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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed their prize pick from the 2011 MLB Draft, Trevor Bauer. Bauer was taken third overall after putting up better numbers at UCLA than his teammate, first pick Gerrit Cole. The D-backs are on the road in San Diego but they held a press conference at the ball park Monday to introduce Bauer to the local media.
Bauer reports Tuesday to Single-A Advanced Visalia and will get his first start on Saturday. He'll be limited to two innings or 40 pitches in his first start to account for all the time he's add off since last throwing for UCLA on June 4 (9 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 ER).
The terms of Bauer's deal haven't been officially disclosed but were reported to be $7 million over four years. He did allow that he would going to splurge on some "good food" but has no plans to buy a car or other expensive items.
"I wanted to sign as quickly as possible and go out and pitch," Bauer said. He was very complimentary of the Diamondback's organization and how the process has been handled.
As for his plans with the team, performance will dictate how fast he'll progress through the system.
"When you are talented as Trevor is, anything's possible," Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto said. He added that giving Bauer a major league contract right away (he's on the 40-man roster) is a sign of how close he is to being able to contribute at the major league level.
(Photo by Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona via twitter)
The 2011 MLB First-Year Players Draft has ended with the Arizona Diamondbacks taking a total of 52 players. The full list of picks include 37 college players, 20 right-handed pitchers, eight left-handed pitchers, 13 infielders, seven outfielders and four catchers including Steve Rodriguez who was the battery-mate of Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole at UCLA.
"We came out of the draft with those two arms (Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley) at the top and we feel good about what we were able to add behind them." D-backs' Director, Scouting Ray Montgomery said.
"We feel very good about what we accomplished in the last three days. We tried to focus on pitching and middle-of-the-field-type guys because it takes pitching and defense to win. Now we are looking to get these guys signed, get their careers started and get them on their path to the big leagues."
The big names at the top of the draft will be getting multi-million dollar signing bonuses while the vast majority will be struggling to find enough money to feed themselves and pay rent in the minor league.
Here's the complete list of players picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB Draft:
Round No. Player Pos. B-T Age Ht. Wt. School
1 3 Trevor Bauer RHP R-R 20 6-2 185 UCLA
1 7 Archie Bradley RHP R-R 18 6-3 215 Broken Arrow HS, Muskogee, Okla.
A 43 Andrew Chafin LHP R-L 20 6-2 210 Kent State University
2 63 Anthony Meo RHP R-R 21 6-2 185 Coastal Carolina University
3 93 Justin Bianco OF L-R 18 5-11 195 Peters Township HS, McMurray, Penn.
4 124 Evan Marshall RHP R-R 21 6-2 208 Kansas State University
5 154 Michael Perez C L-R 18 5-11 180 Colegio Vocacional Para Adultos HS, San Juan, PR
6 184 Matt Price RHP R-R 21 6-2 215 South Carolina University
7 214 Ben Roberts OF L-R 18 6-4 200 Sentinel HS, Missoula, Mont.
8 244 Jesse Darrah RHP L-R 21 6-2 190 Fresno Pacific University
9 274 John Leonard INF R-R 18 6-2 170 Connellsville Area Senior HS, Connellsville, Penn.
10 304 Kyle Winkler RHP R-R 20 5-11 195 Texas Christian University
11 334 Will Locante LHP L-L 21 6-0 190 Cumberland University
12 364 Joshua Parr INF R-R 21 5-11 170 University of Illinois
13 394 John Pedrotty LHP L-L 21 6-4 220 College of the Holy Cross
14 424 Cody Geyer RHP R-R 19 5-11 215 Walters State CC, Morristown, Tenn.
15 454 Steven Rodriguez C L-R 21 6-1 200 UCLA
16 484 Michael Blake LHP L-L 20 5-11 190 University of Hawaii
17 514 Adam Choplick LHP R-L 18 6-9 250 Billy Ryan HS, Denton, Texas
18 544 Taylor Siemens LHP L-L 21 6-5 200 California Baptist University
19 574 Danny Pulfer INF R-R 21 5-9 190 University of Oregon
20 604 Tommy Williams INF R-R 18 6-2 175 Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
21 634 Jonathan Griffin INF R-R 22 6-6 245 University of Central Florida
22 664 Garrett Weber INF R-R 22 5-11 185 Fresno State University
23 694 Ryan Court INF R-R 23 6-2 225 Illinois State University
24 724 Matt Ogden RHP R-R 18 6-3 190 Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.
25 754 Brett Williams OF R-R 20 6-0 182 North Carolina State University
26 784 Austin Platt RHP R-R 19 6-3 190 No School
27 814 Wyatt Strahan RHP R-R 18 6-3 190 Villa Park HS, Villa Park, Calif.
28 844 Matt Sample RHP R-R 22 6-5 200 Rogers State University
29 874 Carter Bell INF R-R 20 6-1 195 Oregon State University
30 904 Dexter Price RHP R-R 20 6-7 220 University of South Carolina Beaufort
31 934 Matt Jensen INF R-R 21 5-10 190 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
32 964 Alex Vetter RHP R-R 19 6-7 205 Feather River College
33 994 Anthony Banda LHP L-L 17 6-3 175 Sinton HS, Sinton, Texas
34 1024 Zachary Jones C R-R 22 6-0 185 Stanford University
35 1054 Ross Gerdeman RHP R-R 21 6-3 210 Bowling Green State University
36 1084 Bryan Henry C R-R 21 6-3 220 Keystone College
37 1114 Elroy Urbina LHP L-L 21 6-1 180 University of the Incarnate Word
38 1144 Kerry Jenkins OF R-R 22 6-1 210 San Jose State University
39 1174 Chris Ellison OF L-R 22 6-2 189 University of Oklahoma
40 1204 Seth Simmons RHP R-R 22 5-9 170 East Carolina University
41 1234 Michael Cederoth RHP R-R 18 6-6 195 Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley, Calif.
