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

Written by Amit Lal | 15 June 2011

Over the last ten years, more and more players drafted early in the Major League Baseball June Draft have been commanding Major League contracts. The Diamondbacks selected two players in the first seven picks this year, UCLA RHP Trevor Bauer (3rd) and Oklahoma high school RHP Archie Bradley (7th) - is it likely that these two will demand Major League contracts? And what is the significance of signing such a deal?  Read more below.


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.