Live MLB draft blog: Day 1 highlights

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Jason Groome of Barnegat, N.J., is considered by many analysts to be the No. 1 prospect in the MLB draft.

Day 1 Highlights

The Tigers, with the ninth overall pick, took hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Matt Manning, a two-sport athlete who had committed to Loyola-Marymount University in California for basketball. The 6-foot-6 righty has a fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 mph.

Western Michigan left-hander Keegan Akin was drafted in the second round (54th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. Akin was 7-4 with a 1.82 ERA in 17 starts (two complete games) for the Broncos. He struck out 133 batters, while walking 30 in 109 innings. Akin was a Baseball America All-American, and led the Broncos to the NCAA regionals for the first time since 1989.

Round 2 picks, in descending order

70. St. Louis Cardinals: Connor Jones, RHP, Virginia

69. Baltimore Orioles: Matthias Dietz, RHP, John A. Logan (Ill.) C.C.

68. Pittsburgh Pirates: Travis MacGregor, RHP, East Lake (Fla.) H.S.

67. Kansas City Royals: A.J. Puckett, RHP, Pepperdine

66. Toronto Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, SS, Lakewood (Fla.) H.S.

65. Los Angeles Dodgers: Mitchell White, RHP, Santa Clara

64. New York Mets: Pete Alonso, 1B, Florida

63. Texas Rangers: Alex Speas, RHP, McEachern (Ga.) H.S.

62. New York Yankees: Nick Solak, 2B, Louisville

61. Houston Astros: Ronnie Dawson, OF, Ohio State

60. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford (Ga.) H.S.

59. San Francisco Giants: Bryan Reynolds, OF, Vanderbilt

58. Washington Nationals: Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Oklahoma

57. Toronto Blue Jays: J.B. Woodman, OF, Ole Miss

56. Minnesota Twins: Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area (Wisc.) H.S.

55. Cleveland Indians: Nolan Jones, 3B, Holy Ghost (Pa.) Prep

54. Baltimore Orioles: Keegan Akin, LHP, Western Michigan

53. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryan Boldt, OF, Nebraska

52. Arizona Diamondbacks: Andy Yerzy, C, York Mills (Canada) Collegiate Institute

51. Boston Red Sox: C.J. Chatham, SS, Florida Atlantic

50. Seattle Mariners: Joe Rizzo, Oakton (Va.) H.S.

49. Chicago White Sox: Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma

48. San Diego Padres: Buddy Reed, OF, Florida

47. Oakland A's: Logan Shore, LHP, Florida

46. Milwaukee Brewers: Lucas Erceg, 3B, Menlo College

45. Colorado Rockies: Ben Bowden, LHP, Vanderbilt

44. Atlanta Braves: Kyle Muller, LHP, Jesuit Dallas (Tex.) Prepatory

43. Cincinnati Reds: Chris Okey, C, Clemson

42. Philadelphia Phillies: Kevin Gowdy, RHP, Santa Barbara (Calif.) H.S.

O's take WMU lefty Akin at 54

The Baltimore Orioles drafted Western Michigan left-handed pitcher Keegan Akin with the 54th pick. Akin was 7-4 with a 1.82 ERA in 17 starts for the Broncos.

Phillies start Round 2 with RHP

The Philadelphia Phillies took right-handed pitcher Kevin Gowdy with the first pick (42nd overall) of the second round.

Pirates wrap up Lottery A with Lodolo

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo (Damien H.S., LaVerne, California) with the 41st pick, closing out the Lottery A round.

Braves take Wentz at 40

The Atlanta Braves took left-handed pitcher Joey Wentz (Shawnee Mission H.S., Shawnee Mission, Kansas) with the 40th overall pick. According to the MLB Network, he was a 9-0 and did not allow a run over 51.1 innings in 2015, striking out 104 and walking 12.

D-Backs grab Grier at 39

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted outfielder Anfernee Grier (Auburn) with the 39th pick. He hit .366 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 56 games for the Tigers this year.

Rockies take RHP Tyler at 38

The Colorado Rockies took right-handed pitcher Robert Tyler (Georgia) with the 38th overall pick. Tyler was 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 14 starts for the Bulldogs this season. He struck out 89 batters and walked 46.

A's get RHP Jeffries at 37

The Oakland A's drafted Daulton Jeffries (California-Berkley) with the 37th pick. He was 5-0 in five starts, with a 1.09 ERA for the Bears, striking out 43 and walking six.

Dodgers take RHP Sheffield at 36

The Los Angeles Dodgers took right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) with the 36th pick. He was 8-6 in 16 starts for Vanderbilt.

Reds begin Lottery A with OF Trammell

The Cincinnati Reds began the Lottery A round by drafting outfielder Taylor Trammell (no relation to former Tiger Alan Trammell) of Mount Paran Christian High School in Georgia. He hit .463 with six home runs and 30 RBI this year.

