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

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2014 MLB Draft Results: List of Grades for Overall Picks by Each Franchise
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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
Team Grade
Arizona Diamondbacks B+
Atlanta Braves A-
Baltimore Orioles C
Boston Red Sox A-
Chicago Cubs C+
Chicago White Sox A-
Cincinnati Reds B
Cleveland Indians A+
Colorado Rockies B
Detroit Tigers A
Houston Astros A
Kansas City Royals A
Los Angeles Angels A
Los Angeles Dodgers A-
Miami Marlins B-
Milwaukee Brewers B
Minnesota Twins A
New York Mets A+
New York Yankees A-
Oakland Athletics B-
Philadelphia Phillies A-
Pittsburgh Pirates C
San Diego Padres A
San Francisco Giants A-
Seattle Mariners A-
St. Louis Cardinals B-
Tampa Bay Rays B+
Texas Rangers A
Toronto Blue Jays B
Washington Nationals C+

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.

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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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