Draft opens with selections of high school pitchers
Aiken taken No. 1 overall by Astros; one pick later, Kolek goes to Marlins
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12 RHP and 8 LHP were selected in the first round, along with 2 switch hitters
119 RHP (70%) and 50 LHP (30%) were selected through the 10th round
MLB Mock Draft: Brady Aiken emerges as No. 1 pick
In the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, which takes place tonight, teams will be forced to make a crucial decision: Should they go with a project or a safe pick?
The difference is a matter of how long a team is willing to wait to see their potential star of the future contribute. Will they go with a raw, talented player who will take time to progress through the minors? Or will they gravitate toward a mature player who is relatively close to the majors?
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140605/mlb-mock-draft-2014-brady-aiken-carlos-rodon-tyler-kolek/
Will a Switch Pitcher be selected in the MLB draft?
It is very unlikely that a switch pitcher will be drafted in 2014. There was an ambidextrous pitcher selected last year by the Giants named Aubrey McCarty, who decided to play for Vanderbilt University.
Followup: no switch pitchers were selected in the 2014 MLB draft, but there is a good change that an ambidextrous pitcher will be selected in the 2015 MLB Draft - stay tuned.