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2014 MLB Draft: Round 2 wrap – Blue Jays, Brewers take aim at falling stars

Jun 6, 2014, 12:49 AM EDT

A.J. Reed A.J. Reed

There weren’t any huge stunners left on the board after the first round of Thursday night’s draft, though Baseball America’s 19th, 20th and 21st ranked players remained up for grabs, largely because of bonus demands. Those three players ended up going 49th, 50th and 41st, respectively.

The latter two there actually went to the same team, the Milwaukee Brewers, who also went with a high-risk, high-reward guy in round one: Hawaiian high school left-hander Kodi Medeiros. With their competitive balance pick after round one, the 41st overall selection, they grabbed high school shortstop Jacob Gatewood,  a 6’5″ shortstop with terrific power potential. His size suggests a move to third may eventually be necessary, especially if he fills out and becomes the 30-homer guy scouts are projecting.

Gatewood was the No. 21 player on the BA board. No. 20 was center fielder Monte Harrison, who was taken by the Brewers 50th overall. Considered one of the very best athletes in the draft, he has the option of going to Nebraska to play wide receiver. It’d seem to be an even more likely route now that he slipped in the draft. However, if the Brewers can land both he and Gatewood, they’ll look like the big winners of day one here. Even if they sign just one of the two, they will still have done pretty well for themselves.

No. 19 on Baseball America’s list was right-hander Sean Reid-Foley, and the Blue Jays made him the 49th overall pick. He’ll be a tough sign, but the Blue Jays are in position to accommodate him since they should be able to land ninth overall pick Jeff Hoffman for a reduced bonus after he underwent Tommy John surgery. They also might be able to skim a little bit off 11th overall pick Max Pentecost’s bonus. If it works out, they’ll have come away with three of draft’s top 25 talents.

- The Astros opened Round 2 by taking the University of Kentucky’s A.J. Reed, who hit .336/.476/.735 with 23 homers and 73 RBI as a first baseman this year and went 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA as the team’s ace starter. Unfortunately, while no one thinks he projects as a star as a hitter or a pitcher, he’s also too talented to go the Brooks Kieschnick route and try to make the majors as both. The Astros will groom him as a first baseman.

- The Twins and Yankees took the draft’s first pure relievers, with the Twins grabbing Louisville’s Nick Burdi at No. 46 and the Yankees going with Mississippi State left-hander Jacob Lindgren at No. 55, their first pick of the draft. First-round pick Nick Howard of the Reds (No. 19 overall) was also a closer this year, but he figures to be given an opportunity to start. Perhaps Lindgren will, too, but he’s also a candidate to be the first 2014 pick to reach the majors if the Yankees keep him in the pen. Burdi is a flamethrowing closer-type.

- The Dodgers took Alex Verdugo as an outfielder with the 62nd overall pick, even though most viewed him as a pitcher. He probably would have gone higher, except he much prefers hitting. Dodgers assistant GM Logan White already made it clear that while Verdugo will be used as an outfielder initially, a move to the mound will come if he doesn’t hit.

 

  1. maddog11896 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Brewers have the money, now is not the time to be stingy. WIN WIN WIN!!!

  2. rhett16 - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Greenwood? Is he proud to be an American? I thought the kids’ last name was Gatewood.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      It was a long night. Gatewood looks like a solid pick.

  3. trbmb - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Cashman back doing what he has no capability to do, drafting players. He should stick to his only skill, delivering cash.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Yeah the Yanks have never drafted anyone good. Tell us which team you work for again?

  4. mvp43 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    The MLB draft is always a crapshoot, but on the surface it looks as if the Brewers may strike it rich. I would sign those guys and get them in the system right away. Greenwood will need 3 or 4 years to transition to 3rd. Medeiros has tons of potential, but taking pitchers in the first round hasn’t panned out very well for Milwaukee.. ever. Hopefully that treand will change.

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