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2014 MLB Draft Results: Grades and Order Listing for Each Franchise Before Day 2

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2014 MLB Draft Results: Grades and Order Listing for Each Franchise Before Day 2
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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

2014 MLB Draft Day 1 Grades
Team Top Pick Day 1 Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks Touki Toussaint B+
Atlanta Braves Braxton Davidson B
Baltimore Orioles N/A N/A
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

 

Round 3 Draft Order
Pick Team
75 Houston Astros
76 Miami Marlins
77 Chicago White Sox
78 Chicago Cubs
79 Minnesota Twins
80 Seattle Mariners
81 Philadelphia Phillies
82 Colorado Rockies
83 Toronto Blue Jays
84 New York Mets
85 Milwaukee Brewers
86 San Diego Padres
87 San Francisco Giants
88 Los Angeles Angels
89 Arizona Diamondbacks
90 Baltimore Orioles
91 New York Yankees
92 Kansas City Royals
93 Washington Nationals
94 Cincinnati Reds
95 Texas Rangers
96 Tampa Bay Rays
97 Cleveland Indians
98 Los Angeles Dodgers
99 Detroit Tigers
100 Pittsburgh Pirates
101 Oakland Athletics
102 Atlanta Braves
103 Boston Red Sox
104 St. Louis Cardinals
105 Miami Marlins

Pick 105 is supplemental round

Rounds 4-10 Draft Order
Order Selection
1 Houston Astros
2 Miami Marlins
3 Chicago White Sox
4 Chicago Cubs
5 Minnesota Twins
6 Seattle Mariners
7 Philadelphia Phillies
8 Colorado Rockies
9 Toronto Blue Jays
10 New York Mets
11 Milwaukee Brewers
12 San Diego Padres
13 San Francisco Giants
14 Los Angeles Angels
15 Arizona Diamondbacks
16 Baltimore Orioles
17 New York Yankees
18 Kansas City Royals
19 Washington Nationals
20 Cincinnati Reds
21 Texas Rangers
22 Tampa Bay Rays
23 Cleveland Indians
24 Los Angeles Dodgers
25 Detroit Tigers
26 Pittsburgh Pirates
27 Oakland Athletics
28 Atlanta Braves
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:

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:

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. 

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