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