Its draft week Dbacks fans! Its time to continue to take a look at the Snakes past drafts to see what players the Dbacks missed and what the team’s best picks were. We continue with a look at the Diamondbacks 2002 and 2003 drafts.
First Pick: Sergio Santos
Could have picked: Joey Votto
Best Pick: Chris Snyder
2002 was probably one of the worst drafts in the team’s history. The Snakes first pick was Sergio Santos and we drafted him as a SS out of Mater Dei High School, and his entire value in the major leagues has been as a relief pitcher. Santos was in the minor leagues for 8 seasons and never played in a major league game for the Dbacks. He appeared in his first game with the Whitesox back in 2010. We could have chosen Joey Votto who of course has developed into one of the best hitters in the game with the Cincinnati Reds. However since he plays first base, I wonder what would have happened to Goldschmidt so it is kind goes both ways, but it still stinks that we missed Votto.
First Pick: Connor Jackson
Could have picked: Chad Billingsley
Best Pick: Carlos Quentin
2003 was an ok draft. The Dbacks first pick was Conner Jackson who ended up playing six seasons for the Dbacks with his best year coming in 2006 when he hit .291 with 15 HR’s and 79 RBI’s but his career was derailed by the Valley Fever and he is now retired playing his last season with Toronto, Oakland, and Boston in 2011. Quentin was probably the Dbacks best pick but he only played two seasons with the team, his first two in the big leagues. He spent four seasons with the Whitesox, and is currently with the Padres. Meanwhile, Billingsley has put together a pretty good career over 8 seasons with the Dodgers compiling a career record of 81-61 with an era of 3.65.