2014 MLB Draft: Quick Review of Results and Team Grades for Rounds 1-3

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIJune 7, 2014

Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig announces the selections during the 2014 MLB baseball draft Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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There are 40 rounds in the 2014 MLB draft, but Rounds 1-3 are often where the most talent can be found. That rang true this year, as quality MLB prospects came off the board to the smart teams that did their scouting.

Despite a few early surprises in Round 1, most teams came away with a talented prospect capable of developing into a quality big leaguer. Most of Round 2 represented the next wave of prospects, though there were also some Round 1 talents that trickled into the latter picks.

Round 3 is when teams began to make picks based on organizational depth. Teams in need of pitching looked for arms. Pitching-rich teams went for position players.

Below, you'll find a table of the results for Round 1-3 of the MLB draft, along with grades for each team.

Rounds 1-3

MLB Draft Rounds 1-3 Results
Round 1
1Houston AstrosLHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
2Miami MarlinsRHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
3Chicago White SoxLHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
4Chicago CubsC/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5Minnesota TwinsSS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
6Seattle Mariners C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
7Philadelphia PhilliesRHP Aaron Nola, LSU
8Colorado RockiesLHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9Toronto Blue JaysRHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10New York MetsOF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
11Toronto Blue JaysC Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
12Milwaukee BrewersLHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS
13San Diego PadresSS Trea Turner, North Carolina State
14San Francisco GiantsRHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
15Los Angeles AngelsLHP Sean Newcomb, Hartford
16Arizona DiamondbacksRHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Acad.
17Kansas City RoyalsLHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU
18Washington NationalsRHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
19Cincinnati RedsRHP Nick Howard, Virginia
20Tampa Bay Rays1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
21Cleveland IndiansOF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco
22Los Angeles DodgersRHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS
23Detroit TigersOF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS
24Pittsburgh PiratesSS Cole Tucker, Pointe HS
25Oakland Athletics3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton
26Boston Red Sox3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS
27St. Louis CardinalsRHP Luke Weaver, Florida State
Comp. Round A
28Kansas City RoyalsLHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy
29Cincinnati RedsSS Alex Blandino, Stanford
30Texas RangersRHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS
31Cleveland IndiansLHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS
32Atlanta BravesOF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS
33Boston Red SoxRHP Michael Kopech, Mt. Pleasant HS
34St. Louis CardinalsRHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS
Competitive Balance Round A
35Colorado Rockies2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS
36Miami MarlinsC Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS
37Houston AstrosOF Derek Fisher, Virginia
38Cleveland IndiansOF Mike Papi, Virginia
39Pittsburgh PiratesOF Connor Joe, University of San Diego
40Kansas City RoyalsC Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS
41Milwaukee BrewersSS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS
Round 2
42Houston Astros1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky
43Miami MarlinsSS Justin Twine, Falls City HS
44Chicago White SoxRHP Spencer Adams, White County HS
45Chicago CubsRHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
46Minnesota TwinsRHP Nick Burdi, Louisville
47Philadelphia PhilliesLHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
48Colorado RockiesRHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49Toronto Blue JaysRHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS
50Milwaukee BrewersOF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS
51San Diego PadresOF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS
52San Francisco GiantsC Aramis Garcia, Florida International
53Los Angeles AngelsRHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep
54Arizona DiamondbacksLHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS
55New York YankeesLHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State
56Kansas City RoyalsRHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS
57Washington NationalsLHP Andrew Suarez, Miami
58Cincinnati Reds3B Taylor Sparks, University of California - Irvine
59Texas RangersSS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS
60Tampa Bay RaysRHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61Cleveland IndiansRHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS
62Los Angeles DodgersOF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS
63Detroit TigersRHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama
64Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS
65Oakland AthleticsRHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson
66Atlanta BravesRHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS
67Boston Red Sox1B Sam Travis, Indiana
68St. Louis CardinalsRHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS
Competitive Balance Round B
69Arizona DiamondbacksOF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS
70Arizona DiamondbacksSS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS
71St. Louis CardinalsRHP Andrew Morales, University of California - Irvine
72Tampa Bay RaysRHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC
73Pittsburgh PiratesRHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS
74Seattle MarinersOF Gareth Morgan, Blyth Academy
Round 3
75Houston Astros3B J.D. Davis, Cal State - Fullerton
76Miami Marlins2B Brian Anderson, Arkansas
77Chicago White SoxLHP Jace Fry, Oregon State
78Chicago CubsC Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
79Minnesota TwinsRHP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State
80Seattle MarinersCF Austin Cousino, Kentucky
81Philadelphia PhilliesCF Aaron Brown, Pepperdine University
82Colorado RockiesLHP Sam Howard, Georgia Southern
83Toronto Blue JaysLHP Nick Wells, Battlefield High School
84New York MetsSS Milton Ramos, American Heritage School
85Milwaukee BrewersRHP Cy Sneed, Dallas Baptist
86San Diego PadresRHP Zech Lemond, Rice
87San Francisco GiantsRF Dylan Davis, Oregon State
88Los Angeles AngelsRHP Chris Ellis, Ole Miss
89Arizona DiamondbacksCF Matt Railey, North Florida Christian HS
90Baltimore OriolesLHP Brian Gonzalez, Archbishop McCarthy HS
91New York YankeesRHP Austin DeCarr, Salisbury School
92Kansas City RoyalsLHP Eric Skoglund, Central Florida
93Washington NationalsC Jackson Reetz, Norris HS
94Cincinnati RedsRHP Wyatt Strahan, USC
95Texas RangersSS Joshua Morgan, Orange Lutheran HS
96Tampa Bay RaysLHP Brock Burke, Evergreen HS
97Cleveland Indians1B Bobby Bradley, Harrison Central HS
98Los Angeles DodgersRHP John Richy, UNLV
99Detroit TigersC Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
100Pittsburgh PiratesRF Jordan Luplow, Fresno State
101Oakland AthleticsRHP Brett Graves, Missouri
102Atlanta BravesRHP Max Povse, UNC - Greensboro
103Boston Red SoxRHP Jake Cosart, Seminole State
104St. Louis CardinalsRHP Trevor Megill, Loyola Marymount University
Supplemental Round
105Miami MarlinsLHP Michael Mader, Chipola College
Picks courtesy of MLB.com

