Arizona Diamondbacks

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 16 Bobby Borchering 3B Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $1,800,000
As loaded as Florida's high school ranks are in 2009--and several scouts have called it a historically deep year--Borchering established himself early as the state's best bet for a first-round selection, and he hasn't let up. He has excellent size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and projects as a power-hitting corner infielder. While projecting high school hitters is one of the toughest jobs in scouting, evaluators regard Borchering as one of the safer prep bats in the draft. He has good hands, present strength and excellent bat speed, giving him the ability to hit both for average and for power. He went on a power binge this spring, lifting Bishop Verot from a poor start with seven home runs in a nine-game span. Borchering's bat already was going to get him drafted high, and his improved defense has moved him into first-round consideration. At times last summer he appeared destined to move to first base, and some scouts still see that as his best fit. He has improved his agility and first-step quickness this season, however, and has retained athleticism while filling out physically. He'll never be a graceful or above-average defender, but he has arm strength and soft-enough hands to play third at an average level if he keeps working at it. Borchering's Florida commitment isn't expected to dissuade him from signing in the first 50 picks.
1 17 A.J. Pollock OF Notre Dame Ind. $1,400,000
Pollock hasn't performed as well this spring as he did last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he was the MVP after finishing second in hitting (.377) and first in slugging (.556). While there's debate as to whether he's a true first-round talent, with a shortage of quality college hitters he should get selected in the bottom third of the round. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Pollock stands out most for his athleticism and pure hitting ability from the right side. He has a simple approach, a quick bat and strong hands. Scouts do say he'll have to stop cheating out on his front side and stay back more on pitches in pro ball. Those who like Pollock say that the rest of his tools are solid, while those who don't say he doesn't have another plus tool and question his power. He projects as a 30 doubles/15 homers threat in the majors, and he's a slightly above-average runner who has plus speed once he gets going. Pollock also has good instincts and a solid arm in center field.
1s 35 Matt Davidson 3B Yucaipa (Calif.) HS Calif. $900,000
Davidson won the home run derby during the Aflac Classic at Dodger Stadium last summer, and only a late rally by the East squad prevented him from being the game's MVP. Athletic and powerfully built at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Davidson has always flashed impressive raw power. As a junior in the spring of 2008, he put on an eye-opening power display during the National Classic home run contest. Actual games, of course, are not home run derbies, and like many young power hitters, Davidson struggles with consistency and had trouble catching up to quality pitching at some showcase events. When hitting well, he waits out the pitch and then uses a short backswing and sweeping follow-through to wallop the ball. When slumping, he struggles to read the pitch, flinches his front side and commits too early or too late. Davidson's speed is well-below-average, but he does have an above-average arm. His hands and footwork will probably force him to first base down the road. Davidson may never produce in games to match the grades scouts put on his raw power, but the lure of that potential should put him as high as the supplemental first round if he's considered signable away from Southern California.
1s 41 Chris Owings SS Gilbert (S.C.) HS S.C. $950,000
Owings streaked to the front of the class of prep hitters in South Carolina and into second-round consideration for several teams, who saw him as an offensive middle infielder capable of staying at shortstop. He joined North Carolina's top prep hitter, Wil Myers, as part of a boffo South Carolina recruiting class, but both were in danger of signing as two of the more accomplished prep position players with present offensive skills and middle-of-the-diamond defensive ability. Owings reminds some scouts of former Georgia All-American Gordon Beckham, though with less power. Owings has offensive tools and put them together at the right time for crosscheckers and scouting directors. He has quick, strong hands and average speed, and makes an impact in several ways as a hitter. He added strength over the last year and hits with more authority, prompting his move up draft boards. He's an average defender at short, though he lacks natural, true shortstop actions. Some scouts believe Owings' value is less than the sum of his parts, as they question his feel for hitting and peg him to move to second base as a pro, rather than remain at shortstop. While he might be a better value in the fifth round, he's not expected to last that long.
