Arizona Diamondbacks

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 26 Stryker Trahan C/OF Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. La. $1,700,000
Trahan once told Baseball America he comes "from a long line of catchers," as both his parents played the position. One scout lauded his "Cajun makeup," referencing his toughness and genial demeanor, fitting for a player named after a character in a Burt Reynolds film. He could be a first-round pick for a team that believes he can catch, but the consensus is that he'll need to shift to an outfield corner. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Trahan has an ideal build for catching and an athletic frame with strong hands and forearms that allow scouts to put good grades on his power. His swing has lacked fluidity this spring and is more strength-oriented, but he may loosen up as he puts more distance between baseball and his football career; he was Acadiana's starting quarterback last fall. Trahan has above-average arm strength, which will play behind the plate or in right field, and he's an excellent runner for his size, often turning in above-average times to first base from the left side. His obstacle at catcher is his receiving ability, which is below-average, and scouts hoped to see more progress in an inconsistent senior season. A Mississippi commitment, Trahan has too many tools to fall far.
2 90 Joe Munoz 3B Los Altos HS, Hacienda Heights, Calif. Calif. $520,500
Scouts are intrigued by Munoz's 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame and solid tools package, but he has not performed at a standout level this spring, leading some scouts to question his mental readiness for professional baseball. Munoz has shown average raw power in the past and has some feel to hit, but his swing gets rotational and leads to swing-and-misses. Scouts willing to dream on his upside give him a chance to be an average hitter down the road. Munoz plays shortstop in high school, but few scouts think he can stick at the position in pro ball, as his instincts, footwork, agility and range are lacking. A move to third base seems most likely, and he could develop into an average defender at the position with a solid-average arm. Munoz is a below-average to fringe-average runner. The San Diego State commit stands a solid chance to be drafted in the fourth-to-sixth-round range.
3 120 Jake Barrett RHP Arizona State Ariz. $392,900
On talent alone, Barrett has first-round stuff. Pitchers in the Pacific-12 conference with fastballs that sit in the mid-90s and touch 98 to go along with above-average secondary stuff (a hard breaking ball and a splitter) don't typically last too long in the draft. Barrett also has prototypical physicality at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. But scouts have questions about his durability. At least two scouts have said Barrett didn't sign with the Blue Jays as a third-round pick out of high school because the team had questions about his physical, though he has never missed any time at Arizona State. A starter in high school and last year for the Sun Devils, Barrett moved to the bullpen this year, and that's where scouts believe he'll stay as a pro. He has the pure stuff to help a big league bullpen in a hurry.
4 153 Chuck Taylor OF Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas Texas $250,000
Taylor has plus speed that served him well as a quarterback at Timberview HS. He's a true center fielder and a basestealing threat, though his bat needs some time to develop. He's just 5-foot-7 but has some strength in his 185-pound frame. The switch-hitter has committed to Texas-Arlington.
5 183 Ronnie Freeman C Kennesaw State Ga. $200,000
Freeman is a solid player who benefits from position scarcity. Competent college catchers get pushed up draft boards, and Freeman has shown he is competent. Offensively, he's more than that, showing good strength in his average-sized 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. Freeman slugged .622 as a sophomore, adding 20 doubles to his 10 home runs, and thrived with wood last summer, batting .349 with six homers in the New England Collegiate League. He has been pitched around a bit more as a junior but still ranked sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference in batting. He has a sound swing, above-average raw power and some feel for hitting. Defensively, Freeman has average arm strength and soft hands, but his stiff actions and lack of agility tend to betray him. He had thrown out 26 percent of basestealers this season.
6 213 Jake Lamb 3B Washington Wash. $161,000
When Lamb was a senior in high school, he formed the middle of a lineup that also included Rays outfielder Josh Sale, a junior at the time. A tough sign out of high school, Lamb fell to the 38th round in 2009, when the Pirates finally took a chance on him. Lamb stands out on the field with his athletic 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. A shortstop in high school, he's a good defender at third base with above-average arm strength. Lamb shows well in batting practice, flashing above-average raw power, but has struggled in games this year, hitting just .313/.422/.436 over 179 at-bats. His swing will need some work in pro ball and he doesn't look comfortable in the box against lefties. The lefthanded hitter shows some feel for hitting, but uses a slashy, inside-out swing in games instead of trying to tap into his power.
7 243 Andrew Velazquez SS Fordham Prep, Bronx, N.Y. N.Y. $200,000
A small shortstop from New York City, Velazquez is committed to Virginia Tech. He's a singles hitter from both sides of the plate and showed below-average times down the line last summer.
8 273 Evan Marzilli OF South Carolina S.C. $132,900
A recipient of the grinder tag, Marzilli wins scouts over with how hard he plays. He's an above-average runner with a fringe-average arm and provides good defense in center field thanks to excellent instincts. The biggest question with him is the bat, as he was hitting .289/.382/.387 in 204 at-bats.
9 303 Jeff Gibbs RHP Maine Maine $90,000
There were high hopes for Gibbs this season with his arm strength and 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. But Gibbs has struggled, going 3-4, 7.81 with 52 strikeouts and 38 walks in 55 innings. He also hit nine batters and threw 19 wild pitches. He sits 90-92 mph with ease and can get up to the mid 90s, but his fastball is a true pitch and he gets behind in the count a lot. His slider and changeup are average, but he tends to nibble too much and needs to pitch with more confidence.
10 333 Danny Poma OF Hofstra N.Y. $7,500
Poma has three plus tools in his speed, defense and arm. He hit .430/.500/.654 in 237 at-bats. He also stole 29 bases in 38 attempts.
