The first day of the 2014 MLB draft is out of the way, and the league as a whole did a very solid job of drafting. But it's not over yet, as teams have 38 more rounds to go through over the next two days.
For the third consecutive year, the Houston Astros had the No. 1 overall pick, and they went with a pitcher (Brady Aiken) for the second straight year. Aiken was the top prospect on many scouts' boards, so it wasn't a huge surprise. However, there were a couple of surprising picks during the first day that caused a bit of debate.
With one day down, let's take a look at the draft grades for all 30 teams, followed by a look at the draft order and breakdown of some of the most interesting moves from the first day.
Day 1 Grades
|Team||Top Pick||Day 1 Grade|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Touki Toussaint||B+|
|Atlanta Braves||Braxton Davidson||B|
|Boston Red Sox||Michael Chavis||A-|
|Chicago White Sox||Carlos Rodon||A|
|Chicago Cubs||Kyle Schwarber||B-|
|Cincinnati Reds||Nick Howard||B|
|Cleveland Indians||Bradley Zimmer||A-|
|Colorado Rockies||Kyle Freeland||B|
|Detroit Tigers||Derek Hill||B|
|Houston Astros||Brady Aiken||A+|
|Kansas City Royals||Brandon Finnegan||B+|
|Los Angeles Angels||Sean Newcomb||B|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Grant Holmes||B|
|Miami Marlins||Tyler Kolek||A-|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Kodi Medeiros||A+|
|Minnesota Twins||Nick Gordon||A|
|New York Mets||Michael Conforto||B+|
|New York Yankees||Jacob Lindgren||B|
|Oakland Athletics||Matt Chapman||B|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Aaron Nola||A-|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Cole Tucker||B|
|San Diego Padres||Trea Turner||A-|
|San Francisco Giants||Tyler Beede||B|
|Seattle Mariners||Alex Jackson||A-|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Luke Weaver||B+|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Casey Gillaspie||B+|
|Texas Rangers||Luis Ortiz||B|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Jeff Hoffman||B-|
|Washington Nationals||Erick Fedde||B|
Day 2 Draft Order
|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|
Pick 105 is supplemental round
|3||Chicago White Sox|
|9||Toronto Blue Jays|
|10||New York Mets|
|12||San Diego Padres|
|13||San Francisco Giants|
|14||Los Angeles Angels|
|17||New York Yankees|
|18||Kansas City Royals|
|22||Tampa Bay Rays|
|24||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|29||Boston Red Sox|
|30||St. Louis Cardinals|
Order will remain same in Rounds 4 through 40
Most Intriguing Selections from Day 1
4. Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Indiana
Not a lot of people were expecting Indiana's Kyle Schwarber to be the first positional player off of the board, but the Chicago Cubs apparently see something in the slugger.
With players like Alex Jackson and Michael Conforto on the board, the Cubs decided to bring in Schwarber. The Cubs know exactly what they're getting from the former Hoosier, as he's shown off a ton of power over the past couple of seasons, but he's also a patient player at the plate that can work the count.
Clint Longenecker of Baseball America tweeted about Schwarber, noting his power and ability to control the strike zone:
Schwarber has plus-plus raw power and controls the strike zone. Natural hitter.— Clint Longenecker (@Clint_BA) June 5, 2014
The big issue for Schwarber is where he will play defensively. He spent time at multiple positions with Indiana, and while he may be best suited to play in the outfield, Schwarber has expressed his desire to stay at catcher.
''Catching is what I really want to be doing,'' Schwarber told John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer. ''There's no other position I want to play. I like catching because it's down and dirty and gritty. It's an awesome position.''
With yet another bat taken in the first round, the Cubs have plenty of firepower in their farm system. Now, they'll just need to find a way to add some promising young pitchers.
9. Toronto Blue Jays: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina
After recently having Tommy John surgery, Jeff Hoffman was expected to drop a long way down in the first round. He didn't fall as far as some thought, however, as he was still a top-10 pick after being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Before the elbow injury, Hoffman could have very well been in the running for the No. 1 overall pick. He makes throwing look effortless with smooth mechanics and a lanky frame at 6'4'' and 180 pounds that he could grow into. Along with a strong mid-90s fastball, Hoffman has an impressive curveball that can make hitters miss.
Of course, the big question is whether or not Hoffman can return to his old form. As Bleacher Report's own Will Carroll points out, the Blue Jays have struggled to keep pitchers healthy in the past, making this a strange fit:
Jeff Hoffman had Tommy John surgery and goes 9 to a team that can't keep pitchers healthy. What could go wrong?— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 6, 2014
The Blue Jays are hoping that they can keep their new prospect healthy once he returns next year, and they also hope that he can return to form and compete at the same level as the pitchers taken ahead of him.