MLB Draft, 1st Round: Who ended up where?

The first round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft was Thursday evening. The night, in which teams announce their desire to sign a young potential star to their team, saw no shortage of talent. Most of the talent came in the form of young arms, most as young as fresh out of high school that figure to be able to contribute to a club sooner rather than later.

That seemed to be the theme of this year’s draft, at any rate. The idea is always to find players that can be cultivated and molded to fit a club’s style, but with the recent influx of prospects and talent into the Major League ranks, the attention focused to players who are seen as extremely close to Major League ready. If things don’t work out, trades are always an option.

So how did it all shake out? I’m glad you asked.

1AstrosBrady AikenLHPCathedral Catholic HS
2MarlinsTyler KolekRHPShepherd HS
3Whtie SoxCarlos RodonLHPNorth Carolina State
4CubsKyle SchwarberCIndiana
5TwinsNick GordonSSOlympia HS
6MarinersAlex JacksonOFRancho Bernardo HS
7PhilliesAaron NolaRHPLSU
8RockiesKyle FreelandLHPEvansville
9Blue JaysJeff HoffmanRHPEast Carolina
10MetsMichael ConfortoOFOregon State
11Blue Jays1Max PentecostCKennesaw State
12BrewersKodi MedeirosLHPWaiakea HS
13PadresTrea TurnerSSNorth Carolina State
14GiantsTyler BeedeRHPVanderbilt
15AngelsSean NewcombLHPUniversity of Hartford
16DiamondbacksTouki ToussaintRHPCoral Springs Christian Academy
17RoyalsBrandon FinneganLHPTCU
18NationalsErick FeddeRHPUNLV
19RedsNick HowardRHPVirginia
20RaysCasey Gillaspie1BWichita State
21IndiansBradley ZimmerOFUniversity of San Francisco
22DodgersGrant HolmesRHPConway HS
23TigersDerek HillOFElk Grove HS
24PiratesCole TuckerSSMountain Pointe HS
25AthleticsMatt Chapman3BCal State-Fullerton
26Red SoxMichael ChavisSSSprayberry Senior HS
27CardinalsLuke WeaverRHPFlordia State
28Royals2Foster GriffinLHPThe First Academy
29Reds3Alex BlandinoSSStanford
30Rangers4Luis OrtizRHPSanger HS
31Indians5Justus SheffieldLHPTullahoma HS
32Braves6Braxton DavidsonOFT.C. Roberson HS
33Red Sox7Michael KopechRHPMount Pleasant HS
34Cardinals8Jack FlahertyRHPHarvard-Westlake HS


  1. Compensation received for failing to sign Philip Bickford
  2. Compensation for Ervin Santana from Atlanta
  3. Compensation for Shin-Soo Choo from Texas
  4. Compensation for Nelson Cruz from Baltimore
  5. Compensation for Ubaldo Jimenez from Baltimore
  6. Compensation for Brian McCann from New York
  7. Compensation for Jacoby Ellsbury from New York
  8. Compensation for Carlos Beltran from New York

The second round also happened on Thursday night. The third round will happen on Friday with all subsequent picks happening throughout the weekend. Any teams that fail to sign their draft pick will get a compensation pick in next year’s draft. Players can choose to either sign with their team or reject the offer, attend college and be eligible for the draft next year.