Major League Baseball has completed the first day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, which aired live on MLB Network and MLB.com this evening from Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. In total, 60 players were selected through the first round and the first compensation round.
Pitchers were selected with each of the first four overall selections for the first time in the history of the First-Year Player Draft. Prior to tonight, pitchers had been picked with the first two overall selections only twice, in 1976 and in 2006. Nineteen pitchers, including 13 right-handers and six left-handers, were selected in the first round of the Draft, one shy of the record of 20 set in 1999 and 2001. Other players taken in the opening round featured nine infielders and four outfielders. Blake Swihart, who was taken 26th overall by the Boston Red Sox from V. Sue Cleveland H.S. in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was the only catcher selected in the opening round. UCLA teammates Gerrit Cole (1st overall, PIT) and Trevor Bauer (3rd overall, ARI) became just the third pair of teammates, high school or college, to be selected within the first three overall picks. The pitching duo joins Darren Dreifort (2nd overall, LAD) and Brian Anderson (3rd overall, CAL), who were taken out of Wichita State University in 1993, and Bob Horner (1st overall, ATL) and Hubie Brooks (3rd overall, NYM), who were selected from Arizona State University in 1978.
University of Connecticut outfielder George Springer (11th overall, HOU) and right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes (19th overall, BOS) were the only other pair of teammates selected in the opening round. The 2011 First-Year Player Draft marked the 10th consecutive year that at least one pair of teammates were taken in the first round.
A total of 18 players were chosen from the college ranks while the other 15 players selected in the first round came from high school. The state of California produced six players selected in the first round, while Florida had three and Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas each had two players chosen.
University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong, who was selected 22nd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, became just the third native of Hawaii to be taken in the first round, joining Dave Masters (24th overall, CHI) in 1985 and Justin Wayne (5th overall, MON) in 2000. In addition, he is the third player from the University of Hawaii to be selected in the first round, joining Mike Campbell (7th overall, SEA) in 1985 and Mark Johnson (19th overall, HOU) in 1996.
Right-handed pitcher Joe Ross, who is the brother of Oakland Athletics right-hander Tyson Ross, was taken 22nd overall by the San Diego Padres out of The Bishop O’Dowd School in Oakland, California. Tyson, who was a second round selection of the Athletics in 2008 out of the University of California at Berkeley, also attended The Bishop O’Dowd School. Third baseman Dante Bichette, Jr., the son of former Major League All-Star Dante Bichette, was selected 51st overall by the New York Yankees out of Orangewood Christian H.S. in Maitland, Florida. Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr., the son of former Major Leaguer Dwight Smith, was the 53rd overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays from McIntosh H.S. in Peachtree City, Georgia.
The First-Year Player Draft is scheduled to continue on Tuesday via conference call beginning with the second round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) and is scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will resume on Wednesday beginning with the 31st round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.
Beginning on Tuesday, MLB.com will offer comprehensive live programming of the Draft’s final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
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