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The A's snagged their first high school pitcher of the First-Year Player Draft in the eighth round Friday, taking right-hander Branden Kelliher.
The Mariners dipped back into the Southeast for their final selection on the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday, taking Western Carolina catcher Adam Martin with the 291st overall pick in the 10th round.
The Astros ended Day 2 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft with right-handed pitcher Jay Gause.
With the 261st overall selection Friday, the Mariners used their ninth-round pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Florida State right-hander Peter Miller.
When the O's selected Bradley Roney in the 18th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, they viewed him as a third baseman. Three years later, the Braves are more interested in placing him on the mound. Roney was selected by the Braves in the eighth round on Friday.
Long Beach State right-handed pitcher Andrew Rohrbach has credits as a part-time model for Abercrombie & Fitch, but the Rockies -- who selected him in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday -- are more interested in his developing pitching portfolio.
The third and final day of the Draft takes place on Saturday, with Rounds 11-40. And, while the majority of the top names have already been selected, it's not uncommon to find future stars so deep in the proceedings, as was the case with Albert Pujols and Jake Peavy.
The Royals got one of the more prolific power hitters in college baseball this season, taking outfielder Brandon Thomasson in the ninth round (273rd overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.
The Royals ended Day 2 of the MLB Draft the same way they started it: by drafting a left-handed college pitcher.
The Royals stayed offensive-minded with their eighth-round pick (243rd overall), selecting Sam Houston State first baseman Ryan O'Hearn.
A decision to return to college for an additional season proved beneficial for West Virginia left-hander Harrison Musgrave, the Rockies' eighth-round pick Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard appears to have avoided the worst. X-rays and a CT scan on Syndergaard's left shoulder Friday came up negative for a possible fracture of the scapula bone, according to a team release.
The Dodgers now have someone to catch all of those pitchers they've drafted. In the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft, Los Angeles selected catcher Hunter Redman (No. 249 overall) out of Texas Tech.
After selecting four pitchers and a power-hitting outfielder with their first five selections in the First-Year Player Draft, the Braves altered direction late Friday afternoon when they took Florida Southern College's Keith Curcio with their sixth-round selection.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and has been outrighted from the 40-man roster.
The Braves dipped into baseball's All-Star history when they took Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra, in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft.
The Astros selected their fourth consecutive pitcher by drafting Derick Velazquez, a right-handed pitcher in the seventh round (196th overall).
The Astros broke their streak of selecting pitchers in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by selecting center fielder Bobby Boyd from West Virginia.
The Astros selected a left-handed pitcher with the first overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, then waited until the ninth round to take another one in lefty Bryan Radziewski from the University of Miami.
With their eighth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, the Indians selected Micah Miniard, a right-handed pitcher from Kentucky's Boyle County High School. The team has already landed three other prep pitchers in this year's Draft class -- Justus Sheffield (No. 31), Grant Hockin (No. 61) and Sam Hentges (No. 128).
Artie Lewicki lost his 2013 season to Tommy John surgery, but bounced back with a vengeance for the University of Virginia. The Tigers, who had shown a willingness to consider pitchers with surgically repaired elbows with higher-round picks, were willing to take a chance on Lewicki in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
With their ninth-round pick (268th overall) Friday, the Giants selected right-handed Stetson Woods from Liberty High School in Madera, Calif.
If Michael Katz, the Mets' ninth-round pick (No. 265 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, indeed goes pro, he'll be in for a bit of a potentially more permanent change.
University of North Florida outfielder Drew Weeks, the Rockies' seventh-round pick Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, is a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award -- for collegiate baseball's breakout player of the year.
With their eighth-round pick (238th overall) Friday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected outfielder Austin Slater from Stanford.
Maybe in the past, the name "Tommy John" would scare off teams on Draft day. But not this year and not for the Dodgers, who took their second post-Tommy John pitcher, Trevor Oaks, in the seventh round (No. 219 overall) of the First-Year Player Draft.
In the eighth round Friday, Seattle selected right-hander Kody Kerski out of Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.) with the 231st overall pick of the First-Year Player Draft. It marked the fifth consecutive pitcher the Mariners took.
With the No. 154 overall pick in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals selected Drew Van Orden, a right-hander out of Duke.
With the No. 124 overall pick, Washington selected Robbie Dickey out of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Dickey is committed to Texas State, but he will likely forgo that opportunity to play professionally.
Ross Kivett -- taken in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by the Tigers on Friday -- won Big 12 Player of the Year honors as a second baseman in 2013, but he opted not to sign with his hometown Cleveland Indians last summer so that he could make one more run at a College World Series.
Tigers third-round pick Grayson Greiner's roommate at South Carolina is about to be his teammate in the pros as well.
As the Orioles continue to try to stockpile talent in the later rounds after sitting out the first two, Baltimore selected Max Schuh, a pitcher from UCLA, in the seventh round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
After snagging five straight pitchers to start their Draft, the Orioles finally changed things up in the eighth round and grabbed Clemson second baseman Steve Wilkerson.
After selecting four pitchers to begin their 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Phillies took first baseman Rhys Hoskins with their fifth-round selection.
The Phillies picked up another left-handed arm with their sixth selection of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Brandon Leibrandt, Philadelphia's fifth pitcher selected through the first six rounds, has been hit by the injury bug in the last year.
Alabama State hadn't had a player drafted since 2002, but that has changed with the Phillies' seventh round-selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Seven rounds into this year's First-Year Player Draft, the Tribe took its first catcher. Simeon Lucas heard his name called by Cleveland with the 218th overall pick on Friday. The left-handed-hitting backstop out of Grant Community High School in Illinois become the third prep prospect to land with the Indians on Day 2, following first baseman Bobby Bradley (third round) and lefty Sam Hentges (fourth round).
Todd Zeile started out as a catcher before transitioning into the infield for the bulk of his 16-year Major League career. His nephew Shane took the opposite path at UCLA, shuffling around the infield for his first couple years before settling in behind the plate this spring as a junior.
Circling back to one of their historically richest talent sources, the Pirates selected shortstop Nelson Jorge of Puerto Rico's International Baseball Academy with their seventh-round pick Friday in the First-Year Player Draft.
Right-hander Tyler Eppler, a right-hander from Sam Houston State University, became the Pirates' sixth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
When Michael Suchy, the Pirates' fifth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, starts out his professional career, he won't have far to travel. Suchy attends Florida Gulf Coast University and is a native of Bradenton, Fla., the longtime Spring Training home of the Pirates and also the site of their Class A affiliate in the Florida State League.
The A's drafted middle infielder Branden Cogswell on Friday with their seventh pick of the First-Year Player Draft.
Oakland took its second position player and its first high school player of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, selecting shortstop Trace Loehr in the sixth round.
The Padres selected their first player from the Pac-12 Conference on Friday when they used their eighth-round pick on University of Utah right-handed pitcher Mitch Watrous.
After selecting four consecutive pitchers, the Rays went for a shortstop in the fifth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft when they selected shortstop Michael Russell out of the University of North Carolina.
The Rays selected University of Oklahoma catcher Mac James in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Florida International University right-hander Mike Franco became the Rays' seventh-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft
With the 227th pick in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Marlins took outfielder Stone Garrett from George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas.
