2014 MLB Draft Grades: Best and Worst Picks from Day 2

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2014 MLB Draft Grades: Best and Worst Picks from Day 2
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After a memorable first couple of rounds of the 2014 MLB draft, the action continues on Day 2 as teams make selections from Rounds 3 through 10.  

While the first day of the draft is used for teams to draft potential stars who can make a major impact down the line, the second day is where the organizational scouting really becomes important. The players are less familiar to the public and each of them has some flaw that pushed them down boards.

Still, there were good and bad selections throughout the eight rounds that will greatly impact the future of the franchises that picked them. Here is a breakdown of the best and worst picks from the second day of the MLB draft.

Note: Complete list of selections available at MLB.com.

 

Best Picks

No. 84 New York Mets: Milton Ramos

When drafting a shortstop, you want to make sure it is someone who can stay at the position and move up the levels. Milton Ramos not only has the talent to remain at shortstop, but he can thrive there as one of the best defensive players in the class.

Chairman of the Under Armour All-American Game Steve Bernhardt also notes his defensive ability:

The Kelly Kulina award is given to the player who demonstrates the most heart and enthusiasm, which showcases Ramos' love for the game.

 

Ramos will have plenty of time to develop his hitting to match the fielding he brings to a team. In reality, an elite defender at a premium position is a worthwhile addition no matter how well he hits.

 

No. 188 Cleveland Indians: Greg Allen

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Greg Allen might not be a five-tool outfielder yet, but he has a few big-time skills already.

The San Diego State player is one of the fastest players in the class and he uses that to help him out on the bases as well as in the field. He knows how to get good reads on balls to give him gold-glove potential in centerfield if he reaches the majors.

As Todd Gold of Perfect Game notes, this is a low-risk, high-reward pick:

Allen has not shown much power to this point in his career, but he still can turn into a quality leadoff hitter who can create runs on the basepaths.

Taking a player of this caliber at the end of the sixth round is a major steal for the Indians.

 

Worst Picks

No. 85 Milwaukee Brewers: Cy Sneed

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The Brewers made a bunch of high-upside picks in the early part of the draft, but the third-round pick lacks the ceiling of the rest.

Cy Sneed will gain plenty of fans with a great mustache:

However, his facial hair is one of the best things the pitcher has going for him. Pitching for a small school at Dallas Baptist, Sneed only managed a 3.55 ERA while allowing 99 hits in 104 innings.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com notes that his fastball is a bit too straight to get hitters out while the rest of his offerings are not going to help him:

For now, the rest of Sneed's arsenal is ordinary. He has some feel for using a three-pitch mix, though neither his curveball nor his changeup is a consistently average pitch. He throws a decent amount of strikes, but his command isn't terribly reliable, so he could wind up as a reliever down the road.

It seems like the best-case scenario is a middle reliever, and even that seems unlikely due to a lack of quality stuff. This makes it a major reach in the third round.

 

No. 121 Baltimore Orioles: Pat Connaughton

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Based on talent alone, Pat Connaughton is worthy of this selection. The pitcher has a strong fastball in the mid-90s and has shown a quality changeup and curveball that could be better with time.

The problem is that he will not get the development he needs, at least not right away. The Notre Dame athlete has explained that he plans on returning to school to resume his basketball career, where he is a starting point guard for the Irish.

According to Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated, Connaughton explained:

I’m pretty set on coming back to school and playing basketball and finishing up my degree. Hopefully pro baseball will be there, and when I want to set my mind to it, [I] think I can do great things at that level. Right now, the most important thing for or me is finish school and finish my basketball time here.

His coach is certainly excited about being drafted:

Unfortunately, this is a poor move for the Orioles. Connaughton needs a lot of development with his command as well as his secondary pitches before he can have any success as a professional.

The fact that he will miss out on a precious year of development while he returns to basketball could be incredibly damaging. This is in addition to the chance of injury that could occur on the court.

Connaughton has some upset as a pitcher, but this will not turn out well for Baltimore.

 

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