Arizona Diamondbacks

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 6 Barret Loux RHP Texas A&M Texas
The Tigers spent heavily to sign high school pitchers Rick Porcello ($7 million contract in the first round) and Casey Crosby ($748,500 in the fifth) in 2007, and thought they also met the $800,000 asking price of Loux, their 24th-rounder. He changed his mind about signing and instead opted to attend Texas A&M, where his 2009 season was halted by bone chips in his elbow. After having the chips removed, Loux is healthy again and racking up strikeouts with a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder throws with such ease that his fastball appears even harder. If he had a standout second pitch, he'd be a first-round pick, but he may have to settle for the sandwich round because his curveball and changeup are merely effective. His curveball was his best pitch in high school but hasn't been as sharp since his elbow surgery. He'll show an average changeup, though not on a consistent basis. Some teams have medical concerns about Loux, who missed two months of his high school senior season with a tender shoulder.
2 56 J.R. Bradley RHP Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va. $643,500
West Virginia's Jedd Gyorko isn't the only player generating interest in the Mountain State this season. Bradley, a prep righthander from outside Charleston, was also coming on strong. A lanky, projectable righthander at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, his fastball ranges from 88-92 mph, but sits at 89-90 and he can touch 93-94 a couple of times in a game. His secondary stuff is raw, but he has shown flashes that the pitches could be average. He has outstanding control for a high school arm. He reportedly has walked just two batters in the last two seasons. Bradley has drawn comparisons to another 2010 righty in Keenan Kish. Bradley offers more projection, but less polish than Kish. He is committed to North Carolina State but figures to be signable. Scouts can't reach a consensus on where Bradley will get drafted, but considering his projection and signability there is little chance he lasts past the fifth round.
3 88 Robby Rowland RHP Cloverdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $395,000
When scouts use the term "projection righthander," Rowland is exactly the type of pitcher they're talking about with his body type, athleticism and bloodlines. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Rowland looks the part of a young Josh Johnson. He is one of the top basketball players in California and could have accepted scholarships to small Division I programs as a shooting guard. Rowland's father Rich is a former big league catcher (Tigers and Red Sox from 1990-1995), and his older brother is a college catcher. As for his actual abilities, Rowland pitches with an 87-90 mph fastball and touches 92. He uses a split-finger fastball as his primary out pitch, with an inconsistent overhand curveball, a changeup and recently developed cutter/slider. Rowland has a loose, easy, quick arm stroke from an overhand slot. When he takes his time to get out over his front leg, he gets good tilt and late run and his curveball then shows as future average pitch. He has signed with Oregon.
4 121 Kevin Munson RHP James Madison Va. $243,000
The closer for the Dukes, Munson has a thick, strong frame at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He has two average or better pitches that help him shut down batters at the end of games. His fastball consistently sits 90-93 mph, with good sink and armside run thanks to good extension in his delivery. His second pitch is a power slider that can buckle hitters' knees. He gets hard, late depth on the pitch and uses it almost exclusively at times. Occasionally, the break will get a little big on him and the pitch lacks bite. He came to James Madison as a catcher/righthander, so his arm is relatively fresh. He has shown that he can work multiple-inning outings and hold his velocity. In 24 appearances he has tossed 43 innings, striking out 61 and walking 19. Even though he hasn't made a start in his college career, a couple of scouts didn't rule out the possibility if he can find a third pitch.
5 151 Cody Wheeler LHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $168,300
While Wheeler's stuff was uneven this season, his results have been remarkably consistent, as he was 26-1 in three seasons. His ratios have been steady the last two years as well. Wheeler's best trait, aside from being a southpaw, is his athletic ability. It allows him to add and subtract from his fastball, repeat his delivery, field his position and hold runners well. His fastball and curveball were usually fringe-average pitches this season, though he dialed up more velocity (reaching 91 mph) and seemed to have a sharper curve when needed. His changeup was just better last year, a plus pitch as opposed to solid-average.