The Rockies made Georgia Southern left-hander Sam Howard their third-round choice, 82nd overall, in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday. The Rox took collegiate lefties with two of their first dour Draft picks. Evansville's Kyle Freeland, a Denver native, went in the first round, eighth overall.
Teams find good baseball players, as Murrietta Valley (California) High School senior third baseman Kevin Padlo has learned. Padlo, 17, was the Rockies' fifth-round pick on Friday in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. But it's not as if his life has been a path to the Draft.
The Royals went with back-to-back outfielders late on Day 2 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, taking Brandon Downes in the seventh round (213th overall).
The Royals stayed in-state for their sixth-round pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, taking outfielder Logan Moon of Missouri Southern State University.
With their seventh-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, No. 215 overall, the Reds selected second baseman Shane Mardirosian out of Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif.
Chicago made it seven college players in eight picks by selecting fifth-year senior John Ziznewski of Long Island University-Brooklyn with its eighth-round pick (No. 228 overall).
Fifth-round pick Chris Diaz might not be blessed with the physical attributes of the pitchers the Braves selected before him in this year's First-Year Player Draft, but the University of Miami southpaw has proven he can compete against top competition.
Right-hander Erick Fedde wasn't sure if he was going to be a first-round pick. In shock after learning that he needed the procedure, he realized his stock took a hit after he had Tommy John surgery this past Tuesday. As it turned out, Fedde was a first-round pick, taken by the Nationals with the 18th overall pick.
The D-backs selected junior college third baseman Tyler Humphreys with their seventh-round pick (No. 210 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Humphreys is a sophomore at St. Johns River State College in Florida.
When you see Zac Curtis' name, you think he's missing a K. Take a look at his stats as a senior this past year at Middle Tennessee State and you'll see plenty of them. Curtis, who led the nation with 136 strikeouts over 114 innings, was selected by the D-backs in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Illinois State redshirt junior right-hander Brock Stewart is the latest to join a growing stable of college arms for the Dodgers. He was Los Angeles' sixth-round selection (No. 189 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
There is little doubt that Mason McCullough has a big arm. The D-backs selected the right-hander out of Lander University in the fifth round (No. 150 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Mariners took left-handed pitcher Taylor Byrd (Petal, Miss.) out of Nicholls State in the seventh round -- 201st overall -- in Friday's Day 2 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
James Norwood was projected to be taken in the early rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, but an elbow injury may have prompted some teams to pass. The Cubs liked the potential in the right-hander, selecting Norwood with the 199th pick in the seventh round on Friday.
Vanderbilt University has contributed quite a bit to the Tigers farm system lately, and Adam Ravenelle's talent wooed the Tigers to take a shot on him with their fourth-round pick.
There was no shortage of Major League comparisons for the Tribe's sixth-round Draft pick on Friday. Greg Allen, a speedy junior center fielder out of San Diego State, went to the Indians with the 188th overall pick, as the club continues to add organizational depth in the outfield on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.
With their seventh-round pick (208th overall) Friday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected outfielder Seth Harrison from Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Blue Jays selected college senior Zack Zehner with their seventh-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. The 21-year-old outfielder hit .319 with a .376 on-base pencentage and an .809 OPS in 47 games for the Cal Poly Mustangs this season.
The Padres used their seventh-round pick Friday on University of North Carolina-Charlotte right-handed pitcher Ryan Butler.
The Brewers selected David Burkhalter, a right-handed pitcher from Ruston (La.) High School with their sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Brewers selected Kansas State outfielder Mitch Meyer in the seventh round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Blue Jays added another starting pitcher to their system by selecting left-hander Grayson Huffman in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Jays added a power-hitting outfielder to their system by taking high school prospect Lane Thomas in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Jays continued to restock their Minor League system with catchers by taking Matt Morgan in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. Morgan became the second catcher drafted by Toronto in the early rounds after the club used the 11th overall pick on Max Pentecost.
With their sixth-round pick (178th overall) Friday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected first baseman Skyler Ewing from Rice University.
Dylan Cease may have an edge among the other Cubs' picks in the First-Year Player Draft. He's already pitched at Wrigley Field.
The Padres dipped into the prep ranks Friday for yet another position player, as they drafted catcher Zach Risedorf from Northwestern Regional High School in Connecticut in the sixth round.
After a barrage of batters, the Astros selected their third consecutive pitcher in the sixth round (166th overall) with Brock Dykxhoorn in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Astros selected their second high school pitcher of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft with Jacob Nix in the fifth round (136th overall).
The Astros added a home twist early to the second day of their Draft on Friday, taking Houston native Daniel Mengden with the first pick of the fourth round (106th overall) in the 2104 First-Year Player Draft. Mengden, a right-hander from Texas A&M, went to Westside High School in Houston where he was named District 20-5A MVP three times.
Chicago took Creighton junior Jake Peter (No. 198 overall), who is a left-handed-hitting infielder who also spent some time on the mound.
The Mets' seventh-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was, quite literally, a big one. Left-handed pitcher Brad Wieck, who just wrapped up his junior season with Oklahoma City University, stands at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds.
The Rockies will select older players than infielder Max George, their sixth-round choice in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. But when it comes to what it's like to play for Rockies manager Walt Weiss, George is a veteran.
The Dodgers went for a bat with their fifth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, drafting third baseman Jared Walker from McEachern (Ga.) High School.
The Reds selected right-handed pitcher Tejay Antone with their fifth-round pick (155th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
There's a word used by Carlos Rodon to describe not being taken No. 1 overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, a spot the left-handed hurler from North Carolina State was projected to go as far back as the 2013 season. And that word is not disappointment.
The Tigers have had the kind of success with SEC receivers that would make an NFL general manager happy. In Detroit's case, though, catchers from the Southeastern Conference have helped turn what was once an organizational wasteland into a position of depth, one South Carolina's Grayson Greiner could help greatly after Detroit took him with their third-round pick of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.
The Orioles used their fourth selection of the 2014 Draft to select their fourth pitcher. Baltimore selected Tanner Scott, a left-hander from Howard College in Texas, in the sixth round.
Texas Tech southpaw Chris Sadberry was taken 167th overall by the Marlins in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Mets selected Tyler Moore in the sixth round (175th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. The Mets selected Tyler Moore in the sixth round (175th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
At No. 158 overall, the Tribe drafted right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather out of Oklahoma Baptist University, making him the third college prospect and fourth pitcher taken by the club thus far in the Draft. The team has also drafted three position players.
Justin Steele may not have the size of some pitchers, but the Cubs like what they saw of the left-hander enough to select the prepster in the fifth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Darren Seferina halted St. Louis' streak of selecting pitchers when the second baseman was taken in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday after the Cardinals took pitchers with their first six selections.
The Cardinals began Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday with the same trend that carried them through their first four picks during Day 1, adding yet another right-handed pitcher. The final pick of the third round was used to select right-hander Trevor Megill from Loyola Marymount University in California.
Austin Gomber has been Florida Atlantic's ace for the past two seasons, and he could one day develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Cardinals after they used their fourth-round pick (135th overall) to select the left-hander in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Wes Rogers, a 6-4, 195-pound center fielder from Spartanburg Methodist College, batted .585 with a home run during the recent Junior College World Series -- in Grand Junction, Colorado. He could be back, real soon. The Rockies selected Rogers in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The A's continued their trend of taking college right-handers in the First-Year Player Draft, selecting Heath Fillmyer from Mercer County Community College in New Jersey with their fifth-round pick Friday.
