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D'Backs Venom - An Arizona Diamondbacks Blog | Page 14

Written by Justin Emerson | 07 June 2011

With two picks among the first seven, and another at pick #43, Diamondbacks' fans had high expectations heading into the MLB draft. And after Day 1, fans, analysts, and all of the "draft experts" seem to agree - the Diamondbacks are having a great draft so far. Arizona's draft started with UCLA RHP Trevor Bauer, who has been the most dominant pitcher in college baseball this year. Next, at pick #7, the Diamondbacks selected Archie Bradley, a big right-handed high school pitcher from Oklahoma. Bradley already throws consistently in the upper 90s, and has an excellent hammer curveball. Bradley was considered the best player available at Pick #7, and it was encouraging to see the team draft Bradley rather than a player who may be easier to sign. The Diamondbacks closed out Day 1 by selecting LHP Andrew Chafin, a 6-2 LHP from Kent State University who has a low 90s fastball and an outstanding slider.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus stated that the Diamondbacks had the best draft of Day 1 - "I love what Arizona did with Bauer, Archie Bradley, and Andrew Chafin, my favorite non first round guy. Huge boost for a system that already has Parker and Skaggs." When asked for his thoughts on the best draft day, Keith Law at ESPN said - "I mean, is this cheating, since the Diamondbacks picked twice in the top 10? They sure didn't go cheap with Archie Bradley at No. 7 -- I liked him more than their first pick, Trevor Bauer. And they added Andrew Chafin in the sandwich round, a reliever-turned-starter on the way back from Tommy John surgery who was apparently "disgusting" (that's good) in his last outing prior to the draft."  Here is a closer look at the Diamondbacks' draft picks from Day 1.