2014 Draft Report Cards: Reviewing The Draft Classes


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We put the final bow on the 2014 draft with our annual team-by-team review of all the selections and how the players’ professional careers have started. As instructional leagues closed, editor-in-chief John Manuel and assistant editor Clint Longenecker spoke with scouting directors, as well as other scouting and player-development personnel, to break down each of the 30 draft classes. For most categories, we consider only players who signed professional contracts. Notable exceptions include Most Intriguing Background and of course The One Who Got Away. Best Late-Round Pick applies to selections from the 11th round or later. Numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was chosen. 

Best Draft Best Pure Hitter Best Power Hitter
1. Indians 1. Kyle Schwarber, c/of, Cubs (1) 1. Kyle Schwarber, c/of, Cubs (1)
2. Royals 2. Alex Jackson, of, Mariners (1) 2. Jacob Gatewood, ss, Brewers (1s)
3. Red Sox 3. Forrest Wall, 2b, Rockies (1s) 3. A.J. Reed, 1b, Astros (1s)
4. Cubs 4. Nick Gordon, ss, Twins (1) 4. Chase Vallot, c, Royals (1s)
5. Blue Jays 5. Bradley Zimmer, of, Indians (1) 5. Alex Jackson, of, Mariners (1)
Fastest Runner Best Defensive Player Best Fastball
1. Anfernee Seymour, ss, Marlins (7) 1. Matt Chapman, 3b, Athletics (1) 1. Tyler Kolek, rhp, Marlins (1)
2. Derek Hill, of, Tigers (1) 2. Milton Ramos, ss, Mets (3) 2. Nick Burdi, rhp, Twins (2)
3. Joseph Daris, of, Braves (14) 3. Derek Hill, of, Tigers (1) 3. Mason McCullough, rhp, Diamondbacks (5)
4. DonAndre Clark, of, Royals (33) 4. Marcus Wilson, of, D-backs (2s) 4. Nick Howard, rhp, Reds (1)
5. Trea Turner, ss, Padres (1) 5. Alex Pantoja, ss, Indians (9) 5. Ryan Butler, rhp, Padres (7)
Best Secondary Pitch Best Pro Debut-College/JC Players Best Pro Debut-High School
1. Carlos Rodon, lhp, White Sox (1; slider) 1. Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Royals (1) 1. Spencer Adams, rhp, White Sox (2)
2. Touki Toussaint, rhp, D-backs (1; curve) 2. Kyle Schwarber, c/of, Cubs (1) 2. Kevin Padlo, 3b, Rockies (5)
3. Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Royals (1; slider) 3. Aaron Nola, rhp, Phillies (1) 3. Alex Verdugo, of, Dodgers (2)
4. Aaron Nola, rhp, Phillies (1; changeup) 4. Ryan Yarbrough, lhp, Mariners (4) 4. Bobby Bradley, 1b, Indians (3)
5. Brent Honeywell, rhp, Rays (2s; screwball) 5. Brian Anderson, 2b/3b, Marlins (3) 5. Josh Morgan, ss, Rangers (3)
Best Athlete Most Intriguing Background-Baseball Relatives Most Intriguing Background-Human Interest
1. Monte Harrison, of, Brewers (2) 1. Nick Gordon, ss, Twins (1) 1. Cole Way, lhp, Royals (38)
2. Justin Twine, ss, Marlins (1s) 2. Ryan Ripken, 1b, Nationals (15) 2. Michael Conforto, of, Mets (1)
3. Ti’Quan Forbes, 3b, Rangers (2) 3. Derek Hill, of, Tigers (1) 3. Jed Sprague, 1b, White Sox (37)
4. Michael Gettys, of, Padres (2) 4. Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Rays (1) 4. Bobby Ison, of, Indians (21)
5. Pat Connaughton, rhp, Orioles (4) 5. Kevin Cron, 1b, Diamondbacks (14) 5. Ben Holmes (Wetzler), lhp, Marlins (9)
Closest To The Majors-College Closest To The Majors-High School
Best Late-Round Pick
1. Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Royals (1) 1. Forrest Wall, 2b, Rockies (1s) 1. Gage Hinsz, rhp, Pirates (11)
2. Carlos Rodon, lhp, White Sox (1) 2. Derek Hill, of, Tigers (1) 2. Josh Pennington, rhp, Red Sox (29)
3. Nick Burdi, rhp, Twins (2) 3. Luis Ortiz, rhp, Rangers (1) 3. Roberto Gonzalez, of, Twins (15)
4. Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Yankees (2) 4. Spencer Adams, rhp, White Sox (2) 4. Kyle Kinman, lhp, Braves (25)
5. Aaron Nola, rhp, Phillies (1) 5. Cody Reed, lhp, Diamondbacks (2) 5. Karsten Whitson, rhp, Red Sox (11)
The Ones Who Got Away-College The Ones Who Got Away-High School
1. Andrew Suarez, lhp, Nationals (2) 1. Brady Aiken, lhp, Astros (1)
2. Trevor Megill, rhp, Cardinals (3) 2. J.B. Bukauskas, rhp, Diamondbacks (20)
3. Austin Byler, 1b, Nationals (9) 3. Mac Marshall, lhp, Astros (21)
4. Zach Zehner, of, Blue Jays (7) 4. Jacob Nix, rhp, Astros (5)
5. Daniel Salters, c, Nationals (22) 5. Luke Bonfield, of, Mets (21)

 

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