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Dbacks to Name 34th Round Pick After Cory Hahn

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In a move that can only be associated with class, the Dbacks have decided to start a new tradition come the MLB Draft next week. On Wednesday, the Dbacks will have a selection in the 34th round and it’ll start the annual tradition of the “Cory Hahn 34th Pick”. This seemingly tragic story has only become more feel good as the days go on.

Cory Hahn was a heralded recruit from the prestigious Mater Dei High School in Southern California. After receiving various accolades in California, Hahn was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. However, Hahn decided to take his talents to Arizona State University. Sadly, his playing career would soon be over before it could really take off.

Mar 3, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils former player Cory Hahn throws out the first pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

During his first weekend of his Freshman season, Hahn would suffer a career-ending injury. The day was February 20, 2011 and it’s one that baseball fans in Arizona will never forget. Hahn attempted to steal 2nd base headfirst, but an errant throw caused the 2nd baseman to move. Hahn’s head connected with the 2nd baseman’s knee. He hasn’t been able to walk since. He’s currently paralyzed from mid chest down.

Hahn remained a part of the Sun Devil family as a member of the staff. It was a heartwarming move from Arizona State. Hahn would soon join another family as well. This time it was the Arizona Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Hahn is currently employed the Dbacks as an Assistant in the Scout Ahead Development Program. Hahn has also been an inspirational speaker at several events and has the end goal of one day walking again. We will all be pulling for Hahn.

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