San Diego, California - San Diego State junior right-hander Michael Cederoth and outfielder Greg Allen have been selected during the second day of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.
Cederoth was taken by the Minnesota Twins as the fifth pick of the third round (79th overall). He becomes the highest SDSU selection since former Aztec Stephen Strasburg was chosen as the No. 1 overall pick in 2009. Allen, meanwhile, went to the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round.
Cederoth recently completed a season that saw him move from a starting role to the spot as the closer in the San Diego State bullpen. In 2014 he compiled a record of 6-2 with a 2.28 earned run average along with 20 saves. His save total is the third-highest in NCAA Division I this year and ties the SDSU record set by Addison Reed during the 2009 campaign.
A first-team Louisville Slugger All-America honoree this season, Cederoth was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection and earned the league’s Pitcher of the Week Award twice in 2014. He has also been named as one of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, presented annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Allen hit .305 this past season with eight doubles and 52 runs scored in 61 contests. He also stole 25 bases to lead the conference and match his total of the previous year. A preseason second team All-America honoree by Baseball America, he was named to the all-tournament team at last month’s Mountain West Conference Tournament, the second straight year he has captured that honor.
Allen was recently named San Diego State’s 2013-14 Male Student-Athlete of the Year and is a member of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 8 team. He is also a two-time recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award.
San Diego State concluded its 2014 campaign at the Regional, finishing with a final record of 42-21, the most wins since the 2002 season and the team's highest winning percentage since 1992 as it advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year.