1s 45 Mike Belfiore LHP Boston College Mass. $725,000
Scouts were mildly intrigued by Belfiore's big frame and loose arm coming out of Commack (N.Y.) High three years ago, when he worked in the 85-87 mph range with his fastball. He has started at first base for three years at Boston College and has thrived as the Eagles' closer the last two. Belfiore now works in the 90-93 mph range and tops out at 94 with a lively fastball. He shows a solid-average to plus slider in the 83-85 range at times, but he tends to push the pitch at other times. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Belfiore is physical enough to start, and he maintained his stuff for five innings in front of a number of scouting heavyweights in late April against Duke. He also has a starter's repertoire, with an average low-80s changeup that dives at the plate at times. He also shows a promising curveball in warmups, though he rarely uses it in games. Belfiore's mechanics need smoothing, and his offspeed command could use polish, but he could take off once he concentrates on pitching full-time.
2 60 Eric Smith RHP Rhode Island R.I. $605,700
Smith has made great strides in three years since arriving at Rhode Island as a raw, immature freshman with mechanical issues and an 85-87 mph fastball. He worked mostly in relief in 2007, then showed a glimmer of his potential that summer in the Atlantic Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 7 prospect. He broke out this spring, opening eyes with eight shutout innings in a win against Miami in early March, followed by a strong performance against Cal State Fullerton when he allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Smith now pitches with an 89-93 mph fastball with power sink that he commands at the knees. He adds and subtracts with his slider, sometimes throwing it in the 84-86 mph range, and the pitch can be average or even plus at times, though it remains a bit inconsistent. He also flashes a solid-average changeup and is improving his feel for the pitch. He drops in a curveball occasionally as a show pitch, particularly for a back-door strike against lefties. Smith is a fierce competitor with a physical 6-foot-3, 213-pound build, and he has the best feel for pitching in the Northeast. He's a safe bet to go in the top three rounds, with a chance to go in the top two.
2 64 Marc Krauss OF Ohio Ohio $550,000
After starring in his first two years at Ohio and in the Great Lakes League in between, Krauss went to the Cape Cod League last summer and left as a premium prospect. He led the Cape in RBIs (34) and on-base percentage (.473) and has continued to raise his profile this spring, batting .402 and leading the Mid-American Conference with 27 homers and 70 RBIs. A lefthanded hitter, Krauss has a quick bat and advanced approach, as he has a discerning eye and uses the entire field. He consistently squares balls on the barrel of the bat. Some scouts wonder how much power he'll have with wood, but the consensus is he should have average pop as a pro. Though he's more athletic than most 6-foot-3, 220-pounders and has played some third base, he'll have to be a left fielder at the next level. He has arm strength but his hands, range and quickness are just adequate. Krauss' bat will have to carry him, but it's good enough to do so. As one of the best college hitters in a thin year for them, he could get taken as early as the second round.
3 95 Keon Broxton OF Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla. $358,000
Broxton was the Phillies' 29th-round pick in 2008 but didn't sign, instead attending junior college and pulling out of his Florida Atlantic football/baseball commitment. He's more of an athlete than a hitter at this piont, with raw power and good speed. He's raw defensively as well but got some late draft helium with a big performance in the NJCAA postseason. He's an average-to-plus runner with the chance of staying in center field down the line.
4 126 David Nick SS Cypress (Calif.) HS Calif. $225,000
Cypress High in Orange County is a top-notch program that has recently produced first-rounders Scott Moore (2002) and Josh Vitters (2007). Nick doesn't figure to be drafted quite that high, but he is an outstanding player nonetheless. A 6-foot-2 high school shortstop, Nick will probably move to second base in pro ball. He doesn't have the arm, hands or actions to hold down shortstop beyond college, but second should be a perfect fit. Nick is an excellent all-around athlete, with one of the most interesting batting stances seen in years. Eschewing modern hitting theory, he stands dead still at the plate, with his feet spread and the bat held above his back shoulder. Motionless as the pitch comes in, he turns on the ball by whipping the bat and snapping his wrists violently at the last instant. No one would be foolish enough to compare a high schooler to Joe DiMaggio, but Nick's swing is a near copy. And it gets results. Nick is a line-drive hitter, and the ball screams off his bat when he squares a pitch up. The only concern with Nick is that his terrific quickness will at times cause him to pull off the ball too soon, imparting topspin to the ball. As a professional, Nick profiles as an offense-oriented second baseman with average defensive skills, above-average speed, average power, and potentially well-above-average hitting skills.
