2014 MLB Draft Results: Full Overview of Day 1 Grades for Each Franchise

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2014 MLB Draft Results: Full Overview of Day 1 Grades for Each Franchise
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On Thursday night, Major League Baseball's future was on hand, as the brightest young stars were selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 draft.

This same rite of passage has been shared by baseball's elite, and in due time, we'll know which prospects from this year's draft class will be pivotal components of the majors.

With only two rounds in the books, there are plenty more prospects who will hear their names called this year. Until then, let's look back across the bevy of talent selected over the first two rounds and grade each corresponding pick.

 

Round 1 Results and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Round 1 Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
1 Houston Astros Brady Aiken LHP A
2 Miami Marlins Tyler Kolek RHP A
3 Chicago White Sox Carlos Rodon LHP A
4 Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber C/OF B-
5 Minnesota Twins Nick Gordon SS A
6 Seattle Mariners Alex Jackson OF A
7 Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola RHP A
8 Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland LHP A
9 Toronto Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman RHP A-
10 New York Mets Michael Conforto OF A
11 Toronto Blue Jays Max Pentecost C A-
12 Milwaukee Brewers Kodi Medeiros LHP A
13 San Diego Padres Trea Turner SS A
14 San Francisco Giants Tyler Beede RHP A
15 Los Angeles Angels Sean Newcomb LHP A
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Touki Toussaint RHP A
17 Kansas City Royals Brandon Finnegan LHP B+
18 Washington Nationals Erick Fedde RHP B-
19 Cincinnati Reds Nick Howard 3B/RHP A
20 Tampa Bay Rays Casey Gillaspie 1B A
21 Cleveland Indians Bradley Zimmer OF A-
22 Los Angeles Dodgers Grant Holmes RHP A
23 Detroit Tigers Derek Hill OF A
24 Pittsburgh Pirates Cole Tucker SS A
25 Oakland Athletics Matt Chapman 3B/RHP A-
26 Boston Red Sox Michael Chavis IF A
27 St. Louis Cardinals Luke Weaver RHP A-

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

3. Chicago White Sox: Carlos Rodon, LHP

Rodon may be the most MLB-ready pitcher in this year's draft due to a great deal of experience with North Carolina State and USA Baseball.

The southpaw features a fastball capable of reaching 97 mph and a slider that is considered by many analysts as the best breaking ball in this year's class. His arsenal of pitches allowed him to win 25 games with the Wolfpack with a career ERA of 2.24.

Scouting directer Doug Laumann spoke highly of Rodon during an interview with Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times:

"When you can bury a slider on the back foot of a right-handed hitter and get it under his hands, you know a guy has a really good one. It's certainly a dominant pitch, and that's not to take anything away from his fastball and changeup, which are plus pitches."

The 6'4", 235-pound Rodon has the makeup of a workhorse at the MLB level, and his high ceiling bodes well for his chances to become an ace in the future.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is loving Chicago's future rotation:

 

26. Boston Red Sox: Michael Chavis, IF

The Red Sox grabbed a great bat by selecting Chavis at No. 26 overall.

Chavis is a polished hitter who shows patience at the place, rarely chasing down balls out of the zone. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, he has more power than you'd expect. Chavis generates plenty of bat speed through the zone with enough pop to go yard.

In 28 games this season, Chavis hit .580 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 21 stolen bases at Sprayberry High School.

He's played shortstop throughout his young career, but he's projected to move to third base in the majors. With plenty of upside, Chavis has the potential to be a staple in Boston's infield within the next four years.

A tweet from Cut4 pegged Chavis perfectly:

 

Comp. Round A Results and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Comp. Round A Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
28 Kansas City Royals Foster Griffin LHP A
29 Cincinnati Reds Alex Blandino 3B A-
30 Texas Rangers Luis Ortiz RHP A-
31 Cleveland Indians Justus Sheffield LHP B+
32 Atlanta Braves Braxton Davidson 1B/OF A-
33 Boston Red Sox Michael Kopech RHP A-
34 St. Louis Cardinals Jack Flaherty RHP B+

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

28. Kansas City Royals: Foster Griffin, LHP

Griffin projects as a starter in the big leagues due to his nicely controlled low-90s fastball, above-average curveball and changeup.

