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2014 MLB Draft Results: Grades for Days 1 and 2, Analysis of Top Prospects

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig speaks at the podium 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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Steven CookContributor IIIJune 7, 2014

Technically, three-quarters of the 2014 MLB draft is still yet to happen, with 30 of the 40 rounds occurring Saturday. But with hundreds of the top prospects now off the board, teams' draft classes are shaping up.

Some for better, some for worse.

Let's break down grades for each of the 30 teams based on their picks in Rounds 1 to 10.

2014 MLB Draft: Grades for Days 1 and 2
TeamNotable SelectionsGrade
Arizona DiamondbacksRHP Touki Toussaint, LHP Cody ReedB+
Atlanta BravesOF Braxton Davidson, RHP Garrett Fulenchek, RHP Max PovseA-
Baltimore OriolesLHP Brian Gonzalez, RHP Pat ConnaughtonB+
Boston Red SoxSS Michael Chavis, RHP Michael KopechB
Chicago CubsC Kyle Schwarber, RHP Jake Stinnett, C Mark ZagunisB-
Chicago White SoxLHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Spencer Adams, LHP Jace FryA-
Cincinnati RedsRHP Nick Howard, SS Alex Blandino, 3B Taylor SparksB
Cleveland IndiansOF Bradley Zimmer, LHP Justus Sheffield, OF Mike Papi, RHP Grant HockinB+
Colorado RockiesLHP Kyle Freeland, 2B Forrest WallB+
Detroit TigersOF Derek Hill, RHP Spencer TurnbullB
Houston AstrosLHP Brady Aiken, OF Derek Fisher, 1B A.J. ReedA-
Kansas City RoyalsLHP Brandon Finnegan, LHP Foster Griffin, C Chase Vallot, RHP Scott BlewettB
Los Angeles AngelsLHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Joe Gatto, RHP Chris EllisB+
Los Angeles DodgersRHP Grant Holmes, OF Alex VerdugoB+
Miami MarlinsRHP Tyler Kolek, C Blake Anderson, SS Justin TwineB
Milwaukee BrewersLHP Kodi Medeiros, SS Jacob Gatewood, OF Monte Harrison, RHP Cy SneedB+
Minnesota TwinsSS Nick Gordon, RHP Nick Burdi, RHP Michael CederothA-
New York MetsOF Michael Conforto, SS Milton RamosA-
New York YankeesLHP Jacob Lindgren, RHP Austin DeCarrB-
Oakland Athletics3B Matt Chapman, RHP Daniel GossettB-
Philadelphia PhilliesRHP Aaron Nola, LHP Matt ImhofB
Pittsburgh PiratesSS Cole Tucker, OF Connor Joe, RHP Mitch KellerC+
San Diego PadresSS Trea Turner, OF Michael Gettys, RHP Zech LemondB
San Francisco GiantsRHP Tyler Beede, C Aramis GarciaB+
Seattle MarinersOF Alex Jackson, OF Gareth Morgan, CF Austin CousinoB+
St. Louis CardinalsRHP Luke Weaver, RHP Jack Flaherty, RHP Ronnie WilliamsB
Tampa Bay Rays1B Casey Gillaspie, RHP Cameron Varga, RHP Brent HoneywellB+
Texas RangersRHP Luis Ortiz, SS Tiquan Forbes, SS Joshua MorganB
Toronto Blue JaysRHP Jeff Hoffman, C Max Pentecost, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, LHP Nick WellsB+
Washington NationalsRHP Erick Fedde, LHP Andrew Suarez, C Jakson ReetzC+
MLB.com/Steven Cook's grades

Note: Complete draft results can be found at MLB.com

 

LHP Brady Aiken: No. 1 Overall to the Houston Astros

He may be just 17 years old, but Brady Aiken comes out of Cathedral Catholic High School (California) with major league stuff on the mound. 

In regard to size, he's got it all. His frame projects favorably at 6'4" and 205 pounds with plenty of room to grow and develop. He has sound mechanics to support a heavy workload in the majors, which he fortunately hasn't had to do thus far in his pitching career.

His fastball already gets up to 97-98 mph, and unlike almost any pitcher near his age, he has already started to make serious strides in developing an arsenal of pitches to support it. 

Aiken was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros, who picked atop the draft for the third straight year. 

That wasn't their only solid move early on in the draft, as Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers saw other selections that went well for Houston:

Despite who the Astros picked up in the second or third rounds, this draft was all about the future for Houston. To say that a 17-year-old Aiken won't be rushed to the MLB is an understatement as the team will take every measure to ensure that he's ready. 

With that said, Aiken has the talent to strike a lot of big league hitters out right now, and that will get him into the Astros' rotation before too many seasons pass.

 

LHP Carlos Rodon: No. 3 Overall to the Chicago White Sox

He didn't see his name go on the board first like many had expected heading into the season, but Carlos Rodon landed in a favorable position where he can make a quick transition.

The 6'3", 235-pounder out of N.C. State has spurned the big leagues in the past to play college baseball, but his most recent season with the Wolfpack forced his status as consensus No. 1 overall pick to slip. 

But only just. The White Sox surely would have taken one of the more developmental young star pitchers in the class, but they landed a steal in Rodon

Rodon is already 21 years old, and with a fastball that has wreaked havoc on elite college hitters and a dangerous slider, his arm could be good enough to even contribute some out of the bullpen this season. 

After all, the White Sox could use his help. They're currently just three games back of Detroit for the AL Central lead. 

 

SS Nick Gordon: No. 5 Overall to the Minnesota Twins

Most of the teams at the top of the first round end up enamored with a young arm or an established pitcher, but those few teams that land the can't-miss position players often end up with the biggest steals of all.

This year, it could very well be Minnesota with the selection Nick Gordon with the fifth overall pick.

Gordon has an MLB pedigree. His father is Tom "Flash" Gordon, former All-Star pitcher, and brother Dee Gordon currently plays second base for the Dodgers. 

But what got this 18-year-old drafted No. 5 overall had to do completely with his own ability. 

At 6'2" and 170 pounds, Gordon has the perfect athletic build to both drive pitches to any area of the field and make plays in the infield. He's more than capable of doing both at an elite level, and that bodes well for his development into a potential All-Star.

Plug him in with the Twins' other young pieces, and they would have quite the infield as Bleacher Report's Zachary D. Rymer observed:

Gordon will need a few years to develop just like so many of the players named among the 40 rounds, but out of those hundreds and hundreds of players, very few have as high of a ceiling entering the big leagues as he does. 

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