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

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 6, 2014

United States pitcher Carlos Rodon throws against Cuba during an exhibition baseball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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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
1Houston AstrosBrady AikenLHPA
2Miami MarlinsTyler KolekRHPA
3Chicago White SoxCarlos RodonLHPA
4Chicago CubsKyle SchwarberC/OFB-
5Minnesota TwinsNick GordonSSA
6Seattle MarinersAlex JacksonOFA
7Philadelphia PhilliesAaron NolaRHPA
8Colorado RockiesKyle FreelandLHPA
9Toronto Blue JaysJeff HoffmanRHPA-
10New York MetsMichael ConfortoOFA
11Toronto Blue JaysMax PentecostCA-
12Milwaukee BrewersKodi MedeirosLHPA
13San Diego PadresTrea TurnerSSA
14San Francisco GiantsTyler BeedeRHPA
15Los Angeles AngelsSean NewcombLHPA
16Arizona DiamondbacksTouki ToussaintRHPA
17Kansas City RoyalsBrandon FinneganLHPB+
18Washington NationalsErick FeddeRHPB-
19Cincinnati RedsNick Howard3B/RHPA
20Tampa Bay RaysCasey Gillaspie1BA
21Cleveland IndiansBradley ZimmerOFA-
22Los Angeles DodgersGrant HolmesRHPA
23Detroit TigersDerek HillOFA
24Pittsburgh PiratesCole TuckerSSA
25Oakland AthleticsMatt Chapman3B/RHPA-
26Boston Red SoxMichael ChavisIFA
27St. Louis CardinalsLuke WeaverRHPA-
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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
28Kansas City RoyalsFoster GriffinLHPA
29Cincinnati RedsAlex Blandino3BA-
30Texas RangersLuis OrtizRHPA-
31Cleveland IndiansJustus SheffieldLHPB+
32Atlanta BravesBraxton Davidson1B/OFA-
33Boston Red SoxMichael KopechRHPA-
34St. Louis CardinalsJack FlahertyRHPB+
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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
35Colorado RockiesForrest WallSSB+
36Miami MarlinsBlake AndersonCB-
37Houston AstrosDerek FisherOFA
38Cleveland IndiansMike PapiOFA-
39Pittsburgh PiratesConnor JoeOF/CB-
40Kansas City RoyalsChase VallotCA
41Milwaukee BrewersJacob GatewoodSSA
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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
42Houston AstrosA.J. Reed1BA
43Miami MarlinsJustin TwineSSA-
44Chicago White SoxSpencer AdamsRHPA-
45Chicago CubsJake StinnettRHPB-
46Minnesota twinsNick BurdiRHPA
47Philadelphia PhilliesMatt ImhofLHPB+
48Colorado RockiesRyan CastellaniRHPB-
49Toronto Blue JaysSean Reid-FoleyLHPA
50Milwaukee BrewersMonte HarrisonOFA
51San Diego PadresMichael GettysOFA
52San Francisco GiantsAramis GarciaCB
53Los Angeles AngelsJoe GattoRHPA
54Arizona DiamondbacksCody ReedLHPA
55New York YankeesJacob LindgrenLHPA
56Kansas City RoyalsScott BlewettRHPA
57Washington NationalsAndrew SuarezLHPA-
58Cincinnati RedsTaylor Sparks3BC+
59Texas RangersTi'Quan ForbesSSA
60Tampa Bay RaysCameron VargaRHPA
61Cleveland IndiansGrant HockinRHPA-
62Los Angeles DodgersAlex VerdugoRHP/OFB+
63Detroit TigersSpence TurnbullRHPB+
64Pittsburgh PiratesMitch KellerRHPA
65Oakland AthleticsDaniel GossettRHPB
66Atlanta BravesGarrett FulenchekRHPA
67Boston Red SoxSam Travis1BA-
68St. Louis CardinalsRonnie WilliamsRHPB
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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
69Arizona DiamondbacksMarcus WilsonOFA
70Arizona DiamondbacksIsan DiazSSB+
71St. Louis CardinalsAndrew MoralesRHPC+
72Tampa Bay RaysBrent HoneywellRHPB-
73Pittsburgh PiratesTrey SupakRHPA
74Seattle MarinersGareth MorganOFB+
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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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