At 6'5" and 210 pounds, Griffin has great command on the mount. That equated to winning seven games this past season with an ERA of 1.55 and 99 strikeouts over 58.2 innings.

He'll need some time to grow and develop, but the Royals selected a very nice addition to their farm system here.

Here's a good look at what Griffin brings to the table:

 

Competitive Balance A Results and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Competitive Balance A Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
35 Colorado Rockies Forrest Wall SS B+
36 Miami Marlins Blake Anderson C B-
37 Houston Astros Derek Fisher OF A
38 Cleveland Indians Mike Papi OF A-
39 Pittsburgh Pirates Connor Joe OF/C B-
40 Kansas City Royals Chase Vallot C A
41 Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Gatewood SS A

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

41. Milwaukee Brewers: Jacob Gatewood, SS

Gatewood saw his draft stock plummet after a worrisome high school senior season. After a stellar junior year, Gatewood lost some poise at the plate, which translated into deteriorating mechanics.

Still, his raw power is undeniable, and with some development in Milwaukee's farm system, there's no reason to think he won't get back to form.

Although Gatewood has played shortstop in high school, he may not have the agility to remain there in the majors. A move to third base or outfield seems likely due to his size and power.

 

Round 2 Results and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Round 2 Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
42 Houston Astros A.J. Reed 1B A
43 Miami Marlins Justin Twine SS A-
44 Chicago White Sox Spencer Adams RHP A-
45 Chicago Cubs Jake Stinnett RHP B-
46 Minnesota twins Nick Burdi RHP A
47 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Imhof LHP B+
48 Colorado Rockies Ryan Castellani RHP B-
49 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Reid-Foley LHP A
50 Milwaukee Brewers Monte Harrison OF A
51 San Diego Padres Michael Gettys OF A
52 San Francisco Giants Aramis Garcia C B
53 Los Angeles Angels Joe Gatto RHP A
54 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Reed LHP A
55 New York Yankees Jacob Lindgren LHP A
56 Kansas City Royals Scott Blewett RHP A
57 Washington Nationals Andrew Suarez LHP A-
58 Cincinnati Reds Taylor Sparks 3B C+
59 Texas Rangers Ti'Quan Forbes SS A
60 Tampa Bay Rays Cameron Varga RHP A
61 Cleveland Indians Grant Hockin RHP A-
62 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Verdugo RHP/OF B+
63 Detroit Tigers Spence Turnbull RHP B+
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller RHP A
65 Oakland Athletics Daniel Gossett RHP B
66 Atlanta Braves Garrett Fulenchek RHP A
67 Boston Red Sox Sam Travis 1B A-
68 St. Louis Cardinals Ronnie Williams RHP B

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

49. Toronto Blue Jays: Sean Reid-Foley, LHP

Reid-Foley was projected by many analysts to go in the first round. After a big slide, the Blue Jays scooped him up in the second.

At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Reid-Foley has a four-pitch arsenal at his disposal with great movement on his low-90s fastball and changeup.

He'll have to undergo several tweaks in his delivery, due to a high pitching arm elbow. But with great command of his pitches already, he should benefit greatly from the Blue Jay's farm system.

 

Competitive Balance B Results and Grades

2014 MLB Draft: Competitive Balance B Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position Grade
69 Arizona Diamondbacks Marcus Wilson OF A
70 Arizona Diamondbacks Isan Diaz SS B+
71 St. Louis Cardinals Andrew Morales RHP C+
72 Tampa Bay Rays Brent Honeywell RHP B-
73 Pittsburgh Pirates Trey Supak RHP A
74 Seattle Mariners Gareth Morgan OF B+

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

73. Pittsburgh Pirates: Trey Supak, RHP

Supak is a threatening presence on the mound at 6'5" and 210 pounds. He has a frame that looks capable of adding more bulk, giving him the overall look of a workhorse.

Presently, Supak throws a 90-mph fastball, but adding bulk will help in the velocity department. He features two other pitches in a curveball and changeup, but both will need some work going forward.

Here's a great look at his throwing motion:

Supak can throw strikes at ease; however, his location can be a bit iffy at times. All of these things will change as he continues to grow and develop. After a few years in the farm system, Supak could become a mid-rotational piece for the Pirates.

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