Arizona Diamondbacks: A Decade Of Hits And Misses In The 1st Round

by Chris Lacey | Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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1st Round Picks Over Past 10 Years: Arizona Diamondbacks

The roster will be expanding soon for baseball teams and this will give them a chance to see some of the better players in their organization. The players that get added will have a opportunity to make an impact with the club.

The Arizona Diamondbacks chances of making the playoffs are up in the air, but they do have one of the better farm systems in all of baseball. The strength of their prospects lies with their pitching. Here is a review of the D-Backs 1st round picks over the last 10 seasons.

2013-Braden Shipley, RHP University of Nevada (15th Overall)

Arizona was very fortunate to land Shipley considering their order in the draft, and the fact he that he was expected to be selected within the first ten picks in the draft.

He is a converted infielder, who is very athletic on the mound. There is still time for him to grow into his arm with his velocity sitting around 94-96 mph for his fastball.

He had the best change-up of any college arm in the draft, and will need to improve the command of his curveball.

2012-Stryker Trahan, C Acadania HS (26th overall)

Arizona was looking into the future by selecting Trahan, and he is still young with him only being 19. He is in his second season of Rookie ball with a .252 average and .782 OPS. The offense is there for him, and the catching skills are improving with each passing game.

2011-Trevor Bauer, RHP UCLA (3rd Overall)

Bauer is no longer with the club and he showed promise, but he rubbed people in the organization the wrong way and was traded to the Cleveland Indians.

2011-Archie Bradley, RHP Broken Arrow HS (7th Overall)

Bradley is a future ace for the team and his having a great season in Double-A with 10 wins and a 2.07 ERA. The one area he does need to work on is his walks. He will be in the starting rotation for the team next season.

2010-Barret Loux, RHP Texas A&M (6th Overall)

Arizona did draft him, but they opted not to sign him due to concerns with shoulder and elbow of his pitching arm. He was declared a free agent by MLB and signed with the Texas Rangers, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012.

2009-Bobby Borchering, 3B Bishop Verot HS (16th Overall)

Borchering struggled to hit in the minors for Arizona and was traded along with Marc Krauss to Houston Astros for another third baseman in Chris Johnson.

2009-A.J. Pollock, OF Notre Dame (26th Overall)

Pollock was a terrific pick for Arizona that has panned out great for the team. He plays great defense in the field and is showing that he can handle major league pitching with no issues.

2008-Daniel Schlereth, LHP Univ. of Arizona (26th Overall)

Schlereth was expected to be a good reliever for the team, but he struggled and the team traded him to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that netted them Ian Kennedy from the Yankees.

2007-Jarrod Parker, RHP Norwell HS (9th Overall)

Parker was another young arm that Arizona drafted, but they elected to trade him to the Oakland Athletics for Trevor Cahill. They decided to go with a pitcher that had some success rather than wait on a young pitcher.

2006-Max Scherzer, RHP Univ. of Missouri (11th overall)

Scherzer was a good pitcher for the team, but struggled to pitch well in Arizona because of high pitch counts. He was traded to the Tigers in 2009 and is just now pitching how Arizona thought he could with Detroit.

2005-Justin Upton, OF Great Bridge HS (1st Overall)

He was the number one pick in this draft and was expected to be the cornerstone of the franchise. He has good when he first came up and helped them win the division in 2011, but could not produce after that and was traded to the Atlanta Braves.

2004-Stephen Drew, SS Florida State (15th Overall)

Drew was the future at shortstop for the team, and he played great for the team. He did suffer injuries later in his career with the team and was traded to the Athletics in 2012.

BHC Pick of the Litter: Archie Bradley

BHC Franchise Flop: Trevor Bauer

Analysis: The D-backs have been known for picking pitchers and have had great success with that in the draft. This is a credit to Kevin Towers and his staff for selecting players they believe can help the team out.









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Chris Lacey
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Chris Lacey has been following baseball since he was 12 years old. His allegiances are with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Follow Chris on Twitter @aecanada12

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