
57 Washington Nationals Andrew Suarez LHP A-
58 Cincinnati Reds Taylor Sparks 3B C+
59 Texas Rangers Ti'Quan Forbes SS A
60 Tampa Bay Rays Cameron Varga RHP A
61 Cleveland Indians Grant Hockin RHP A-
62 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Verdugo RHP/OF B+
63 Detroit Tigers Spence Turnbull RHP B+
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller RHP A
65 Oakland Athletics Daniel Gossett RHP B
66 Atlanta Braves Garrett Fulenchek RHP A
67 Boston Red Sox Sam Travis 1B A-
68 St. Louis Cardinals Ronnie Williams RHP B

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

42. Houston Astros: A.J. Reed, 1B

The Astros continued their stellar draft by selecting Reed to go along with Aiken and Derek Fisher. Reed will absolutely stick at first base due to his limited speed and athleticism. However, he has some great power as a hitter, and if he can improve his bat speed, he could turn into a major slugger for Houston.

Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart tweeted a message from Reed to the franchise:

 

Competitive Balance B Picks and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Competitive Balance B Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
69 Arizona Diamondbacks Marcus Wilson OF A
70 Arizona Diamondbacks Isan Diaz SS B+
71 St. Louis Cardinals Andrew Morales RHP C+
72 Tampa Bay Rays Brent Honeywell RHP B-
73 Pittsburgh Pirates Trey Supak RHP A
74 Seattle Mariners Gareth Morgan OF B+

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

69. Arizona Diamondbacks: Marcus Wilson, OF

Wilson is the epitome of a big-time project for Arizona's farm system. He has plenty of useful tools at his disposal, which gives him lots of upside; however, it will be quite some time before he can successfully harness his raw power to become consistent in the majors.

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