42 1264 Tyler Bream INF R-R 21 6-3 210 Liberty University
43 1294 Alex Capaul RHP R-R 22 6-2 210 University of Hawaii
44 1324 Derek Luciano INF L-R 22 6-2 195 University of Central Florida
45 1354 James Lane OF R-R 17 5-11 180 Coral Shores HS, Tavernier, Fla.
46 1384 Joseph Loftus OF R-R 21 6-3 210 Vanderbilt University
47 1414 Tucker Ward RHP R-R 19 6-5 230 UMS Wright Prep School, Mobile, Ala.
48 1444 Raymond Hernandez RHP R-R 22 6-1 190 Cal State Fullerton
49 1474 Jacob Williams INF S-L 20 6-1 190 South Mountain CC, Phoenix, Ariz.
50 1504 David Masters INF R-R 18 6-1 185 Timberland HS, Wentzville, Missouri
In their first real test, the Arizona Diamondbacks' front office impresses.
The second and third days of the MLB Draft can be mind numbing affairs. There are a lot of guys drafted who will never be heard from again. But at least for now, it's their big day and they get to say for the rest of their lives that they were drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There were 28 picks made by the D-backs after the top four arms (Bauer, Bradley, Chafin, Meo). Of those 15 are pitchers which just backs up what Kevin Towers said about pitching being the key to the game.
Here's a full list of players drafted by the Diamondbacks in Rounds 3-30 via MLB.com (pick, name, school, position, height, weight, birthday, class year):
93 Bianco, Justin Peters Township HS (PA) CF L/R 5'11" 1992-08-24 HS
124 Marshall, Evan Kansas State RHP R/R 6'02" 208 1990-04-18 JR
154 Perez, Michael Colegio Vocacional Para Adultos C L/R 5'11" 180 1992-08-07 HS
184 Price, Matt South Carolina RHP R/R 6'02" 215 1989-09-08 JR
214 Roberts, Ben Sentinel HS (MT) CF L/R 6'04" 1992-09-07 HS
244 Darrah, Jesse Fresno Pacific U RHP L/R 6'02" 190 1990-03-28 JR
274 Leonard, John Connellsville Area School (PA) SS R/R 6'02" 170 1992-06-25 HS
304 Winkler, Kyle Texas Christian RHP R/R 5'11" 195 1990-06-18 JR
334 Locante, William Cumberland University LHP L/L 6'00" 190 1990-02-02 JR
364 Parr, Joshua University of Illinois SS R/R 5'11" 170 1989-09-11 JR
394 Pedrotty, John Col of The Holy Cross LHP L/L 6'04" 220 1989-11-28 JR
424 Geyer, Cody Walters State CC RHP R/R 5'11" 215 1992-05-04 J1
454 Rodriguez, Steven UCLA C L/R 6'01" 1990-01-08 JR
484 Blake, Michael Hawaii LHP L/L 5'11" 190 1990-08-04 JR
514 Choplick, Adam Billy Ryan HS (TX) LHP R/L 6'09" 250 1992-11-18 HS
544 Siemens, Taylor California Baptist University LHP L/L 6'05" 200 1989-07-01 SR
574 Pulfer, J. Oregon 2B R/R 5'09" 1990-02-16 JR
604 Williams, Tommy Palm Beach Gardens HS (FL) SS R/R 6'02" 1993-03-11 HS
634 Griffin, John U Central Florida 1B R/R 6'06" 245 1989-04-29 SR
664 Weber, Garrett Fresno St U SS R/R 5'11" 185 1989-03-29 SR
694 Court, Ryan Illinois State 3B R/R 6'02" 1988-05-28 5S
724 Ogden, Matt Smoky Hill HS (CO) RHP R/R 6'03" 190 1992-09-18 HS
754 Williams, George North Carolina St U OF R/R 6'00" 182 1990-06-23 SR
784 Platt, Austin No School RHP R/R 6'03" 190 1992-03-05 NS
814 Strahan, Wyatt Villa Park HS (CA) RHP R/R 6'03" 190 1993-04-18 HS
844 Sample, Truman Rogers State RHP R/R 6'05" 200 1988-08-16 SR
874 Bell, Carter Oregon State 3B R/R 6'01" 195 1990-06-12 JR
904 Price, Dexter University of South Carolina Beaufort RHP R/R 6'07" 220 1990-08-08 JR
In the first two days of the 2011 MLB Draft there have been 28 players taken with Arizona ties. Some guys went to an Arizona high school and went to college elsewhere and some played their college ball in the Grand Canyon State. Either way, it's a long list.
The highest-pick from the Arizona crop is first baseman C.J. Cron who went 17th to the Angels. Cron played his college ball in Utah but went to Mountain Point High School in Ahwatukee neighborhood of Phoenix.
