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

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2014

Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig announces the selections during the 2014 MLB baseball draft Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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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
Round 1
1Houston AstrosLHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
2Miami MarlinsRHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
3Chicago White SoxLHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
4Chicago CubsC/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5Minnesota TwinsSS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
6Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
7Philadelphia PhilliesRHP Aaron Nola, LSU
8Colorado RockiesLHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9Toronto Blue JaysRHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10New York MetsOF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
11Toronto Blue JaysC Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
12Milwaukee BrewersLHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS
13San Diego PadresSS Trea Turner, North Carolina State
14San Francisco GiantsRHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
15Los Angeles AngelsLHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford
16Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.
17Kansas City RoyalsLHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU
18Washington NationalsRHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
19Cincinnati RedsRHP Nick Howard, Virginia
20Tampa Bay Rays1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
21Cleveland IndiansOF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco
22Los Angeles DodgersRHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS
23Detroit TigersOF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS
24Pittsburgh PiratesSS Cole Tucker, Pointe HS
25Oakland Athletics3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton
26Boston Red Sox3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS
27St. Louis CardinalsRHP Luke Weaver, Florida State
Comp. Round A
28Kansas City RoyalsLHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy
29Cincinnati RedsSS Alex Blandino, Stanford
30Texas RangersRHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS
31Cleveland IndiansLHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS
32Atlanta BravesOF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS
33Boston Red SoxRHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS
34St. Louis CardinalsRHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS
Competitive Balance Round A
35Colorado Rockies2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS
36Miami MarlinsC Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS
37Houston AstrosOF Derek Fisher, Virginia
38Cleveland IndiansOF Mike Papi, Virginia
39Pittsburgh PiratesOF Connor Joe, University of San Diego
40Kansas City RoyalsC Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS
41Milwaukee BrewersSS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS
Round 2
42Houston Astros1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky
43Miami MarlinsSS Justin Twine, Falls City HS
44Chicago White SoxRHP Spencer Adams, White County HS
45Chicago CubsRHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
46Minnesota TwinsRHP Nick Burdi, Louisville
47Philadelphia PhilliesLHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
48Colorado RockiesRHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49Toronto Blue JaysRHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS
50Milwaukee BrewersOF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS
51San Diego PadresOF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS
52San Francisco GiantsC Aramis Garcia, Florida International
53Los Angeles AngelsRHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep
54Arizona DiamondbacksLHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS
55New York YankeesLHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State
56Kansas City RoyalsRHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS
57Washington NationalsLHP Andrew Suarez, Miami
58Cincinnati Reds3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine
59Texas RangersSS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS
60Tampa Bay RaysRHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61Cleveland IndiansRHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS
62Los Angeles DodgersOF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS
63Detroit TigersRHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama
64Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS
65Oakland AthleticsRHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson
66Atlanta BravesRHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS
67Boston Red Sox1B Sam Travis, Indiana
68St. Louis CardinalsRHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS
Competitive Balance Round B
69Arizona DiamondbacksOF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS
70Arizona DiamondbacksSS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS
71St. Louis CardinalsRHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine
72Tampa Bay RaysRHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC
73Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS
74Seattle MarinersOF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy


Day 2 Results

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


Team Grades

Overall Team Grades Thru Day 2
Arizona DiamondbacksB+
Atlanta BravesB
Baltimore OriolesC-
Boston Red SoxB+
Chicago CubsC+
Chicago White SoxA
Cincinnati RedsB
Cleveland IndiansB+
Colorado RockiesA-
Detroit TigersC
Houston AstrosA
Kansas City RoyalsB
Los Angeles AngelsB-
Los Angeles DodgersB+
Miami MarlinsA
Milwaukee BrewersC-
Minnesota TwinsA-
New York MetsA
New York YankeesC+
Oakland AthleticsB+
Philadelphia PhilliesA-
Pittsburgh PiratesB-
San Diego PadresA-
San Francisco GiantsA-
Seattle MarinersA
St. Louis CardinalsB
Tampa Bay RaysB+
Texas RangersB
Toronto Blue JaysA
Washington NationalsB+
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

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

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

Doug McSchooler/Associated Press

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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