2014 MLB Draft: Quick Review of Results and Team Grades for Rounds 1-3

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2014 MLB Draft: Quick Review of Results and Team Grades for Rounds 1-3
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There are 40 rounds in the 2014 MLB draft, but Rounds 1-3 are often where the most talent can be found. That rang true this year, as quality MLB prospects came off the board to the smart teams that did their scouting.

Despite a few early surprises in Round 1, most teams came away with a talented prospect capable of developing into a quality big leaguer. Most of Round 2 represented the next wave of prospects, though there were also some Round 1 talents that trickled into the latter picks.

Round 3 is when teams began to make picks based on organizational depth. Teams in need of pitching looked for arms. Pitching-rich teams went for position players.

Below, you'll find a table of the results for Round 1-3 of the MLB draft, along with grades for each team.

 

Rounds 1-3

MLB Draft Rounds 1-3 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
Round 3
75 Houston Astros 3B J.D. Davis, Cal State - Fullerton
76 Miami Marlins 2B Brian Anderson, Arkansas
77 Chicago White Sox LHP Jace Fry, Oregon State
78 Chicago Cubs C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
79 Minnesota Twins RHP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State
80 Seattle Mariners CF Austin Cousino, Kentucky
81 Philadelphia Phillies CF Aaron Brown, Pepperdine University
82 Colorado Rockies LHP Sam Howard, Georgia Southern
83 Toronto Blue Jays LHP Nick Wells, Battlefield High School
84 New York Mets SS Milton Ramos, American Heritage School
85 Milwaukee Brewers RHP Cy Sneed, Dallas Baptist
86 San Diego Padres RHP Zech Lemond, Rice
87 San Francisco Giants RF Dylan Davis, Oregon State
88 Los Angeles Angels RHP Chris Ellis, Ole Miss
89 Arizona Diamondbacks CF Matt Railey, North Florida Christian HS
90 Baltimore Orioles LHP Brian Gonzalez, Archbishop McCarthy HS
91 New York Yankees RHP Austin DeCarr, Salisbury School
92 Kansas City Royals LHP Eric Skoglund, Central Florida
93 Washington Nationals C Jackson Reetz, Norris HS
94 Cincinnati Reds RHP Wyatt Strahan, USC
95 Texas Rangers SS Joshua Morgan, Orange Lutheran HS
96 Tampa Bay Rays LHP Brock Burke, Evergreen HS
97 Cleveland Indians 1B Bobby Bradley, Harrison Central HS
98 Los Angeles Dodgers RHP John Richy, UNLV
99 Detroit Tigers C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
100 Pittsburgh Pirates RF Jordan Luplow, Fresno State
101 Oakland Athletics RHP Brett Graves, Missouri
102 Atlanta Braves RHP Max Povse, UNC - Greensboro
103 Boston Red Sox RHP Jake Cosart, Seminole State
104 St. Louis Cardinals RHP Trevor Megill, Loyola Marymount University
Supplemental Round
105 Miami Marlins LHP Michael Mader, Chipola College

Picks courtesy of MLB.com

 

Team Grades

Rounds 1-3 Team Grades
Team Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks B+
Atlanta Braves B+
Baltimore Orioles C+
Boston Red Sox A-
Chicago Cubs C+
Chicago White Sox A
Cincinnati Reds B
Cleveland Indians A-
Colorado Rockies A-
Detroit Tigers B-
Houston Astros B+
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 A-

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Best Selections

No. 3: Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rodon, LHP

Nati Harnik/Associated Press

Ever since former No. 1 prospect Brian Gordon came out of high school and failed to make it to the big leagues for the New York Yankees, teams have been skeptical about taking a high school arm at No. 1. That's why NC State lefty Carlos Rodon was considered the favorite to be taken with the top pick.

High schoolers Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek are high-upside arms, but they're young. You never know what can happen in a few years time. Regardless, the Houston Astros took Aiken No. 1, and the Miami Marlins took Kolek No. 2.

This made the No. 3 pick a no-brainer for the Chicago White Sox.

Rodon is the most MLB-ready arm in this class. He was stellar his junior year at NC State, tossing just under 99 innings but striking out 117 and posting an ERA of 2.01. His underwhelming 6-7 record is a product of an NC State offense that was less than stellar at times.

In Rodon, the White Sox got a potential stud. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted a reminder to American League Central teams regarding how scary Chicago's rotation could be in a few years:

The White Sox could do no wrong with the No. 3 pick. Had Rodon gone earlier, either Aiken or Kolek would have been a great selection as well. But the fact that Rodon slipped to No. 3 helped the White Sox start off on the right foot.

 

No. 9: Toronto Blue Jays, Jeff Hoffman, RHP

Tommy John surgery in May scared some teams away from East Carolina righty Jeff Hoffman, but those teams will be left kicking themselves in two or three years. Hoffman has the chops to become the best pitcher of the draft.

Baseball journalist Danny Knobler provided his Twitter followers with a pro comparison that he heard from a scout:

Justin Verlander, winner of the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP awards, is one of the best pitchers in the game today—even if his 2014 campaign is lackluster to this point.

Hoffman possesses a high-90s fastball, wipeout slider, hammer curve and a changeup that's in progress. That arsenal sounds awfully familiar. That's because it's what Verlander has made a career off of.

The right-hander will need to prove that he is healthy before the Toronto Blue Jays give him a shot, but they made a great selection at No. 9. Prior to the injury, Hoffman probably would have gone in the first five picks. Instead, he fell to No. 9 to a Blue Jays team that is more than willing to wait him out.

 

No. 50: Milwaukee Brewers, Monte Harrison, OF

How Monte Harrison fell this far is beyond me. The guy is by far, 100 percent, the top athlete in the class. He is committed to Nebraska to be a wide receiver, and he also has ridiculous hops on the basketball court:

The Milwaukee Brewers will know Harrison's fate by July 15, as that's the deadline for prospects to sign. If he doesn't sign, he'll go play football for Bo Pelini and baseball for former No. 1 overall pick Darin Erstad at Nebraska.

Harrison can play all over the outfield. His arm is incredible, which would first pin him in either corner outfield spot. His speed is too good to waste in left or right, however, so I'd expect the Brewers to start him in center field if he signs.

Developing power moving forward will be key for Harrison. He isn't bad at the plate otherwise. In 31 games for Lee's Summit West, he posted a line of .433/.567/.677 with 45 runs, 35 RBI and 16 extra-base hits.

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