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

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2014 MLB Draft: Quick Review of Day 1 Results and Overall Team Grades
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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
No. Team Player
Round 1
1 Houston Astros LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
2 Miami Marlins RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
3 Chicago White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
4 Chicago Cubs C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5 Minnesota Twins SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
6 Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
7 Philadelphia Phillies RHP Aaron Nola, LSU
8 Colorado Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9 Toronto Blue Jays RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10 New York Mets OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
11 Toronto Blue Jays C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
12 Milwaukee Brewers LHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS
13 San Diego Padres SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State
14 San Francisco Giants RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
15 Los Angeles Angels LHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford
16 Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.
17 Kansas City Royals LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU
18 Washington Nationals RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
19 Cincinnati Reds RHP Nick Howard, Virginia
20 Tampa Bay Rays 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
21 Cleveland Indians OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco
22 Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS
23 Detroit Tigers OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS
24 Pittsburgh Pirates SS Cole Tucker, Pointe HS
25 Oakland Athletics 3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton
26 Boston Red Sox 3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS
27 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State
Comp. Round A
28 Kansas City Royals LHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy
29 Cincinnati Reds SS Alex Blandino, Stanford
30 Texas Rangers RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS
31 Cleveland Indians LHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS
32 Atlanta Braves OF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS
33 Boston Red Sox RHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS
34 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS
Competitive Balance Round A
35 Colorado Rockies 2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS
36 Miami Marlins C Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS
37 Houston Astros OF Derek Fisher, Virginia
38 Cleveland Indians OF Mike Papi, Virginia
39 Pittsburgh Pirates OF Connor Joe, University of San Diego
40 Kansas City Royals C Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS
41 Milwaukee Brewers SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS
Round 2
42 Houston Astros 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky
43 Miami Marlins SS Justin Twine, Falls City HS
44 Chicago White Sox RHP Spencer Adams, White County HS
45 Chicago Cubs RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
46 Minnesota Twins RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville
47 Philadelphia Phillies LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
48 Colorado Rockies RHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49 Toronto Blue Jays RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS
50 Milwaukee Brewers OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS
51 San Diego Padres OF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS
52 San Francisco Giants C Aramis Garcia, Florida International
53 Los Angeles Angels RHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep
54 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS
55 New York Yankees LHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State
56 Kansas City Royals RHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS
57 Washington Nationals LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami
58 Cincinnati Reds 3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine
59 Texas Rangers SS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS
60 Tampa Bay Rays RHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61 Cleveland Indians RHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS
62 Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS
63 Detroit Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama
64 Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS
65 Oakland Athletics RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson
66 Atlanta Braves RHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS
67 Boston Red Sox 1B Sam Travis, Indiana
68 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS
Competitive Balance Round B
69 Arizona Diamondbacks OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS
70 Arizona Diamondbacks SS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS
71 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine
72 Tampa Bay Rays RHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC
73 Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS
74 Seattle Mariners OF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy

Picks courtesy of MLB.com

Team-By-Team Grades for Day 1

Overall Day 1 Team Grades
Team Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks B+
Atlanta Braves B+
Baltimore Orioles INC
Boston Red Sox B
Chicago Cubs C+
Chicago White Sox A
Cincinnati Reds B
Cleveland Indians A-
Colorado Rockies A-
Detroit Tigers C+
Houston Astros A
Kansas City Royals B
Los Angeles Angels B
Los Angeles Dodgers B+
Miami Marlins A
Milwaukee Brewers C
Minnesota Twins A-
New York Mets A
New York Yankees C
Oakland Athletics B+
Philadelphia Phillies A-
Pittsburgh Pirates B
San Diego Padres A-
San Francisco Giants A
Seattle Mariners A
St. Louis Cardinals B
Tampa Bay Rays B+
Texas Rangers B
Toronto Blue Jays A
Washington Nationals A-

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.

 

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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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