The deadline for signing 2014 draft picks was last Friday, July 18, at 5 p.m. ET. As you probably know by now, the Houston Astros made headlines for all the wrong reasons with their failure to sign highly touted prep arms Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick, and Jacob Nix (fifth round), who had a $1.5 million agreement in place and had already passed his physical.
Not every team struck out with signing its top draft picks, however. In fact, only three teams, including the Astros, failed to sign their selections from the top 10 rounds. The Toronto Blue Jays were unable to reach an agreement with seventh-round pick Zach Zehner, while the Washington Nationals came up empty with second-rounder Andrew Suarez and ninth-rounder Austin Byler.
However, now that we know which players will be beginning their professional careers (if they haven’t already), it’s time to look back at the big winners from this year’s draft.
The rankings were based on two things: whether or not teams were able to sign their top draft picks (primarily players selected in the first 10 rounds as well as those signed to over-slot bonuses in later rounds) and those specific players' impact potential as members of their new organization.
Here’s a look at the top draft classes in the wake of last Friday’s signing deadline.