The MLB draft concludes today with the last 30 rounds. Obviously, don't expect blanket coverage, and it's likely there will only be info about occasional picks. But, for amusement, here is a list of the ten best players (as selected by bWAR) previously picked by the D-backs after the first ten rounds.
- Dan Uggla: 11th round, 2001, 19.9 WAR
- Lyle Overbay: 17th round, 1999, 17.4 WAR
- Junior Spivey: 36th round, 1996, 8.2 WAR
- Mark Reynolds: 16th round, 2004, 6.7 WAR
- Mike Koplove: 29th round, 1998, 3.5 WAR
- Josh Collmenter: 15th round, 2007, 3.3 WAR
- Ryan Cook: 26th round, 2008, 3.3 WAR
- Doug Slaten: 17th round, 2000, 1.6 WAR
- Brian Bruney: 12th round, 2000, 1.3 WAR
- Adam Eaton: 19th round, 2010, 0.8 WAR
Of current Diamondbacks, several were also outside the top 10. In addition to Collmenter and Eaton, we also have Jason Kubel (12th round), David Hernandez (16th), Eric Hinske and Brandon McCarthy (both 17th), plus Brad Ziegler and Will Harris (both 20th). Most impressively, we have two players who wouldn't even have had a chance under the current 40-round format. Tony Sipp was a 45th-round pick and the grand-daddy of all late picks, Wil Nieves who was selected in the 47th round by the Padres in 1995. Will there be anyone like that taken today by Arizona? Who can say. But the only way to say "I was there" is...well, to be here!
Comments and discussion on any picks are welcone.
11th Round - Jacob Cordero, SS/OF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS
Jacob Cordero is a medium build athlete with terrific speed and a major league arm in the outfield. Has a swing scouts like but it is a little erratic right now. Projected as a center fielder right now with a bat that has a chance to develop. Not big power in the swing but maybe some. Projectable athlete with upside. Typical Dbacks draft pick.
12th Round - Dane McFarland, OF, Junipero Serra High School, CA
McFarland has one of the most intriguing blends of speed and power in the draft, according to MLB.com. he's 6-4, 210 with plus speed and terrific bat speed. Very raw at this point and projects to right field down the road. If he can be signed away from his Oregon commitment he could be a good one.
13th Round - Taylor Ratliff, CF, Univ of Florida
Ratliff never played for Florida as he was declared ineligible after transferring from Jacksonville. Athletic outfielder who was well-regarded in high school making a number of all star and all state teams. Put up better numbers as a freshman than a sophomore but was good enough to get recruited by top program Florida. Some unknowns here having sat out a whole year.
14th Round - Steven Hathaway, LHP, Franklin Pierce Univ, NH
Intriguing prospect but serious durability questions. Has already had two surgeries and going on 23. Mid-90s fastball with decent curve and change-up. Slight build at 6-1, 175. If he can stay healthy he has good stuff and could move fast. But that's a big if.
15th Round - Jordan Parr, OF/3B, Univ of Illinois
Older brother Josh was drafted by the Dbacks in 2011 and is currently playing in the lower minors. Twin brother Justin also played for Illinois. Jordan is bigger and stronger than Justin but Justin is more polished and versatile. Has some power to his stroke and hit 2 home runs last week to beat Georgia Tech in the Nashville Regional.