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2014 MLB Draft Results: List of Grades for Overall Picks by Each Franchise

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Ferguson Jenkins and Matt Sherman representing the Chicago Cubs 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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David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 21, 2016

While some MLB teams were in better position to get results in the 2014 MLB Draft, every franchise had equal ability to resist reaching.

Many failed.

Here's a list of grades for each team's draft classes. Figure out which teams reached the most.

MLB Draft Grades
TeamGrade
Arizona DiamondbacksB+
Atlanta BravesA-
Baltimore OriolesC
Boston Red SoxA-
Chicago CubsC+
Chicago White SoxA-
Cincinnati RedsB
Cleveland IndiansA+
Colorado RockiesB
Detroit TigersA
Houston AstrosA
Kansas City RoyalsA
Los Angeles AngelsA
Los Angeles DodgersA-
Miami MarlinsB-
Milwaukee BrewersB
Minnesota TwinsA
New York MetsA+
New York YankeesA-
Oakland AthleticsB-
Philadelphia PhilliesA-
Pittsburgh PiratesC
San Diego PadresA
San Francisco GiantsA-
Seattle MarinersA-
St. Louis CardinalsB-
Tampa Bay RaysB+
Texas RangersA
Toronto Blue JaysB
Washington NationalsC+
Analysis

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, PA - APRIL 01:  A Pirates fan holds up his ticket while entering the gates before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on April 1, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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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.

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