Arizona Diamondbacks

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 3 Trevor Bauer RHP UCLA Calif. $3,400,000
After graduating high school early to enroll at UCLA in the spring of 2009, Bauer quickly found his way into the Bruins' weekend rotation, and went on to break school records for career wins (32 and counting) and strikeouts (432) by the middle of his junior year. Bauer is as unconventional as he is dominant. He takes an intellectual approach to his craft, studying advanced concepts like biomechanics, effective velocity and pitch tunneling. He is a long-toss devotee who works with rubber tubes before and during his starts. He idolizes and patterns himself after another slight righthander with electric stuff: Tim Lincecum. Like Lincecum, he generates premium velocity using extreme torque, and while some scouts worry about the head movement and recoil in his delivery, others say his arm action is loose and his mechanics add deception. Bauer has the deepest repertoire of any pitcher in the draft. On his worst days, he still holds 91-93 mph fastball velocity deep into games, and he often tops out at 95-96. He has exceptional feel for a sharp, downer curveball that rates as plus to plus-plus. His changeup is above-average, and he mixes in an occasional split-finger and flashes a slider. He also throws what he calls a "reverse slider," which runs in on lefthanded hitters at 85-87 mph--and some scouts say that is plus, too. Bauer relishes striking hitters out, so he throws a lot of pitches. He usually works deep into games (and threw five straight complete games in April and May). That workload concerns some scouts, but others think his arm is in exceptional shape and point out that he conditions himself to throw a lot. He has top-of-the-rotation upside and could move quickly, but he is adamant about continuing his own training regimen in pro ball, which will turn some clubs off.
1 7 Archie Bradley RHP Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS Okla. $5,000,000
Just four Oklahoma high school pitchers have been drafted in the first round prior to 2011: Ronnie Walden, Jamey Wright, Matt Roney and Chad James. Dylan Bundy and Bradley will add to that list this June, and while Bundy has separated himself from Bradley (and every other prep pitcher in the nation) this spring, Bradley still should go in the upper half of the round. After showing a 92-95 mph fastball that touched 98 last summer, he wasn't at his best at the start of the season but was back in peak form by the time the state playoffs began in May. He touched 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun while striking out 14 and pitching a two-hit shutout in the Oklahoma 6-A state championship game against Owasso, then the nation's No. 1-ranked team. Bradley's hammer curveball can be just as devastating as his fastball, and he has some feel for a changeup. He has a clean delivery that he maintains well, though at times it can get out of whack. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Bradley is also a top quarterback prospect who would play both baseball and football at Oklahoma in the unlikely event that he doesn't turn pro. Teams weren't taking his five-year, $20 million asking price seriously, though he could top the $5.25 million two-sport deal the Dodgers gave righthander/quarterback Zach Lee a year ago.
1s 43 Andrew Chafin LHP Kent State Ohio $875,000
After missing all of 2010 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Chafin has bounced back so well that he should become the fourth Kent State pitcher (following Dustin Hermanson, Travis Miller and John Van Benschoten) selected in the first or sandwich round. Chafin dominated as a reliever in 2009 and has done the same as a starter this spring, going 6-1, 2.14 with 91 strikeouts in 71 innings through mid-May. His 81-83 mph slider can be unhittable and earns some 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he commands a 90-95 mph fastball to both sides of the plate. When he was unable to throw a breaking ball during his rehab, he worked on a changeup, which now shows signs of becoming an average pitch. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder repeats his delivery well and throws strikes. Chafin's only setback this spring came when he developed a tired arm after making nine consecutive starts, but his stuff looked crisp again when he took a week off and returned in a relief role. He has the stuff and makeup to become a No. 2 starter or a closer.
2 63 Anthony Meo RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $625,000
Meo was part of a stacked 2008 prep class in Connecticut and Rhode Island, a group that included Vanderbilt's Jason Esposito and UConn stars Matt Barnes and George Springer. Meo threw 91-92 mph in high school but has bumped his fastball up to 96 mph in college, regularly sitting in the 93-94 range. He's quick-armed and live-bodied at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, with a lean frame that hasn't added much weight over the years. His curveball is quick and short with downer break, and he's starting to harness the command of both pitches. Meo's changeup remains "underdeveloped," as one scout put it, and while his delivery isn't maximum effort, it's not smooth either. He throws strikes but doesn't locate enough to have the command clubs look for in starters. He should go out in the first two rounds as a starter but likely will wind up as a reliever.