6 181 Blake Perry RHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Perry, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound Kentucky native, was attracting attention. Perry, whose older brother Bryce plays at Kentucky and is a Wildcats recruit, sits in the 88-91 mph range, has a loose arm and touched 93 mph in recent weeks.
7 211 Jeff Shields RHP Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala. $150,000
Shields was a big name coming into the season after flashing plus velocity last year as a closer. Shields gave up playing shortstop this year to focus on pitching and dominated, going 12-1, 1.37 with 92 strikeouts in 85 innings. He's still more about arm strength than pitching, but the 6-foot-3 righty has hit 95 mph and has a solid-average slider, if not a tick above at times.
8 241 Tyler Green RHP Brazoswood HS, Clute, Texas Texas $750,000
Though Green has one of the better bats in the Texas high school ranks this spring, his power arm is too much for scouts too ignore. He regularly operates at 90-92 mph and reaches 95 with his fastball, and he backs it up with a hard curveball. He's only 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, and while he has a quick arm, he has some effort to his delivery that will need to be addressed. He's a tenacious competitor who was slowed late in the spring when he jammed his wrist on a headfirst slide, though he recovered to allow a total of one run in his first three playoff starts while pitching Brazoswood to the state 5-A regional finals. A high school shortstop, Green will play both ways if he attends Texas Christian. He has plus bat speed that gives him good power potential from the right side of the plate. Though he has the arm to play shortstop, he projects as more of a third baseman or corner outfielder at the college level. Scouts believe he's more signable than the typical TCU recruit.
9 271 Zach Walters SS San Diego Calif. $97,500
Big and physical at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Walters is a lefty-hitting shortstop with fine tools but not a great deal of power. He's also battled injuries this year, including a dislocated thumb. Six-foot-2, 200-pound Mike Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
10 301 Kawika Emsley-Pai C Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $70,000
Switch-hitting catcher Emsley-Pai was highly touted out of high school in Washington as a teammate of Travis Snider. He spent his freshman season at Texas before transferring to Lewis-Clark. Emsley-Pai hasn't hit as scouts expected him to coming out of high school, and he's no longer athletic enough to play center field. He had back issues this year that kept him from catching every day, so his medical reports will play a role in where he gets drafted.
11 331 Mike Freeman SS Clemson S.C.
12 361 Blake Cooper RHP South Carolina S.C.
Righthander Blake Cooper wasn't quite as sharp down the stretch as he had been early. Still, he was 10-1, 2.94 entering regional play and led the Southeastern Conference in innings (104) while ranking fifth in ERA. Cooper isn't physical at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, and some question whether he could maintain his velocity over a full pro season. He throws his sinker in the upper-80s and touches 90-91 mph with armside run. He has a great feel for pitching, spotting his sinker, solid curve, slider and changeup.
13 391 Kevin Ziomek LHP Amherst (Mass.) Regional HS Mass.
Ziomek established himself as the best prep prospect in New England at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Association Championship last fall in Jupiter, Fla., where he ran his fastball up to 93-94 mph. He has not shown that kind of velocity this spring, pitching mostly at 87-88 and topping out at 91-92 on occasion. Ziomek's 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and loose arm suggest plenty of projection, and he has good feel for pitching, but scouts have reservations about his mechanics and funky arm action, which includes a hook and a wrap on the back side. He seldom throws his changeup in games, but it projects as an average or better offering. His slider is slurvy and inconsistent, and he tends to cast his slow curveball away from his body. The son of two lawyers, Ziomek is believed to be a tough sign away from his Vanderbilt commitment.