5 156 Ryan Wheeler 1B Loyola Marymount Calif. $160,000
Wheeler was a high school basketball teammate of North Carolina forward Deon Thompson. During his prep baseball career, Wheeler did little to impress scouts, but in the summer after his graduation in 2006 he began working with a local part-time scout who doubles as a travel ball coach. The sudden change in his hitting ability was striking. Wheeler blasted several long shots out of old Torrance Park in a home run derby during a summer showcase, and he has been hitting ever since. Now 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he batted .285 with five home runs in the Cape Cod League last summer and was batting .324/.429/.576 with nine home runs this spring. Wheeler has dabbled as a third baseman, but his long-term home should be at first, where he projects as an average defender. Scouts are most intrigued by his hitting ability, as he displays promising power as well as patience and an intelligent approach. Wheeler also gets high marks for his plate coverage, as well as his knack for driving the ball to the opposite field.
6 186 Bradin Hagens RHP Merced (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound righthander, Hagens is looking to improve on his draft position from 2008, when the Royals selected him in the 37th round. Hagens enjoyed a fine 2009 season, going 9-1, 3.77 with 87 strikeouts in 88 innings. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, a role in which he could focus primarily on his low-90s fastball and solid slider.
7 216 Matt Helm 3B Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz. $500,000
Third baseman Matt Helm entered the season as the best high school position player in the state, then dropped back after he spent most of the year injured. He hurt his knee when he stepped in a hole running a 60-yard dash at a workout. He got back into games late in the year, then injured his ankle in a collision at the plate and ended up in a boot. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is a good hitter with some power. He comes from a good family and school is important. Combine that with the lost year and it's tough to see a team signing him away from Arizona.
8 246 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Texas State Texas $95,000
Paul Goldschmidt became the first player to repeat as Southland Conference hitter of the year since future big leaguer Ben Broussard in 1998-99. Goldschmidt, who also won the SLC's player of the year award, led NCAA Division I with 87 RBIs entering super-regional play and bashed 18 homers this spring, giving him a school-record 36 for his career. He has big righthanded power and good plate discipline for a slugger. Though he's a good athlete for a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, his lack of range limits him to first base, so his bat will have to carry him. Part of a national championship team at The Woodlands (Texas) High in 2006, Goldschmidt went in the 49th round of that draft to the Dodgers.
9 276 Chase Anderson RHP Oklahoma Okla. $85,000
Righthander Chase Anderson helped his draft chances with a strong relief outing against Wichita State in the NCAA regionals, blanking the Shockers for 5 1/3 innings while allowing one hit and striking out six. He's not big (6-foot-1, 162 pounds) or overpowering, but he mixes four pitches and consistently fools batters with his changeup. The Twins drafted him twice previously, in the 42nd round out of high school in 2006 and in the 40th round out of North Central (Texas) JC in 2007.
10 306 Tyson Van Winkle C Gonzaga Wash. $70,000
The top catcher taken out of the Northwest will likely be Oregon State's Ryan Ortiz, but some scouts see Gonzaga's Tyson Van Winkle as a better value and a better bet to hit as a professional. Van Winkle was drafted as a sophomore last year in the 39th round by the Astros and is a skilled defender. The 6-foot, 185-pounder is athletic, with quick feet. He's a skilled blocker, and his pitchers trust they can bury any pitch and Van Winkle will block it. His arm lagged behind his footwork in the past, but they're more in sync this year and his pop times were in the 1.8- to 1.9-second range. Van Winkle isn't just a catch-and-throw guy. He hit .361/.424/.542 for the Zags this year and has power potential.
11 336 Scottie Allen RHP Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla. Fla. $125,000
12 366 Charles Brewer RHP UCLA Calif.