After taking two pitchers in the opening two rounds of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night -- right-hander Erick Fedde and left-hander Andrew Suarez -- the Nationals selected their first position player in the third round on Friday. With the No. 93 overall pick, Washington drafted catcher Jakson Reetz out of Norris High School in Hickman, Neb.
The Phillies continued their streak of drafting pitchers with their fourth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft. They selected Chris Oliver, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander from Arkansas. In 2011, Oliver was drafted in the 27th round by the Orioles.
The White Sox have their first outfielder of the Draft, selecting senior center fielder Louie Lechich with their sixth-round pick (No. 168 overall) on Friday.
After selecting two arms on the first day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Phillies opened up the second day Friday by picking a two-way player. Aaron Brown, Philadelphia's third-round selection, was terrific as a left-hander in Pepperdine's rotation this season, using a three-pitch mix well.
The Mariners selected right-handed pitcher Dan Altavilla (Mercyhurst College), the 2014 Division II pitcher of the year, in the fifth round (141st overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
A plethora of shortstops in the system didn't stop the Royals from taking one in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year MLB Player Draft on Friday, with Dawon Burt (5'9, 160 lbs) of Fuquay-Varina High School (N.C.) coming to Kansas City with the 123rd overall selection.
The Royals continued their commitment to bolstering their young pitching by drafting right-hander Corey Ray in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.
With their fifth-round pick (148th overall) Friday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod from Southern Illinois University.
With their fourth-round pick (118th overall) Friday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Logan Webb from Rocklin High School in California.
The Dodgers selected right-hander Jeff Brigham from the University of Washington in the fourth round (No. 129 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday -- their second straight college pitcher and third pitcher overall.
The Tribe continued to stockpile high-school talent as the First-Year Player Draft rolls on. With their fourth-round pick, the Indians selected towering southpaw Sam Hentges -- listed at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds -- out of Mounds View High School in Minnesota. He was not ranked among the Top 200 Prospects eligible for the Draft by MLB.com, but he is considered one of the best prep players in his home state.
The Padres remained hitter-friendly on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft as they selected Ole Miss outfielder Auston Bousfield in the fifth round with the 147th overall pick.
With their fourth pick of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mariners took their first pitcher when they selected Old Dominion left-hander Ryan Yarbrough in the fourth round, 111th overall.
Three picks, three pitchers. The Orioles used their fifth-round pick in the 2014 Draft to select David Hess, a right-handed pitcher from Tennessee Tech.
High school left-hander Brock Burke became the Rays' fourth selection of the 2014 Draft when they selected him in the third round on Friday.
The Rays selected their second consecutive high school pitcher when they picked right-hander Blake Bivens of George Washington High School in Danville, Va., in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Continuing a trend of focusing on high school talent, the Brewers spent their fourth-round Draft pick on Troy Stokes, a center fielder out of Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore.
In Round 5 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected their first college senior, third baseman Dustin DeMuth from Indiana University.
The Orioles continued to spend their top selections of the 2014 Draft on pitchers, taking Notre Dame righty Pat Connaughton with their fourth-round pick. Connaughton, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound two-sport athlete, is ranked as the No. 112 player in the Draft by MLB.com.
Switch-hitting catcher Taylor Gushue was the Pirates' pick in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft. Gushue is a unique prospect, with three years of experience at the University of Florida, even though he does not turn 21 until December.
The A's took right-handed pitcher Brett Graves with their third-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Pirates selected Fresno State outfielder Jordan Luplow in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, kicking off their Day 2 Draft activity on Friday. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-handed hitter, Luplow was the Bulldogs' right fielder and No. 3 hitter.
The Mets went into the 2014 First-Year Player Draft looking for college arms, and in the fifth round Friday afternoon, they got their guy -- or one of them, at least. Josh Prevost, who stands at a towering 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, was the Mets' fourth selection (145th overall) and first pitcher taken by the team in this year's Draft.
The second day of the Draft, Rounds 3-10, featured a run on college players on Friday, beginning with Cal-State Fullerton's J.D. Davis going 75th overall to the Astros. But prep stars were well represented, as were school teammates and players with familial ties to the Majors.
The A's took their third straight college right-hander with their fourth pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, selecting junior Jordan Schwartz from Niagara University in New York.
The Marlins chose outfielder Casey Soltis with their fifth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday. The 6-foot-1 player from Granada High School in California, was both the first outfielder and the first left-handed hitter selected by Miami this year.
The White Sox are using the Draft to stockpile arms. Chicago made it four pitchers in five picks by taking Zach Thompson, a junior right-hander out of University of Texas-Arlington, with their fifth round pick.
The D-backs took their second Floridian with their first pick on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. With the 89th overall pick -- the 15th pick of the third round -- Arizona took center fielder Matt Railey, a 19-year-old from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Fla
The D-backs took their first college player in the fourth round of MLB's First-Year Player Draft on Friday. The D-backs used their sixth pick of the Draft -- No. 120 overall -- to select right-handed pitcher Brent Jones out of Cornell University.
Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White said Thursday he wasn't afraid to take pitching, and with the Dodgers' first pick of Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, he took yet another arm. The Dodgers drafted right-hander John Richy, a junior at UNLV, in the third round Friday.
Carson Sands has an impressive resume for a high school pitcher. The left-hander has spent three straight summers pitching at Team USA's national training complex in North Carolina, and won a gold medal with the 2012 18-and-under team.
The Yankees dipped into Red Sox country for their second selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, choosing high school right-hander Austin DeCarr from the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., in the third round.
The Yankees took strike-throwing left-hander Jordan Montgomery from the University of South Carolina with their fourth-round selection (122nd overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.
Though the Braves have not yet grabbed any Atlanta prospects, they have not gone too far from home to find their early selections in this year's First-Year Player Draft. The Braves took University of South Carolina-Upstate right-hander Chad Sobotka with their fourth-round selection.
The Reds' fourth-round selection in the Draft on Friday marked the first time this year they took a high school player. It was third baseman Gavin LaValley out of Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla.
The Marlins added left-handed pitcher Michael Mader with the 105th overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday. The 6-foot-2 hurler out of Chipola College compiled a 7-3 record and a 3.18 ERA while striking out 74 batters. He became just the second pitcher selected by the Marlins this year.
Brian Schales was selected 107th overall as the Marlins' fourth-round pick of the 2014 Draft. Schales, a shortstop from Edison High School in Calif., is the second prep middle infielder chosen by Miami this year.
As the 2014 First-Year Player Draft resumed Friday, the Reds used their third-round selection to take right-handed pitcher Wyatt Strahan from USC.
The Royals opened up Day 2 of the Draft with their fourth pitcher in five picks -- and third lefty -- selecting University of Central Florida left-hander Eric Skoglund in the third round on Friday.
San Diego continued to add position players on Friday when it selected outfielder Nick Torres with the 117th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
The Blue Jays continued their recent trend of taking young high school arms with a lot of upside by using their third-round pick on left-hander Nick Wells. Wells was taken with the 83rd overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. He has a commitment to the College of Charleston, but the Blue Jays will attempt to use the recommended slot value of $661,800 as motivation to turn pro.
The Mariners continued to stockpile outfielders with their first pick on Day 2 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday when they selected center fielder Austin Cousino (University of Kentucky) in the third round with the 80th overall pick.