14 421 Ty Linton OF Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS N.C. $1,250,000
Linton is both a football and baseball recruit for North Carolina, signed to a football scholarship but needed by a baseball program woefully short on his best tool--righthanded power. Strong and physical at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Linton was an all-state linebacker known for jarring hits in football and would likely play safety for the Tar Heels' football team. He has run 60 yards in 6.5 seconds. Linton's arm rates as average, and he's athletic enough to fit the right-field profile. The biggest questions are with his hitting ability and his signability. Buying him out of his college commitment likely will require a seven-figure signing bonus, and scouts aren't convinced his bat is worthy of such a commitment. Linton's offensive approach remains raw, and at times he's a front-foot hitter who jumps at the ball and doesn't trust his hands. He has struggled at times against modest high school competition, flailing at breaking balls well below the quality he'd see even in Rookie ball. It takes only one team, though, to believe in his raw ability and sign him away from North Carolina.
15 451 Mike Bolsinger RHP Arkansas Ark.
Righthander Mike Bolsinger has served as a swingman this spring, and his pro future is as a reliever, his role on Arkansas' 2009 College World Series team. Coming out of the bullpen, he has an 89-92 mph sinker and a slider. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder throws strikes, competes well and could make a useful middle reliever in the big leagues. The Athletics drafted him in the 33rd round as a junior last year.
16 481 Westley Moss OF Nevada Nev.
Center fielder Moss is an above-average runner and plays a good center field, but has a weak bat.
17 511 Derek Eitel RHP Rose-Hulman (Ind.) Ind.
Eitel starred at quarterback for Rose-Hulman, an NCAA Division III school, setting school records for career passing yards (7,507), touchdowns (52) and efficiency rating (125.4). He also went 29-10 in four years in the Fightin' Engineers rotation, and his pro future will be as a righthanded pitcher. A 6-foot-5, 205-pounder, his sinker jumped 3 mph from 2009 to 2010. He pitched at 89-91 mph and touched 92 as a senior, and improved his slurvy slider. He also throws a changeup and splitter. His delivery puts stress on his shoulder, but his size, arm strength and athleticism will give a pro club plenty to work with.
18 541 Jimmy Comerota 1B Rice Texas
19 571 Adam Eaton OF Miami (Ohio) Ohio
Outside of Gauntlett Eldemire, Eaton has the best tools in the state, and he knows how to use them better than Eldemire does. Eaton is a lefthanded hitter with good on-base skills, and his solid speed plays up in the bases and in center field. He has surprising pop for his size and solid arm strength. Scouts worry about how well he profiles because of his size and may target him more as a senior sign for 2011, but Eaton plays the game well.
20 601 Michael Hur OF UC Riverside Calif.
Hur signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the Diamondbacks later voided his contract.
21 631 Raoul Torrez 2B Arizona State Ariz.
22 661 Jeremy Erben RHP Oklahoma Okla.
Erben throws hard (91-92 to 94 mph) and can work multiple innings. He also throws a hard curveball.
23 691 Roberto Padilla LHP Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
Early in the spring, Ohlone lefthander Padilla was creating a lot of buzz off a good freshman season and the development of his fastball velocity and usable breaking ball. Padilla also finished well, beating El Camino JC in the opener of the state's final four championship round. He has a chance to be a complete lefthander, with a nice repertoire and projectable frame. His fastball has been up to 91 mph but his stuff fell off this spring, most often in the 85-88 mph range. His changeup projects as an above-average pitch at times, though it can be too firm. His curveball now projects as an average pitch. He has a short backside arm action that can be tough to pick up, and when spotting his fastball he is effective with the fastball/changeup combination. He has signed with San Jose State, where former Ohlone coach Tom Kunis is the pitching coach.
24 721 Stephen Cardullo 3B Florida State Fla.
25 751 Matt Talley LHP The Citadel S.C.
26 781 Yazy Arbelo 1B Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
27 811 Niko Gallego 2B UCLA Calif.
28 841 Keith Hessler LHP Coastal Carolina S.C.
29 871 Jake Floethe RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
30 901 Ryan Zimmerman RHP Northwestern State La.
31 931 Steven Sultzbaugh OF Rice Texas
32 961 Greg Robinson RHP Wright State Ohio
33 991 Andrew Whittington C Southern Arkansas Ark.