Here's a full list of Arizona players drafted so far (pick, name, school, position, height, weight, birthday, class year):
17 Cron, C.J. Utah 1B R/R 6'04" 235 1990-01-05 JR
47 Walker, Keenyn Central Arizona College OF S/R 6'03" 193 1990-08-12 J2
92 Cron, Kevin Mountain Pointe HS (AZ) 1B R/R 6'05" 245 1993-02-17 HS
125 Simon, Kyle Arizona RHP R/R 6'05" 223 1990-08-18 JR
147 Bandilla, Bryce Arizona LHP L/L 6'04" 230 1990-01-17 JR
148 Summers, Matt University of California - Irvine RHP L/R 6'01" 205 1989-08-17 JR
150 Torrez, Riccio Arizona State 3B R/R 6'00" 205 1989-10-14 JR
159 Scott, Tayler Notre Dame HS (AZ) RHP R/R 6'03" 165 1992-06-01 HS
222 Frenzel, Cole Arizona 1B L/R 6'02" 208 1990-03-13 SO
240 Carpenter, Ryan Gonzaga LHP L/L 6'05" 230 1990-08-22 JR
241 Giles, Kenneth Yavapai College RHP R/R 6'02" 188 1990-09-20 J2
245 Ruettiger, Johnny Arizona State CF L/L 6'01" 194 1989-09-21 JR
248 Tarpley, Stephen Gilbert HS (AZ) LHP R/L 6'01" 180 1993-02-17 HS
254 Anton, Rick Utah LHP L/L 6'00" 190 1989-06-05 SR
283 Barnes, Austin Arizona State C R/R 5'10" 190 1989-12-28 JR
349 Burns, Andrew Arizona SS R/R 6'02" 190 1990-08-07 JR
385 Serrano, Joe Salpointe Catholic HS (AZ) SS R/R 5'11" 180 1993-07-08 HS
386 Chaffee, Matthew Arizona LHP L/L 6'00" 185 1988-12-19 SR
398 MacPhee, Zachary Arizona State 2B S/R 5'09" 175 1990-02-13 JR
422 Dunatov, Jordan Horizon HS (AZ) OF R/R 6'05" 200 1992-10-20 HS
432 Carrillo, Xorge Arizona State C R/R 6'01" 220 1989-04-12 SR
451 Ford, Trey South Mountain CC 3B R/R 6'02" 200 1990-07-25 J2
455 Wooten, Eric Central Arizona Col LHP L/L 6'03" 180 1990-03-18 J3
456 Espy, Richard UCLA 1B R/R 6'01" 210 1989-10-30 JR
480 Parmenter, Tyler Cibola HS (AZ) SS R/R 6'02" 185 1993-05-04 HS
490 Zuloaga, Scott Scottsdale CC LHP L/L 6'03" 205 1989-09-20 J2
543 Valenza, Nicholas Horizon HS (AZ) LHP R/L 5'10" 180 1993-03-31 HS
580 Lambson, Mitchell Arizona State LHP L/L 6'01" 195 1990-07-20 JR
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to load up on arms in the 2011 MLB Draft. They've now selected four pitchers with their first four picks. Anthony Meo joins Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley and Andrew Chafin as the team looks to replenish it's farm system with young talent.
Meo is a college junior out of Coastal Carolina where he put up impressive numbers:
2011 season 10-3 with a 2.16 earned run average and an impressive 115-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 108 1/3 innings. Over his last six starts, Meo went 5-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 45 innings - a stretch that included the first no-hitter in Big South tournament history and a clutch performance against Connecticut in the Chants' NCAA regional opener last Friday.
ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law watched Meo pitch this spring and was impressed:
Based on what he showed over the first few innings, he looks extremely likely to go in the first round, probably in the top 20-25, as long as he maintains this type of stuff. Meo sat 93-96 in his outing, and there was more 96 than 93 to it.
The pitch doesn't have great life but he showed some ability to get on top of the ball and drive it down to the lower half of the zone... He paired it with a hard, intermittently plus slider at 86-90 that, when it was on, had very sharp, late bite, although most of the swings and misses on the pitch were on sliders out of the zone.
Meo could be a starter but seems destined to be a reliever unless he can add a third and possibly fourth pitch. He's listed at 6-2, 185 and is 21-years-old.
Here's a video scouting report from MLB.com.
Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers was asked if the team would be taking more pitchers after they had already used their first two picks on right-handers Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley.
"We're going to take the best talent," Towers said. "It's a pitching-rich draft. I think there's still a lot of arms still up on the board...You can never have enough good pitching."
True to his word, the Diamondbacks used their 43rd overall pick on left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin from Kent State. Chafin, a 6-2, 210-pound left-hander, went 8-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 2 complete game shutouts with 23 walks and 105 strikeouts in 14 games (12 starts) with Kent State this season.
Chafin has already done something in his career a lot of pitchers only wish for. He successfully came back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He went under the knife in 2009 and 16 months later was back on the mound. In his first game back his fastball had improved to 95 mph and he threw eight straight strikes. He finished his final year at Kent State with 105 strikeouts to only 23 walks and an ERA of 2.02.
MLB.com video recap:
Have you ever wondered why a young pitcher wouldn't develop multiple pitches instead of just focusing on two or three? If there are so many ways to throw a ball, why not learn them all? Trevor Bauer, the Arizona Diamondbacks third-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, clearly had the same question.
