2014 MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins select SDSU pitcher Michael Cederoth in the third round

The Aztec closer now faces a tough decision: return to SDSU for a chance to become the best closer in college baseball or get the show on the road and begin his journey to the bigs.

With the 79th pick in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins select SDSU right-handed pitcher Michael Cederoth.

Cederoth, a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, finished his junior campaign with a 6-2 record and a 2.28 ERA. He recorded 20 saves, good for third in the country, struck out 55 batters and limited opposing batters to a .205 average. He's the No. 46 2014 prospect, according to Baseball America.

A former starter, Cederoth has unusual stamina for a closer and often entered the game in the eighth inning for the Aztecs. He fires an up-to 101-MPH fastball and a snappy slider, and his 6'6" frame helps him create a lot of downhill momentum pushing off the mound.

Some have compared Cederoth to former Aztec legend Stephen Strausberg. The two stand tall on the mound, Cederoth at 6'6" and Strausberg at 6'4". They both hurled scary-fast, 101-MPH fastballs in Tony Gwynn Stadium, and they both pitched as a starter and a closer (Cederoth was a starter his first two years and Strausberg played his freshman year as the closer).

Cederoth isn't the first overall pick like Strausberg was in 2009, but he still faces the same decision: to leave, or not to leave? (Pardon the Shakespeare reference.) Only time will tell.

According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Twins' farm system is the second best in baseball.

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