Six Local Boys Represent San Diego in 2014 MLB Draft
If you are a San Diego baseball fan, chances are you were having a proud moment during the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft as six local boys were drafted by Major League organizations. San Diego has produced a handful of players who have gone on to achieve Major League success, such as Adrian and Edgar Gonzales, Eric Chavez, Don Larson, David Wells, and let’s not forget Ted Williams. There was a sense of hometown pride that evening, and regardless of your feelings about the Padres and their current standing, those feelings were put aside as the baseball section of your heart felt pride and excitement for the young men representing San Diego.
The Astros as the first overall pick drafted Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher from Cathedral Catholic High School. He is the first number one pick as a high school pitcher since 1991, Brien Taylor drafted by the Yankees. Aiken’s senior year deemed impressive, as his ERA was 1.06, struck out 111 of the 228 batters he faced, and had a 7-0 record.
Then, the Mariners drafted Rancho Bernardo High School senior Alex Jackson as the sixth overall pick as an outfielder. The Broncos are no strangers to having their baseball players achieve success. Billy Beane, general manager for the Oakland Athletics, as well as a Mount Carmel High School grad, has referred to Rancho Bernardo as the “Factory” when it comes to baseball. Its program has produced quality players to go on and play professional ball such as Cole Hamels, World Series MVP in 2008, and two-time All Star Hank Blalock. Rancho Bernardo High School has also had several of their players come to be first-round picks, like Allan Dykstra, Gosuke Katoh, and Danny Putnam. However, Jackson, who was drafted sixth overall is the highest overall pick in Rancho Bernardo baseball history.
Four other local boys were picked up in the draft. Brady Zimmer, a La Jolla High alum went to Cleveland as 21st pick, USD player and Poway High grad Connor Joe was 39th drafted by Pittsburg, and in second round Rancho Buena Vista graduate, Jake Stinnett, went to the Cubs. Then in the third round, Michael Cederoth, a player from Steele Canyon High School and San Diego State, was drafted by the Twins.
As the 2014 draft comes to a close and the Padres continue their series with the Nationals, we can only hope that the excitement and the San Diego pride can stay strong as we support our home team and keep the faith!