2014 MLB Draft: First Round

The 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft has completed their first round with the Reds, Indians and Pirates all making their picks in the latter half of the opening round.

Cincinnati chose 19th and selected Virginia’s right handed pitcher Nick Howard. Number 33 appeared in 27 outings accumulating a 2.15 ERA with a 2-1 record. Howard tossed 29 1/3 innings and struck out 50 batters while leading the Cavs in saves with 19.

Cleveland selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer of the University of San Francisco with the 21st pick. Zimmer led the Dons in hitting with a .368 average, base hits (81), triples (7), homeruns (7), on-base percentage (.461), slugging percentage (.573), stolen bases (21) and runs scored (42) in 2014. In 160 fielding chances, he only committed 5 errors (.969 fielding percentage).

At 24, the Pirates made Arizona high school shortstop Cole Tucker their choice. Tucker, from Mountain Pointe High School, was not pegged as a first rounder in many of the mock drafts. The 6’3 switch hitter has been compared to White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

First 10 Picks of the Draft
1. Astros – Brady Aiken, LHP/Cathedral Catholic High School
2. Marlins – Tyler Koleck, RHP/Shepherd High School
3. White Sox – Carlos Rondon, LHP/NC State
4. Cubs – Kyle Schwarber, C/Indiana
5. Twins – Nick Gordon, SS/Olympia High School
6. Mariners – Alex Jackson, OF/Rancho Bernardo High School
7. Phillies – Aaron Nola, RHP/LSU
8. Rockies – Kyle Freeland, LHP/Evansville
9. Blue Jays – Jeff Hoffman, RHP/East Carolina
10. Mets – Michael Conforto, OF/Oregon State

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s