The Next 15

 

The D-backs continued with the pitching trend in rounds 6-20, at least in the beginning with a pair of high school arms and one college arms in the 6-8 picks.

 

 

Round

No.

Player

Position

Coll/HS

6

181

Blake Perry

RHP

HS

7

211

Jeffrey Shields

RHP

Coll

8

241

Tyler Green

RHP

HS

9

271

Zachary Walters

SS

Coll

10

301

Kawika Emsley-Pai

C

Coll

11

331

Michael Freeman

SS

Coll

12

361

Blake Cooper

RHP

Coll

13

391

Kevin Ziomek

LHP

HS

14

421

Ty Linton

CF

HS

15

451

Michael Bolsinger

RHP

Coll

16

481

Westley Moss

CF

Coll

17

511

Derek Eitel

RHP

Coll

18

541

Jimmy Comerota

1B

Coll

19

571

Adam Eaton

OF

Coll

20

601

Michael Hur

LF

Coll

 

A couple of notes about the D-backs’ earlier picks, from Baseball America:

 

James Bradley – Second Round

A lanky, projectable righthander at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, his fastball ranges from 88-92 mph, but sits at 89-90 and he can touch 93-94 a couple of times in a game… He has outstanding control for a high school arm. He reportedly has walked just two batters in the last two seasons.

 

Robby Rowland – Third Round

At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Rowland looks the part of a young Josh Johnson. He is one of the top basketball players in California and could have accepted scholarships to small Division I programs as a shooting guard. Rowland’s father Rich is a former big league catcher (Tigers and Red Sox from 1990-1995), and his older brother is a college catcher.

 

Cody Wheeler – Fifth Round

Wheeler’s best trait, aside from being a southpaw, is his athletic ability. It allows him to add and subtract from his fastball, repeat his delivery, field his position and hold runners well.

 

Keith Law of ESPN.com called fourth-round pick Kevin Munson, “the top pure closer in the draft.”

 

We’ll be back in a bit to wrap up the day’s picks.

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