The Diamondbacks drafted Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn in the 34th round, a classy move by the organization to honor the paralyzed former Sun Devils and Mater Dei High player.
Hahn, a member of USA Baseball’s 18U national team, is a C5 quadriplegic, becoming paralyzed from the chest down being injured in a slide at second base in a February 2011 game against New Mexico. He was just a week into his freshman season for the Sun Devils when he was injured.
Hahn was named Mr. Baseball in California after hitting .411 and going 14-1 on the mound for Mater Dei High in Santa Ana. At the time, rival college coaches heaped praise uptown Hahn, with one saying, “Cory Hahn is a great player—my No. 1 favorite player in the 2010 class.” Another added, “Cory Hahn had probably the best year of any player in Southern California last year. He did an unbelievable job for them on the mound, but I still think he’s a prototypical center fielder. He can really get the ball—great instincts. He’s an offensive player, he can run—very good player.”
Hahn has returned to ASU as a student after his injury and regained limited use of his hands. He’s active on Twitter at @coryhahn34, where his page reads, “Inspiring the Uninspired.” He’s heavily involved in charity events and fundraisers both for his own medical bills and other charities. Arizona State often wears tributes to Hahn, with the No. 34 appearing on its uniforms.