While some MLB teams were in better position to get results in the 2014 MLB Draft, every franchise had equal ability to resist reaching.
Here's a list of grades for each team's draft classes. Figure out which teams reached the most.
|MLB Draft Grades|
|Boston Red Sox||A-|
|Chicago White Sox||A-|
|Kansas City Royals||A|
|Los Angeles Angels||A|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||A-|
|New York Mets||A+|
|New York Yankees||A-|
|San Diego Padres||A|
|San Francisco Giants||A-|
|St. Louis Cardinals||B-|
|Tampa Bay Rays||B+|
|Toronto Blue Jays||B|
Best and Worst Draft Classes
While several teams likely had draft classes more talented than the Cleveland Indians', none got better value than them. Rarely, if at all did they reach for a prospect. That alone would've given them one of the top classes, but several steals also fell into their lap.
It started with the Indians' 21st overall pick when outfielder Bradley Zimmer somehow, someway slid to them. ESPN's Keith Law (subscription needed) ranked him the 12th-best prospect in the draft.
Zimmer hit .368 this season in not high school, but college, making him one of college baseball's best bats. He's also 6'5" and athletic. And he was only the first of many steals.
Cleveland selected right-handed pitcher Luke Eubank at 485th overall, K.J. Harrison at 758th and Ryan Ryder at 1,208th. MLB.com rated Eubank the 191st best prospect, Harrison 178th and Ryder 127th.
The Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn't get nearly as excited about their draft. They kicked it off with two outrageous reaches.
Pittsburgh drafted shortstop Cole Tucker, MLB.com's No. 67 prospect, at No. 24. Reaching to fill a need in the MLB draft isn't smart, but if you go that route, at least don't select a player who would've been available by the time you're back on the clock. No. 22-ranked prospect Jacob Gatewood, also a shortstop, was still on the board.
And it only got worse for the Pirates with their second pick. They drafted Connor Joe at 39th overall. Connor wasn't in Law's (subscription needed) top-100 prospects.
Nothing they did the rest of the way made up for these two gaffes.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.