Day 1 of the 2014 MLB draft lasted longer than it should have for several prospects.
These prospects were rated highly enough by experts to be selected in or just outside the first round, but they found themselves falling down the draft board. Catching them, though, were several lucky teams.
Here were the top steals on Day 1 of the draft, as well as the full results and grades for each selection.
|Day 1 Picks|
|1||Houston Astros||LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS||A|
|2||Miami Marlins||RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS||A|
|3||Chicago White Sox||LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State||A|
|4||Chicago Cubs||C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana||C-|
|5||Minnesota Twins||SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS||A|
|6||Seattle Mariners||C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS||A|
|7||Philadelphia Phillies||RHP Aaron Nola, LSU||A|
|8||Colorado Rockies||LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville||A|
|9||Toronto Blue Jays||RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina||B|
|10||New York Mets||OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State||A+|
|11||Toronto Blue Jays||C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State||B|
|12||Milwaukee Brewers||LHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS||C-|
|13||San Diego Padres||SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State||A|
|14||San Francisco Giants||RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt||A|
|15||Los Angeles Angels||LHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford||A|
|16||Arizona Diamondbacks||RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.||A|
|17||Kansas City Royals||LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU||A|
|18||Washington Nationals||RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV||C+|
|19||Cincinnati Reds||RHP Nick Howard, Virginia||B-|
|20||Tampa Bay Rays||1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State||A|
|21||Cleveland Indians||OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco||A+|
|22||Los Angeles Dodgers||RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS||A+|
|23||Detroit Tigers||OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS||A|
|24||Pittsburgh Pirates||SS Cole Tucker, Mountain Pointe HS||C-|
|25||Oakland Athletics||3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton||C-|
|26||Boston Red Sox||3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS||A|
|27||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State||A-|
|Comp. Round A|
|28||Kansas City Royals||LHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy||A|
|29||Cincinnati Reds||SS Alex Blandino, Stanford||B-|
|30||Texas Rangers||RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS||A|
|31||Cleveland Indians||LHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS||A|
|32||Atlanta Braves||OF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS||A|
|33||Boston Red Sox||RHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS||A-|
|34||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS||B-|
|Competitive Balance Round A|
|35||Colorado Rockies||2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS||C|
|36||Miami Marlins||C Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS||D|
|37||Houston Astros||OF Derek Fisher, Virginia||A+|
|38||Cleveland Indians||OF Mike Papi, Virginia||A-|
|39||Pittsburgh Pirates||OF Connor Joe, University of San Diego||D|
|40||Kansas City Royals||C Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS||A|
|41||Milwaukee Brewers||SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS||A+|
|42||Houston Astros||1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky||A|
|43||Miami Marlins||SS Justin Twine, Falls City HS||D|
|44||Chicago White Sox||RHP Spencer Adams, White County HS||A|
|45||Chicago Cubs||RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland||B|
|46||Minnesota Twins||RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville||A|
|47||Philadelphia Phillies||LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo||A|
|48||Colorado Rockies||RHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School||D|
|49||Toronto Blue Jays||RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS||A+|
|50||Milwaukee Brewers||OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS||A+|
|51||San Diego Padres||OF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS||A|
|52||San Francisco Giants||C Aramis Garcia, Florida International||C-|
|53||Los Angeles Angels||RHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep||A|
|54||Arizona Diamondbacks||LHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS||C|
|55||New York Yankees||LHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State||A-|
|56||Kansas City Royals||RHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS||A+|
|57||Washington Nationals||LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami||D|
|58||Cincinnati Reds||3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine||A-|
|59||Texas Rangers||SS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS||A|
|60||Tampa Bay Rays||RHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy||A|
|61||Cleveland Indians||RHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS||A-|
|62||Los Angeles Dodgers||OF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS||A|
|63||Detroit Tigers||RHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama||A|
|64||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS||A|
|65||Oakland Athletics||RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson||A-|
|66||Atlanta Braves||RHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS||A|
|67||Boston Red Sox||1B Sam Travis, Indiana||A|
|68||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS||D|
|Competitive Balance Round B|
|69||Arizona Diamondbacks||OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS||A+|
|70||Arizona Diamondbacks||SS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS||D+|
|71||St. Louis Cardinals||RHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine||D|
|72||Tampa Bay Rays||RHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC||D|
|73||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS||A+|
|74||Seattle Mariners||OF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy||A|
Sean Reid-Foley (RHP, Sandalwood HS) to the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 49
Few high school prospects on the mound have four pitches in their arsenal. Reid-Foley does. Not only that, but his fastball can hit 95 mph.
His ability, and what he accomplished with it—recording an ERA of 0.64 and throwing 120 strikeouts this season—impressed MLB.com. It ranked him the 18th-best prospect in the draft.
Toronto already had two first-round picks, and it managed to add another first-round prospect in the second with Reid-Foley.
Monte Harrison (OF, Lee's Summit West HS) to the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 50
Harrison isn't easy to forget.
He's 6'4", 180 pounds and athletic, at least athletic enough to play both outfield and wide receiver at Nebraska. His arm is also strong enough that he can throw 97 mph.
With all that physical ability, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why Keith Law of ESPN (subscription required) ranked Harrison the 17th-best prospect in the 2014 class. He even batted .433. But he somehow, someway slipped teams' minds and down the draft board to the fortunate Brewers at 50th overall.
Scott Blewett (RHP, Baker HS) to the Kansas City Royals at No. 56
Blewett definitely didn't fall in the draft because of a lack of physical tools. He measures in at 6'6", 235 pounds and features a fastball that can touch 96 mph.
Law rated Blewett the 20th-best prospect in the draft. But the Royals reeled him in 36 picks after No. 20.
All high school statistics courtesy of MaxPreps.com.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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