2014 MLB Draft: Quick Review of Day 1 Results and Overall Team Grades

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig announces that the Houston Astros have selected Brady Aiken number one overall during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The first day of the 2014 MLB draft featured plenty of surprises and interesting storylines, but most teams appeared to come away with at least one player who could potentially be a big league star down the line.

Baseball is the most difficult sport in terms of projecting the future success of prospects since they all have at least a couple years of developing to do before they even sniff the majors. Even so, it is fun to speculate about how players might ultimately translate.

There are still plenty of picks left to made, but here is a full listing of Day 1 picks along with grades reflecting how every team fared.


Day 1 Results for 2014 MLB Draft

MLB Draft Day 1 Results
Round 1
1Houston AstrosLHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
2Miami MarlinsRHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
3Chicago White SoxLHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
4Chicago CubsC/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5Minnesota TwinsSS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
6Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
7Philadelphia PhilliesRHP Aaron Nola, LSU
8Colorado RockiesLHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9Toronto Blue JaysRHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10New York MetsOF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
11Toronto Blue JaysC Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
12Milwaukee BrewersLHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS
13San Diego PadresSS Trea Turner, North Carolina State
14San Francisco GiantsRHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
15Los Angeles AngelsLHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford
16Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.
17Kansas City RoyalsLHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU
18Washington NationalsRHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
19Cincinnati RedsRHP Nick Howard, Virginia
20Tampa Bay Rays1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
21Cleveland IndiansOF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco
22Los Angeles DodgersRHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS
23Detroit TigersOF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS
24Pittsburgh PiratesSS Cole Tucker, Pointe HS
25Oakland Athletics3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton
26Boston Red Sox3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS
27St. Louis CardinalsRHP Luke Weaver, Florida State
Comp. Round A
28Kansas City RoyalsLHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy
29Cincinnati RedsSS Alex Blandino, Stanford
30Texas RangersRHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS
31Cleveland IndiansLHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS
32Atlanta BravesOF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS
33Boston Red SoxRHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS
34St. Louis CardinalsRHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS
Competitive Balance Round A
35Colorado Rockies2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS
36Miami MarlinsC Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS
37Houston AstrosOF Derek Fisher, Virginia
38Cleveland IndiansOF Mike Papi, Virginia
39Pittsburgh PiratesOF Connor Joe, University of San Diego
40Kansas City RoyalsC Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS
41Milwaukee BrewersSS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS
Round 2
42Houston Astros1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky
43Miami MarlinsSS Justin Twine, Falls City HS
44Chicago White SoxRHP Spencer Adams, White County HS
45Chicago CubsRHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
46Minnesota TwinsRHP Nick Burdi, Louisville
47Philadelphia PhilliesLHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
48Colorado RockiesRHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49Toronto Blue JaysRHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS
50Milwaukee BrewersOF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS
51San Diego PadresOF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS
52San Francisco GiantsC Aramis Garcia, Florida International
53Los Angeles AngelsRHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep
54Arizona DiamondbacksLHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS
55New York YankeesLHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State
56Kansas City RoyalsRHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS
57Washington NationalsLHP Andrew Suarez, Miami
58Cincinnati Reds3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine
59Texas RangersSS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS
60Tampa Bay RaysRHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61Cleveland IndiansRHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS
62Los Angeles DodgersOF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS
63Detroit TigersRHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama
64Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS
65Oakland AthleticsRHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson
66Atlanta BravesRHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS
67Boston Red Sox1B Sam Travis, Indiana
68St. Louis CardinalsRHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS
Competitive Balance Round B
69Arizona DiamondbacksOF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS
70Arizona DiamondbacksSS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS
71St. Louis CardinalsRHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine
72Tampa Bay RaysRHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC
73Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS
74Seattle MarinersOF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy
Picks courtesy of MLB.com

