With one day down, 38 rounds remain in the 2014 MLB draft, and there are a couple of things to expect on Friday during Rounds 3 through 10.
The Houston Astros had the No. 1 overall pick for the third straight year, taking high school pitcher Brady Aiken, a left-hander out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The first three selections were all pitchers, followed by a surprising pick by the Chicago Cubs in Indiana University catcher Kyle Schwarber. The first day only covered 74 selections, however, so there will be even more names to learn about over the next two.
With that being said, let's take a look at the results from the first round, followed by the draft order for Day 2 and a couple of predictions for what to expect.
Round 1 Results
|1.||Houston Astros||Brady Aiken||LHP||Cathedral Catholic HS|
|2.||Miami Marlins||Tyler Kolek||RHP||Shepherd HS|
|3.||Chicago White Sox||Carlos Rodon||LHP||N.C. State|
|4.||Chicago Cubs||Kyle Schwarber||C||Indiana|
|5.||Minnesota Twins||Nick Gordon||SS||Olympia HS|
|6.||Seattle Mariners||Alex Jackson||C/OF||Rancho Bernardo HS|
|7.||Philadelphia Phillies||Aaron Nola||RHP||LSU|
|8.||Colorado Rockies||Kyle Freeland||LHP||Evansville|
|9.||Toronto Blue Jays||Jeff Hoffman||RHP||East Carolina|
|10.||New York Mets||Michael Conforto||OF||Oregon State|
|11.||Toronto Blue Jays||Max Pentecost||C||Kennesaw State|
|12.||Milwaukee Brewers||Kodi Medeiros||LHP||Waiakea HS|
|13.||San Diego Padres||Trea Turner||SS||N.C. State|
|14.||San Francisco Giants||Tyler Beede||RHP||Vanderbilt|
|15.||Los Angeles Angels||Sean Newcomb||LHP||Hartford|
|16.||Arizona Diamondbacks||Touki Toussaint||RHP||Coral Springs Christian Academy|
|17.||Kansas City Royals||Brandon Finnegan||LHP||TCU|
|18.||Washington Nationals||Erick Fedde||RHP||UNLV|
|19.||Cincinnati Reds||Nick Howard||RHP||Virginia|
|20.||Tampa Bay Rays||Casey Gillaspie||1B||Wichita State|
|21.||Cleveland Indians||Bradley Zimmer||OF||San Francisco|
|22.||Los Angeles Dodgers||Grant Holmes||RHP||Conway HS|
|23.||Detroit Tigers||Derek Hill||OF||Elk Grove HS|
|24.||Pittsburgh Pirates||Cole Tucker||SS||Mountain Pointe HS|
|25.||Oakland Athletics||Matt Chapman||3B||Cal State Fullerton|
|26.||Boston Red Sox||Michael Chavis||SS||Sprayberry HS|
|27.||St. Louis Cardinals||Luke Weaver||RHP||Florida State|
Updated Draft Order
|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|
Pick 105 is supplemental round
|3||Chicago White Sox|
|9||Toronto Blue Jays|
|10||New York Mets|
|12||San Diego Padres|
|13||San Francisco Giants|
|14||Los Angeles Angels|
|17||New York Yankees|
|18||Kansas City Royals|
|22||Tampa Bay Rays|
|24||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|29||Boston Red Sox|
|30||St. Louis Cardinals|
Day 2 Predictions
Michael Cederoth (RHP, San Diego State) Gets Taken Early
Major league teams love guys who can throw hard, and while Michael Cederoth might not end up becoming a starter in the big leagues, he could be an intriguing pitcher to watch coming out of the bullpen down the road.
Cederoth is a big right-handed pitcher at 6'6'', 195 pounds, giving him some room to grow at the next level. Some additional muscle could add a bit more to his velocity, but he doesn't need it, as his dominating fastball can reach triple digits, making it arguably one of the best in the draft.
The fastball is probably the only plus pitch for Cederoth right now, but he's shown flashes with his slider and has a changeup that could end up becoming serviceable. The biggest question for Cederoth is whether he'll be able to start in the majors.
He moved from starter to closer a week into this season, but Cederoth thrived in the role and actually enjoyed the move, according to Kirk Kenney from The San Diego Union-Tribune, saying:
I love the role, honestly. It’s something I know I can succeed in and give my team the best chance at winning games. I’m available every game and my job is to get three outs, or a little more, every time I go in. So the intensity and hype is a lot more than a starting position, but it’s what I love and what I’m excited about being a part of.
With his blazing fastball, Cederoth could be an exciting reliever in a few years and maybe even eventually become the closer for whichever team drafts him.
Dylan Cease (RHP, Milton HS, Georgia) Keeps Sliding
Dylan Cease was generating buzz as a potential first-round pick, but after his injury, teams are likely going to keep passing on him, fearing that he could be a risk.
According to Jim Callis from MLB.com, Cease has been unable to pitch since March due to a partially torn UCL. While he hasn't required Tommy John surgery yet, an elbow injury in a player so young can be a huge concern for scouts.
Teams may also be afraid to draft Cease since he's already committed to play at Vanderbilt. As he continues to slide down boards, Cease will be less and less motivated to actually sign with whoever drafts him, instead choosing to play with the Commodores in an effort to be drafted higher down the road.
If someone does decide to pull the trigger on Cease, they'll be getting a hard-throwing righty who can hit the mid-90s with his fastball and make some knees buckle with his curveball. His delivery requires some effort, which might make scouts even more worried about his elbow, but he has some upside and could be a solid contributor one day if he can stay healthy.