X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

MLB

2014 MLB Draft: The 5 Biggest Surprises of the First Round

1 of 11
NEXT

2014 MLB Draft: 5 Biggest Surprises of the First Round

2014 MLB Draft
Getty Images

The 2014 MLB draft has concluded, and as is the case with every draft, there were a fair share of no-brainer picks and selections that made people sit up and take notice. Here are five selections that are worth a bit of analysis as to whether they might pan out.

5. Derek Hill -- Detroit Tigers

Derek Hill MLB Draft
Getty Images

5. Derek Hill -- Detroit Tigers

Derek Hill MLB Draft
Getty Images

This wasn't so much of a reach as it was a selection from a team already top-heavy with shortstops. The Tigers have young talent like Jose Iglesias, Eugenio Suarez and Andrew Romine already in Detroit, and there was no room for Steve Lombardozzi. Every indication is Suarez and Iglesias will battle it out for the job in the future and the team is very high on Suarez, so for the Tigers to make a play at Derek Hill is strange.

4. Kodi Medeiros -- Milwaukee Brewers

Kodi Medeiros MLB Draft
Getty Images

4. Kodi Medeiros -- Milwaukee Brewers

Kodi Medeiros MLB Draft
Getty Images

This Hawaiian high school left-hander was on draft radar screens, but most mock draft boards didn't even have Medeiros headed out in the first round. Instead, he went with the 12th overall selection and was quickly signed by Milwaukee. Medeiros impressed many with his pitching command in a workout at Miller Park, which may have been the catalyst.

3. Max Pentecost -- Toronto Blue Jays

Max Pentecost MLB Draft
Jamie Rhodes -- USA TODAY Sports

3. Max Pentecost -- Toronto Blue Jays

Max Pentecost MLB Draft
Jamie Rhodes -- USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays had two picks in the first round, and the first one, pitcher Jeff Hofmann at the ninth slot, didn't surprise anyone. The Blue Jays had been linked to hot Florida prospect Touki Toussaint, among others, but they decided to go with a catcher who led little-regarded Kennesaw State through a solid postseason run. Max Pentecost was projected more toward the middle of round one.

2. Kyle Schwarber -- Chicago Cubs

Kyle Schwarber MLB Draft
Dave Weaver -- USA TODAY Sports

2. Kyle Schwarber -- Chicago Cubs

Kyle Schwarber MLB Draft
Dave Weaver -- USA TODAY Sports

Because the Chicago Cubs have an urgent need for pitching to develop in the next few years, some draft analysts thought the Cubs might stock more arms in the cabinet. Instead they went with a power bat, and it wasn't a bad one. Kyle Schwarber had 18 home runs as a sophomore at Indiana, and the confines of Wrigley Field suggest he could be a hot hitter there for years if he develops right.

1. Tyler Kolek -- Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins 2014 MLB Draft
Getty Images

1. Tyler Kolek -- Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins 2014 MLB Draft
Getty Images

Every indication had the Marlins going for North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon, who was one of the more outstanding arms during this college season. Instead they selected Tyler Kolek, who was rated the No. 3 pitcher in the draft behind Brady Aiken and Rodon. This wasn't a reach, because the Marlins did take one of the best players available, but they had talked Rodon up for so long.