3 93 Justin Bianco OF Peters Township HS, Canonsburg, Pa. Pa. $369,000
A sturdy 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, outfielder Justin Bianco is a Pittsburgh signee with solid tools across the board. While nothing jumps out, scouts like his present strength and think he is not yet physically mature. He's a solid-average runner, and scouts also like the way he plays the game.
4 124 Evan Marshall RHP Kansas State Kan. $232,500
The state of Kansas could have as many as seven college pitchers taken in the first 10 rounds, and Marshall has become the top righthanded prospect in the group after excelling as a set-up man this spring. He began last season in Kansas State's rotation, but his stuff has played up significantly this year when he has come out of the bullpen. After pitching in the high 80s as a starter, he has worked at 93-94 mph while teaming with James Allen to give the Wildcats the best bullpen tandem in the Big 12 Conference. His hard slider gives him a second plus pitch, and his lack of a reliable changeup isn't a handicap as a reliever. Marshall isn't big at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, and he throws with some effort, often flying open in his delivery. He still throws strikes, and he has a loose, resilient arm that has allowed him to top out at 96 mph even when used on consecutive days. He profiles more as a set-up man than a closer but should get to the majors quickly.
5 154 Michael Perez C Colegio Vocacional Para Adultos, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $235,000
Michael Perez has an attractive profile as a lefthanded-hitting backstop with a plus arm. He's relatively new to catching, so his receiving skills are raw, and he doesn't have a lot of experience catching premium stuff. However, he has a short stroke and solid bat speed, and was the most likely Puerto Rico player to challenge Jorge Lopez and Gabriel Rosa for single-digit draft round consideration.
6 184 Matt Price RHP South Carolina S.C.
Price and roommate Jackie Bradley will never have to buy a beer in South Carolina after the careers they've had for the Gamecocks. Price broke his right wrist in March of his freshman year and got a medical redshirt, then became the closer for the 2010 Gamecocks, picking up the victory in the College World Series clincher and striking out 80 in 53 innings. He had more saves (15 to 10) but had been less dominant in 2011, with 56 strikeouts in 42 innings. He's had to pitch to contact more as his fastball velocity has fluctuated. After hitting a lot of 95s and 96s last season, he's lived more at 91-92 mph this season, with occasional bursts of more velocity. His slider has been an average pitch for him this year, and at times it plays up. Scouts note he pitches better with more on the line and feeds off adrenaline. Price is maxed out physically but throws strikes with two pitches that can be plus at their best. He has moxie and big-game experience to spare.
7 214 Ben Roberts OF Sentinel HS, Missoula, Mont. Mont.
Like Brandon Nimmo, outfielder Ben Roberts' high school doesn't play baseball. And like Nimmo, he's a big fish in a tiny pond, so just the fact that he's from Montana has helped add to his hype. He was generating late interest with predraft workouts and could go as high as the fifth round. He's a three-sport athlete who plays wide receiver and had football scholarship offers from Boise State and other schools on the West Coast. He also plays basketball, where he has no problem throwing down dunks. He stands out physically with his chiseled, 6-foot-4, 200-pound physique, though his athleticism doesn't show up on the baseball field yet. Roberts has average bat speed and raw power now, but scouts can dream on his tools and what he could do with better coaching when he focuses his attention on one sport. He's a fringe-average runner, and his arm is below-average, so he's likely destined for left field, in which case the bat really has to play. Roberts has faced as little quality pitching as any player in the draft, so he'll have a steep learning curve, whether that's in pro ball or at Washington State.
8 244 Jesse Darrah RHP Fresno Pacific Calif. $105,000
Darrah has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He throws from a high three-quarter arm slot and there's some effort in his delivery, but he repeats well and it works for him. Darrah's fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range and he tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is his changeup and he also throws a slider and a curveball. When he mixed both of the breaking balls in, they were just average, but when he focused solely on his curveball, it showed flashes of being a power pitch with above-average potential. Darrah transferred to Fresno Pacific from Sacramento State this season and shows good intensity on the mound.
