Baseball America’s 2014 draft coverage continues with our draft recap. Clint Longenecker brings you 2014 draft recaps for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
The Astros were the center of attention this spring, with the No. 1 overall selection for the third straight year. They waited until the last minute to make their decision before settling on San Diego prep lefthander Brady Aiken. The Astros also traded for a supplemental pick, so they had three of the first 42 selections.
None of the other teams in the division ended up with extra picks. The Rangers (for losing Nelson Cruz) and Mariners (competitive-balance lottery) both received picks, but they also forfeited picks (by signing Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Cano) so the net effect was neutral. The A’s and Angels both took their regular place in the rotation. For the Angels this was notable because they have forfeited so many picks in recent years thanks to free agent compensation.
You can track all of your team’s picks as well as who has signed with our Draft Database. The database also features complete information on each team’s signing budget, and how they’re tracking against that budget, as well as a player by player breakdown of how much the players have signed for compared to the bonus slot for each pick. The database also includes our comprehensive scouting reports for BA subscribers.
Also for Baseball America subscribers, don’t forget to check out all of our team-by-team draft organization reports; comprehensive looks at what each team did on the first night of the draft from each of our major league correspondents.
Our coverage of the 2015 draft begins now, with Clint Longenecker at the Perfect Game National Showcase this week, followed by the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars next week.
See also: AL East Draft Recap
See also: AL Central Draft Recap