Team Grades

Rounds 1-3 Team Grades
Arizona DiamondbacksB+
Atlanta BravesB+
Baltimore OriolesC+
Boston Red SoxA-
Chicago CubsC+
Chicago White SoxA
Cincinnati RedsB
Cleveland IndiansA-
Colorado RockiesA-
Detroit TigersB-
Houston AstrosB+
Kansas City RoyalsB
Los Angeles AngelsB
Los Angeles DodgersB+
Miami MarlinsA
Milwaukee BrewersC
Minnesota TwinsA-
New York MetsA
New York YankeesC+
Oakland AthleticsB+
Philadelphia PhilliesA-
Pittsburgh PiratesB
San Diego PadresA-
San Francisco GiantsA
Seattle MarinersA
St. Louis CardinalsB+
Tampa Bay RaysB+
Texas RangersB
Toronto Blue JaysA
Washington NationalsA-
Kenny DeJohn

Best Selections

No. 3: Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rodon, LHP

Nati Harnik/Associated Press

Ever since former No. 1 prospect Brian Gordon came out of high school and failed to make it to the big leagues for the New York Yankees, teams have been skeptical about taking a high school arm at No. 1. That's why NC State lefty Carlos Rodon was considered the favorite to be taken with the top pick.

High schoolers Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek are high-upside arms, but they're young. You never know what can happen in a few years time. Regardless, the Houston Astros took Aiken No. 1, and the Miami Marlins took Kolek No. 2.

This made the No. 3 pick a no-brainer for the Chicago White Sox.

Rodon is the most MLB-ready arm in this class. He was stellar his junior year at NC State, tossing just under 99 innings but striking out 117 and posting an ERA of 2.01. His underwhelming 6-7 record is a product of an NC State offense that was less than stellar at times.

In Rodon, the White Sox got a potential stud. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted a reminder to American League Central teams regarding how scary Chicago's rotation could be in a few years:

The White Sox could do no wrong with the No. 3 pick. Had Rodon gone earlier, either Aiken or Kolek would have been a great selection as well. But the fact that Rodon slipped to No. 3 helped the White Sox start off on the right foot.

No. 9: Toronto Blue Jays, Jeff Hoffman, RHP

Tommy John surgery in May scared some teams away from East Carolina righty Jeff Hoffman, but those teams will be left kicking themselves in two or three years. Hoffman has the chops to become the best pitcher of the draft.

Baseball journalist Danny Knobler provided his Twitter followers with a pro comparison that he heard from a scout:

Justin Verlander, winner of the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP awards, is one of the best pitchers in the game today—even if his 2014 campaign is lackluster to this point.

Hoffman possesses a high-90s fastball, wipeout slider, hammer curve and a changeup that's in progress. That arsenal sounds awfully familiar. That's because it's what Verlander has made a career off of.

The right-hander will need to prove that he is healthy before the Toronto Blue Jays give him a shot, but they made a great selection at No. 9. Prior to the injury, Hoffman probably would have gone in the first five picks. Instead, he fell to No. 9 to a Blue Jays team that is more than willing to wait him out.

No. 50: Milwaukee Brewers, Monte Harrison, OF

How Monte Harrison fell this far is beyond me. The guy is by far, 100 percent, the top athlete in the class. He is committed to Nebraska to be a wide receiver, and he also has ridiculous hops on the basketball court:

The Milwaukee Brewers will know Harrison's fate by July 15, as that's the deadline for prospects to sign. If he doesn't sign, he'll go play football for Bo Pelini and baseball for former No. 1 overall pick Darin Erstad at Nebraska.

Harrison can play all over the outfield. His arm is incredible, which would first pin him in either corner outfield spot. His speed is too good to waste in left or right, however, so I'd expect the Brewers to start him in center field if he signs.

Developing power moving forward will be key for Harrison. He isn't bad at the plate otherwise. In 31 games for Lee's Summit West, he posted a line of .433/.567/.677 with 45 runs, 35 RBI and 16 extra-base hits.


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