9 274 John Leonard SS Connellsville (Pa.) Area HS Pa. $80,000
The younger brother of Joe Leonard, a third-round pick of the Braves in 2010, John needs to gain strength. An NC State signee, he is not considered to be on the same level as his brother.
10 304 Kyle Winkler RHP Texas Christian Texas $240,000
With Matt Purke ailing, Winkler has replaced him as Texas Christian's ace. Hitters have a tough time squaring Winkler's pitches up, especially his 91-95 mph fastball with heavy sink. He has added velocity this spring, not only to his heater but also to his slider, which reaches the mid-80s. His breaking ball is more effective when he throws in the low 80s, and some scouts would like to see him break out the hard curveball he used in high school. His improved changeup gives him a solid third pitch that he should throw more often, and his command also has taken a step forward. If Winkler had ideal pitcher size rather than checking in at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, he'd be a mid-first-rounder. His delivery isn't the smoothest, but it's also deceptive and doesn't feature a terrible amount of effort. Scouts have noted his competitive streak for years, going back to when he led the U.S. national team to a gold medal at the 2006 Pan American Youth Championships with a 1.15 ERA.
11 334 Will Locante LHP Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
12 364 Josh Parr SS Illinois Ill.
13 394 John Pedrotty LHP Holy Cross Mass.
Lefty John Pedrotty mostly played first base for Portsmouth (R.I.) HS, one of the Northeast's top prep teams in 2008, alongside Ryan Westmoreland, the Red Sox's fifth-round pick that year. When Westmoreland got hurt toward the end of the season, Pedrotty was forced to pitch more often, and he has improved significantly since then. Now the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has an 88-92 mph fastball with an easy delivery and smooth arm action. Pedrotty also has an average changeup and below-average curveball that he throws for strikes. Scouts like Pedrotty's upside and think he'll have a chance to start if he can improve his breaking ball. Pedrotty should get taken between rounds 15-20.
14 424 Cody Geyer RHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $115,000
15 454 Steven Rodriguez C UCLA Calif.
UCLA catcher Steve Rodriguez gets plenty of exposure receiving for blue-chippers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and his ability to handle their premium stuff will get him drafted despite meager offensive numbers (.216/.312/.254 with five extra-base hits through 134 at-bats). Rodriguez excels at receiving and blocking, and his average arm plays up because of its accuracy. He has a durable 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and could be a big league backup if his lefthanded bat ever comes around.
16 484 Michael Blake LHP Hawaii Hawaii
17 514 Adam Choplick LHP Ryan HS, Denton, Texas Texas
Lefthander Adam Choplick is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward who made the Texas 4-A all-star team after averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a game as a senior. He missed the 2010 baseball season after having Tommy John surgery and didn't return to the mound until this April. In his third start back, he needed just 71 pitches to throw a 16-strikeout perfect game. Choplick's fastball has sat at 89-91 mph this spring, and he should add velocity as he gets more experience and puts his elbow reconstruction further behind him. He throws with a high three-quarters delivery, so his heater arrives on a steep downward plane, though it also lacks life. His feel for his curveball is rudimentary, and he doesn't have much of a changeup. Unlike many big pitchers, Choplick has good body control and a fairly solid delivery. He has committed to Oklahoma, and has the raw athletic ability to develop into a premium draft pick in 2014 if he doesn't sign this summer.
18 544 Taylor Siemens LHP California Baptist Calif.
Cal Baptist lefty Taylor Siemens is a Tommy John surgery alumnus who has regained fringy fastball velocity, working in the 87-90 mph range. His changeup and slider are also fringe-average. At 6-foot-5 and with a three-quarters arm slot, Siemens gives hitters an unusual look; he profiles as a lefthanded specialist.
19 574 Daniel Pulfer 2B Oregon Ore.
20 604 Tommy Williams SS Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS Fla.
Williams has a good body and decent strength combined with a feel for hitting. He has the arm strength for the left side of the infield but is a tough profile defensively at the pro level.
