2014 MLB Draft Results: Easy-to-View Grades for Each Franchise

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2014 MLB Draft Results: Easy-to-View Grades for Each Franchise
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Day 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft resulted in some teams improving upon their Day 1 class.

Other teams wasted opportunities to do so.

Here are grades for each team through Round 10. 

Day 1-2 MLB Draft Grades
Team Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks B+
Atlanta Braves A-
Baltimore Orioles C-
Boston Red Sox A-
Chicago Cubs C+
Chicago White Sox A-
Cincinnati Reds B
Cleveland Indians A+
Colorado Rockies B
Detroit Tigers A
Houston Astros A
Kansas City Royals A
Los Angeles Angels A
Los Angeles Dodgers A-
Miami Marlins B-
Milwaukee Brewers B
Minnesota Twins A
New York Mets A+
New York Yankees A-
Oakland Athletics B-
Philadelphia Phillies A-
Pittsburgh Pirates C+
San Diego Padres A
San Francisco Giants A-
Seattle Mariners A-
St. Louis Cardinals B-
Tampa Bay Rays B+
Texas Rangers A
Toronto Blue Jays B
Washington Nationals C+

Analysis

Full results for Rounds 1-10 can be found at MLB.com.

The Chicago Cubs didn't get off to great starts in Days 1 and 2. With their fourth overall pick, they selected Kyle Schwarber.

While Schwarber can hit—recording a .358 batting average, 14 home runs and 48 RBI this season—he can't hit well enough to warrant a fourth overall selection. MLB.com ranked Schwarber outside its top 15 prospects. ESPN's Keith Law (subscription required) ranked him outside his top 25.

Catcher Mark Zagunis was also a reach in Round 3. Neither Law nor MLB.com had him in their top 100. However, Chicago redeemed itself a bit later in the day.

In the sixth round, it drafted Dylan Cease. And in the seventh, James Norwoodboth right-handed pitchers. The Cubs managed to land Cease 93 picks and Norwood 80 picks after where they're rated on MLB.com.

That's tremendous value, and Chicago at least needs to be applauded for the job it did in later rounds.

The later rounds is only when the Baltimore Orioles started drafting. Their first pick came in Round 3 and it wasn't a strong start. At 90th overall, they selected Brian Gonzalez, who isn't in MLB.com's top 200 players.

Baltimore shoudn't hang its head too low, though. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted three straight players—right-handed pitchers Ronnie Williams at No. 68, Andrew Morales at No. 71 and Trevor Megill at No. 104—who are unnamed in MLB.com's top 200. The Cardinals finally got some variety in their life in Round 5 with a second baseman after drafting pitchers with their first six picks, five of which were right-handers.

Another big loser continues to be the Pittsburgh Pirates while the Houston Astros remain one of the biggest winners.

 

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

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