Bobby Bradley might have heard his name called on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft, considering he publicly stated that only a first- or second-round selection would persuade him to forego college. But even with concerns over his signability, the Indians were willing to take a chance that Bradley would sign even after falling to Round 3. That gamble seems to have paid off, as Bradley plans on signing with Cleveland.
In the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets went in the same direction as they did with their first two choices: a position player. They drafted Eudor Garcia-Pacheco is a 20-year-old third baseman out of El Paso Community College.
The Orioles used their first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, a third-round choice and the 90th selection overall, to bolster their biggest weakness and add Brian Gonzalez, a left-handed pitcher from Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Fla.
The Astros picked up right where they left off with the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, selecting another college bat in J.D. Davis from Cal State-Fullerton with the first pick of the third round (No, 75 overall).
With their fourth-round selection in the Draft on Friday, the White Sox took their first position player, selecting switch-hitting catcher Brett Austin.
With their third-round pick [87th overall] in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants selected outfielder/right-handed pitcher Dylan Davis from Oregon State.
On Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected their first college player, choosing right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed of Dallas Baptist University with their third-round pick, No. 85 overall.
In the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets made it two position players. A day after making Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto their first pick, they selected high school shortstop Milton Ramos with the 84th overall pick.
With their third-round pick in the Draft (77th overall), the White Sox selected left-handed stater Jace Fry of Oregon State. He becomes the second college lefty added to Chicago's 2014 Draft pool after the Sox selected Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick on Thursday.
The Cubs not only need pitching, but also some catchers. That being the case, they selected backstop Mark Zagunis of Virginia Tech in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Angels took center fielder Bo Way out of Kennesaw State University with their seventh-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, going with a second straight outfielder after starting with five consecutive pitchers.
The first position player selected by the Angels in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft came in the form of Alex Abbott, a left-handed-hitting right fielder out of high school in Georgia who was taken in the sixth round.
The Angels took right-hander Jake Jewell out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College with their fifth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, giving them five consecutive pitchers.
With their fourth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Angels selected right-hander Jeremy Rhoades from Illinois State, giving the Halos four straight pitchers one year after they took an arm with 10 of their first 11 selections.
The Angels' third-round selection of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was yet another pitcher, right-hander Chris Ellis from the University of Mississippi
The Twins wrapped up Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft by taking yet another college pitcher in the 10th round, selecting Tulane right-hander Randy LeBlanc with the 290th pick on Friday.
The Twins broke their streak of taking seven straight college pitchers by selecting Bradley University outfielder Max Murphy with the No. 260 overall pick in the ninth round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Twins added to their stable of college pitchers taken in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, selecting right-hander Keaton Steele from the University of Missouri as the No. 230 overall pick in the eighth round on Friday.
After taking two position players on Thursday, the Padres jumped on a college arm on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft. San Diego selected Rice University pitcher Zech Lemond with their third-round pick.
Keeping with their tradition of stockpiling arms during the early rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, the Braves used their third-round selection to take Max Povse, a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
The Twins went with a college pitcher for a sixth consecutive pick, taking right-hander Andro Cutura from Southeastern Louisiana University as the No. 200 overall pick in the seventh round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Twins may have found a sleeper in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, as they selected highly touted right-hander John Curtiss from the University of Texas with the No. 170 overall pick.
In what's become a trend for the Twins in this year's First-Year Player Draft, Minnesota went with its fourth straight college reliever in the fifth round on Friday, selecting Oregon right-hander Jake Reed.
The Twins continued to stockpile college relievers by taking Georgia Tech left-hander Sam Clay as the No. 110 overall pick in the fourth round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Twins went with a hard-throwing college right-hander for a second straight pick, drafting San Diego State flamethrower Michael Cederoth with their third-round selection on Friday after taking Louisville's Nick Burdi in the second round.
The Rangers drafted a catcher with their 10th round pick, selecting Seth Spivey from Abilene Christian.
With their ninth-round pick, the Rangers took switch-hitting outfielder Doug Votoloto from the University of Central Arkansas. He played in high school locally at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus.
The Western Iowa Community College Reivers just won their third National Junior College title in the last five years, and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson, who was taken by the Rangers in the eighth round, was a big reason behind it.
The Rangers took a potential power arm with their seventh-round pick by selecting right-hander Nick Green from Indian Hills (Co.) Community College.
The Rangers drafted a potential big bat in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft when they took infielder Jose Trevino from Oral Roberts University on Friday.
The Rangers took another left-handed pitcher in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, but they will have to wait to see if it's a good pick.
The Rangers could use more left-handed pitching in their farm system, and they selected one in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. With the 126th overall pick, the Rangers took 6-foot-4 left-hander Brett Martin from Walters State (Tenn.) College.
The middle infielders keep coming as the Rangers selected high school shortstop Joshua Morgan from Orange (Ca.) Lutheran in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Red Sox went with a closer in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday in Cal Poly right-hander Reed Reilly.
The Red Sox found themselves a speedy switch-hitter with their sixth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, taking Danny Mars out of Chipola College (Florida).
Brian Anderson was the first name called for the Marlins on Friday, when they selected the second baseman with the 76th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Red Sox continued their pursuit of power bats in this year's First-Year Player Draft by nabbing left-handed-hitting slugger Josh Ockimey with their fifth-round selection on Friday.
The Red Sox, hoping to use proximity to their advantage, took right-hander Kevin McAvoy out of Bryant University (Smithfield, R.I.) with their fourth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Still in his infancy as a pitcher, Jake Cosart already throws a fastball that can reach 98 mph. Those who have watched him up close wonder with excitement how good he will be once he really learns how to pitch.
Tigers prospect Robbie Ray appears to have been the centerpiece of the Doug Fister trade. Because he has a strong and loose arm, his current role as a starter or a reliever is not as important as gaining self-confidence in his repertoire and throwing strikes with all his pitches.
Pirates prospect Josh Bell can hit well from either side, and it doesn't appear that he prefers one. However, he looks more natural hitting left-handed. To date, that's the side where he has shown more power, but he's also had more opportunities. Either way, he's a formidable hitter.
Entering Thursday, there was no question that the top talent of the 2014 Draft class is all about pitching, both in terms of quantity and quality. At the same time, the rash of hurlers, big league and otherwise, being sidelined and needing Tommy John surgery has been alarming. In the end, talent won out.
The first round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday unfolded pretty much according to form, especially at the top. But although the top seven prospects all went in the first eight picks, there were a few surprises.
The Rockies' emphasis on ground-ball pitching led them to select high school right-handed pitcher Ryan Castellani with their second-round pick, 48th overall, Thursday on the first night of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The long road to the First-Year Player Draft ended for 74 players on Thursday night, when they were selected on the first day of the 2014 Draft. The rest of this year's class will have to wait to learn its fate until the picks resume with the third round today.
The numbers for the D-backs second-round pick are simply ridiculous. Left-hander Cody Reed, who the D-backs picked No. 54 overall, was 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA this past season for Ardmore (Ala.) High School.
After selecting pitchers with their first two picks, the D-backs tabbed toolsy high school outfielder Marcus Wilson with their selection in the Compensation B round (No. 69 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The D-backs selected high school shortstop Isan Diaz with their Compensation Round B pick (No. 70 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
With their final selection of the first day of the 2014 Draft, the Rays used the 72nd selection to pick right-hander Brent Honeywell from Walters State.
