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MLB Draft 2014: Final Grades Review for Each Franchise's Overall Results

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Michael Chavis poses with Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig after being chosen 26th overall by the Boston Red Sox 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 CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 8, 2014

The 40-round, three-day spectacle is in the books, so it's time to measure how every team fared in the 2014 MLB draft.

A vast majority of the important picks occurred Thursday and Friday, but Saturday wrapped up the final 30 rounds. Teams are judged much more based on their top few selections, because by the time Day 3 rolls around, many of the picks don't even end up signing. 

With that said, here are grades for every team in the draft, with an emphasis on early-round selections.

2014 MLB Draft: Final Grades
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

 

Complete Draft Results

For complete draft results, visit MLB.com 

 

Best Drafts

Minnesota Twins: A-

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The Minnesota Twins had one of the best drafts among all 30 teams, but much of it starts and ends with what they did with the No. 5 overall pick. The Twins grabbed Olympia High School shortstop Nick Gordon, an explosive, do-it-all player who will make his impact in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths. 

Gordon also comes from a family lineage of MLB success. Father Tom "Flash" Gordon was a regular All-Star in his playing days, and brother Dee Gordon currently plays second base with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The younger Gordon might not have the wheels of his brother, but he's still fast enough to make an impact, as Twins scouting director Deron Johnson told MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger:

Gordon was far from the only standout the Twins nabbed early on. With their second selection of the draft and pick No. 46 overall, they added Nick Burdi, a right-hander out of Louisville with a cannon for an arm.

As the Twins' Twitter account reported, his fastball can get up there:

The team rounded out Day 1 with Michael Cederoth, a right-hander from San Diego State, and added a handful of relevant college pitchers in Day 2 that it is likely to sign.

From top to bottom, the Twins made moves over the weekend to ensure hope for the future. 

 

Houston Astros: A-

It shouldn't come as a surprise to those who have followed the MLB draft over the last few years, but the Astros picked early and often, adding elite young talent to the system. For the third straight season, somewhat spectacularly, the Astros picked No. 1 overall to start the draft. This time, they went for the young gun and selected Brady Aiken.

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

The left-hander is just 17 years old, making him the first amateur to be selected with the top pick since 1991, according to Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today. Despite his young age, though, Aiken's fastball can touch 97 mph, and he already has dangerous second and third pitches, unlike most his age 

The Astros weren't done there. With the 37th selection, they got Virginia's Derek Fisher—one of the top hitters in the class without a doubt. Just five picks later, they drafted Kentucky's A.J. Reed, who is listed as a first baseman but can also pitch at a high level.

With all the selections, Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers was left impressed:

Drafting a prep pitcher at No. 1 overall indicates the Astros aren't in any rush to win, but just a few games under .500 thus far in the season, there's plenty of hope ahead for Houston. That's only solidified by the team adding players with its second and third picks that are able to contribute right away at crucial positions.

Once Aiken comes around, the Astros could get to the next level and start contending if he fulfills his potential as a top-flight starter.

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