Bauer is known as a baseball intellectual who's studies the game and the art of pitching from every angle. He's got a similar frame as Tim Lincecum so he modeled his mechanics on those of the two-time Cy Young winner. You can see it clearly in their similar mechanics in this video of Lincecum and this one of Bauer.
Trevor started working with his pitching coach when he was ten-years-old and that dedication has clearly paid off.
"I throw a four-seam fastball. I throw two variations of the curve ball, two variations of a slider, two variations of a change-up, a split-finger fastball, and two variations of a reverse slider which is kind of a cross between a two-seam fastball and a screwball. It's a little bit slower than a sinking fastball and it's a little bit faster than a screwball. It kind of has a left-handed cut fastball action to it," Bauer explained.
"It's six different pitches with slight variations on most of them, four out of six. I like to pitch with my off-speed stuff. It's always been a strength of mine. The things about having a repertoire that deep is that every night you have something to go to. If this pitch isn't working you can pitch with that pitch. I feel like every time I'm out there I have at least three pitches going. There's some days I go out there and all six of them are working really well. Those are the fun days but I feel like I give myself a chance to compete even on days when 50 percent of them are working because I have so many different variations."
The Arizona Diamondbacks front office couldn't repress their smiles just moments after drafting two right-handed pitches with the third and seventh overall picks in the 2011 MLB Draft. Trevor Bauer, a junior from UCLA, comes to the D-backs with incredible numbers. Archie Bradley, a two-sport start from Oklahoma is equally considered an impact prospect.
Bauer was described as "the most dominant college pitcher in our memories" by Senior Vice President, Scouting And Player Development Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto said the team's area scout first identified Bauer at the age of twelve and watched everyone of his starts with the UCLA Bruins.
Bauer was named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year, Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and is a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award after posting a 13-2 record, 1.25 ERA and NCAA-best 203 strikeouts in 16 starts this season for UCLA. The three-time All-Pac-10 selection has thrown 10 complete games this year, including nine straight to end the season after April 9, and led all conference pitchers in ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched (136.2) and opponent's batting average (.154).
Dipoto, a former pitcher who's been around the game for 30 years, paid Bauer this compliment, "Every time I go watch this guy pitch I feel like I learn something more about pitching. He's a pretty unique talent, so we're thrilled to have him."
Archie Bradley is a two-sport star which is appealing to GM Kevin Towers. The team has had discussions with Bradley about his decision to sign with the D-backs or accept a scholarship to play quarterback at Oklahoma.
"We have every faith that we are going to get these guys signed, get them in the organization, and develop them properly," DiPoto said.
The team wasn't willing to set timetables on either Bauer or Bradley and deflected questions about reports that Bauer could pitch as soon as this season for the big league team. The first priority will be to get the players signed and the timing of that will dictate where and when they play. They emphasized that neither player would be rushed but suggested the Bauer especially wouldn't be a guy they expect to spend too much time in the minor leagues.
"We're hopefully going to get him signed, get him out there and put him in a circumstance where we allow him toward the big leagues as quick as he's able and make an impact on our big league club. Whether that's 2012, 2012, I can't say until we get him into our system but our plan for Trevor Bauer is not to carve through the minor leagues one year at a time."
Arizona Diamondbacks Senior Vice President, Scouting And Player Development Jerry Dipoto addresses the media after the team selected Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The 2011 MLB Draft continued as the Cleveland Indians selected Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy (FL), with the eighth pick. Lindor continues the draft's run on high school players, and is sure to bolster a young Indians squad in the future.
Francisco Lindor is easily considered the top shortstop prospect in the 2011 MLB Draft and is probably the best defensive player on the board. Lindor is also a switch-hitting line drive guy who managed to win a homerun derby at the All-American Game in 2010 despite his small size. Lindor is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds and won't turn 18 until November, 2011.
There are some questions how good his bat will be at the major league level, but his defense projects to be stellar. He's prone to making the flashy play instead of the solid play but for a young kid with incredible talent, that's understandable. Lindor has committed to Florida State but should forgo college with a little bonus money flashed in front of him.
The Chicago Cubs are up next with the ninth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
After selecting perhaps the safest prospect in UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer with the third pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks stick to bolstering the pitching in their organization with the seventh pick and select high school right-hander Archie Bradley out of Broken Arrow HS in Oklahoma.
Archie Bradley is another two-sport star who, like Bubba Starling, is going to have to choose between baseball and playing quarterback for a Big 12 school. Bradley, 18-years-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has already committed to the University of Oklahoma and will have to decide if being a Sooner for a few years is worth more than the multi-million dollar contract he's now facing. This is an interesting pick considering this pick is a compensation pick and if the team cannot sign Bradley, they don't get another one.
Bradley is a prototypical young power pitcher who's been compared to Brad Penny. He's already 6-foot-4 and 225 lbs and certainly will get bigger over the next few years as he puts on some man-weight. His fastball is in the mid 90's but he's touched 100 mph and his curveball is already an outpitch with a sharp 12-to-6 drop. Unlike some of the other top pitching prospects, Bradley is currently a two-pitch guy. His changeup is a work in progress and his command is what you might expect from a young hurler.
This kid has a lot of upside but isn't quite as major-league ready as some of the other arms in the top 10 of the 2011 MLB Draft although some scouts say he could reach the majors by age 20.
