MLB Draft 2014: Results, Grades and Top Steals for Rounds 1-3

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MLB Draft 2014: Results, Grades and Top Steals for Rounds 1-3
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The first three rounds of the 2014 MLB Draft didn't go as planned.

And for some teams, that was in their favor. They managed to select prospects who were supposed to hear their name called long before they did.

Here are the top steals through the third round, as well as graded results.

Results and Grades for Rounds 1-3
No. Team Player Grade
Round 1
1 Houston Astros LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS A
2 Miami Marlins RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS A
3 Chicago White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State A
4 Chicago Cubs C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana C-
5 Minnesota Twins SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS A
6 Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS A
7 Philadelphia Phillies RHP Aaron Nola, LSU A
8 Colorado Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville A
9 Toronto Blue Jays RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina B
10 New York Mets OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State A+
11 Toronto Blue Jays C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State B
12 Milwaukee Brewers LHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS C-
13 San Diego Padres SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State A
14 San Francisco Giants RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt A
15 Los Angeles Angels LHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford A
16 Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad. A
17 Kansas City Royals LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU A
18 Washington Nationals RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV C+
19 Cincinnati Reds RHP Nick Howard, Virginia B-
20 Tampa Bay Rays 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State A
21 Cleveland Indians OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco A+
22 Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS A+
23 Detroit Tigers OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS A
24 Pittsburgh Pirates SS Cole Tucker, Mountain Pointe HS C-
25 Oakland Athletics 3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton C-
26 Boston Red Sox 3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS A
27 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State A-
Comp. Round A
28 Kansas City Royals LHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy A
29 Cincinnati Reds SS Alex Blandino, Stanford B-
30 Texas Rangers RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS A
31 Cleveland Indians LHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS A
32 Atlanta Braves OF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS A
33 Boston Red Sox RHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS A-
34 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS B-
Competitive Balance Round A
35 Colorado Rockies 2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS C
36 Miami Marlins C Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS D
37 Houston Astros OF Derek Fisher, Virginia A+
38 Cleveland Indians OF Mike Papi, Virginia A-
39 Pittsburgh Pirates OF Connor Joe, University of San Diego D
40 Kansas City Royals C Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS A
41 Milwaukee Brewers SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS A+
Round 2
42 Houston Astros 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky A
43 Miami Marlins SS Justin Twine, Falls City HS D
44 Chicago White Sox RHP Spencer Adams, White County HS A
45 Chicago Cubs RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland B
46 Minnesota Twins RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville A
47 Philadelphia Phillies LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo A
48 Colorado Rockies RHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School D
49 Toronto Blue Jays RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS A+
50 Milwaukee Brewers OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS A+
51 San Diego Padres OF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS A
52 San Francisco Giants C Aramis Garcia, Florida International C-
53 Los Angeles Angels RHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep A
54 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS C
55 New York Yankees LHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State A-
56 Kansas City Royals RHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS A+
57 Washington Nationals LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami D
58 Cincinnati Reds 3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine A-
59 Texas Rangers SS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS A
60 Tampa Bay Rays RHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy A
61 Cleveland Indians RHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS A-
62 Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS A
63 Detroit Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama A
64 Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS A
65 Oakland Athletics RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson A-
66 Atlanta Braves RHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS A
67 Boston Red Sox 1B Sam Travis, Indiana A
68 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS D
Competitive Balance Round B
69 Arizona Diamondbacks OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS A+
70 Arizona Diamondbacks SS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS D+
71 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine D
72 Tampa Bay Rays RHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC D
73 Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS A+
74 Seattle Mariners OF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy A
Round 3
75 Houston Astros 3B J.D. Davis, Cal State - Fullerton A
76 Miami Marlins 2B Brian Anderson, Arkansas C-
77 Chicago White Sox LHP Jace Fry, Oregon State C
78 Chicago Cubs C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech D+
79 Minnesota Twins RHP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State A-
80 Seattle Mariners CF Austin Cousino, Kentucky D+
81 Philadelphia Phillies CF Aaron Brown, Pepperdine University C-
82 Colorado Rockies LHP Sam Howard, Georgia Southern C-
83 Toronto Blue Jays LHP Nick Wells, Battlefield HS D
84 New York Mets SS Milton Ramos, American Heritage School A+
85 Milwaukee Brewers RHP Cy Sneed, Dallas Baptist D+
86 San Diego Padres RHP Zech Lemond, Rice A+
87 San Francisco Giants RF Dylan Davis, Oregon Stae A
88 Los Angeles Angels RHP Chris Ellis, Ole Miss A
89 Arizona Diamondbacks CF Matt Railey, North Florida Christian HS D
90 Baltimore Orioles LHP Brian Gonzalez, Archbishop McCarthy HS D
91 New York Yankees RHP Austin DeCarr, Salisbury School A-
92 Kansas City Royals LHP Eric Skoglund, Central Florida B
93 Washington Nationals C Jakson Reetz, Norris HS A+
94 Cincinnati Reds RHP Wyatt Strahan, USC A-
95 Texas Rangers SS Joshua Morgan, Orange Lutheran A-
96 Tampa Bay Rays LHP Brock Burke, Evergreen HS D
97 Cleveland Indians 1B Bobby Bradley, Harrison Central HS A+
98 Los Angeles Dodgers RHP John Richy, UNLV D
99 Detroit Tigers C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina A
100 Pittsburgh Pirates RF Jordan Luplow, Fresno State A
101 Oakland Athletics RHP Brett Graves, Missouri A+
102 Atlanta Braves RHP Max Povse, UNC - Greensboro D
103 Boston Red Sox RHP Edward Cosart, Seminole State D
104 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Trevor Megill, Loyola Marymount University D

MLB.com

RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS

49th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays

MLB.com rated Reid-Foley as the 18th-best prospect in the entire draft class. Toronto has to be thrilled to have landed him where it did. Of course, it'll be praying he doesn't choose to instead attend Florida State.

Reid-Foley recorded an ERA of 0.64 and 120 strikeouts this season. He isn't the tallest pitcher at 6'2", 210 pounds, but he can throw 95 mph. And, as you can see, his slider is as strong as his fastball.

 

OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS

50th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers

Harrison is an elite athlete. Ask Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN.

Harrison committed to Nebraska to play football as well as baseball. He isn't too bad at basketball either.

On the diamond, he hit .433 and 35 RBIs. The 6'4", 180-pounder can throw 97 mph, which comes in handy throwing home from deep center. ESPN's Keith Law (subscription required) rated Harrison the 17th-best prospect in the draft.

 

RHP Zech Lemond, Rice

86th overall by the San Diego Padres

Lemond likely didn't expect to be drafted later than he was in 2011 when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him 50th overall. Law (subscription required) sure didn't. He had Lemond 36th on his big board. 

NBC's Derek Togerson also expects Lemond to have starter potential, which is phenomenal value for a third-round pick.

Lemond recorded an ERA of 1.34 this season. He also threw 52 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

 

C Jakson Reetz, Norris HS

93rd overall by the Washington Nationals

MLB.com rated Reetz the 40th-best prospect in the draft class. That's an amazing bargain at No. 93. Reetz also committed to Nebraska, though, so he'll be difficult to sign having been drafted this late, but he's worth the risk. 

Reetz hit .486, eight home runs and 37 RBIs his senior season. He also played football and basketball like Harrison in high school, just not as well.

 

All high school statistics courtesy of MaxPreps.com.

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

 

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