Cards end 1st round with pitcher

The St. Louis Cardinals closed out the first round by drafting right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State). Hudson was 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 16 starts this season. He threw 109 strikeouts and 34 walks.

Cardinals take Carlson at 33

The St. Louis Cardinals took outfielder Dylan Carlson (Elk Grove H.S., Elk Grove, California) with the 33rd pick. The Cal State-Fullerton commit hit .406 in 36 games for Elk Grove this season.

Dodgers take catcher Smith at 32

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted catcher Will Smith (Louisville) with the 32nd pick. Smith hit .380 with seven home runs and 43 RBI for the Cardinals this season. He also threw out 12 of 14 would-be base stealers.

Mets draft Kay at 31

The New York Mets took left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay (Connecticut) with the 31st pick. Kay was 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts for the Huskies this season, and threw 111 strikeouts and 37 walks.

Rangers take LHP Ragans at 30 

The Texas Rangers drafted left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans (North Florida Christian H.S.) with the 30th pick. Ragans is a Florida State commit and had a 0.90 ERA for North Florida Christian this year.

Nats get Dunning at 29 

In their second compensatory pick in a row, the Washington Nationals took right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning (Florida) with the 29th pick. Dunning was 5-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 29 games (five starts) for the Gators. He threw 78 strikeouts and 11 walks in 68.1 innings this season.

Nats go Kieboom at 28

The Washington Nationals, with a compensatory pick after losing pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to the Tigers in November, took shortstop Carter Keiboom with the 28th pick. According to the MLB Network, Kieboom -- who has two brothers who are also MLB prospects -- is also a switch pitcher, but will likely play third base.

Orioles draft RHP Sedlock at 27

The Baltimore Orioles drafted right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock (Illinois) with the 27th overall pick. The junior was 4-0 in 21 games (two starts), with a 4.02 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 10 walks in 31.1 innings.

White Sox take RHP Burdi at 26

The Chicago White Sox took University of Louisville right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi with the 26th pick. Burdi was 1-2 with a 2.20 ERA, 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 28.2 innings (26 games out of the bullpen).

Padres grab LHP Lauer at 25

With a compensatory pick after losing outfielder Justin Upton to the Tigers in January, the San Diego Padres took left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer (Kent State) with the 25th pick. The junior was 10-2 with a 0.69 ERA for Kent State this season.

Padres take SS Sanchez at 24

In the first of back-to-back picks for the San Diego Padres, they took shortstop Hudson Sanchez from Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. Sanchez hit .442 in 14 games this season for Carroll.

Cards take SS Perez at 23

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez with the 23rd pick. The 17-year old, who tested positive for PEDs earlier this week, was originally projected as a top-five pick. He hit .341 in 44 at bats with the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.

Pirates land Craig at 22

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted third baseman Will Craig (Wake Forest) with the 22nd pick. The right-hander hit .379 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI with the Demon Deacons, and was 2-0 in 19 appearances with 71 strikeouts and 42 walks in 28 innings.

Jays grab Zeuch at 21

The Toronto Blue Jays took 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh) with the 21st pick. The hard-thrower was 6-1 this year, and has a fastball that gets as high as 95 mph.

Dodgers have Lux at 20

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted shortstop Gavin Lux (Indian Trail H.S., Kenosha, Wisconsin) with the 20th pick. The Arizona State commit was seen by some as a second round pick earlier in the year, but gained stock after prospect Delvin Perez tested positive for PEDs earlier this week.

Mets get Dunn at 19

The New York Mets took right-hander Justin Dunn (Boston College) with the 18th pick. The hard-throwing righty is 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA and two saves with Boston College (17 appearances, seven starts).

Yankees take OF Rutherford at 18

The New York Yankees drafted outfielder Blake Rutherford (Chaminade College Prep, California) with the 18th overall pick. The hard-hitting outfielder hit .577 in 27 games with Chaminade Prep last year.

Astros grab RHP Whitley at 17

The Houston Astros didn't go far to take right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley (Alamo Heights H.S., San Antonio, Texas) with the 17th overall pick. The 6-foot-7 pitcher was 9-1 with a 0.31 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 68 innings in 2016.

Angels draft catcher Thaiss at 16

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted catcher Matt Thaiss (Virginia) with the 16th overall pick. He hit .375 with 10 home runs in 232 at bats in 2016 for Virginia.

Twins take OF Kirilloff at 15

With the 15th pick, the Minnesota Twins took power-hitting outfielder Alex Kirilloff (Plum H.S. in Pennsylvania). He hit .540 with 20 extra base hits in 63 at-bats in 2016, and plays first base as well.