Bradley is friends with the other top high school prospect from Oklahoma, Dylan Bundy. Bundy's dad even helped Bradley with his mechanics as he transitioned back from football to baseball early in the spring season.
"In my mind, I see myself as one of those guys who hits 100 consistently," he said, mentioning Justin Verlander, Aroldis Chapman and Joel Zumaya. "If I put the work in that I'm doing now and do it consistently instead of picking up a football - if I stay focused on baseball, I could be one of those guys, throwing 96-100 every outing."
The Cleveland Indians are next in the MLB Draft with the eighth pick.
The 2011 MLB Draft pressed on as the Washington Nationals selected infielder Anthony Rendon with the sixth pick. Rendon, while extremely talented, fell out of the draft's top-3 due to injury concerns.
Anthony Rendon of Rice university is considered the top offensive talent in the 2011 MLB Draft. At one point, he was preferred by scouts over last year's top pick, Bryce Harper. He's put up silly numbers in his first two years at Rice with a drop off this year being attributed to multiple factors but mainly a shoulder injury.
A National League scouting director described Rendon's prospects at the major league level, "He's going to hit, and you just can't say that about a whole lot of people in any draft. The downside is he has a history of injuries. And sometimes people with a history of injuries continue to have a history of injuries."
The injuries are where things get interesting for Rendon. He's suffered through a should strain all season that's kept him on the bench as a DH instead of playing third base. He did play second a few times late in the year and many feel that's his natural position as a pro. In addition to the shoulder injury which has limited his throwing, he's had two ankle surgeries already.
Offensively however, his numbers pop. As a freshman he hit .388 with 20 homeruns improved as a sophomore to .394 with 26 bombs. In this "down year" he's still at .327 with a .535 slugging percentage. Rendon is listed at 6-0, 190 lbs and turned 21-years-old on the day he was drafted, June 6. Happy birthday, young man!
The Arizona Diamondbacks are up next with the seventh pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Kansas City Royals picked local kid, Bubba Starling with the fifth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Derek "Bubba" Starling was the highest-ranked high school player on most mock draft boards. He's a two-sport star recruited to play quarterback for Nebraska next season. Baseball scouts drool over his five-tool potential and consider him the best athlete in the draft. He's a bit raw at the plate but shows great potential.
The real fun begins now for this kid represented by agent Scott Boras. It's going to take an estimated $5 million signing bonus to get him to forgo college quarterback fame at Nebraska and spend a few years in the minor leagues learning how to play professional baseball.
"People think they know I'm going to take the money," Starling said in a recent interview. "They don't know. They don't know I love football as much as I do."
Drafting him with a top seven pick at least gives the team protection. If they aren't able to sign him, a compensation pick in the 2012 MLB Draft will be awarded.
Drafting him this high is a bit of a risk but for a guy compared to Josh Hamilton, it's probably worth it. Starling is 6-5, 195 pounds and just 18-years-old. He comes from Overland Park, KS.
Washington Nationals are up next with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The 2011 MLB Draft continued with the Baltimore Orioles selecting Dylan Bundy with the fourth pick. Bundy, out of Owasso (OK) High School, is the top-rated high school prospect in this year's draft.
Bundy is an elite talent. At just age 18, this 6'1, 195 pound prospect has already hit 100 mph on the radar gun. While committed to Texas, Bundy will likely sign with any MLB team that selects him in the first 10-15 picks of the draft.
Aside from an overpowering fastball, Bundy also has a hard breaking ball and a good delivery - in spite of the fact that he's short for a pitcher, he is well balanced and rarely, if ever, appears to be out of control on the mound.
At this point, it's very difficult to see a downside to this tremendous pitcher. From what the scouts are saying, you get what you expect when you draft Bundy, but he won't develop too much more based on his frame. - link to this: http://www.prospectwire.com/pw/article.php?id=217
Still, scouts are very enthusiastic about this player, and you can't blame them. His ability is unmatched in his age group.
The Kansas City Royals are up next with the fifth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the first team ever to have two picks in the top seven of the MLB Draft. With their first pick, third overall, they selected Trevor Bauer, right-handed pitcher from UCLA. Bauer is extremely polished and according to ESPN's Buster Olney could even pitch in the big leagues in the 2011 season.
Trevor Bauer has been a sensational pitcher, but succeeding in the shadow of the attention of his highly touted teammate, Gerrit Cole (selected 1st overall, Pittsburgh). He holds the Bruins team record for wins (33) and strikeouts (433). He was 12-2 in 2011, was Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and led the nation in innings pitched (127 2/3), strikeouts (189) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.7).
In a draft where his teammate is the flashy pick, Bauer could be seen as one of the safest and is projected to be selected in the top 10 of the draft, some having him as early as number four to the Baltimore Orioles.
He has several pitches - a four-seam fastball in the 90-95 mph range, two curveballs, a slider, a backdoor slider, a splitter and a circle change. All his pitches are rated from average to plus. His delivery is compared to Tim Lincecum.
His one knock seems to go contrary to his history. Teams may have some concern for his future durability because of the workload he has had on college. Bauer isn't a big guy, just 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He will not come with the fanfare that Cole will when he makes the big leagues, but he should make a fine addition at the top of any rotation for years to come.
Twitter / @Buster Olney: By the way: If Arizona tak ...
