2014 MLB Draft: Day 3 Predictions After Day 2 Results and Overall Grades

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2014 MLB Draft: Day 3 Predictions After Day 2 Results and Overall Grades
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The first 10 rounds of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft are in the books through two days, but Day 3 will bring Rounds 11-40, which is where organizations find diamonds in the rough.

As tough as it can be to project the futures of first-round picks, it gets exponentially more difficult as the draft wears on. What teams do from here on out probably won't impact the perception of what they have already done in this draft, but the remaining picks could mean the difference between greatness and mediocrity in the future.

With that in mind, here is a full listing of grades for every team through the first two days of the 2014 MLB draft along with predictions for where some of the best remaining prospects will land on the third and final day of the draft.

 

Day 1 Results

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

MLB.com

 

Day 2 Results

Full results for Rounds 3-10 can be found at MLB.com.

 

Team Grades

Overall Team Grades Thru Day 2
Team Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks B+
Atlanta Braves B
Baltimore Orioles C-
Boston Red Sox B+
Chicago Cubs C+
Chicago White Sox A
Cincinnati Reds B
Cleveland Indians B+
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 B+

Mike Chiari's Grades

 

Predictions for Best Remaining Prospects

Jordan Brink

Fresno State ace Jordan Brink was expected by most to be selected fairly early on the second day of the draft at worst, but he has fallen to Day 3 and could potentially provide major value for the team that ultimately selects him.

Brink had somewhat of an up-and-down 2014 season, as he went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA but held opponents to a .214 batting average. Although he wasn't quite as good down the stretch, Jim Callis of MLB.com had him tabbed as a much earlier pick:

Organizations may be a bit worried about his drop-off as well as his somewhat pedestrian strikeout numbers. Brink punched out 62 batters in 84 innings, which isn't terrible by any means, but he won't be a dynamic strikeout guy at the next level.

He has all the makings of a pitcher who would thrive in a bigger ballpark by allowing his defense to make plays for him, so look for a team like the San Diego Padres to nab him in the 11th round.

 

Richard Prigatano

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One of the biggest reasons behind Long Beach State's success in recent years has been the play of outfielder Richard Prigatano. Although Prigatano is not a power hitter by any means, he is productive across several areas as he hits for average, gets on base, steals bases and plays strong defense.

Prigatano hit .300 on the dot this season and was successful on 21 of his 23 stolen base attempts. He could have passed up the opportunity to play at Long Beach State after the Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, but he has certainly improved his stock since then.

According to Bob Keisser of the Orange County Register, Prigatano believes that he made the right decision by attending college.

"I wasn't ready out of high school," Prigatano said. "I didn't really get much attention until I was a senior. I might have gotten lost if I'd signed. The area I've developed most in college has been in my maturity."

Prigatano shouldn't have to wait long on Saturday before he hears his name called, and there are several teams that could potentially do so. Prigatano seems to fit the Cleveland Indians' mold since they like fast outfielders with good gloves, so they are the likeliest landing spot for Prigatano in the 11th round.

 

A.J. Vanegas

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Relief pitchers don't always receive a ton of respect in the MLB draft, but every baseball fan knows how important a strong bullpen is. Stanford's A.J. Vanegas is one of the better relievers in the entire class, and it is only a matter of time before a team eventually bites.

Vanegas had a strong 2014 season with a 2.33 ERA and a team-leading seven saves. Perhaps his biggest strength, though, is his versatility. As pointed out by Stanford baseball play-by-play man Tim Swartz, Vanegas is capable of doing essentially anything his manager asks of him:

The third day of the draft is when MLB teams tend to bet on potential, and there is no doubt that Vanegas has the potential to be a big league player. He has been a key contributor at every level thus far and has the type of demeanor that teams look for in a pitcher.

No team in the league is better at developing pitchers than the St. Louis Cardinals, so perhaps they will take a shot at Vanegas in the 11th round.

 

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