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2012 Diamondbacks Draft Notes | June

The Diamondbacks have already signed 9 of their first 11 picks from the 2012 June draft, and 30 out of 40 overall. Here are some notes on the team's top selections.

1. (26) Stryker Trahan, C/OF, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, LA, Slot: $1.7M (BA #27, ESPN #24)
Signed: $1.7M
A high school QB, Trahan is an excellent athlete who has good power, runs well, and has a strong throwing arm. His receiving behind the plate needs some work, but his bat and arm are expected to be good enough for a move to a corner OF spot, if needed. Trahan also rates highly for his toughness and leadership. If he can stick behind the plate, he has some real star potential. Trahan signed for $1.7M, and took batting practice with the Diamondbacks last weekend. He is expected to train in the Diamondbacks' facilities at Salt River Fields through September.

2. (90) Joe Munoz, 3B/SS, Los Altos HS, Hacienca Heights, CA, Slot: $540K (BA #252)
Signed: $520,500
It was a little surprising to see Munoz drafted in Round 2, as most had him as a 4th-6th round selection. He has some decent offensive potential, but has not had very good results this spring. Defensively, there are questions about his agility and footwork, so he will probably move from SS to 3B. At 6-3, 185 lbs, he does have a lot of tools, but he is probably a long way from the Majors.

3. (120) Jake Barrett, RHP, Arizona State, Slot: $392,900 (BA #64, ESPN #97)
Signed: $392,900
2012 Stats (ASU) - 2-4, 11 Saves, 1.62 ERA, 33.1 IP, 21H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 36K, 1 HRA, .179 OBA
Barrett has very good stuff, with a fastball in the mid 90s and a hard breaking slider. He has had a history of elbow injuries, which forced ASU to convert him to a reliever last season. He had an excellent season for ASU, striking out 36 in 33.1 IP while walking only 9, with a 1.62 ERA. Often compared to pitchers like Heath Bell and Jonathan Brozton, he should be able to help at the Major League level quickly. Barrett should begin his pro career at Low Class A South Bend in the Midwest League.

4. (153) Charles Taylor OF, Timberview HS, Mansfield, TX, Slot: $285,800 (BA #81 in Texas)
Signed: $250,000
At 5-7, 185 lbs, Taylor is a switch-hitting centerfielder who is an excellent basestealer. He has good bat speed from both sides of the plate, and should be above average defensively. As a QB in high school, he had over 3700 yards of total offense (1900 yds rushing) with 37 touchdowns. He had committed to UT-Arlington, and was probably not expected to be drafted this high.

5. (183) Ronnie Freeman, C, Kennesaw State GA, Slot: $214,000 (BA #150)
Signed: $200,000
2012 Stats (Kennesaw St.) - 59 Games, .348/.423/.483, 6 HR, 54 RBI, 28 BB, 37K
Freeman was a solid catcher in college, with a good swing and decent power. He has good plate discipline, and was a considtent run-producer in college. He had a 42 game hitting streak in college, the fourth longest in NCAA history. He projects as a solid offensive player, but defensively, his arm strength is average, but he needs to work on his agility behind the plate. 

6. (213) Jake Lamb, 3B, Washington, Slot: $160,400 (BA #266)
Signed: $160,000
2012 Stats: 54 Games, .321/.429/.442, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 12 2B, 30BB, 26K
An athletic 6-3, 210 lbs, Lamb is an above average defensive player at 3B with good arm strength. A left-handed batter, Lamb led the Huskies in OBP, SLG, and RBI, and was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12. He probably needs to improve against LHP and better utilize his power.

7. (243) Andrew Velasquez, SS, Fordham Prep, NY, Slot: $142,300
Still Unsigned
A 5-8 shortstop, Velasquez was the first player taken from New York City in this year's draft, and was a surprising pick by the Diamondbacks in the 7th round. He was not rated by Baseball America, and apparently the Diamondbacks were the only team that looked hard at Velasquez. He is a good defender at SS, and has good speed, but some scouts say he is only a singles hitter.  He was committed to Virginia Tech, but is expected to sign at slightly below the slot amount.

