2014 MLB Draft Preview

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2014 Major League Baseball Draft

Pitching will once again be a strength at the top half of the first round in this Thursday’s Major League Baseball First-Year player draft. Houston will have their choice of arms as left hander Brady Aiken of Cathedral Catholic High School in California has emerged as one of the front runners to be the top pick. If Aiken goes first, he will become the third lefty to be chosen first since 1992. Other lefties Carlos Rondon (NC State) and Kyle Freeland (Evansville) seem to be obvious choices for teams’ picking in the upper half of the top 10. Right handers Aaron Nola (LSU) and Tyler Koleck (Shepherd High School in Texas) also appear to be locks to be chosen within the first hour of the selection process.

The Astros will choose first for the third time in as many years. Houston is now tied with the Mets and Padres for making the most first overall selections. The Marlins, who are choosing second, will make their highest pick since 2000 when Florida took Adrian Gonzalez first. Going back even further the White Sox will make their highest pick since 1977 at the third spot. In 1977, they chose Harold Baines first overall. The Cubs will be making their fourth top 10 pick in as many years. Selecting fifth, the Twins will make their third straight top five choice.

The Indians will choose 21st while the Bucs will pick three choices later (24th).

First Round Order
1. Astros
2. Marlins
3. White Sox
4. Cubs
5. Twins
6. Mariners
7. Phillies
8. Rockies
9. Blue Jays
10. Mets
11. Blue Jays
12. Brewers
13. Padres
14. Giants
15. Angels
16. Diamondbacks
17. Royals
18. Nationals
19. Reds
20. Rays
21. Indians
22. Dodgers
23. Tigers
24. Pirates
25. A’s
26. Red Sox
27. Cardinals
Comp Round A Order
28. Royals
29. Reds
30. Rangers
31. Indians
32. Braves
33. Red Sox
34. Cardinals
Competitive Balance Round A Order
35. Rockies
36. Marlins
37. Astros
38. Indians
39. Pirates
40. Royals
41. Brewers

First Overall Picks in MLB Draft
2013 – Astros picked Mark Appel, RHP/Stanford
2012 – Astros picked Carlos Correa, SS/Puerto Rico Academy
2011 – Pirates picked Gerrit Cole, RHP/UCLA
2010 – Nationals picked Bryce Harper, OF/Southern Nevada
2009 – Nationals picked Stephen Strasburg, RHP/San Diego State
2008 – Rays picked Tim Beckham, SS/Griffin HS (GA)
2007 – Devils Rays picked David Price, LHP/Vanderbilt
2006 – Royals picked Luke Hochevar, RHP/Tennessee
2005 – Diamondbacks picked Justin Upton, SS/Great Bridge HS (VA)
2004 – Padres picked Matt Bush, SS/Mission Bay HS (CA)
2003 – Devils Rays picked Delmon Young, OF/Adolfo Camarillo (CA)
2002 – Pirates picked Bryan Bullington, RHP/Ball State
2001 – Twins picked Joe Mauer, C/Cretin HS (MN)
2000 – Marlins picked Adrian Gonzalez, 1B/Eastlake HS (CA)
1999 – Devils Rays picked Josh Hamilton, OF/Athens Drive HS (NC)
1998 – Phillies picked Pat Burrell, 3B/Miami
1997 – Tigers picked Matt Anderson, RHP/Rice
1996 – Pirates picked Kris Benson, RHP/Clemson
1995 – Angels picked Darin Erstad, OF/Nebraska
1994 – Mets picked Paul Wilson, RHP/Florida State
1993 – Mariners picked Alex Rodriguez, SS/Westminster Christian (FL)
1992 – Astros picked Phil Nevin, 3B/Cal State Fullerton
1991 – Yankees picked Brien Taylor, LHP/East Carteret HS (NC)
1990 – Braves picked Chipper Jones, SS/The Bolles School (FL)
1989 – Orioles picked Ben McDonald, RHP/LSU
1988 – Padres picked Andy Benes, RHP/Evansville
1987 – Mariners picked Ken Griffey Jr., OF/Cincinnati Moeller
1986 – Pirates picked Jeff King, SS/Arkansas
1985 – Brewers picked B.J. Surhoff, SS/North Carolina
1984 – Mets picked Shawn Abner, OF/Mechanicsburg HS (PA)
1983 – Twins picked Tim Belcher, RHP/Mt. Vernon Nazarene
1982 – Cubs picked Shawon Dunson, SS/Thomas Jefferson HS (NY)
1981 – Mariners picked Mike Moore, RHP/Oral Roberts
1980 – Mets picked Darryl Strawberry, OF/Crenshaw HS (CA)
1979 – Mariners picked Al Chambers, OF/John Harris HS (PA)
1978 – Braves picked Bob Horner, 3B/Arizona State
1977 – White Sox picked Harold Baines, 1B/St. Michael’s HS (MD)
1976 – Astros picked Floyd Bannister, LHP/Arizona State
1975 – Angels picked Danny Goodwin, C/Southern
1974 – Padres picked Bill Almon, SS/Brown
1973 – Rangers picked David Clyde, LHP/Westchester HS (TX)
1972 – Padres picked Dave Roberts, 3B/Oregon
1971 – White Sox picked Danny Goodwin, C/Peoria Central HS (IL)
1970 – Padres picked Mike Ivie, C/Walker HS (GA)
1969 – Senators picked Jeff Burroughs, OF/Woodrow Wilson HS (CA)
1968 – Mets picked Tim Foli, SS/Notre Dame HS (CA)
1967 – Yankees picked Ron Blomberg, 1B/Druid Hills HS (GA)
1966 – Mets picked Steven Chilcott, C/Antelope Valley HS (CA)
1965 – A’s picked Rick Monday, OF/Arizona State

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