Pack's Rodon goes 3rd, Turner 13th in MLB Draft
The Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.
The left-hander from San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School is just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall, joining fellow lefties Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde (1973, Rangers).
With the second pick, Miami took hard-throwing Texas high school pitcher Tyler Kolek.
The Chicago White Sox selected N.C. State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. The 6-3, 235-pound junior was widely regarded as the top college pitcher available in the draft and had been in the mix to go No. 1 overall.
He followed up a dominant sophomore year — 10-3, 2.99 ERA, 184 strikeouts and 45 walks in 132 1-3 innings — with a solid but not spectacular junior campaign: 6-7, 2.01, 117 Ks, 31 BBs in 98 2-3 innings. Rodon has a fastball that sits in the mid- to low-90s, but gets up to 96-97 mph, and a slider that sits in the mid-80s.
Among other area players, the Toronto Blue Jays selected East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 190) with the No. 9 pick and the San Diego Padres picked N.C. State shortstop Trea Turner (6-1, 171) with the 13th overall pick.
UNC outfield signee Braxton Davidson (6-3, 215) from Asheville’s T.C. Roberson High School, was picked 32nd in the compensatory section of the first round, by the Atlanta Braves.