SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — A capsule look at the first 10 players selected in the Major League Baseball draft that started Thursday (with position, school, height, weight and college class):
1. HOUSTON ASTROS:
BRADY AIKEN, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (California), 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.
Polished three-pitch hurler just third prep pitcher to be selected first overall, joining fellow lefties Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde (1973, Rangers). Also first high school lefty taken in top five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. UCLA recruit has terrific control with fastball that hits 96-97 mph, knee-buckling curve and tough changeup that sits in low- to mid-80s.
2. MIAMI MARLINS:
TYLER KOLEK, RHP, Shepherd H.S. (Texas), 6-5, 230.
Arguably hardest thrower among high school pitchers available in draft era. Bounced back from broken left arm last year in collision while playing first base to have terrific senior season. Fastball sits in high-90s and excited scouts by touching 100-102 mph several times. Ability to maintain velocity has some comparing him to other former Texas fireballers such as David Clyde, Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood and Josh Beckett.
3. CHICAGO WHITE SOX:
CARLOS RODON, LHP, North Carolina State, 6-3, 235, junior.
Widely regarded as top college pitcher available in draft and potential staff ace, who had been mentioned since last year as prime candidate to go No. 1 overall. Followed up incredibly dominant sophomore year — 10-3, 2.99 ERA, 184 Ks and 45 BBs in 132 1-3 IP — with solid but not spectacular junior campaign: 6-7, 2.01, 117 Ks, 31 BBs in 98 2-3 IP. Fastball sits in mid- to low-90s, but gets up to 96-97 mph, and devastating slider that sits in mid-80s.
4. CHICAGO CUBS:
KYLE SCHWARBER, C-OF, Indiana, 6-0, 230, junior.
Finalist for Johnny Bench Award as best catcher in Division I college baseball has powerful bat from left side of plate, hitting .358 with 14 HRs and 48 RBIs and .659 slugging percentage while leading Hoosiers to NCAA tournament. Stock rose drastically in last few weeks as he hit .469 with four HRs and 12 RBIs in Big Ten tournament and NCAA regionals. Solid behind plate defensively, but could move to outfield in pros.
5. MINNESOTA TWINS:
NICK GORDON, SS, Olympia H.S. (Florida), 6-2, 170.
Son of former big league pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon and brother of Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon is outstanding defensive player with smooth mechanics, terrific range, quick hands and strong arm. Has speed on bases, and left-hand bat sprays line drives all over field with some good power. Florida State recruit has also been impressive as pitcher with fastball in low- to mid-90s, but pro future likely is as five-tool shortstop.
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