Diamondbacks MLB Draft Pick Recap #43 Ivan Melendez Grade

Ivan Melendez, new 1st baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Ivan Melendez, new 1st baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks / Bob Levey/GettyImages

The Arizona Diamondbacks draft the Hispanic Titanic Ivan Melendez #43 overall in the MLB Draft 2022!

The Diamondbacks' absolutely perfect draft so far just got better by selecting the top hitter in college from last season. Ivan led the NCAA Division 1 in HRs (32), RBI (94), total bases, and led Texas to the College World Series. This kid can flat-out rake.

Ivan may be stuck at first base defensively, but he has a ton of potential there. His defense has shown peeks of being as good as former Diamondbacks great Paul Goldschmidt. Of course, so has his bat.

My comp for him is of Goldy, IF, he can reach his potential which I see no reason to doubt right now. Ivan's a patient hitter who seems to always put the barrel on the ball.

Ivan has light-tower power which he showcased during the spring. I am over the moon with this pick.

Ivan Melendez was the 2022 College Player of the Year which shows just how good he is. He might sign above-slot but doubtful since he is a senior player from college. His slot value is 1.82 million dollars.

The 6'3 R/R 22-year-old is now the latest top Diamondbacks prospect. After this draft, there's an argument to be made that the Diamondbacks will have the top MiLB prospect system in the MLB. That would be a dream come true for me.

Ivan has 60 grades+ power alone with above-average hit tools and an amazing eye. He understands the strike zone and can handle upper velocity. He drives the ball to all fields, and I can't wait to see him play in a Dbacks uniform.

The Diamondbacks have now established a long-term plan at first base which is beyond exciting since the team doesn't have a ton of first base prospects. Seth Beer is more a DH than a 1st baseman. Oh yeah, he wants to play in the Home Run Derby in a few years already too, so that's extremely exciting.

Ivan was previously selected last year in the 16th round by the Miami Marlins but bet on himself and it worked out. Now he got selected in the 2nd round by an even better organization. Let's go Dbacks and welcome to the team Ivan!