We started two days ago, and 40 rounds later, the 2014 MLB Draft is over. When all was said and done, San Diego State baseball had six players drafted--four today on the final day of the draft.
Junior catcher Brad Haynal was the 527th overall pick in the 18th round by the Miami Marlins. According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Marlins have the 19th best farm system in baseball. Haynal finished his junior campaign with a .313 average, 12 home runs and 50 RBI--all while playing his home games in a pitcher-friendly park. He also had a .576 slugging percentage, good for 47th in the country. In addition, he showed off a big arm behind the plate, throwing out 25 of 47 runners attempting to steal a base against him.
Senior second baseman Tim Zier was the next Aztec drafted, going to the Philadelphia Phillies as the 622nd pick in the 21st round. The Phillies have the 14th best farm system, according to Law. Zier hit .319 with 15 doubles and 33 RBI as a senior. He finished with his four years with 301 hits--the most career hits in SDSU baseball history.
Junior left-handed pitcher Brandon Thomas was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the 723rd overall pick in the 24th round. The Royals have the 7th best farm system in the MLB, according to Law. Thomas threw 9.1 innings in 20 appearances as a reliever this season. He finished the year with a 4.82 ERA, a 0-0 record and a .314 opponent batting average allowed.
Senior right-handed pitcher Justin Hepner was the final Aztec picked, drafted by the Miami Marlins as the 1,067th overall pick in the 36th round. Hepner, standing a daunting 6-foot-3 on the mound, threw 10 innings in 10 appearances as a reliever. He finished the year with a 7.20 ERA, a 0-1 record and a .263 opponent batting average allowed.