After using their first-round Draft pick on a college position player, the Padres dipped into the prep ranks on Thursday with their second-round selection. The Padres tabbed Michael Gettys, a toolsy outfielder from Gainesville High in Georgia, with the No. 51 overall pick.
With the 60th overall pick of the Draft, the Rays selected Cameron Varga, a right-handed pitcher from Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy. Varga, who stands 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, set a national high school record by striking out 33 consecutive batters, which broke the previous record of 22 set in 1973.
The Rockies drafted for athletic ability when they selected Forrest Wall, a second baseman from Orangewood (Florida) Christian School, with the second of their three picks -- 35th overall, in Competitive Balance Round A.
With their third pick of the Draft on Thursday night, the Brewers chose Missouri high school athlete Monte Harrison, who has committed to go to the University of Nebraska to play football and baseball.
The Nationals added pitching depth to their farm system Thursday night. In the second round, with the 57th pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the team selected left-hander Andrew Suarez from the University of Miami.
Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard left his start early for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday after hurting his left shoulder during a first-inning collision play at the plate.
After taking power-hitting outfielder Braxton Davidson in the first round, the Braves took right-handed pitcher Garrett Fulenchek with their second round selection, the 66th overall pick in the First-year Player Draft.
The Twins selected hard-throwing right-hander Nick Burdi from the University of Louisville with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round of Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
The grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew could be joining the ranks of a rival American League Central ball club. With the 61st overall pick in the second round of this year's First-Year Player Draft, the Tribe took prep prospect Grant Hockin, a product of Damien High School in California, who traces his lineage back to the former Twins slugger.
The Rangers put another young player in their long queue of middle infielders when they drafted shortstop Ti'quan Forbes out of Columbia (Miss.) High School with the 59th overall pick of the First-Year Player Draft.
Power-hitting shortstop Jacob Gatewood joined a promising list when the Brewers made him the 41st overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
Right-hander Jake Stinnett was drafted by the Pirates last June but chose to finish school. The Cubs are glad he did. On Thursday the Cubs picked Stinnett from Maryland in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft. He was the 45th player taken overall.
The Blue Jays potentially got themselves a major steal on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft by taking right-hander Sean Reid-Foley with the 49th overall pick.
After the Tigers went against their trends in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, they got back to their preference for big arms by selecting University of Alabama right-hander Spencer Turnbull with the 63rd overall pick of the second round.
As Commissioner Bud Selig's legacy comes into sharper focus, many of the changes that have occurred under his leadership -- the addition of Wild Cards, Interleague Play and expanded replay review -- have been mentioned. A key accomplishment is how the Draft has become a midseason focal point.
A year ago this week, Tyler Stubblefield was still chasing his dream of making it to the big leagues as a player. On Thursday, he found a different way to help impact the Padres.
With their second-round pick, 58th overall, in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, the Reds selected third baseman Taylor Sparks from the University of California at Irvine.
Despite the enviable catching depth in their organization, the Giants added another backstop to the mix by selecting Aramis Garcia out of Florida International University with the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
After taking two pitchers, the Royals went to the other side of the plate for their third selection on Thursday night in the First-Year Player Draft with catcher Chase Vallot.
Once again, the future has arrived, and baseball fans get to watch it play out it all its glory. Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, which has evolved into a three-day extravaganza packed with superstar potential, global intrigue and the undeniable emotional impact of life-changing moments on display, is upon us.
The Phillies took another arm Thursday to finish the first day of the First-Year Player Draft. They selected Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo left-hander Matt Imhof with the 47th overall pick in the second round. Imhof, who is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, is considered a late bloomer, having not been drafted out of high school.
The White Sox had three really good names they were focusing upon when the 44th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft arrived late Thursday night. Spencer Adams, a right-handed pitcher out of White County High School in Georgia was the top name in that group.
First baseman-outfielder Connor Joe, a junior at the University of San Diego, was the Pirates' second selection in Thursday night's First-Year Player Draft.
Finding quality catching is a challenge in every Draft. But on Thursday night, Miami addressed the position right away, pulling off a surprise by selecting Blake Anderson with the 36th overall pick, which was a Competitive Balance Round A selection.
On the football field, Justin Twine showed break-away speed, and he once rushed for more than 500 yards in game for Falls City High School in Hemphill, Texas. Twine's all-around athleticism captured the attention of the Marlins. The Marlins selected Twine in the second round -- 43rd overall -- on Thursday in the First-Year Player Draft.
Left-handed pitching was the Royals' emphasis in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Foster Griffin, a high school left-hander from Orlando, Fla., was chosen 28th overall by the Royals on Thursday night. Earlier, they picked lefty Brandon Finnegan of TCU as No. 17.
Justus Sheffield did not make the same decision his brother did a year ago, but their situations were decidedly different. Sheffield, the Indians 31st overall pick, has agreed to terms with the Indians on a bonus of $1.6 million, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis.
The Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz from Sanger (Calif.) High School with the 30th pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Using the 29th overall selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, the Reds picked shortstop Alex Blandino out of Stanford University.
The Astros are a very confident organization. With all their rocket scientists and lawyers and assorted advanced degrees, they believe they're on the cusp of being spectacularly successful, especially after selecting Brady Aiken with the top pick in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft. If you don't believe them, just ask.
With their top selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Pirates on Thursday night selected Cole Tucker, an Arizona high school shortstop.
The D-backs selected right-hander Touki Toussaint from Coral Springs Christian High School in Miami with their first pick (16th overall) Thursday on Day 1 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Erick Fedde, a righty from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, went 18th overall to the Nationals in the Draft on Thursday night, joining the Blue Jays' No. 9 overall pick, righty Jeff Hoffman from East Carolina, as first-round selections who recently went under the knife to repair their torn ulnar collateral ligaments.
With the 21st pick in the first round, the Indians kicked off their busy night by grabbing collegiate outfielder Bradley Zimmer out of the University of San Francisco.
The Blue Jays selected college catcher Max Pentecost with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Rockies selected Denver native Kyle Freeland, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Evansville, with the eighth-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.
With their top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets filled a massive organizational need, selecting Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, a left-handed slugger. Conforto hit .345 with 16 doubles and seven home runs in 59 games this season for Oregon State.
Tyler Kolek never saw Nolan Ryan pitch. He wasn't born until after Ryan retired. But like any right-minded Texan with the ability to throw a baseball through a bale of hay, he grew up idolizing Ryan. These days, however, it's Ryan who sounds in awe of Kolek, who the Marlins selected with the second overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
The Brewers went with Hawaii high school left-hander Kodi Medeiros with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night's First-Year Player Draft.
Rockies No. 2 prospect Eddie Butler's birthday comes early this year. A week shy of turning 23, he'll fulfill a lifelong dream on Friday night when the right-handed pitcher makes his Major League debut with a starting assignment against the Dodgers.
With the fourth pick overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Cubs selected Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber.
A pair of high school arms were picked at the top of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft for the first time in history on Thursday night, with the Astros and Marlins both banking on youth and projectability.
The Twins selected Florida high school shortstop Nick Gordon, the son of former pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, with the fifth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.
The Blue Jays selected right-hander Jeff Hoffman with the ninth overall selection of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The Braves opted to use the 32nd overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Braxton Davidson, a 17-year-old power hitting outfielder from North Carolina's T.C. Roberson High School.
