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Baseball Draft 2014: Table of Day 1 Results and Grades for Major League Teams

The Blue Jays were one team to receive good value in Max Pentecost.
The Blue Jays were one team to receive good value in Max Pentecost.Phil Sears/Associated Press
Sterling XieCorrespondent IIJune 6, 2014

Day 1 of the 2014 MLB draft saw 74 prospective big-leaguers taken, leaving teams with plenty of upside and intrigue. With compensation and competitive-balance rounds thrown in, many organizations have infused their farm systems with some of the most exciting young talent in the game.

While not everyone selected on Thursday night will turn into a star, a few teams may have secured important building blocks to shape the next era of their team. The baseball draft is more difficult to predict than any other sport, so for now these grades and evaluations are based strictly on value.

With that, let's take a look at how each team fared through the first two rounds while also looking at a few of the most noteworthy teams from Day 1's action.

 

Round 1 Picks and Grades
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchoolGrade
1Houston AstrosBrady AikenLHPCathedral Catholic HSA
2Miami MarlinsTyler KolekRHPShepherd HSB+
3Chicago White SoxCarlos RodonLHPN.C. StateA
4Chicago CubsKyle SchwarberCIndianaB
5Minnesota TwinsNick GordonSSOlympia HSB+
6Seattle MarinersAlex JacksonC/OFRancho Bernardo HSA
7Philadelphia PhilliesAaron NolaRHPLSUA
8Colorado RockiesKyle FreelandLHPEvansvilleA-
9Toronto Blue JaysJeff HoffmanRHPEast CarolinaA-
10New York MetsMichael ConfortoOFOregon StateA
11Toronto Blue JaysMax PentecostCKennesaw StateA-
12Milwaukee BrewersKodi MedeirosLHPWaiakea HSB
13San Diego PadresTrea TurnerSSN.C. StateB+
14San Francisco GiantsTyler BeedeRHPVanderbiltB
15Los Angeles AngelsSean NewcombLHPHartfordB+
16Arizona DiamondbacksTouki ToussaintRHPCoral Springs Christian AcademyA-
17Kansas City RoyalsBrandon FinneganLHPTCUB+
18Washington NationalsErick FeddeRHPUNLVB
19Cincinnati RedsNick HowardRHPVirginiaA-
20Tampa Bay RaysCasey Gillaspie1BWichita StateA-
21Cleveland IndiansBradley ZimmerOFSan FranciscoA-
22Los Angeles DodgersGrant HolmesRHPConway HSB+
23Detroit TigersDerek HillOFElk Grove HSA
24Pittsburgh PiratesCole TuckerSSMountain Pointe HSB-
25Oakland AthleticsMatt Chapman3BCal State FullertonB
26Boston Red SoxMichael ChavisSSSprayberry HSA-
27St. Louis CardinalsLuke WeaverRHPFlorida StateB
28Kansas City RoyalsFoster GriffinLHPThe First AcademyB
29Cincinnati RedsAlex BlandinoSSStanfordA
30Texas RangersLuis OrtizRHPSanger HSA-
31Cleveland IndiansJustus SheffieldLHPTullahoma HSB
32Atlanta BravesBraxton DavidsonOFT.C. Roberson HSA
33Boston Red SoxMichael KopechRHPPleasant HSB
34St. Louis CardinalsJack FlahertyRHPHarvard-Westlake HSB-
35Colorado RockiesForrest Wall2BOrangewood Christian HSA
36Miami MarlinsBlake AndersonCWest Lauderdale HSB+
37Houston AstrosDerek FisherOFVirginiaA
38Cleveland IndiansMike PapiOFVirginiaA-
39Pittsburgh PiratesConnor JoeOFSan DiegoC+
40Kansas City RoyalsChase VallotCSt. Thomas More HSA-
41Milwaukee BrewersJacob GatewoodSSClovis HSB+
Order via CBSSports.com
Round 2 Picks and Grades
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchoolGrade
42Houston AstrosA.J. Reed1BKentuckyA
43Miami MarlinsJustin TwineSSFalls City HSB-
44Chicago White SoxSpencer AdamsRHPWhite County HSA-
45Chicago CubsJake StinnettRHPMarylandA-
46Minnesota TwinsNick BurdiRHPLouisvilleA-
47Philadelphia PhilliesMatt ImhofLHPCal Poly-San Luis ObispoB
48Colorado RockiesRyan CastellaniRHPBrophy Jesuit Prep SchoolB+
49Toronto Blue JaysSean Reid-FoleyRHPSandalwood HSA
50Milwaukee BrewersMonte HarrisonOFLee's Summit West HSB+
51San Diego PadresMichael GettysOFGainesville HSA-
52San Francisco GiantsAramis GarciaCFlorida InternationalB+
53Los Angeles AngelsJoe GattoRHPSt. Augustine PrepC+
54Arizona DiamondbacksCody ReedLHPArdmore HSA-
55New York YankeesJacob LindgrenLHPMississippi StateB
56Kansas City RoyalsScott BlewettRHPBaker HSB-
57Washington NationalsAndrew SuarezLHPMiamiB
58Cincinnati RedsTaylor Sparks3BUC IrvineB-
59Texas RangersTiquan ForbesSSColumbia HSA-
60Tampa Bay RaysCameron VargaRHPCincinnati Hills Christian AcademyB
61Cleveland IndiansGrant HockinRHPDamien HSC+
62Los Angeles DodgersAlex VerdugoOFSahuaruo HSB+
63Detroit TigersSpencer TurnbullRHPAlabamaB
64Pittsburgh PiratesMitch KellerRHPXavier HSA-
65Oakland AthleticsDaniel GossettRHPClemsonB+
66Atlanta BravesGarrett FulenchekRHPHowe HSB+
67Boston Red SoxSam Travis1BIndianaB+
68St. Louis CardinalsRonnie WilliamsRHPAmerican Senior HSB+
69Arizona DiamondbacksMarcus WilsonOFJunipero Serra HSB
70Arizona DiamondbacksIsan DiazSSSpringfield Central HSB-
71St. Louis CardinalsAndrew MoralesRHPUC IrvineB-
72Tampa Bay RaysBrent HoneywellRHPWalters State CCB-
73Pittsburgh PiratesTrey SupakRHPLa Grange HSB
74Seattle MarinersGareth MorganOFBlyth AcademyB
Order via CBSSports.com