13 396 Patrick Schuster LHP Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. Fla. $450,000
Schuster became the nation's best-known amateur this spring, even surpassing Stephen Strasburg, as he compiled a four-start streak of no-hitters. His attempt for a fifth straight game, a state playoff matchup was picked up by a local cable broadcaster, and his innings were shown on ESPN News. Schuster lost his bid and the game in front of a slew of fans, scouts and media, but his pitching ability was evident even in the loss. Schuster accomplished his no-hitter with the help of a funky delivery that delivers three average pitches. His fastball sat in the 86-91 mph range during the spring, as he threw both his two-seamer and four-seamer for strikes. His four-seamer seemed to get on hitters quickly due to his deception. His slider and curveball helped him miss plenty of bats en route to his no-hitter, and his slider is the better pitch, coming from his low three-quarters arm slot. Schuster's slight frame lends little future projection, and scouts agreed he might even lose some deception as he fills out physically. His pitchability gives him a chance to be a future back-end starter, and some scouts profile him more as a reliever. He's part of Florida's tremendous recruiting class and was expected to head to college unless a team meets his second-round bonus demands.
14 426 Brent Greer SS Western Carolina N.C.
Brent Greer hit .402 this spring. He's a solid-average hitter who has a better throwing arm and fits better in the outfield than at third base.
15 456 David Narodowski SS Kansas Kan.
16 486 Ryan Robowski LHP Ohio Dominican Ohio
17 516 Andrew Wolcott RHP Duke N.C.
Duke had one of its best seasons in years, narrowly missing out on the school's first NCAA regional bid. The Blue Devils will miss three solid senior signs next year, led by all-ACC righthander Andrew Wolcott, a 6-foot-6 workhorse who throws downhill with a fastball in the 88-90 mph range. He went 8-3, 2.77 and led the league in innings during the regular season, pitching off his fastball 80 percent of the time. Wolcott's slider and changeup are just decent.
18 546 Roidany Aguila C Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Providencia HS, Rio Piedras, P.R. P.R.
From Benito Santiago to Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada to the Molina brothers and Geovany Soto, Puerto Rico has long been a breeding ground for catchers. This year is no exception. A handful of catchers could be selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft, and Roidany Aguila could be the first off the board. A Cuban who moved to Puerto Rico by way of Miami, Aguila is solidly built at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He's a gamer with a good arm and good instincts behind the plate, with pop times in the 1.9-second range. He's more of a defensive catcher, but in Jupiter, Fla., last summer at the World Wood Bat Championship, Aguila turned around a 91 mph Tyler Skaggs fastball for a triple. He's committed to Bethune-Cookman.
19 576 Randy Hamrick RHP/SS Brewton-Parker (Ga.) Ga.
20 606 Adam Worthington RHP Illinois-Chicago Ill.
21 636 Dan Taylor LHP Central Michigan Mich.
The two best pitching prospects in the state are college seniors. Dan Taylor didn't have a redshirt year like Fetter did, and he won't turn 22 until July. The 6-foot, 205-pounder doesn't have an overpowering pitch, but his 88-89 mph fastball, curveball and changeup are all close to average. He's also a lefthander who throws strikes.
22 666 Evan Button SS Mississippi Miss.
23 696 Chris Odegaard RHP Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
24 726 Brad Gemberling RHP Princeton N.J.
From the college ranks, Princeton has more notable prospects than any other program in the state. David Hale will be drafted first based on his electric arm, but senior righty Brad Gemberling is more polished at this point. His ERA (6.67) was inflated by a horrendous final outing of the season against Cornell (0.2 IP, 9 ER). Gemberling throws strikes with an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 on occasion. He also works in a fringy slider and changeup, as well as a curveball he uses as a show pitch. A few scouts would consider Gemberling in the top 10 to 12 rounds, but most regard him as a senior sign later in the draft.
25 756 Taylor Wrenn SS Manatee (Fla.) CC Fla.
26 786 Dan Kaczrowski SS Hamline (Minn.) Minn.
