Thursday marked the beginning of the 2014 MLB draft, but with only 74 picks made, the real meat of the draft starts on Friday and into the weekend.
The first two rounds are now in the books, but with Rounds 3-10 set to take place on Friday and the final 30 rounds finishing up on Saturday, a vast majority of the selections have yet to be made.
Let's get right to it and break down the updated order of picks heading into the remainder of the draft.
|77||Chicago White Sox|
|83||Toronto Blue Jays|
|84||New York Mets|
|86||San Diego Padres|
|87||San Francisco Giants|
|88||Los Angeles Angels|
|91||New York Yankees|
|92||Kansas City Royals|
|96||Tampa Bay Rays|
|98||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|103||Boston Red Sox|
|104||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Round 4-40 (repeat picks No. 75-104)|
Note: Full draft information and results can be found at MLB.com.
Young Arms Dominate Day 1
It was becoming increasingly likely entering the draft, but it became official on Thursday when young pitchers went No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the 2014 draft.
Brady Aiken, 17, was first off the board to the Houston Astros, and then Tyler Kolek, 18, followed with the second pick to the Miami Marlins. Both are coming out of high school and have the arsenal of pitches to get to the majors quickly if they hit the ground running.
With their third straight top pick, the Astros may have gotten their best one yet in Aiken. The left-hander out of Central Cathedral High School (Florida) isn't old enough to buy a cigarette, yet he can touch 98 mph with his fastball and boasts a curveball and slider that are developing nicely.
And more importantly for Houston, he's fresh, per MLB.com's Richard Justice:
Astros very pleased that Brady Aiken's work load was monitored. Very seldom threw over 80 pitches until later in season. 100 pitches rare.— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) June 6, 2014
Houston isn't the only team that nabbed a young standout. Miami's selection of Kolek could pay dividends when the 18-year-old gets a few years of development under his belt.
He is a big body on the mound at 6'5" and 250 pounds, and he uses it well, as his fastballs can hit triple digits, according to ESPN's Baseball Tonight:
It's not surprising to see high school pitchers go early in the first round or even with the top overall pick. But Thursday's events still ended up making history.
As MLB Draft noted, Aiken and Kolek were the first one-two combination of high school pitchers in draft history:
Both of these standout pitchers will need some time to develop and might not see the majors for a couple of years. But with Aiken's arsenal of pitches and Kolek's powerful fastball, one or both of them could make the jump quickly.
The young arms coming off the board were far from the only stories from Thursday, as Minnesota took promising shortstop Nick Gordon at No. 5 and the White Sox stole Carlos Rodon at No. 3.
But in the end, Aiken and Kolek topped the charts on Day 1.
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