Four Aztecs Selected on Day Three of MLB Draft
June 7, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After San Diego State Aztec pitcher Michel Cederoth (Minnesota, 3rd rd.) and outfielder Greg Allen (Cleveland, 6th rd.) were taken on Friday during day two of the annual Major League Draft, four fellow Aztecs heard their names called on Saturday during final day the pro selection process. That foursome included catcher Brad Haynal and second baseman Tim Zier along with pitchers Brandon Thomas and Justin Hepner.
Haynal was the first SDSU player taken on Saturday, going to the Miami Marlins in the 18th round. The junior catcher hit .313 this past season while leading the team in home runs (12) and RBI (49). Defensively he threw out 25-of-47 runners attempting to steal against him. Haynal was named the MVP of the 2014 Mountain West Tournament and was also a second-team all-conference selection.
Zier concluded his four-year Aztec career as the program's all-time leader in hits, games played at and at bats while also finishing among the SDSU career top 10 in doubles, total bases, sacrifice bunts and hit by pitch. In 32014 he hit .325 with 15 doubles, 33 RBI and 44 runs scored en route to earning first-team All-Mountain West honors for the second straight year.
Thomas, a left-handed pitcher, completed his junior season in 2014 making 20 appearances and compiling a 4.82 earned run average. He was utilized primarily as a situation reliever facing left-handed batters and tossed a total of 9.1 innings with five strikeouts.
Hepner, a senior right-hander from nearby Carlsbad High School, made 10 relief appearances this past season covering 10 innings. He concluded his four-year SDSU career with a record of 6-5 along with eight saves and a 4.06 earned run average. He served as the Aztecs' closer in 2012 compiling seven saves that year, the 11th-highest single-season total in school history.
The total of six players taken in this year's MLB Draft is the most for San Diego State since seven athletes were selected in June 2007. SDSU tied Fresno State for the most Mountain West players taken followed by UNLV and Nevada with four each, New Mexico with three and Boise State (a football athlete) with one.
The complete list of Aztecs selected in this year's pro draft is as follows: Player Pos. Team Round Michael Cederoth..RHP...Minnesota.......3rd Greg Allen.........OF...Cleveland.......6th Brad Haynal.........C...Miami..........18th Tim Zier...........2B...Philadelphia...21st Brandon Thomas....LHP...Kansas City....24th Justin Hepner.....RHP...Miami..........36th