MLB Draft

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

Shortstop Michael Chavis from Sprayberry Senior High School in Marietta, Georgia, posts his name on the board at the 2014 MLB baseball draft Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. Chavis was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 26th pick in the first round. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 6, 2014

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
PickTeamPlayerPositionGrade
1Houston AstrosBrady AikenLHPA
2Miami MarlinsTyler KolekRHPA
3Chicago White SoxCarlos RodonLHPA
4Chicago CubsKyle SchwarberC/OFB-
5Minnesota TwinsNick GordonSSA
6Seattle MarinersAlex JacksonOFA
7Philadelphia PhilliesAaron NolaRHPA
8Colorado RockiesKyle FreelandLHPA
9Toronto Blue JaysJeff HoffmanRHPA-
10New York MetsMichael ConfortoOFA
11Toronto Blue JaysMax PentecostCA-
12Milwaukee BrewersKodi MedeirosLHPA
13San Diego PadresTrea TurnerSSA
14San Francisco GiantsTyler BeedeRHPA
15Los Angeles AngelsSean NewcombLHPA
16Arizona DiamondbacksTouki ToussaintRHPA
17Kansas City RoyalsBrandon FinneganLHPB+
18Washington NationalsErick FeddeRHPB-
19Cincinnati RedsNick Howard3B/RHPA
20Tampa Bay RaysCasey Gillaspie1BA
21Cleveland IndiansBradley ZimmerOFA-
22Los Angeles DodgersGrant HolmesRHPA
23Detroit TigersDerek HillOFA
24Pittsburgh PiratesCole TuckerSSA
25Oakland AthleticsMatt Chapman3B/RHPA-
26Boston Red SoxMichael ChavisIFA
27St. Louis CardinalsLuke WeaverRHPA-
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
PickTeamPlayerPositionGrade
28Kansas City RoyalsFoster GriffinLHPA
29Cincinnati RedsAlex Blandino3BA-
30Texas RangersLuis OrtizRHPA-
31Cleveland IndiansJustus SheffieldLHPB+
32Atlanta BravesBraxton Davidson1B/OFA-
33Boston Red SoxMichael KopechRHPA-
34St. Louis CardinalsJack FlahertyRHPB+
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
PickTeamPlayerPositionGrade
35Colorado RockiesForrest WallSSB+
36Miami MarlinsBlake AndersonCB-
37Houston AstrosDerek FisherOFA
38Cleveland IndiansMike PapiOFA-
39Pittsburgh PiratesConnor JoeOF/CB-
40Kansas City RoyalsChase VallotCA
41Milwaukee BrewersJacob GatewoodSSA
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
PickTeamPlayerPositionGrade
42Houston AstrosA.J. Reed1BA
43Miami MarlinsJustin TwineSSA-
44Chicago White SoxSpencer AdamsRHPA-
45Chicago CubsJake StinnettRHPB-
46Minnesota twinsNick BurdiRHPA
47Philadelphia PhilliesMatt ImhofLHPB+
48Colorado RockiesRyan CastellaniRHPB-
49Toronto Blue JaysSean Reid-FoleyLHPA
50Milwaukee BrewersMonte HarrisonOFA
51San Diego PadresMichael GettysOFA
52San Francisco GiantsAramis GarciaCB
53Los Angeles AngelsJoe GattoRHPA
54Arizona DiamondbacksCody ReedLHPA
55New York YankeesJacob LindgrenLHPA
56Kansas City RoyalsScott BlewettRHPA
57Washington NationalsAndrew SuarezLHPA-
58Cincinnati RedsTaylor Sparks3BC+
59Texas RangersTi'Quan ForbesSSA
60Tampa Bay RaysCameron VargaRHPA
61Cleveland IndiansGrant HockinRHPA-
62Los Angeles DodgersAlex VerdugoRHP/OFB+
63Detroit TigersSpence TurnbullRHPB+
64Pittsburgh PiratesMitch KellerRHPA
65Oakland AthleticsDaniel GossettRHPB
66Atlanta BravesGarrett FulenchekRHPA
67Boston Red SoxSam Travis1BA-
68St. Louis CardinalsRonnie WilliamsRHPB
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
PickTeamPlayerPositionGrade
69Arizona DiamondbacksMarcus WilsonOFA
70Arizona DiamondbacksIsan DiazSSB+
71St. Louis CardinalsAndrew MoralesRHPC+
72Tampa Bay RaysBrent HoneywellRHPB-
73Pittsburgh PiratesTrey SupakRHPA
74Seattle MarinersGareth MorganOFB+
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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