Two sentences on each Diamondbacks draft pick
Let’s be honest: You didn’t pay much attention to the MLB Draft. The MLB Draft is usually a tough one to follow, especially since it’s not on ESPN and features players who aren’t going to make an impact for years to come.
You have probably never heard of 90 percent of the players the Diamondbacks drafted. So luckily, we did all the hard work for you. Here are two sentences on each of the Diamondbacks’ 40 draft picks:
1st round (39th overall): OF Anfernee Grier batted .366 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI as a junior with Auburn this season, and stole 19 bases in 24 attempts. Grier was previously in the 39th round by Detroit in 2003.
2nd round (52nd overall): 17-year-old catcher Andrew Yerzy was drafted out of Canada– where he caught for their junior national team. He’s committed to play at Notre Dame, so it remains to be seen if he will sign.
3rd round (89th overall): RHP Jon Duplantier was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year after mustering a 3.24 ERA in 111 innings for Rice. His fastball tops out in the mid-90’s, but he missed all of 2015 with a shoulder injury.
4th round (119th overall): RHP Curtis Taylor from the University of British Columbia has already signed with the Diamondbacks. He is said to throw in the mid-90’s and was named 130th-best player in this year’s draft by Baseball America.
5th round (149th overall): 3B Joey Rose, an Oklahoma State commit, was the best high school player in New Jersey this season, with a .437/.615/1.015 slash. He’s from Todd Frazer’s hometown– and plays Frazer’s position.
6th round (179th overall): LHP Mack Lemieux played at Palm Beach Community College this season after being drafted in the 14th round by Washington last year . He was drafted by the Nationals in the 14th round last season. He was clocked in the mid-80’s in 2015, and is said to have solid off-speed stuff.
7th round (209th overall): LHP Jordan Watson played for the NAIA University of Arts of Oklahoma, after transferring from Seminole State College. He led the NAIA batting average against and was second in the league with a 1.38 ERA.
8th round (239th overall): C Ryan January was the MVP of the JuCo World Series earlier this month, as he hit four homers during the tournament. But his status behind the plate could be in question– he broke his thumb two months ago and has seen time as a DH recently.
9th round (269th overall): RHP Tommy Eveld of South Florida actually came to the school to play quarterback– it wasn’t until after a knee injury in 2014 that he joined the baseball team. He posted a 2.21 ERA this season.
10th round (299th overall): RF Stephen Smith batted .325 with ten home runs and 39 RBI in 61 games for Texas Tech this season. He was one of the top batters in the Big 12 as a junior.
11th round (329th overall): RHP Jacob Polancic, a high schooler out of British Columbia, has a fastball that tops out at about 91 miles per hour. According to Canadian Baseball Network, that makes him one of three Canadian high schoolers to throw 90.
12th round (359th overall): C Gavin Stupienski batted .347 with 14 homers and 61 RBI in 60 games with UNC Wilmington this season. He was a major factor in UNC Wilmington’s regular-season CAA championship.
13th round (389th overall): 2B Manny Jefferson batted .277 in his junior season at Pepperdine with a team-high 12 homers and 38 RBI. He also led the team in errors this season, with a shocking 15.
14th round (419th overall): LHP Colin Poche, drafted out of Dallas Baptist University, posted a 2.38 ERA in 16 starts this season (98.1 innings), while striking out 30 and holding batters to a .228 average. He played two years at Arkansas and was drafted in the fifth round by Baltimore in 2012.
15th round (449th overall): RHP Tyler Keele made 24 relief appearances for Morehead State this year, racking up a 3.16 ERA– the best of his career. His seven saves led the team.
16th round (479th overall): RHP Nick Blackburn had 11 saves as a senior for Illinois, the fourth-most in the Big Ten. He gave up five homers in just 31.1 innings on his way to a 3.73 ERA.
17th round (509th overall): Jake Winston, a pitcher out of Southern Mississippi, appeared in 22 games this year with five starts. He had a 4.68 ERA over 67.1 innings of work, including one save.
18th round (539th overall): RHP Bowden Francis went 9-3 in one year at Chipola College, a junior college in florida, and had a 3.74 ERA. The 20-year-old struck out 75 in 79.1 innings.
19th round (569th overall): SS Mark Karaviotis, a native of Hawaii, played in just seven games in 2016 but has a .255/.382/.331 career triple slash. He was drafted in 2013 by the Diamondbacks in the 39th round.