Andrew Brown hit the ground running in his second stint with the Mets. Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas following Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Cubs, Brown started in left and hit fifth in Thursday' series finale.
The Padres selected North Carolina State shortstop Trea Turner with the No. 13 overall pick in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
Carlos Rodon, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound left-handed throwing standout from North Carolina State, was selected No. 3 overall by the White Sox in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Tigers used their top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on a high school outfielder, selecting Elk Grove (Calif.) High School product Derek Hill with the 23rd overall selection.
Sticking with a recent track record of taking power pitchers in the upper rounds, the Reds used the 19th overall selection of the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft Thursday on right-handed pitcher Nick Howard from the University of Virginia.
Returning to a formula that has proven to work for them, the Giants went for pitching with their first pick in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday by selecting right-hander Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt University.
With the 26th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, the Red Sox selected high school infielder Michael Chavis, who offers versatility on defense and a line-drive stroke at the plate.
If you sensed a theme on the opening day of the Mariners' First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, scouting director Tom McNamara won't disagree.
A Mariners team looking to add offensive punch found a perfect match in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft, landing San Diego prep standout Alex Jackson with the sixth overall pick in the first round.
The outbreak of Tommy John surgeries has only strengthened the resolve of Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White to select pitchers, which he did in the first round again Thursday, picking right-hander Grant Holmes out of Conway (S.C.) High School in the First-Year Player Draft.
Despite a preference to Draft pitchers that borders on obsession, sometimes Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White takes a two-way player and lets him leave the mound for the batter's box.
The Red Sox rounded out their third and final pick in Thursday's opening night of the First-Year Draft by taking right-handed-hitting first baseman Sam Travis from the University of Indiana.
With pick No. 33 on Thursday, the Red Sox took high school right-hander Michael Kopech as their compensation pick from the Yankees for losing Jacoby Ellsbury as a free agent.
Luke Weaver had just celebrated his selection as the 27th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft alongside family and friends when one among his company spotted the stained-glass frame perched in a nearby window. Green ivy outlined the glass, which featured a red cardinal in center.
Jack Flaherty first caught the attention of the Cardinals' California area scout two seasons ago when, as a sophomore at Harvard-Westlake High School (Calif.), he was beginning to show potential as an offensive third baseman. On Thursday, the Cardinals were elated to have nabbed Flaherty as a pitcher
After taking a pair of right-handed pitchers in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals selected another righty, Ronnie Williams, with their second-round selection, the No. 68 overall pick.
The Cardinals completed Day 1 of the three-day First-Year Player Draft by taking college right-hander Andrew Morales with the 71st overall pick, a compensation selection awarded to the organization through the Competitive Balance Lottery.
Brandon Finnegan found that being selected by the Royals in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night was an emotional experience.
The Royals, on their first day of the First-Year Player Draft, made it three pitchers out of four selections. Right-hander Scott Blewett from Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y., was the Royals' fourth choice on Thursday night and the 56th selection in the Draft's second round.
The Angels selected Sean Newcomb, a left-hander from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.
The Angels drafted high school right-hander Joe Gatto in the second round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, after taking collegiate left-hander Sean Newcomb with the 15th overall pick.
For the second time in three years, the Astros selected a 17-year-old with the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The Astros on Thursday tabbed left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego with the top pick, making it the second year in a row the club took a pitcher with the first selection.
Left-handed-hitting outfielder Derek Fisher, one of the top high school prospects in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, went to the Astros with the No. 37 overall pick (Competive Balance Round A) on Thursday.
University of Kentucky slugger A.J. Reed, who led the NCAA in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS, was selected by the Astros with the first pick of the second round (No. 42 overall) in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Rays went for power with their first pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft when they selected Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie at No. 20. Lacking offensive talent in their farm system, the Rays picked a strapping slugger, who stands 6-foot-4, 238 pounds and is a switch-hitter.
Mark Appel, the top overall pick by the Astros in last year's First-Year Player Draft, was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday for Class A Lancaster after developing tendinitis in his right thumb, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
The Marlins really did dig deep in the heart of Texas to find perhaps the next great power pitcher from the Lone Star State. With the second overall pick in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft, the Marlins selected Tyler Kolek from Shepherd, Texas.
Marlins rookies Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto both made their Major League debuts Thursday. And manager Mike Redmond was as excited about it as his two players.
The Nationals took a gamble on an injured pitcher in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, selecting UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde, who recently had Tommy John surgery, with the No. 18 pick. He was a high school teammate of Nats star Bryce Harper.
The Phillies hinted last week they preferred a baseball player, not just an athlete with the proverbial "high ceiling" with the seventh overall pick in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft. They followed through when they selected LSU right-hander Aaron Nola.
They are seven prep prospects with a dream, and they are living it, taking in the sights and sounds of New York before attending the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
This is it, the last crack at projection the first round of the 2014 Draft. With still no real clarity about who the Houston Astros are going to take at the top, it's tough, not just for us prognosticators, but also for the teams picking behind them, to line things up.
Two hours before the First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET, there still was no word that the Astros had made any final decisions regarding the No. 1 overall pick. That's par for the course, because that's exactly what happened the previous two years when Houston also had the top selection.
Some of the Yankees' former Draft picks are beginning to show their potential at the Minor League level, as nine Class A players in the organization were selected to participate in their respective league's All-Star Games later in June.
Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, was drafted in the 15th round by the Nationals, and Mariano Rivera Jr., the son of all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, was selected by his father's former team, the Yankees, in the 29th round.
19th-ranked Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a walk for Northwest Arkansas.
Outfielder Marcus Wilson seems poised to follow in the tracks of recent early-round picks from the Compton, Calif., Urban Youth Academy, with several other academy players also set to be chosen throughout the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Tigers shortstop prospect Eugenio Suarez, who was expected to make his first big league start Thursday, is listed as day to day after injuring his left knee after an awkward slide into second base Wednesday.
Despite losing young ace Jose Fernandez last month to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Marlins will have no qualms about using top Draft picks on hard-throwing young pitchers.
With no one seemingly sure what the Astros are going to do with the first Draft pick, as has been their way the past two years, it is difficult to get a sense of what teams were planning to do behind them. Here is a projection based on the latest information.
In what's becoming an annual tradition, we head into the first day of the First-Year Player Draft with no one exactly sure what the Astros will do with the No. 1 overall pick. Houston once again appears destined to hold off on a final decision until this afternoon, which leaves the teams behind the Astros also in doubt as to how they'll exercise their selections.
Toronto will target players with the most upside rather than attempt to address organizational needs.
Unlike last year, the Tigers have no compensatory or competitive balance Draft picks, so they're going to have to make the most of their first-rounder as well as their second-day selections. Unlike the years before last, they didn't have to forfeit their first-round pick for signing a top free agent, either.
A look at notable selections in Rounds 1-15 of the First-Year Player Draft.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger, rated the Brewers' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, hit two home runs Wednesday and led Double-A Huntsville to a 7-5 victory against Jackson. It was the first multihomer game of Haniger's career.
When the Pirates and Brewers meet Friday night in Pittsburgh, they will not be be doing so with top prospect Gregory Polanco in right field.
Danny Santana, rated the Twins' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com entering the year before he was called up as a shortstop on May 5, is currently Minnesota's answer in center field. Teammate Brian Dozier is a big fan.
