2011 Draft Report Card: Arizona Diamondbacks
BEST PURE HITTER:
|No team ever had two of the first seven picks, and Arizona took full advantage with Bauer and Bradley. The Diamondbacks also picked up more arms and may have the game's best group of pitching prospects.
Bonus Spending: $11.9 million
C Michael Perez (5) could provide uncommon offense for his position, thanks to his quick lefthanded stroke and at least average power potential. BEST POWER HITTER:
1B Jon Griffin (21) led the Rookie-level Pioneer League with 18 homers, tying Paul Goldschmidt's franchise record at Missoula. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Griffin hit 69 homers in four years between junior college and Central Florida, leading Conference USA with 19 last spring. FASTEST RUNNER:
OF Chris Ellison (39) used his plus speed to steal 15 bases at Missoula, though he was caught nine times. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
SS Josh Parr (12) is a reliable defender whose pro debut was cut short when he took a fastball to the face, fracturing his cheekbone.
Arizona loaded up on power arms in the draft, starting with two of the first seven overall picks, RHPs Trevor Bauer (1) and Archie Bradley (1). The Diamondbacks have clocked them both as high as 98 mph, and Bradley reportedly hit 101 mph in the Oklahoma 6-A championship game. He usually works at 92-95 mph and has the best pure arm in this crop. Other hard throwers include RHP Anthony Meo (2), who can touch 98; RHPs Evan Marshall (4) and Kyle Winkler (10), who both peak at 96; and LHP Andrew Chafin (1s), who can reach 95. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Bauer has a number of intriguing secondary pitches, with the best being a sharp curveball that rates as a plus-plus pitch at times. Chafin throws a wipeout slider, and Marshall's curveball also can be a weapon.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Griffin and LHP Taylor Siemens (18), who topped the Pioneer League in ERA (2.23) and opponent average (.226). He succeeds with an 88-90 mph sinker and deception. Bauer pitched his way to Double-A two weeks into his pro career and fanned 43 in 26 overall innings. BEST ATHLETE:
Bradley would have played quarterback at Oklahoma. OF Justin Bianco (3) has solid tools across the board. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
3B/1B Tyler Bream's (42) father Sid played 12 seasons in the big leagues. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Bauer was considered for Arizona's postseason roster and should be the first 2011 draftee to reach the big leagues. Marshall closed out the Double-A Southern League championship game and could join the Diamondbacks bullpen in the near future. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Winkler would have been a supplemental first-round pick if not for a stress fracture in his elbow that required surgery. LHP John Pedrotty (13) is able to throw three pitches for strikes. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
The Diamondbacks were close but couldn't corral RHP Matt Price (6) or OF Ben Roberts (7). Price took his plus fastball back to South Carolina, where he was the closer on the last two College World Series championship teams. Roberts, a stunning athlete for a Montana high school product, will play at Washington State.