11 363 Ben Eckels RHP Davis (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
There's an abundance of undersized righthanders with good stuff this year. While Marcus Stroman is in a class of his own and Eckels isn't quite in the same class as Justin Garza or Zach Quintana. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and touches 94 and he mixes in an above-average curveball and a changeup that projects as an average pitch. On top of that, Eckles is viewed as a bulldog of a competitor. The knock is just his size, as scouts say that if Eckels were 6-foot-3, he'd be a top pick, but he's three or four inches shorter and weighs 175 pounds. Eckels could get bumped up by a few rounds for a team that isn't concerned about his size because he is considered signable and is committed to Howard (Texas) JC.
12 393 Alex Glenn OF Arizona Christian Ariz.
13 423 Phildrick Llewellyn C Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $125,000
14 453 Derrick Stultz RHP South Florida Fla.
15 483 Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Va.
16 513 Landon Lassiter SS North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C. N.C.
17 543 Yogey Perez-Ramos OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
Perez-Ramos is a 6-foot-2 slender athlete, listed as 25 years old, who actually played for Ciego de Avilas in Cuba's Serie Nacional for 46 games in 2009-2010. Instead of going the free agent route, Perez-Ramos played junior-college ball and hit .444 with nine triples and 27 stolen bases. He's interesting offensively with a polished approach, but has limited upside and is a modest defender.
18 573 Kevin Medrano 2B Missouri State Mo.
19 603 R.J. Hively RHP Mississippi Miss.
Hively is a fifth-year senior who started his college career at Cal State Fullerton, taking a redshirt year and then missing a year with a back injury. The 23-year-old righthander lacks a plus pitch, though he can throw his four-seamer, two-seamer and cutter to all four parts of the strike zone.
20 633 Jacob House 1B Texas A&M Texas
21 663 Rudy Flores 1B Florida International Fla.
22 693 Holden Helmink RHP Willis (Texas) HS Texas
Helmink has a projectable frame and the makings of two plus future pitches, but he lacks the polish to get drafted early enough to sign him away from a Texas commitment. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder first made his name at Willis as a slugging outfielder, and he's still learning to pitch. He has a quick arm, an 88-92 mph fastball and shows aptitude for spinning his curveball. Helmink still is learning on the mound, and he'll need to develop a changeup and improve his command. He could find innings hard to come by as a freshman on a deep Longhorns pitching staff.
23 723 Matt Dermody LHP Iowa Iowa
24 753 Mark Ginther 3B Oklahoma State Okla.
When Ginther came out of Jenks (Okla.) HS in 2009, scouts projected him as a future top-three-rounds pick. Four years later, they still like his athleticism and arm strength but wonder if he'll hit enough to make an impact against pro competition. After totaling 22 homers in 2010-11, he hit just five this spring. He has size (6-foot-2, 199 pounds) and strength but undermines his righthanded power potential by being too aggressive at the plate. He has struggled with wood bats in summer competition as well. A quarterback who led Jenks to two state 6-A football titles, he moves well at third base. A 48th-round pick by the Phillies out of high school and a 14th-rounder by the White Sox last year, he'll get drafted for a third time as a senior.
25 783 Vince Spilker RHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
26 813 Chris Capper RHP Brigham Young Utah
Capper went 3-6, 2.97 for Brigham Young this year with 50 strikeouts and 21 walks over 67 innings. He has some effort in his delivery, tops out at 92 mph and mixes in a slurvy breaking ball for an out pitch. Scouts think his stuff could play up out of the bullpen in pro ball.
27 843 Damion Smith OF Holy Names HS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario
28 873 Max Schrock 2B Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh N.C.
Though he grew up just minutes from North Carolina's campus and cheered for the Tar Heels, Schrock committed to South Carolina to venture out a little. He projects as an offensive-minded second baseman, though his defense isn't a weakness and he may be able to handle shortstop in college. He runs average, but could slow down as he gets stronger. He is just 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, but can handle the bat and flashes some pop. He has a quick bat and was one of just a couple players to hit a home run at the East Coast Pro Showcase last summer.
29 903 Adam McConnell SS Richmond Va.
30 933 Chase Stevens RHP Oklahoma State Okla.
31 963 Andrew Potter RHP Eastside HS, Lancaster, Calif. Calif.
Potter generated buzz last fall when he pitched at 89-92 mph and touched 93-94 in scout ball, and flashed a decent three-quarters breaking ball. But he has regressed this spring, still bumping 93 mph at times but falling into the mid-80s by the third inning. He has struggled to throw strikes and miss bats, and his slurve has been inconsistent, though it flashes average. His changeup is developing, and he has some feel for it. His arm strength and 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame could still get him drafted in the eighth to 12th round, but many scouts seem content to let him go to UC Irvine.
32 993 Daniel Watts LHP Jacksonville State Ala.
33 1023 Jonathan Pulley RHP Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C.
34 1053 Jared Ray RHP Houston Texas
35 1083 Robbie Buller RHP Houston Baptist Texas
36 1113 Andrew Barbosa LHP South Florida Fla.
37 1143 Breland Almadova OF Hawaii Hawaii
Almadova is the area's best prospect, with an athletic, muscular build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. His quick-twitch athleticism makes him an above-average runner and he plays tremendous defense in center field. He hit well with wood last summer in the West Coast League, though he had a disappointing season for the Rainbows, hitting just .267/.383/.356. Scouts think it likely he'll return for his senior year.
38 1173 Cam Gibson OF Grosse Point (Mich.) South HS Mich.
39 1203 Bubu Garcia C Gilroy (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1233 Zane Hemond RHP Montrose (Colo.) HS Colo.