Diamondbacks Draft Report Card

Analyzing Arizona's 2008 draft class

After focusing on pitchability with last year's draft class, Arizona got more power arms this June, headed by Daniel Schlereth and Shaw. However, Arizona's last few drafts remain short on impact, middle-of-the-diamond athletes or premium bats.

Best Pure Hitter: 1B/OF Ryne White (4) is a grinder who keeps his hands back and has the bat speed to catch up to good fastballs. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and an advanced, patient approach.  >>  Best Power Hitter: The good thing about being 5-foot-9 for OF Colin Cowgill (5) is he's short to ball, with a compact swing and high finish that produces loft power.  >>  Fastest Runner: At 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, OF Ollie Linton plays the little man's game with plus speed. He's also an outstanding drag bunter.  >>  Best Defensive Player: Linton is a ballhawk and above-average defender in center field. C Ryan Babineau (17) is an advanced receiver with an above-average arm who threw out 40 percent of basestealers in the Northwest League.


Best Fastball: LHP Daniel Schlereth (1) sits in the mid-90s and touches the high 90s with his heater. Fellow former college closer RHP Bryan Shaw (2) is a tick or two behind Schlereth.  >>  Best Secondary Pitch: Schlereth pitched his way from eighth-rounder in 2007 to the first round by improving the command of his fastball and devastating power curveball. LHP Wade Miley (1s) has a plus breaking ball, a slider with 2-to-8 break.


Best Pro Debut: Cowgill led the short-season Northwest League with 11 home runs in just 20 games there, then led the Midwest League playoffs with nine hits, including two homers. RHP Trevor Harden (14) moved from the bullpen to the rotation and struck out 64 in 42 innings with Rookie-level Missoula.  >>  Best Athlete: A Santa Clara recruit, RHP Kevin Eichhorn (3) was a legit two-way prospect as a switch-hitting shortstop and pitcher, and he's ambidextrous.  >>  Most Intriguing Background: Schlereth's father Mark is an actor and NFL analyst who was a Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman for the Redskins and Broncos. Eichhorn's father Mark finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1986, part of an 11-year big league career. SS Justin Parker (6) is the older brother of 2007 Diamondbacks first-rounder RHP Jarrod Parker. RHP Jesse Orosco (38) is the son of the ex-big league pitcher of the same name who owns the major league record with 1,252 appearances.  >>  Closest To The Majors: Schlereth will move quickly in relief. LHP Pat McAnaney (8) has a plus changeup and polished three-pitch mix and profiles as a fourth starter.  >>  Best Late-Round Pick: Harden showed more presence and firmer stuff as a starter than expected and has one of the best arms in the organization already.  >>  The One Who Got Away: LHP Danny Hultzen (10), who flashed an 88-92 mph fastball in the spring, ended up at Virginia. RHP Daniel Webb (12) has big raw stuff (having hit 96 mph in the past) and will be one of the nation's top juco prospects at Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) JC.