Seventeen MW Student-Athletes Taken On Final Day of 2014 MLB Draft

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  UNLV junior right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde was selected 18th overall by the Washington Nationals in the First Round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 5.

The 2014 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, Fedde is the eighth player in Conference history, and third in UNLV history, to be chosen in the first round. He is the second MW pitcher to be taken by the Washington Nationals in Round One since 2009, when the club took former San Diego State Aztec Stephen Strasburg with the No. 1 overall pick.

Fedde, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was 8-2 for the Rebels with a 1.76 earned run average on his way to being named the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year. He also led the league with an opposing batting average of .209 and was fourth with 82 strikeouts. His eight wins ranked second in the league.

Friday Update: The Mountain West had six more players selected on Day 2 of the 2014 Draft, including three in the Third Round.  San Diego State junior closer Michael Cederoth was the 79th pick overall by the Minnesota Twins, while UNLV got its second pitcher taken of the draft when John Richy was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 98th pick.  MW Player of the Year Jordan Luplow of Fresno State, an outfielder, was selected two spots later at No. 100 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cederoth’s teammate Greg Allen, an outfielder, was selected in the Sixth Round by the Cleveland Indians. Fresno State pitcher Derick Velazquez was taken in the Seventh Round by the Houston Astros, while Nevada first baseman Austin Byler was a Ninth Round pick by the Washington Nationals.

Saturday Update: The final day of the 2014 MLB Draft saw 17 Mountain West student-athletes drafted by Major League Baseball, bring the final total to 24. The 2014 MW draft class is the second-largest in Conference history, just one short of the record 25 players drafted in 2007. The final day’s group included Boise State football player Joey Martarano, taken in the 22nd Round by the Chicago Cubs.



Round Overall Pick Name Pos. Institution MLB Team
1 18 Erick Fedde RHP UNLV Washington Nationals
3 79 Michael Cederoth RHP San Diego State Minnesota Twins
3 98 John Richy RHP UNLV Los Angeles Dodgers
3 100 Jordan Luplow OF Fresno State Pittsburgh Pirates
6 188 Greg Allen OF San Diego State Cleveland Indians
7 196 Derick Velazquez RHP Fresno State Houston Astros
9 274 Austin Byler 1B Nevada Washington Nationals
11 319 Jordan Brink RHP Fresno State Chicago Cubs
12 368 Jordan Dunatov RHP Nevada Cleveland Indians
14 411 Chris Mariscal INF Fresno State Seattle Mariners
14 412 Chase Harris OF New Mexico Philadelphia Phillies
18 527 Brad Haynal C San Diego State Miami Marlins
18 530 T.J. White 3B UNLV Minnesota Twins
18 540 Garrett Mundell RHP Fresno State Arizona Diamondbacks
20 586 Trent Woodward C Fresno State Houston Astros
21 622 Tim Zier 2B San Diego State Phildelphia Phillies
22 649 Joey Martarano 3B Boise State
Chicago Cubs
22 661 Josh Walker RHP New Mexico Baltimore Orioles
24 710 Alex Real C New Mexico Minnesota Twins
24 717 Colby Blueberg RHP Nevada San Diego Padres
24 723 Brandon Thomas LHP San Diego State Kansas City Royals
25 757 Tyler Wells LHP Nevada Tampa Bay Rays
36 1,067 Justin Hepner RHP San Diego State Miami Marlins
39 1,169 Patrick Armstrong 1B UNLV Los Angeles Angels