20th round (599th overall): RHP Connor Grey made 13 starts for St. Bonaventure University this year, working his way to a 3-6 record and an impressive 2.84 ERA. He’s pitched four complete games in his career.
21st round (629th overall): SS Cameron Cannon, the No. 6 high school prospect in Arizona, was drafted out of Mountain Ridge High School. He has also committed to the University of Arizona.
22nd round (659th overall): RHP Kevin Ginkel made six starts and appeared 16 times as a reliever this year for the Arizona Wildcats, and had a 2.82 ERA. He was drafted in the 26th round of the 2015 draft by the Red Sox.
23rd round (689 overall): 18-year-old 1B Luke Van Rycheghem continues Arizona’s heavily Canadian 2016 draft class. A Stetson University-commit, Van Rycheghem was drafted as a first baseman, but also has a significant amount of experience behind the plate.
24th round (719 overall): RHP Riley Smith was drafted as a junior out of LSU. He was bumped up seven rounds after declining to sign with the Pirates out of the 31st round—yet it is doubtful he will sign after a poor 2016 campaign, working to a 2-1 record and 7.36 ERA across 22 innings pitched.
25th round (749 overall): OF Myles Babitt was drafted as a senior out of California State University-East Bay. He hit .308 in his senior season as a Pioneer, striking out just five times across 120 at-bats.
26th round (779 overall): 1B Tanner Hill of Texas State is one of the Diamondbacks’ most intriguing late-round picks. Comparable to Arizona’s 23rd-rounder, Luke Van Rycheghem, Hill also has a good amount of experience as a catcher, and batted .321 with 16 homers this year.
27th round (809 overall): RHP Gabe Gonzalez of the College of Southern Nevada is one of 12 players from his school to get selected in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez worked to a 5-1 record with a 3.77 ERA in his 2016 season.
28th round (839 overall): Outfielder Edmond Americaan—is a 19-year-old lefty out of Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona, Florida. The youngster hit .422/.531/.718 with 42 RBI and nine stolen bases during his 2016 campaign.
29th round (869 overall): RHP Hunter Kiel was drafted out of Pensacola State College. An LSU-commit for his junior season, it is doubtful he will sign, as his stock will only go up after a disappointing 2016 season, where he worked to a 9.53 ERA in just 5.2 innings pitched.
30th round (899 overall): C Brandon Martorano, a high-schooler out of Christian Brothers Academy, worked to a .490 batting average and hit five dingers across 49 at-bats in the 2016 season. A UNC-commit, it seems fairly likely that he will go unsigned given the late-round pick and his high potential.
31st round (929 overall): RHP Williams Durruthy, a junior out of Florida International University, saw most of his action out of the bullpen for the Panthers. His 2016 season was highlighted by nine saves, an impressive 9.84 strikeouts per nine innings, and 2.81 ERA.
32nd round (959 overall): The oldest of Arizona’s crop, Tulane right-hander Trevor Simms is a pitcher by day, and football kicker by night. A walk-on kicker on the Waves following a transfer from West Virginia and Rice, Simms owned a 3.44 ERA and a 4-1 record alongside a vastly more impressive .186 opponents’ batting average.
33rd round (989th overall): SS Paxton De La Garza was one of the best position players in Division II over the last two seasons with Angelo State University. He was named ABCA/Rawlings Positional Player of the Year in 2015.
34th round (1,019th overall): 2B Connor Owings, Chris’ brother, was nothing short of spectacular for Coastal Carolina this year. He batted .376/.481/.688 with 16 homers, 53 RBI and 14 steals in 64 games.
35th round (1,049th overall): OF Billy Endris batted .299 over the last two seasons with Florida Atlantic University. He was previously taken in the 39th round by Kansas City last year.
36th round (1,079th overall): RHP Rob Galligan pitched primarily in relief for Maryland over the last two years. He held a 3.47 career ERA.
37th round (1,109th overall): LHP Welby Malczewski pitched for Heartland Community College in Illinois. He recorded a 6.75 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings this year.
38th round (1,139th overall): C Nelson Mompierre played for Miami Dade College this year, Mike Piazza’s old school. He’s committed to play at Mizzou next season.
39th round (1,169th overall): 2B Jacob Olson hails from West Georgia Technical College, which is coached by D-Backs fan favorite Todd Pratt. He batted .351 with eight homers and 36 RBI in 49 games as a freshman this year.
40th round (1,199th overall): CF Jordan Wiley was drafted out of Richland High School in Texas. He also played quarterback on the school’s football team.
Dylan Moore and Matt Rzodkiewicz also contributed to this article.