By the way: If Arizona takes Bauer at No. 3, there is a chance he will pitch in the big leagues this year.
Baltimore Orioles are up next with the fourth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The 2011 MLB Draft continued with the Seattle Mariners selecting Danny Hultzen with the second pick. Hultzen is an intriguing left-handed pitching prospect out of Virginia.
Hultzen is a junior at UVA, leading the Cavaliers to the Super Regional against the winner of the Los Angeles regional. Hultzen pitched on Saturday against St. John's, going seven strong innings, giving up only one run while striking out 12.
Talent wise, he's certainly worthy of being the top selection in the draft. Scouts and teams are concerned about his signability - even if offered millions, Hultzen and his family have always made it known that education is his top priority.
Some could argue that that is a negotiation tactic on Hultzen's part to ensure his offer is impressive, but that's beside the point. His head is in the right place, even as a young man.
Hultzen has two plus pitches (fastball, changeup) and his curveball is a work in progress. Scouts are impressed with his composure and control on the mound - two things that are absolutely necessary for survival in professional baseball.
Currently, he's projected as a front-line starter. Worst case scenario, he's at the back of the rotation.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are up next with the third pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gerrit Cole. Cole was slotted to go first in many recent mock drafts but he wasn't a sure thing first pick.
Cole has been a highly-touted pitching prospect for a number of years and in fact was a first round pick by the New York Yankees out of high school in 2008. The big righty (6-4, 220 lbs) has two plus pitches at the tender age of 20 and shows flashes of a third. His four-seam fastball is normally in the mid-to-high 90's and has been known to touch 101 mph. He's got a devastating changeup that he throws with fantastic and deceptive arm speed. His slider is decent and could improve with time.
Cole is considered to have great intangibles with a competitive desire and work ethic that should get him to the majors within a few years.
The knock on Cole has been less-than-stellar college record. His career ERA in two years with the Bruins is 3.42 with a 15-12 record over 208 innings pitched. Some scouts feel that a pitcher this dominant should put up better college numbers while others say his outstanding stuff will quickly make him a top of the rotation arm in the major leagues.
Seattle Mariners are up next with the second pick in the 2011 MLB Draft with the Diamondbacks third.
The 2011 MLB Draft is upon us with Round 1 of the First-Year Player Draft kicking off Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT with TV coverage on the MLB Network and live online streaming available at MLB.com (full MLB draft schedule). We will have full draft coverage all day along with AZ Snake Pit looking in more depth at the Arizona Diamondbacks choices. Here's a final look at a few of the 2011 MLB Mock Draft Boards from some experts including Keith Law, Baseball America, and SB Nation's own John Sickels.
Reading the tealeaves from various interviews with the Arizona Diamondbacks about the third and seventh picks in the first round, a few names to watch are Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen, Francisco Lindor, and Dylan Bundy. There doesn't seem to be a ton of interest in the two star position player prospects, Anthony Rendon or Bubba Starling.
As you can see from these three mock drafts, there's a lot of disagreement on how the top ten will play out once the actually 2011 MLB Draft gets underway Monday evening.
1- Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
2- Seattle Mariners Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
3- Arizona Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
4- Baltimore Orioles Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia
5- Kansas City Royals Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS (OK)
6- Washington Nationals Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner Edgerton HS (KS)
7- Arizona Diamondbacks Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS (OK)
8 - Cleveland Indians Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS (CA)
9 - Chicago Cubs Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU
10 - San Diego Padres Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn
Baseball America still has Gerrit Cole falling to fifth with the D-backs taking Dylan Bundy and Sonny Gray.
BaseballAmerica.com: Draft: Mock Draft: June 3 Mock Draft (List Only)
1. PIRATES: Danny Hultzen, lhp, Virginia.
2. MARINERS: Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice.
3. DIAMONDBACKS: Dylan Bundy, rhp, Owasso (Okla.) HS.
4. ORIOLES: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA.
5. ROYALS: Gerrit Cole, rhp, UCLA.
6. NATIONALS: Bubba Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.
7. DIAMONDBACKS: Sonny Gray, rhp, Vanderbilt.
8. INDIANS: Jed Bradley, lhp, Georgia Tech.
9. CUBS: Archie Bradley, rhp, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS.
10. PADRES: Matt Barnes, rhp, Connecticut.
This mock draft from the SB Nation baseball blog managers has the D-backs taking Hultzen and then short stop Francisco Lindor who worked out recently for Arizona.
2011 Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft: Round One - Minor League Ball
1. Pirates Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
2. Mariners Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
3. Diamondbacks Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia
4. Orioles Dylan Bundy, RHP, Oklahoma HS
5. Royals Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
6. Nationals Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas HS
7. Diamondbacks Francisco Lindor, SS, Florida HS
8. Indians Archie Bradley, RHP, Oklahoma HS
9. Cubs Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
10. Padres Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech
Here's a few links to several excellent stories about the 2011 MLB Draft from the Diamondback's perspective.
The 2011 MLB Draft is scheduled to start on Monday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT with Round 1 of the First-Year Player Draft. This year's draft is widely considered one of the better and deeper crops of talent in the last few years. TV coverage of the first round of the draft will be provided by the MLB Network on cable and satellite television and live online streaming will be available on MLB.com who has a fantastic Draft Central page set up.
Rounds 2-30 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft starts at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 7 and Rounds 31-50 at the same time on Wednesday, June 8. There does not appear to be any TV coverage of Rounds 2-50.