21 634 Jon Griffin 1B Central Florida Fla.
22 664 Garrett Weber SS Fresno State Calif.
23 694 Ryan Court 3B Illinois State Ill.
A former walk-on, third baseman Ryan Court hasn't missed a start in three years for Illinois State. He has a big league body (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and put up the best numbers of his career this spring despite the less-potent bats, hitting .323/.460/.533. He has raw righthanded power, arm strength and soft hands, so a conversion to catcher could be in order. A fifth-year senior, he's already 23.
24 724 Matt Ogden RHP Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Righthander Matt Ogden has touched 92 mph with his fastball, but he pitched most frequently in the mid-80s this spring and will likely wind up at Michigan.
25 754 Brett Williams OF North Carolina State N.C.
26 784 Austin Platt RHP Bradenton, Fla. (No school) Fla.
27 814 Wyatt Strahan RHP Villa Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
USC recruit Wyatt Strahan is cut from the same cloth: He commands the zone with an 88-91 fastball and solid secondary stuff, including a changeup that has a chance to be plus.
28 844 Mat Sample RHP Rogers State (Okla.) Okla.
29 874 Carter Bell 3B Oregon State Ore.
30 904 Dexter Price RHP South Carolina-Beaufort S.C.
31 934 Matt Jensen 2B Cal Poly Calif.
32 964 Alex Vetter RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Righthander Alex Vetter has a 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame with a heavy fastball in the 87-91 mph range. He is still growing into his body and developing his secondary stuff.
33 994 Anthony Banda LHP Sinton (Texas) HS Texas
34 1024 Zach Jones C Stanford Calif.
35 1054 Ross Gerdeman RHP Bowling Green State Ohio
Though righthanders Nick Johnson and Ross Gerdeman hit 94 mph with their fastballs this spring, neither has had consistent success in college. Gerdeman is more physical (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and has better command.
36 1084 Bryan Henry C Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
37 1114 Elroy Urbina LHP Incarnate Word (Texas) Texas
38 1144 Kerry Jenkins OF San Jose State Calif.
39 1174 Chris Ellison OF Oklahoma Okla.
40 1204 Seth Simmons RHP East Carolina N.C.
41 1234 Michael Cederoth RHP Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley, Calif. Calif.
Cederoth showed intriguing arm strength at the Area Code Games tryouts last summer before walking off the mound with a shoulder injury. He showed an 88-91 mph fastball and a slow curve in the MLB Urban Youth Invitational in February, and his velocity jumped during the spring. At his best, he pitches in the 94-96 mph range, though he normally sits between 90-94. Tall, skinny and projectable at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Cederoth has significant upside. Scouts aren't sure he's mature enough to start his pro career or if he'd be better off developing at San Diego State. He remains raw, with an unrefined delivery full of moving parts and a violent arm action. He struggles to repeat his arm angle and tends to sling the ball. At times he flashes an average curveball with short break, and on his best days he even unleashed a power slider or a cutter at 86-88, seemingly out of nowhere. Cederoth comes with plenty of risk, but a club could take a chance on his power arm inside the top five rounds.
42 1264 Tyler Bream 3B Liberty Va.
Third baseman Tyler Bream impressed at the plate in 2010, hitting .357/.393/.546 with 22 doubles and nine home runs in 269 at-bats. Whether it's the less lively bats or just draftitis, he batted .252/.291/.332 in 226 at-bats this season, with three home runs and nine doubles. Tyler is the son of former major leaguer Sid Bream, so some teams may bet on the pedigree and hope things will click in pro ball. But his performance this season may mean he'll be back for his senior year.
43 1294 Alex Capaul RHP Hawaii Hawaii
44 1324 Derek Luciano 3B Central Florida Fla.
45 1354 Jake Lane OF Coral Shores HS, Tavernier, Fla. Fla.
46 1384 Joe Loftus OF Vanderbilt Tenn.
47 1414 Tucker Ward RHP UMS-Wright Prep HS, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
48 1444 Ray Hernandez RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
49 1474 Jake Williams 1B South Mountain (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
50 1504 David Masters SS Timberland HS, Wentzville, Mo. Mo.