Jorge Soler, sidelined since mid-May with a strained right hamstring, is rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., and general manager Jed Hoyer said the team hopes the outfielder has a chance to talk hitting with new player-coach Manny Ramirez.
Infielder Jace Peterson was recalled from Triple-A El Paso for the second time this year before Wednesday's game against the Pirates. He batted eighth and started at second base Wednesday,
Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who has been pitching in extended spring, is slated to make his first appearance for an affiliate, starting for Class A Short-Season Aberdeen on June 15.
Eugenio Suarez is getting his shot to hold down the Tigers' shortstop job. The team has called up the 22-year-old prospect from Triple-A Toledo, as they shake up their shortstop mix for the third time in three months.
The Cubs on Wednesday named Double-A Tennessee's Kris Bryant and Class A Kane County's Paul Blackburn the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.
As the Mariners continue searching for answers to their fifth spot in the rotation, prized prospect Taijuan Walker struggled in a two-inning rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma.
Even with the graduation of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the Red Sox's farm system has continued to be an area of strength for the club this season. It will showcase its best talents Wednesday, when the club's top two prospects, Henry Owens and Allen Webster, are scheduled to take the mound for its top two affiliates.
These days, teams don't have to wait as long for a return on their investments from the First Year Player Draft. Players are going from the Draft to the big leagues as fast as ever, and clubs are considering ETAs when they weigh their selections.
When the 2014 Draft season first started, it appeared that the answer to "Who will be the No. 1 pick in the Draft" was a no-brainer, slam dunk. NC State lefty Carlos Rodon was all but given an Astros jersey before the spring started. But that's, as they say, why they play the games. A bit of a slow start, coupled with perhaps unfair expectations, has moved Rodon back to the pack, while others have stepped forward into the competition to be the top selection.
Mariners' No. 1 prospect Taijuan Walker made his second rehab start on Tuesday night, going two innings for Triple-A Tacoma in a 13-4 victory at El Paso.
Sixth-ranked Royals prospect Hunter Dozier continued his hot hitting, doubling twice and driving in three in leading Wilmington past Potomac, 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Jon Singleton showed both his patience and power at the plate as the Astros posted a 7-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Nearly one year ago, the White Sox selected shortstop Tim Anderson and right-hander Tyler Danish with their first two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Tuesday, the duo teamed up to lead Class A Advanced Winston-Salem to a 4-2 victory at Carolina.
Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Eddie Butler will make his Major League debut on Friday night against the Dodgers at Coors Field, Minor League sources tell MLB.com.
It's rare to go from Class A Advanced to the Major Leagues in two months. Unless, of course, you're striking out almost two batters an inning. That's what No. 13 prospect Cam Bedrosian was doing in the Minor Leagues this year, and that's basically why he was called up for his Major League debut on Tuesday.
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, was sent back to Kissimmee, Fla., to continue his rehab after suffering a flexor muscle strain.
Last year's first-round Draft pick, Kris Bryant, has done everything the Cubs have asked him to do at Double-A Tennessee, but general manager Jed Hoyer said they want the third baseman to stay at that level for now.
No one was more giddy to see Jon Singleton in an Astros uniform that teammate George Springer -- and that was before the home run.
Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday due to elbow discomfort.
If there's one thing the Astros have learned about having the first pick in the First-Year Player Draft for an unprecedented third year in a row is that they don't want to have to do it again for a long time.
The way prospect Eugenio Suarez has been playing continues to make his case for a summer shot with the Tigers.
Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts, who has created a lot of excitement this season, was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
The Twins are determined to see what 23-year-old Danny Santana can do on the field, even if it comes attached to a learning curve.
Omaha continued its dominance of Round Rock, moving to 11-4 in the season series. Clayton Mortensen tossed 6.0 shutout innings, striking out six while scattering four hits and a walk.
The 2014 First-Year Player Draft begins on Thursday, but before this year's selections get underway, let's see how last year's first-rounders are doing.
It's Brady Aiken's fastball that draws the flocks of scouts to Cathedral Catholic High School. And it's that fastball that has thrust Aiken directly into the national spotlight as a projected top Draft choice and a potential ace.
The sites of the eight NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Super Regionals -- four of which begin Friday, and the other four on Saturday -- were announced Monday morning.
Sometimes, an amateur player has teams come to him. While many players are flying across the country to workouts hosted by Major League teams, a player like Dylan Cease is simply trying to show any interested parties that he's healthy enough to go to pro ball.
Beyond NCAA Regional play and postseason in other smaller divisions, the amateur baseball season is pretty much over. So what's a team to do if it wants to see a player just one more time? The answer is simple: Invite them over. As the Draft rapidly approaches, teams have been flying in many players to put them through their paces in a larger setting.
This past weekend, a good number of college players very much in the first-round mix were still playing in NCAA Regionals. One scouting executive was quick to point out that not too much weight should be put into a game or two at the very end of a long evaluation process.
Since his best start of the season May 11, Nationals No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito hasn't pitched in a game. The Nationals want to limit his innings this season, as he is still less than two years removed from his Tommy John surgery. Giolito's respite will end Tuesday when Class A Advanced Hagerstown continues its series against Delmarva.
Outfielder Aaron Judge, the Yankees' No. 8 prospect, homered for the third straight game Monday, but Class A Charleston lost at Hickory, 9-6. Judge finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Second baseman Gosuke Katoh, the Yankees' No. 10 prospect, also homered for the RiverDogs.
Right-hander Nick Tropeano, the Astros' No. 16 prospect, threw eight shutout innings Monday as Triple-A Oklahoma City defeated Memphis, 8-1.
Right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Stolmy Pimentel, the Pirates' Nos. 3 and 16 prospects, combined for seven scoreless innings Monday and Class A Advanced Bradenton defeated Clearwater, 5-0.
Jesse Hahn, acquired by the Padres in an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, will be called up from Double-A San Antonio and make his Major League debut against the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Outfielder Jesse Winker, the Reds' No. 3 prospect, hit two home runs Monday and Class A Advanced Bakersfield defeated High Desert, 14-8.
It could be any day or even weeks before the Marlins decide to pull the trigger and promote their top prospect, Andrew Heaney, to the big leagues.
Let's not make this thing more complicated than it should be. First baseman Jon Singleton makes the Astros better. That's the bottom line. Singleton is the next domino, and shortstop Carlos Correa is on the fast track. In other words, the Astros are getting better, and the next couple of years should be a fun, wild ride.
Jose Berrios, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, threw a complete-game one-hitter in a seven-inning ballgame for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle on Sunday.
Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Month -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous 31 days. The Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Blue Jays' Daniel Norris topped the Minors in May.
Corner infielders can be tougher to profile, and scouts must be surer of their hitting ability. As a result, teams usually prefer to use their top picks on those who play more difficult positions or who have higher upsides. But the potential payoff from taking a college corner infielder is substantial.
Casey Gillaspie, a likely first-round pick who could be the best prospect among a deep crop of first basemen, will soon join his father and brother as professional baseball players.
Ranked No. 6 on the D-backs' Top 20 Prospects list, Jake Lamb went 5-for-6 with three RBIs, leading Mobile to a 16-9 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Double-A Southern League.
The Astros signed No. 3 prospect Jon Singleton to a five-year contract with three club options on Monday, and the first baseman will be called up prior to Tuesday's game against the Angels.
