The 2018 MLB draft started with the initial 78 picks at the MLB Network studios on Monday night in New Jersey. The Detroit Tigers grabbed the No. 1 pick and chose Casey Mize (the Auburn right-hander). He is the first player selected generally out of college since the Washington Nationals selected Stephen Strasburg in 2009. He was selected out of college after being undrafted out of high school.
Here is our detailed analysis of the initial round of this year’s draft. The MLB draft is a 3-day occasion wrapping more than 1,200 picks and 40 rounds. The draft ends with rounds 11–40 on Wednesday that was started with rounds 3–10 on Tuesday. Here are 6 takeaways from Day 1 of the MLB 2018 draft.
College players dominated top of the draft
Five college players made their name to the list in the 2018 draft. Here are they:
- Detroit Tigers: Auburn RHP Casey Mize
- San Francisco Giants: Georgia Tech C Joey Bart
- Philadelphia Phillies: Wichita State 3B Alex Bohm
- Chicago White Sox: Oregon State 2B Nick Madrigal
- Cincinnati Reds: Florida 3B Jonathan India
The run for college players was ended when The New York Mets selected Jarred Kelenic (the Wisconsin high school outfielder). Here are the top six picks:
- Kansas City Royals: Tennessee RHP Luke Hochevar
- Colorado Rockies: Stanford RHP Greg Reynolds
- Tampa Bay Rays: Long Beach State 3B Evan Longoria
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Houston RHP Brad Lincoln
- Seattle Mariners: UC Berkeley RHP Brandon Morrow
- Detroit Tigers: North Carolina LHP Andrew Miller
On a similar note, the Colorado Rockies took Ryan Rolison (the Ole Miss sophomore) on Monday with the 22nd pick of the MLB draft. However, he has already come under inspection for a post that he tweeted on election night about President Obama in 2012.