After nearly 3 1/2 hours of watching the first round of baseball's first-year player draft unfold on television Thursday night, Jack Flaherty of Studio City Harvard-Westlake finally heard his name called. The
Flaherty, a right-handed pitcher who was 10-0 this season and 23-0 over two seasons, is the third pitcher from Harvard-Westlake chosen in the first round in the last three years. In 2012,
Flaherty signed with North Carolina but is expected to give strong consideration to signing with the Cardinals. He was the Gatorade state player of the year.
Left-hander Brady Aiken, a senior at San Diego Cathedral Catholic High who signed with UCLA, was taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros.
He's a hard-throwing, 6-foot-4 205-pounder with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s. He's the third prep pitcher taken No. 1 overall, joining Brien Taylor (1991) and David Clyde (1973).
The first college player from Southern California to be chosen was Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman, who went at No. 25 to the
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Kolek of Shepherd (Texas) High was the No. 2 overall selection by the
The Angels, at No. 15, chose left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb from Hartford University. The Dodgers, at No. 22, picked right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes from Conway High in South Carolina.
Third baseman Taylor Sparks of
The draft resumes at 10 a.m. Friday.