The Twins' No. 5 prospect, ranked No. 77 on the overall Top 100 list, went seven scoreless innings on Sunday, allowing just one hit on no walks while striking out 13.
No. 19th-ranked Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth, scoring third-ranked prospect Jorge Bonifacio.
Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. The Cubs' Kris Bryant was the hitter this past week, and the Twins' Jose Berrios was the pitcher.
Last summer, Cleveland's scouts logged countless miles and the front office put in tireless hours in preparation for the fifth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Things will be much different for Cleveland come tonight, when the club has four picks on the first day of this year's First-Year Player Draft. The Indians' first selection falls in at No. 21, but the team will also have pick Nos. 31, 38 and 61 before the end of the first day.
The Royals won't make their first selection as early as they have in the recent past, but they will have four of the top 56 picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The defending World Series champions won't pick in the top-10 as they did last year, but the Red Sox know there are plenty of elite talents available throughout the Draft.
The Rockies' last two First-Year Player Drafts have produced two of the most talked-about right-handed pitching prospects in baseball in Eddie Butler (supplemental first round, 2012) and Jon Gray (third overall in '13). But as far as Rockies vice president of scouting Bill Schmidt is concerned, it's too soon to be bragging.
Ruben Amaro Jr. will say every First-Year Player Draft is important, which is true. Drafts can make or break organizations.
The First-Year Player Draft is like Christmas Day to Nationals scouting director Kris Kline. For a year, Kline and his staff have been working hard scouting amateur players and, starting Thursday night, they hope to replenish the farm system with prospects. The Nats have the 18th overall pick in the Draft. According to Kline, there is a plethora of power pitchers and left-handed power bats available. The club could focus a large part of the Draft on pitching.
The Orioles are in a different position with this year's approaching Draft than at any point in recent memory, not having a first-round pick for just the sixth time since baseball employed June's First-Year Player Draft. Baltimore will have to sit back and watch as it waits to pick until midway through round three. The O's first pick is No. 90.
The Braves surrendered their first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to the Royals when injuries led to the free-agent signing of former Kansas City right-hander Ervin Santana, but Atlanta will try to strike gold with their first pick on Day 1 at 32nd overall.
After finishing with one of baseball's best records last season, the A's are without a high Draft pick for a second straight year. Consider it a tradeoff they'll gladly accept.
With the sixth pick in today's First-Year Player Draft, the Mariners will ponder the same question facing most every club. Pick a pitcher from the plethora of quality hurlers available and risk dealing with the injury bug? Or opt for a position player who might not have quite as much upside?
Entering the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants continue to absorb criticism for their relative inability to develop position players. Yet if they keep stockpiling talented pitching prospects, they can use those hurlers to obtain anyone they want from other clubs.
Dodgers vice president Logan White almost always takes signable pitchers in the first round, and this Draft seems to play right into his wheelhouse. The only recent tweak, demonstrated last year, was shifting an emphasis from high-ceiling high schoolers to more fast-track collegians.
For the second time in Dan Kantrovitz's three years as scouting director, the Cardinals will make at least four selections before the third round of the First-Year Player Draft. This means it's crucial for the club to be "extremely prepared" for any scenario that may unfold.
With many of the Mets' top young pitchers now graduated to the big league level, the organization will look to stock up on some more in this year's First-Year Player Draft.
Bruce Seid, now in his sixth season as the Brewers' amateur scouting director entering the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, would not tip his hand regarding Milwaukee's first-round interests. But he did characterize today's first round as deep with pitching.
Kris Bryant, the No. 8 overall prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 and No. 2 on the Cubs' Top 20, currently leads the Double-A Southern League in batting average, home runs and RBIs. The third baseman's Tennessee Smokies take on the Birmingham Barons on Monday at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Teams have spent the past week setting up their First-Year Player Draft boards, and now they'll start pinning down the signability of their top targets. Possible scenarios are becoming clearer, at least at the top of the first round, though exactly which ones will play out remains uncertain.
Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, TCU,Vanderbilt and Virginia punched their tickets to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament with victories on Sunday.
Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder Scott Schebler knew he needed just one more hit in the ninth inning Sunday for his first professional cycle: a home run.
If everything falls right, the 2014 First-Year Player Draft could become a franchise-changing, three-day event for the Marlins. Not only are the Marlins primed to select an impact player with the second overall pick, they are also well positioned to stockpile early-round talent that will enable them to strengthen their overall system.
The White Sox have the third pick overall, marking their first top five first-round selection since taking Alex Fernandez fourth in 1990. It's just the second time since and including that Fernandez selection that they had a pick in the top 10.
The waiting will be the hardest part when the First-Year Player Draft starts for the Yankees today. Because of their heavy activity in the free-agent market last offseason, their first pick won't be until the second round, the 55th overall selection.
The Astros, of course, are no stranger to high first-round picks, and this year will pick first overall for an unprecedented third consecutive season. After taking 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa and Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with their previous two No. 1 picks, the club is hoping to find another star in the making.
The Angels were without a first-round pick the last two years, a result of the Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton signings in back-to-back Decembers, but they will have the 15th overall selection in the 2014 Draft.
The D-backs called up outfielder David Peralta from Double-A Mobile on Sunday. Just a few hours after flying to Phoenix, Peralta was in the starting lineup, playing left field.
David Holmberg missed time in Spring Training when was struck in the lower leg during a drill and suffered an infection. During the regular season, he's been on the disabled list twice with left shoulder injuries.
Garin Cecchini, the Red Sox's No. 4 prospect, went 1-for-3 with an RBI during his big league debut Sunday afternoon.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura threw a light side session on Saturday and will throw again on Monday at St. Louis. If that goes well, he'll get the green light for Thursday's start.
Rookie pitcher Nick Martinez knew he wasn't supposed to pitch in the three-game series with the Nationals, but he still took batting practice with the other pitchers leading up to the series in the National League city. He pinch-hit for starter Nick Tepesch in the third inning in Saturday's 10-2 loss.
The Marlins on Sunday morning placed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The club recalled catcher J.T. Realmuto from Double-A Jacksonville.
Right-hander Braden Shipley, the D-backs' top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, proved himself to be ready for a promotion after eight starts with Class A South Bend this season. On Sunday, the 22-year-old pitching prospect will get his first taste of the California League as he joins Class A Advanced Visalia and takes the mound for the Rawhide against Lake Elsinore at 4 p.m. ET.
With the second day of NCAA Tournament play in the books, the scene is staring to take shape as several teams were eliminated from play in the double-elimination Regionals on Saturday including No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Florida State.
Twins prospect Trevor May continued an impressive streak Saturday as he put together another dominant start for Triple-A Rochester. May, the Twins' No. 12 prospect, struck out four over seven scoreless innings as the Red Wings beat the Gwinnett Braves, 6-1. May hasn't given up an earned run in his last 26 innings of work, a stretch that spans each of his last four starts.
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson's last start came at Marlins Park for the Brewers in which he picked up his first career win following 5 2/3 shutout innings. Nelson returned to Triple-A Nashville like a pitcher ready to get back on a big league mound, striking out a career-high 11 batters over 7 2/3 innings as the Sounds beat the Iowa Cubs, 2-1, on Saturday.
Right-hander Mark Appel's return to Class A Advanced Lancaster on Saturday night turned into his worst outing of his first full professional season. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up 10 runs on 10 hits, including three homers, while pitching only 1 1/3 innings.