Top 5 Draft Picks in Arizona Diamondbacks’ History
4-Mark Reynolds-2004 16th round pick from the University of Virginia
There was considerable debate between where Mark Reynolds and Junior Spivey fit on this list. Reynolds’ power numbers are impossible to ignore and gave him the edge over Spivey. It should be pointed out that is that the best season of his nine-year career was in 2009 while still in Arizona. I know it is hard to put aside the astronomical 223 strikeouts but his other numbers across the board were solid, if not spectacular. He batted .260 with an on-base percentage of .349 and slugged 44 home runs, driving in 102 runs. He even threw in 24 stolen bases for good measure. The D’backs finished 70-92, sacking Bob Melvin after only 29 games which is why Reynolds’ season often goes overlooked.
Reynolds hit a total of 121 home runs during his career with the D’backs, good for fourth on the team’s all-time list. His 44 home runs in 2009 are the second most in a season behind Luis Gonzalez‘s 57. For a 16th round draft pick, he has made a nice career for himself. He can thank the D’backs for giving him that chance.