There's several pitchers slated at the top of most mock drafts that could help teams in the coming years and a couple of position players as well. UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole is at the top of several draft boards but by no means is a consensus first pick. Other top arms include Dylan Bundy and Danny Hultzen Infielder Anthony Rendon and outfielder Bubba Starling are the top position players.
SB Nation Arizona will provide timely coverage of every pick in the top ten and will be on-hand for any media availability with the Diamondbacks front office. The Diamondbacks have both the third and seventh overall picks and will operating their draft war room out of their new Spring Training facility at Salt River Fields.
AZ Snake Pit has a primer to the MLB Draft that explains everything from the process to Diamondback team needs. They will have additional draft information such as history of top picks and other useful information in the coming days.
Here's the top ten picks in the 2011 MLB Draft. (Click here for full draft order).
1. Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Seattle Mariners
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Kansas City Royals
6. Washington Nationals
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for unsigned 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux)
8. Cleveland Indians
9. Chicago Cubs
10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign 2010 first-round pick Karsten Whitson)
The 2011 MLB Draft less than a week away and on June 6 we will find out which of the experts had the most success with their Mock Draft boards. Some have UCLA flamethrower Garrit Cole going first to the Pirates but that opinion is by far a consensus. Other MLB Mock Draft boards have Cole falling as far as fifth place to the Royals with third baseman Anthony Rendon from Rice taking over the top spot. Most of the mock drafts, however, seem to agree that the Diamondbacks will take Virginia's left-handed pitcher, Danny Hultzen with the third pick.
In honor of the Diamondbacks' holding the third and seventh overall picks, here's a recap of the top seven picks from several 2011 MLB Mock Drafts:
SB Nation's own John Sickels has Rendon going first, Cole second and the D-backs taking Hultzen with the third pick.
2011 Baseball Mock Draft, Mark II - Minor League Ball
1) Pirates: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: It's not a sure thing, but I still think it will happen.
2) Mariners: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA: As with Rendon, this isn't a sure thing but the attributes that attracted scouts to Cole in the first place are still here.
3) Diamondbacks: Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia. Everyone still thinks this will happen, and I agree.
4) Orioles: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Oklahoma HS:
5) Royals: Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech.
6) Nationals: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA:
7) Diamondbacks (failure to sign Barret Loux): Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky. His stock has been rising as scouts are increasingly convinced that the gains he made with his command this year will stick.
ESPN's Keith Law has Cole first, Rendon second and Hultzen third. Just five days before the 2011 MLB Draft, Law doesn't seem convinced about Cole who's had a pretty unimpressive season with the Bruins.
2011 MLB mock draft: Gerrit Cole goes to the Pittsburgh Pirates - ESPN
1- Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA The Pirates are still seriously on Danny Hultzen and Bubba Starling, and I wouldn't rule Anthony Rendon out entirely, but my gut tells me right now they'll find Cole's raw stuff -- he hit 101 for me on Friday night and touched 100 many times, including in the eighth inning -- too good to pass up.
2- Seattle Mariners Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
3- Arizona Diamondbacks Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia
4- Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) HS
5- Kansas City RoyalsMatt Barnes, RHP, UConn
6- Washington Nationals Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
7- Arizona Diamondbacks Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
Baseball America goes with Rendon and then mixes things up by dropping Cole to fifth and putting high school outfield prospect Bubba Starling second. Once again, Hultzen goes third.
BaseballAmerica.com: Draft: Mock Draft: May 27 Mock Draft (List Only): Anthony Rendon Moves Into Top Spot
1. PIRATES: Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice.
2. MARINERS: Bubba Starling, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.
3. DIAMONDBACKS: Danny Hultzen, lhp, Virginia.
4. ORIOLES: Dylan Bundy, rhp, Owasso (Okla.) HS.
5. ROYALS: Gerrit Cole, rhp, UCLA. 6. NATIONALS: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA.
7. DIAMONDBACKS: Javier Baez, ss, Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville, Fla.
Here's a couple more mocks drafts. Yahoo! goes Rendon, Cole and Hultzen and then My MLB Draft goes with Law's top three order of Cole, Rendon, Hultzen.
Minor Developments: 2011 MLB Mock Draft, Part 1 - Fantasy - Yahoo! Sports
1. Pirates: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: The top position prospect in the draft, he draws comparisons to Evan Longoria(notes) and Ryan Zimmerman(notes). Pedro Alvarez(notes) moves across the diamond in two years, filling the void at first base. Organizational Needs: SP, 1B Top Prospects: SP-Jameson Taillon, SP-Stetson Allie, C-Tony Sanchez
2011 MLB Mock Draft | 2011 MLB Draft | MLB Draft Results | 2011 baseball mock draft
Draft#:1 Gerrit Cole Ht/Wt: 6-4/220 lbs Position: RHP School: UCLA Draft#:2 Anthony Rendon Ht/Wt: 5-11/180 lbs Position: 3B School: Rice Draft#:3 Danny Hultzen Ht/Wt: 6-3/200 lbs Position: LHP School: Virginia
Stay tuned for actual results from the 2011 MLB Draft which starts on June 6.
The 2011 MLB Draft is just three weeks away and the Arizona Diamondbacks will have a tough choice to make with their third overall pick. Most of the recent mock drafts have LHP Danny Hultzen going to the D-backs in that slot but there's a strong case to be made for high-school stud prospect, Bubba Starling.