8. (273) Evan Marzilli, OF, South Carolina, Slot: $132,900 (BA #261)
Still Unsigned
2012 Stats (South Carolina): 61 Games, .293/.375/.393, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 12/16 SB
Marzilli runs well and is a good defensive centerfielder, starting for the highly ranked South Carolina program. Marzilli started all 61 games, and was named All-Defensive SEC. He is a hustler and a hard worker, but probably needs to improve the bat, as he hit only .293 for the Gamecocks this year.

9. (303) Jeff Gibbs, RHP, Maine, Slot: $125,000 (BA #334)
2012 Stats (Maine): 3-4, 8.40 ERA, 60 IP, 66H, 42 BB, 56K, .289 OBA
Gibbs has an outstanding arm, but struggled with his control during this past season, walking 42 in 60 IP. He also hit 9 batters and threw 22 wild pitches. At 6-4, 215 lbs, Gibbs has a fastball in the mid 90s, with an average slider and changeup. He had much better results in 2011 - 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 69K/46BB in 76.1 IP.

10. (333) Danny Poma, OF, Hofstra, Slot: $125,000
2012 Stats (Hofstra) - .430/.500/.654, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 22BB, 16K, 32 2B, 29/39 SB
Poma was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a Senior, batting .430 with 102 Hits and 78 Runs Scored in just 56 Games. He led the nation in doubles with 32, and in runs scored with 78. Poma has good speed and range in the outfield, and has gap power.

11. (363) Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis HS, CA (BA #291)
Signed: $125,000
Eckels is an undersized RHP at 5-11, 180 lbs, but he has a fastball in the low 90s and an above-average curve ball. He is viewed as a great competitor

Other picks (Players who have signed are in Bold)
12. (393) Alex Glenn, OF, Henry County HS, GA 
13. (423) Phildrick Llewellyn, C, Trinity Christian Academy, FL 
14. (453) Derrick Stultz, RHP, South Florida
15. (483) Blake Forslund, RHP, Liberty 
16. (513) Landon Lassiter, SS North Davidson HS, NC 
17. (543) Yogey Perez-Ramos, OF, Miami-Dade JC FL - ranked #488 by Baseball America
18. (573) Kevin Medrano, 2B, Missouri State
19. (603) R.J. Hively, RHP, Mississippi
20. (633) Jacob House, 1B, Texas A&M
21. (663) Rudy Flores, 1B, Florida International
22. (693) Holden Helmink RHP, Willis HS, TX - ranked #218 by Baseball America; committed to Texas
23. (723) Matt Dermody, LHP, Iowa 
24. (753) Mark Ginther, 3B, Oklahoma State
25. (783) Vince Spilker, RHP Lee, TN
26. (813) Chris Capper, RHP, Brigham Young
27. (843) Damion Smith, OF, Holy Names Catholic HS, Windsor, ON 
28. (873) Max Schrock, 2B, Cardinal Gibbons HS, NC - ranked #286 by Baseball America; committed to South Carolina
29. (903) Adam McConnell, SS, Richmond 
30. (933) Chase Stevens, RHP, Oklahoma State  
31. (963) Andrew Potter, RHP, Eastside HS, Lancaster, CA- ranked #359 by Baseball America
32. (993) Daniel Watts, LHP, Jacksonville State (FL)  
33. (1023) Jonathan Pulley, RHP,  Spartanburg Methodist JC (SC)
34. (1053) Jared Ray, RHP, Houston 
35. (1083) Robbie Buller, RHP, Houston Baptist
36. (1113) Andrew Barbosa, LHP, South Florida
37. (1143) Breland Almadova, OF, Hawaii - ranked as the best prospect in the Pacific Rim
38. (1173) Cameron Gibson, OF, Grosse Point HS, MI - son of Kirk Gibson; committed to Michigan State
39. (1203) Rafael Garcia, C, Gilroy HS, CA
40. (1233) Zane Hemond, RHP, Montrose HS, CO - son of grandson of front office's Roland Hemond

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