Team-By-Team Grades for Day 1

Overall Day 1 Team Grades
Arizona DiamondbacksB+
Atlanta BravesB+
Baltimore OriolesINC
Boston Red SoxB
Chicago CubsC+
Chicago White SoxA
Cincinnati RedsB
Cleveland IndiansA-
Colorado RockiesA-
Detroit TigersC+
Houston AstrosA
Kansas City RoyalsB
Los Angeles AngelsB
Los Angeles DodgersB+
Miami MarlinsA
Milwaukee BrewersC
Minnesota TwinsA-
New York MetsA
New York YankeesC
Oakland AthleticsB+
Philadelphia PhilliesA-
Pittsburgh PiratesB
San Diego PadresA-
San Francisco GiantsA
Seattle MarinersA
St. Louis CardinalsB
Tampa Bay RaysB+
Texas RangersB
Toronto Blue JaysA
Washington NationalsA-
Mike Chiari's Grades


Breaking Down Best Picks

Carlos Rodon

NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon was considered the odds-on favorite to be taken No. 1 overall in the 2014 MLB draft immediately following last year's draft. Rodon certainly seemed to still be in the running for that distinction all the way up until Thursday's first round, but he was ultimately usurped by a pair of high school pitchers in the form of Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek. 

Rodon fell into the Chicago White Sox's lap at No. 3, and it stands to reason that they couldn't be happier. The crafty southpaw has a long track record of success with three excellent collegiate seasons under his belt. Rodon's record didn't reflect how well he pitched this season, as he went just 6-7 despite posting a 2.01 ERA and striking out 117 batters in less than 99 innings.

Even though Rodon's peripheral numbers were excellent, he admitted that he was disappointed in how he performed this season, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times:

It can be argued that Aiken and Kolek have higher ceilings than Rodon, but Rodon is a polished product who could potentially make it to the majors quicker than any other prospect in the draft. Chicago's MLB pitching rotation could use a boost, and even though it may be a couple years before Rodon provides it, he could easily be the best player to come out of this draft.


Michael Conforto

Oregon State's Michael Conforto is arguably the top outfield prospect in the entire 2014 draft class, which is why it came as somewhat of a surprise when he slipped all the way to the New York Mets at No. 10. New York's farm system is stocked with top-flight pitchers, so getting a potential .300 hitter was an absolutely perfect fit.

Conforto's body of work with the Beavers is something to be marveled at, especially his 2014 production. He is still developing his power stroke, as he hit just seven home runs this past season, but he hit .345 and achieved top honors in the Pac-12 Conference yet again, per Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

The fact that Conforto is more of a contact hitter should actually fit into what the Mets are trying to do. Pure power guys don't translate particularly well to spacious Citi Field, which is partly why former Met Ike Davis flamed out. Conforto is a line-drive hitter who knows how to get on base, which should allow him to progress through the minors fairly quickly.

He has all the makings of an ideal No. 2 hitter in the big leagues, and he may be ready just in time for the Mets' inevitable ascent, provided the rest of their prospects pan out.


A.J. Reed

Most of the focus surround the Houston Astros' draft thus far pertains to No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken. There is no question that Aiken is an extremely exciting prospect, but he may not have even been Houston's best pick of the night. That honor goes to Kentucky's A.J. Reed, who the 'Stros nabbed with the first pick of the second round.

Reed was an ace pitcher as well as a big-time power hitter for the Wildcats. It is possible that he could have made it to the big leagues as a pitcher, but Houston will attempt to utilize him as an offensive threat. It is easy to see why, as Reed hit .336 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI this past season.

In perhaps the biggest understatement of draft night, Reed told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com what the Astros can expect out of him:

Reed is coming off of his best collegiate season, and Aaron Fitt of Baseball America credits him for putting in extra work and becoming committed to being a great player:

Provided he remains on that path, Reed absolutely has the skill set to perform like a first-round pick at the MLB level. Almost every organization passed on him at least once, which means he should be hungry to prove himself.

Reed is a great player as he is, but putting a chip on his shoulder will make him even more dangerous.


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