2012 Draft Report Cards: Arizona Diamondbacks

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After grabbing four pitchers in the first two rounds in 2011, the Diamondbacks took hitters with seven of their top eight picks in 2012. They believe Trahan can stay behind the plate, enhancing his value.
Bonus Spending: $4.6 million
Best Pure Hitter: C Stryker Trahan's (1) power got him drafted him in the first round, but the Diamondbacks believe he has the approach and swing to hit for average as well. SS/2B Kevin Medrano (18) batted .342 in four years at Missouri State, then hit .341 in his pro debut. Best Power Hitter: Trahan lets his power come naturally, focusing more on hitting liners from gap to gap. 3B Jake Lamb (6) has nearly as much raw pop as Trahan and slugged .539 at Rookie-level Missoula. Fastest Runner: OFs Chuck Taylor (4), Evan Marzilli (8), Alex Glenn (12) and Breland Almadova (37) and 2B/SS Andrew Velazquez (7) all have plus speed. Velazquez is the youngest of that group but has the best basestealing instincts, swiping 22 bases in 43 pro games. Best Defensive Player: Similar to his predecessor as South Carolina's center fielder, Jackie Bradley (now starring in the Red Sox system), Marzilli plays shallow and has uncanny instincts. Lamb has a strong arm and made just seven errors in 64 pro games.


Best Fastball: RHP Jake Barrett (3) works at 93-96 mph and tops out at 98. RHP Robbie Buller (35) threw 93-95 before having Tommy John surgery, which cost him his senior season at Houston Baptist. Best Secondary Pitch: Arizona spent $400,000 to sign nondrafted free agent RHP Felipe Perez, in part because he has a true curveball with sharp break. From its draft class, Barrett's slider stands out the most.


Best Pro Debut: Trahan made the Arizona League all-star team after batting .281/.422/.473 and topping the Rookie circuit with 40 walks. RHP Chase Stevens (30) struck out 59 in 34 innings at Missoula, thanks to his low-90s fastball and hard curveball. Best Athlete: Taylor quarterbacked Mansfield Timberview High to the Texas 5-A state semifinals last fall, rushing for 1,972 yards and 23 touchdowns while passing for 16 more TDs. Most Intriguing Background: OF Cam Gibson's (38) father Kirk manages the Diamondbacks and is a former National League MVP and World Series hero. RHP Zane Hemond's (40) grandfather Roland is a special assistant to Arizona president Derrick Hall and has worked in baseball for 61 years. Neither player signed, with Gibson following in his father's footsteps by attending Michigan State. Closest To The Majors: Barrett, who debuted in low Class A and will move fast as a reliever. Best Late-Round Pick: RHP Ben Eckels (11) slid because he's just 6 feet tall, but he has a low-90s fastball and a promising curve. He struck out 56 in 52 AZL innings. The One Who Got Away: RHP Holden Helmink (22) took his projectable 6-foot-4 frame and potential plus fastball and curve to Texas. South Carolina-bound 2B Max Schrock (28) is undersized at 5-foot-8 but has tremendous feel for hitting.