St. Louis Cardinals draft Harvard-Westlake's Jack Flaherty in Round 1

Eric Sondheimer
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Jack Flaherty is third Harvard-Westlake pitcher drafted in first round in three years

After nearly 3 1/2 hours of watching the first round of baseball's first-year player draft unfold on television Thursday night, Jack Flaherty of Studio City Harvard-Westlake finally heard his name called. The St. Louis Cardinals made him the 34th and final pick of the first round.

Flaherty, a right-handed pitcher who was 10-0 this season and 23-0 over two seasons, is the third pitcher from Harvard-Westlake chosen in the first round in the last three years. In 2012, Max Fried and Lucas Giolito were first-round picks.

Flaherty signed with North Carolina but is expected to give strong consideration to signing with the Cardinals. He was the Gatorade state player of the year.

Left-hander Brady Aiken, a senior at San Diego Cathedral Catholic High who signed with UCLA, was taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros.

He's a hard-throwing, 6-foot-4 205-pounder with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s. He's the third prep pitcher taken No. 1 overall, joining Brien Taylor (1991) and David Clyde (1973).

The first college player from Southern California to be chosen was Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman, who went at No. 25 to the Oakland Athletics. He's a graduate of Lake Forest El Toro.

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Kolek of Shepherd (Texas) High was the No. 2 overall selection by the Miami Marlins, and another left-handed pitcher, Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State, was selected third by the Chicago White Sox.

The Angels, at No. 15, chose left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb from Hartford University. The Dodgers, at No. 22, picked right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes from Conway High in South Carolina.

Third baseman Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine went at No. 58 to the Cincinnati Reds. Pitcher Grant Hockin from La Verne Damien went at No. 61 to the Cleveland Indians. Gardena Serra outfielder Marcus Wilson went at No. 69 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pitcher Andrew Morales of UC Irvine went to the Cardinals at No. 71.

The draft resumes at 10 a.m. Friday.

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