 

Houston Astros

Holding the top overall pick for the third consecutive season, the Astros added one of the highest-upside arms in recent years in prep school lefty Brady Aiken. It was not entirely surprising to see the Astros opt for Aiken, who many scouts see as one of the surest things in the draft, per ESPN's Jayson Stark:

Indeed, despite the shaky reputation that dogs high school prospects (especially arms), Aiken is far from the typical type of prospect. As ESPN's Tim Keown relays, amateur scouts are more comfortable with Aiken not only because of his makeup but because he has already been on the radar for several years:

'Teams have probably seen him 100 times,' said John Manuel, who has covered amateur baseball for Baseball America for 17 years. 'They've had national crosscheckers and area scouts and even international scouts on him. There's an extensive track record, more in line with a college player.'

Apart from the first overall pick, Houston also received excellent value with the next two picks, a pair of bats in Derek Fisher and A.J. Reed. Fisher, a prep school prospect, broke his hamate bone after a hot start to his season, but he returned to post a .281/.340/.415 slash line. Reed led all Division I hitters with 23 home runs while at Kentucky, and he could eventually join George Springer and Jonathan Singleton to form a powerful middle of the order in Houston.

 

Seattle Mariners

Alex Jackson falling to No. 6 was a dream scenario for the Mariners, who continue their perpetual search for power bats. Interestingly, Bud Selig announced the class' top prep bat as an outfielder rather than a catcher, a distinction that could move his ETA up a year or two if it sticks.

Regardless, while Seattle's farm system is chock-full of high-upside arms, the Mariners do not have much in the way of future power potential apart from Austin Wilson and D.J. Peterson. Therefore, according to the Seattle Times' Larry Stone, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik believes Jackson's right-handed upside is an invaluable commodity:

Yeah, you’ve noticed. It’s difficult. It really is. Especially a right-handed bat. We’ve talked about that a lot. We’re talking about it now. It’s funny, I remember years ago it was left-handed bats, trying to find a really good left-handed hitter. Now it just seems it’s the right-handed bat that’s at a premium.

Seattle's second-round pick is not as well-rounded or projectable a hitter as Jackson, but he offers even more power potential than the sixth overall pick, per Greg Johns of MLB.com:

Gareth Morgan has the profile to project as a right fielder at some point, so Jackson's versatility could come in handy if both picks work out. Morgan possesses one of the top power bats in the draft, so he represents excellent value in the competitive-balance stages of the second round.

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Arguably no team received better Day 1 value than the surprise AL East leaders, who continue the early summer's good vibes.

The Blue Jays' first selection, Jeff Hoffman, will need a year off due to Tommy John surgery. Using the ninth overall pick on such a prospect naturally carries risk, but as ESPN's Christopher Crawford opines (subscription required), Toronto may have received a top-four talent:

If Hoffman were healthy, he would have been a lock for the top four, as some compared him to a poor man's Adam Wainwright. Taking a pitcher who won't be able to throw for your organization for close to a year is a risk, but the Blue Jays have been known to take chances such as this, as seen in the fact that they didn't sign two of their top three first-round picks. 

Even if Hoffman does not pan out as expected, the Blue Jays backed up their top pick with two more high-upside prospects:

Max Pentecost is arguably the best pure catcher in this class, as his eye-popping .423/.483/.631 batting line carried Kennesaw State into the NCAA tournament. With above-average tools across the board, Pentecost has a good chance to develop into a major league regular at a scarce position.

At the beginning of the second round, the Jays received first-round talent in Sandalwood's Sean Reid-Foley. The tall righty was one of the most polished prep pitchers available, as his four-pitch arsenal and advanced feel suggest a high-floor prospect.

Hoffman and Reid-Foley could soon join Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman to form a quartet of intriguing rotation arms.

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