Draft Report Cards: Arizona Diamondbacks

It's hard to have a good draft without signing a first-round pick. Arizona hopes to surmount that obstacle with its bevy of projectable pitchers and is banking on Linton's athleticism.
Bonus Spending: $4.4 million

BEST PURE HITTER: Arizona was pleasantly surprised by 5-foot-9 OF Adam Eaton (19), who showed multiple tools. At the plate, he's short to the ball with a short stroke and a polished approach. He also knows his game and has on-base skills. » BEST POWER HITTER: OF Ty Linton (14) has huge raw power and got a $1.25 million bonus to buy him out of a North Carolina football scholarship. He has a natural power stroke with a high finish and good swing path. » FASTEST RUNNER: Reed thin OF Westley Moss (16) has work to do but is a 70 runner who occasionally puts up 80 times on the 20-80 scouting scale. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Moss' speed gives him excellent range, and he has solid instincts and a playable arm.


BEST FASTBALL: The Diamondbacks focused on projectable high school power arms, but college closer RHP Kevin Munson (4) has the best present velocity at 92-94 mph. Texas prep RHP Tyler Green (8) has flashed mid-90s velocity, and the competitive streak to bring it when most necessary. RHP J.R. Bradley (2) could surpass him with a fluid, easy arm stroke and athletic, projectable body at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds. He has touched 93 but lost velocity as the year went on. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Munson's slider is a quick bat-misser that earns 60 grades.


BEST PRO DEBUT: Eaton hit .385/.500/.575 with 20 steals in 28 attempts at Rookie-level Missoula, leading the Pioneer League in batting and OBP. 1B Yazy Arbelo (26) ranked second with 14 homers and first with 55 RBIs in the short-season Northwest League while batting .285/.374/.517 for Yakima. » BEST ATHLETE: Area scout George Swain stayed on Linton, and the organization went over slot because of his combination of plus speed, wiry strength, bat speed and explosiveness. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Arbelo, RHP Victor Lara (34) and 3B Eric Groff (44) all played together at Division II Keystone (Pa.). RHP Robby Rowland (3), whose father Rich caught the big leagues for six years, formed a battery at Missoula with his brother Richie, who signed as a nondrafted college junior. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Munson, who also fits a big league need. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Linton in the big money category; Eaton otherwise. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: The Diamondbacks drafted RHP Barret Loux (1) at No. 7 overall even though he was a consensus supplemental round talent, expecting to sign him for slot. But Loux failed his physical, the Diamondbacks moved on, and eventually Major League Baseball declared him a free agent. He has yet to sign with anyone. Arizona hoped to make up for Loux with LHP Kevin Ziomek (13), whose fastball was 92-94 mph by summer's end, but couldn't sway him from his Vanderbilt commitment.