D-Backs Select Two Elite Arms In Draft Bounty
PHOENIX—The Diamondbacks' historic draft could not have gone much better. They wanted power pitching and got it, taking UCLA righthander Trevor Bauer
with the third overall pick and following that with Broken Arrow (Okla.) High righthander Archie Bradley
with the seventh.
Bauer went 13-2, 1.25 and led NCAA Division I with 203 strikeouts, breaking Mark Prior's
Pacific-10 Conference season record. Bradley went 12-1, 0.29 with 131 strikeouts in 71 innings while pitching in the same Oklahoma district with Dylan Bundy
, the fourth overall pick by the Orioles.
"We talked about building our organization around pitching," general manager Kevin Towers
said. "Pitching wins these days. We're a better organization by selecting those two pitchers."
Towers ought to know. He has shown a knack for identifying pitching in the way he has developed staffs in San Diego and now in his first season with the Diamondbacks.
"(Bauer) is a winner," Towers said. "He won in high school. He won in college. (We) fully expect him to win at the major league level."
A three-time all-Pac-10 selection, Bauer models his mechanics after two-time National League Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum
, and they look eerily similar on the mound. Bauer does not throw as hard as Lincecum, but he does run his fastball into the 93-95 mph range.
Bauer also has what scouts have called a plus-plus curveball. He throws an assortment of other pitches, including what he calls two variations of a reverse slider, a pitch that breaks to his arm-side.
Bauer finished the season with 10 complete games, notching one in each of his final nine starts. Some believe he could contend for a spot in the rotation as early as next year, but Bauer may not be a quick sign.
"I've pitched a lot of innings. I realize they might want to shut me down the rest of the year," he said.
Arizona became the first team in history with two picks among the first 10 after getting a compensatory pick for failing to come to terms with 2010 first-rounder Barret Loux
after a post-draft medical indicated shoulder issues.
Bradley, who also played quarterback in high school, has a football/baseball scholarship offer to Oklahoma and said he expects to make a decision soon. On draft day, it sounded as if he was leaning toward baseball.
"The front-runner has always been baseball," Bradley said.
"I love multi-sport athletes. He has the right mindset, the right mentality," Towers said.
The D-backs expect to sign both young pitchers, but the Bradley pick is not protected and the club will receive no compensation if he does not come to terms.
"We intend to sign these kids," managing general partner Ken Kendrick