Whittington signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 13, but the Diamondbacks later voided his contract.
34 1021 Victor Lara RHP Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
Lara, a Miami native, spent his freshman year at Miami-Dade CC and his sophomore year at Monroe (N.Y.) CC before landing at Keystone. He struck out 32 in 18 innings as the team's closer this spring, but he remains unpolished. His best asset is his arm strength; he can run his fastball up to 95 mph in short stints and pitches in the low 90s. But his command and secondary stuff need work, with his slider rating below-average at best. Lara is short but sturdy at 6 feet, 204 pounds.
35 1051 Konner Wade RHP Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Wade looked like a stud in the fall, sitting 92-93 mph with a hammer curveball. This spring was a different story, though. His fastball was more in the upper 80s, touching 90, and his curveball flattened out. He could be an interesting summer follow, but teams may just let him go to school. He is committed to Arizona, but could also wind up at Central Arizona.
36 1081 Justin Hilt OF Elon N.C.
37 1111 Michael Weber 2B Washington State Wash.
38 1141 Matt Roberts C Graham (N.C.) HS N.C.
The 2009 draft featured the nation's top defender at catcher, Steve Baron, going off the board in the supplemental first round, even though many scouts had questions about his bat. Roberts isn't quite at Baron's level defensively but does grade as above-average for both his defense and his arm. He's a quiet, consistent receiver with consistent 1.85-1.9-second pop times. Roberts is clearly good enough to step in and play as a freshman at North Carolina defensively, but as the draft approached it seemed less likely that Roberts would make it to school. He homered off Austin Brice, one of the state's better arms, in a heavily scouted game in early May and had shown a smoother swing this season. Roberts' competition level wasn't high, and while he's a good athlete he lacks strength and may not ever hit for much power. He plays with energy and has shown leadership skills behind the plate. Roberts wasn't necessarily considered the top pure talent in the Tar Heel State, but he was expected to be its first prep player picked.
39 1171 Garrett Nash 3B Oregon State Ore.
Second baseman Nash is in the second year of his Mormon mission and is draft-eligible, but it's unlikely a team will take a chance on him without seeing him back on the field.
40 1201 Ryan Casillas 1B Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.
41 1231 Mike McGee RHP Florida State Fla.
The Seminoles' most valuable player, outfielder/righthander Mike McGee, doesn't have a plus tool beyond his throwing arm, and at 6 feet, 188 pounds, he lacks ideal pro size as a pitcher. He has been automatic as the Seminoles' closer, giving up two runs in 21 innings while fanning 25 using an average fastball, curveball and slider. He's a solid athlete with a patient approach and solid gap power.
42 1261 Chris Jarrett OF Anderson (Ind.) Ind.
43 1291 Tom Belza 2B Oklahoma State Okla.
44 1321 Eric Groff 3B Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
45 1351 Javan Williams OF Contra Costa (Calif.) JC Calif.
Outfielder Williams has a chance to be the next Comet to get a shot at pro ball, though he is a later-round prospect. Williams is a lefthanded hitter with some tools and a legitimate chance to hit, and at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds he has size and strength.
46 1381 Jorge Flores SS Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.
Shortstop Flores has legitimate tools as an above-average defender with an above-average arm. He can really pick it at shortstop and has great baseball instincts. He's a below-average runner and his lefthanded swing is a little light, but that's because he's one of the smallest players who will get drafted at 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds. The Diamondbacks have been rumored to be the most interested in him. If he doesn't sign he'll head to Central Arizona.
47 1411 Casey Upperman RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Casey Upperman can also run it up to 93 and has a good curveball. He has toned down his Hideki Okajima-esque delivery but is still a max-effort guy.
48 1441 Kenny Sigman RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
49 1471 Tad Barton RHP Muhlenberg HS, Laureldale, Pa. Pa.
50 1501 Trey Ford 3B South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.