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
|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|
|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|
Day 2 Results
Full results for Rounds 3-10 can be found at MLB.com.
|Boston Red Sox||B+|
|Chicago White Sox||A|
|Kansas City Royals||B|
|Los Angeles Angels||B-|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||B+|
|New York Mets||A|
|New York Yankees||C+|
|San Diego Padres||A-|
|San Francisco Giants||A-|
|St. Louis Cardinals||B|
|Tampa Bay Rays||B+|
|Toronto Blue Jays||A|
Mike Chiari's Grades
Predictions for Best Remaining Prospects
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.
Which team has had the best draft thus far?
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.
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:
Huge key for @StanfordBSB to beat Indiana 2 times in a row is they haven't used AJ Vanegas yet who can start or get a 12+ out save...— Tim Swartz (@TimSwartz) June 1, 2014
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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