27 816 Jake Hale RHP Ohio State Ohio
Though senior righthander Jake Hale ranked second in NCAA Division I with an Ohio State-record 18 saves this spring, area scouts don't love him. They question his work ethic and makeup, and while they like his slider, they think he throws it way too often. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder works in the high 80s and touches 91 mph with his fastball. He has been drafted twice previously, in the 24th round out high school by the Indians in 2005 and in the 20th round as a draft-eligible sophomore by the Blue Jays in 2007.
28 846 Brian Budrow RHP Utah Utah
Senior righthander Brian Budrow spent his first two seasons at Oregon State, where he was part of back-to-back College World Series winners, but he totaled just nine innings in those two years and transferred to Utah to get more time on the mound. He has shown scouts an 88-91 mph fastball with sink and a slider. He could get a chance as a senior sign.
29 876 Jake Williams 1B Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
30 906 Jack Marder SS Newbury Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
31 936 Keith Cantwell RHP Seton Hall N.J.
32 966 Will Harvil RHP Georgia Ga.
33 996 Brad Wilson RHP Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
34 1026 Patrick Cooper RHP Des Moines Area CC Iowa
Righthander Patrick Cooper doesn't have Mormann's velocity, but he had much better strikeout numbers (106 in 72 innings, versus 71 in 77 frames for Mormann) at Des Moines Area CC. A 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, he has much better pitchability and athleticism than Mormann. Cooper has an 89-92 mph fastball, a solid slider and a decent changeup. He spent his freshman season playing for head coach at Elvis Dominguez at Eastern Kentucky and has committed to play for Dominguez next year at Bradley.
35 1056 Zach Morgan RHP Shasta (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1086 Mike Freeman SS Clemson S.C.
Clemson's greatest impact on the draft will come from its pitchers and first baseman Ben Paulsen in the top 200 picks. The Tigers did have a late riser in second baseman Mike Freeman, a transfer from Georgia. He's a patient hitter with gap power from the left side who is a reliable defender. He's got enough arm to turn two at second base and hit .500 in regional play.
37 1116 Chris Jacobs OF Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
38 1146 Trevon Prince LHP Oakland, Calif. Calif.
39 1176 Ryan Jones OF Wichita State Kan.
Outfielder Ryan Jones has the best tools in the state, with solid speed, arm strength and range. But the 6-foot, 185-pound lefthanded hitter never got his bat going, hitting .277 with seven homers this spring after struggling with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has a line-drive approach and uses the whole field, yet he still looks overmatched at times.
40 1206 Tim Sherlock OF Duke N.C.
41 1236 Cade Kreuter 3B Hart HS, Newhall, Calif. Calif.
42 1266 Zach Hendrix 2B Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash. Wash.
43 1296 Brooklyn Foster C Walnut Grove SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia
44 1326 Zach Varnell C Arkansas-Pine Bluff Ark.
45 1356 Beau Amaral OF Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS Calif.
UCLA recruit Amaral, whose father Rich played 10 seasons in the majors, follows in his dad's footsteps as a smart, aggressive baserunner. Amaral lacks power projection and will have to fit in as a top-of-the-order center fielder, and he's unlikely to get bought away from college.
46 1386 Matt Ozanne OF Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
47 1416 Mario Gallardo LHP West Los Angeles JC Calif.
48 1446 Juan Avila OF Narbonne HS, Harbor City, Calif. Calif.
Naturally an outfielder, Avila is perhaps the finest all-around player in the Los Angeles area and profiles to big league average almost across the board--in speed, arm, glove and bat. A switch-hitter who played shortstop as a prep senior, he has a quick bat and has filled out into his 6-foot, 170-pound frame in the past year. He lacks the actions to stay in the infield. He could be a steal if a team decides to sign him away from college.
49 1476 Jordan Luvisi OF Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Lefthander Jordan Luvisi doesn't have the arm strength of fellow Arizona prep southpaw James Pazos, but is a better pure pitcher with three pitches he throws for strikes. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
50 1506 Frank Abbl RHP Mesa (Ariz.) CC Ark.