Indians draft OF Benson 14th

The Cleveland Indians drafted outfielder Will Benson (The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia) with the 14th pick. The left-handed hitting outfielder is committed to Duke University, and is's 38th-ranked prospect.

Rays draft 3B Lowe at 13

The Tampa Bay Rays took third baseman Joshua Lowe (Pope H.S., Marietta, Georgia) with the 13th overall pick. The Florida State commit hit .319 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI for Pope in 2016, as well as picking up six saves on the mound. According to SB Nation, Lowe -- who hits lefty and throws righty -- has a low 90s fastball and can hit for power.

Red Sox take lefty Groome at 12

The Boston Red Sox drafted 17-year old left-handed pitcher Jason Groome (Barnegat H.S., Barnegat, New Jersey) with the 12th overall pick. Groome was, for many, the top-rated pitching prospect in this year's draft -- until this week. He transferred back to Barnegat from IMG Academy in Florida, and changed his college choice, as well, from Vanderbilt University to Chipola College -- a junior college in Florida.

Mariners draft OF Lewis 11th

With the 11th pick, the Seattle Mariners took outfielder Kyle Lewis (Mercer). The 6-foot-4, 210 pound junior hit .395 in 61 games this season for Mercer, hitting 20 home runs and driving in 72 runs (team-highs).

White Sox draft catcher Collins at No. 10

The Chicago White Sox took left-handed hitting catcher Zack Collins (Miami) with the 10th pick. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound junior was previously drafted in the 27th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2013. Collins was on the All-ACC first team each of the last two seasons.

Tigers take high schooler Manning at No. 9

The Tigers drafted two-sport athlete Matt Manning, a right-handed pitcher from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California. The 6-foot-6 Manning, who played both baseball and basketball in high school, has a high 90's fastball, which according to MLB Network analysts has reached as high as 98 mph.

Padres take righty Quantrill at No. 8

The San Diego Padres took right-hander Cal Quantrill (Stanford) with the eighth pick. He is the son of former MLB pitcher Paul Quantrill, who played from 1992-2005. The younger Quantrill missed the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Marlins draft lefty Garrett at No. 7

With the seventh pick, the Miami Marlins drafted left-handed pitcher Braxton Garrett, from Florence High School in Florence, Alabama. The Vanderbilt commit, according to ESPN, has a fastball that ranges between 90 and 93 mph and an effective curveball.

A's take LHP Puk at No. 6

The Oakland A's drafted left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk (Florida) with the sixth pick. Puk was previously drafted in the 35th round by the Tigers in 2013, but Puk went instead to the University of Florida. The 6-foot-7, 230 pound lefty was 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 2016. He had 95 strikeouts and 31 walks in 70 innings (15 starts).

Brewers nab Ray at No. 5

Center fielder Corey Ray (Louisville) was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with the fifth overall pick. The left-handed hitting junior hit .355 with the Cardinals in 2016.

Still on the board is highly touted left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk.

Rockies grab Pint fourth

The Colorado Rockies took right-handed pitcher Riley Pint with the fourth overall pick. Pint, who to many analysts was on the Tigers' radar, has a 100 mph fastball, and has been compared mechanically to former Tiger Max Scherzer.

Braves go with Anderson at No. 3

The Atlanta Braves, with the third pick, took the second high schooler in the 2016 MLB Draft: Ian Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from Shenendehowa High School in upstate New York and a Vanderbilt University commit. The 6-foot-3, 175 pound righty was thought by some to be a mid-first round pick.

Reds draft Senzel at No. 2

The Cincinnati Reds drafted third baseman Nick Senzel (University of Tennessee) with the second pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. A junior at Tennessee, Senzel is a career .332 hitter with 49 doubles. 2016 was his best year. Senzel hit .352 with 8 home runs and 59 RBI. Former Tiger Eugenio Suarez is currently the starter at third for the Reds.

Phillies take Moniak first overall

With the first overall pick, the Philadelphia Phillies took 18-year old outfielder Mickey Moniak from La Costa Canyon H.S. in Encinitas, California (UCLA commit). He was touted by several analysts as having a plus-ranked bat and solid fielding ability.

Quick notes: Tigers to pick ninth

The Tigers have the ninth overall pick in tonight's MLB draft, which starts at 7 p.m. Some analysts have the Tigers looking at right-handed pitcher Riley Pint (St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., Overland Park, Kansas) if he falls to the No. 9 spot. He's projected by Baseball America to go fourth, to the Colorado Rockies.

Other picks to watch

No. 25: The San Diego Padres got this pick as compensation for losing out on Justin Upton, who signed with the Tigers in January.

No. 28: The Washington Nationals got this pick after Jordan Zimmermann signed with the Tigers in November.

The MLB draft gets underway on Thursday night with the first round at 7 p.m. The Tigers have the No. 9 selection. Follow all the picks here with live updates by Al Willman of The Detroit News.