Starling is regarded as a five-tool center fielder who is also being recruited by Nebraska to play quarterback. He's ranked as the ninth-best quarterback in the nation. Ninth-best quarterback is impressive, but not as much as third-best baseball player in the country which where ESPN's (Insider) Keith Law has him ranked. For Starling to forgo football and agree to terms with a baseball team is going to take a lot of money. Estimates range up to a record-setting $8 million signing bonus. That's why he's fallen to the late top-10 in many 2011 MLB Mock Drafts.
AZ Snake Pit put together a fantastic list of five reasons why the D-backs should pick Starling despite the cost. It's a must read for any fan of the MLB Draft as the reasons listed apply to any team with a top ten pick on June 6.
Danny Hultzen is a highly touted left-handed pitcher who was drafted in 2008 out of high school but opted for college instead. After three years of dominating from the mound at Virginia, Hultzen is listed as the third player on many of the 2011 MLB Mock Draft boards.
Ironically, that third pick belongs to the same team team that drafted him in 2008, the Arizona Diamondbacks. This time around things should go better if Hultzen's name is called by Arizona.
"That'd definitely be something I'd be interested in," Hultzen told MLB Baseball Rumors when asked about being drafted by the Snakes. "I haven't talked to them at all and I haven't talked to any scout like that at all, so that's a little bit down the road, but that'd be something that I'd be willing to do."
Hultzen is a 6-3 lefty with three plus pitches. His fastball touches 95 and he mixes in a change-up and slider. His biggest asset on the mound is control according to this story in the Arizona Republic.
"His command would probably be top 10 in the big leagues right now," an evaluator with an NL club said. "He just doesn't miss."
That assessment doesn't quite jive with the ESPN (Insider) scouting report that projects Hultzen as a number two starter in the big leagues. Of course, Cliff Lee is a number two starter right now but would be the ace of most rotations. Either way, the numbers at Virginia are impressive. He's 9-1 with a 1.19 ERA this season in 11 starts. Kid can swing the bat too, he's got a .333 batting average with 28 RBI in 84 at-bats.
The 2011 MLB Draft will be held June 6 - 8 and by all accounts features a ton of good talent. The Arizona Diamondbacks should benefit from that as holders of the third and seventh overall picks. The third pick they earned via a really bad 2010 season and the seventh pick is compensation for not being able to sign Barret Loux last year.
The first 2011 MLB Mock Draft from baseball prospect expert John Sickels has the D-backs taking two pitchers, Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia and Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut.
The number one overall pick in both Sickel's mock draft as well as the mock drom ESPN's Keith Law is Gerrit Cole of UCLA. Cole is considered to have two and possibly three plus pitches with his high 90's fast ball and devastating change up leading the way.
Arizona Republic beat writer Nick Piecoro recently went to see Cole pitch and came away as impressed as everyone else in the kid's stuff but also wondering if he mediocre record with the Bruins and some issues with command might allow him to fall to the D-backs at the three spot.
"He's got everything you're looking for as far as size, stuff - he'll show you on occasion three pluses (pitches) and he's got the big velocity," said a scouting director with an AL club. "But when you start comparing him to those very best guys who came out of the draft, those guys didn't get knocked around. Those guys dominated."
The D-backs are busy scouting the prospects leading up to the draft and some believe that they stayed light on 2011 payroll to make sure they could afford both high draft picks. It's rare for even the top prospects to have an immediate impact at the major league level, but many of the experts feel Gerrit Cole, who would be 21 by the start of the 2012 season, could pitch right away.
Here is the top 10 picks from SB Nation's Minor League Ball 2010 MLB Mock Draft:
1) Pirates: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: Rendon or Cole? Rendon or Cole? Both have some question-marks sneaking into their profiles, but for today we'll assume that the medical reviews of Rendon's shoulder turn out OK.
2) Mariners: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA: I'll stick with the idea that the Mariners pick whoever the Pirates don't. I still see Cole as a future number one starter.
3) Diamondbacks: Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia. Arizona drafted Hultzen in the 10th round in 2008 and couldn't sign him. This time they do.
5) Royals: Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas HS: Simply makes too much sense. He's immensely toolsy, and the Royals don't let local guys get past them now.
6) Nationals: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA: I love Bauer and considered him as high as three.
7) Diamondbacks (failure to sign Barret Loux): Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut. This pick isn't protected, and Hultzen won't be cheap to sign at #3, which means signability and cost has to be factored into this as much as talent. Big front office turnover last year is an added factor: what direction will the new decision-making team go? I'll go with UConn right-hander Matt Barnes here with a pre-draft deal worked out, the first pick people look at as a "surprise" despite his talent level.
9) Cubs: Francisco Lindor, SS, Florida HS: The Cubs do unusual things, and they already have Starlin Castro. But you can't have too many middle infielders with strong bats and slick gloves, and Lindor is too good to pass up.
10) Padres (failure to sign Karsten Whitson): George Springer, OF, Connecticut. Unprotected pick, so a college player makes sense. You could easily go with one of the college pitchers here such as Stilson or Jungmann, but in this universe the Padres decide to add another high-upside athletic outfielder to the system alongside Reymond Fuentes and Donavan Tate. Springer's tools are excellent.
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