The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Baseball Draft-Top 10 Player Capsules

  • Print

SECAUCUS, N.J. - 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):


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



ALEX JACKSON, C-OF, Rancho Bernardo H.S. (California), 6-2, 215.

Powerful bat had him atop list of available sluggers in draft. What position, though, is up for some debate. Right-handed slugger has terrific arm and is athletic, and solid enough skillwise to stick behind plate. He needs some work, though, and Mariners might want his bat in the bigs sooner — so he could move to outfield. Oregon recruit has been on scouts' radars since leading California high schoolers with 17 HRs as sophomore.



AARON NOLA, RHP, Louisiana State, 6-2, 195, junior.

Two-time Southeastern Conference pitcher of year — first in SEC history — and Golden Spikes finalist might be most polished pitcher in draft and could compete with North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon for first to reach majors. Led LSU to NCAA tournament, going 11-1 with 1.47 ERA, and 134 Ks and just 27 BBs in 116 1-3 IP. Extremely athletic pitcher whose fastball sits in mid-90s that complements solid slider and good changeup. Brother Austin, a former LSU teammate, is shortstop in Marlins organization.



KYLE FREELAND, LHP, Evansville, 6-3, 185, junior.

Denver native was Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of year and had eye-popping season going 10-2 with 1.90 ERA and 128 Ks and just 13 BBs in breakout season for Purple Aces. Had elbow surgery as HS freshman — and questions arose again during draft process. Fastball sits in low- to mid-90s and has hard slider that can make hitters look silly at times. Low arm angle and some kinks in delivery, but should remain starter rather than reliever.



JEFF HOFFMAN, RHP, East Carolina, 6-4, 185, junior.

Was off to solid start — 3-3, 2.94 — with some dominant performances before injuring elbow and needing Tommy John surgery. Despite missing half the season, Hoffman still ended up a top-10 pick. Repertoire is impressive enough for Blue Jays to select him and give him time to heal. Throws fastball in mid- to upper-90s and has knee-buckling curve. Was ranked as No. 1 prospect in Cape Cod League last summer.



MICHAEL CONFORTO, OF, Oregon State, 6-2, 215, junior.

Two-time Pac-12 player of year and Golden Spikes finalist is perhaps most complete college bat among potential first-rounders. Left-handed hitter led conference in several offensive categories, including batting average, while leading Beavers to NCAA tournament. Had just seven HRs after 24 combined in first two seasons, but scouts like power potential. Regarded as solid but not spectacular defensive outfielder, but has knack for making big plays. Mother Tracie was gold medallist in solo and duet synchronized swimming in 1984 Olympics and won silver in 1988.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


ALS Ice Bucket Weather Challenge by Doug Speirs

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A  young goose stuffed with bread from  St Vital park passers-by takes a nap in the shade Thursday near lunch  –see Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge Day 29-June 28, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos


Who has been the Bombers MVP so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google