SnakeBytes 6/6: Draft Day

Yay snowcones for everyone! - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With former top prospects on display at Coors Field, the next future D-backs were selected with big hopes in their future. The D-backs swept the Rockies and now head back home against Atlanta looking to continue their recent great play.

Quotables

As everybody knows, the ball carries very well here. We elevated a lot of balls, got some extra-base hits, got some hits when they counted. We kept the line moving and did good enough defensively and pitching. We got on a little bit of a roll. We want to continue that.

- Kirk Gibson

It's a very strange place to pitch. I threw a lot of fastballs today, stayed away from the breaking ball because it's hard to make it move here. I probably threw two-thirds fastballs, which isn't usual for me.

- Bronson Arroyo

I still have a lot more to learn, and I'm sure the Diamondbacks will help me out through this process and will take care of me and help me become a pitcher, not just a thrower like everyone says.

- Touki Toussaint

Daily D-backs

D-backs ride homers to first sweep of season | MLB.com
It took 62 games, more than one-third of the season, but the D-backs finally have the satisfaction of sweeping a series. In keeping with the bumpy road they have traveled in 2014, it wasn't easy.

Braves hoping to find offensive rhythm | MLB.com
D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy will be the next pitcher tasked with trying to cool down Braves right fielder Jason Heyward. Heyward carries a nine-game hitting streak into Atlanta's seven-game road trip beginning on Friday night at Chase Field. McCarthy has never faced Heyward, who is making many pitchers these days look like they are facing him for the first time. He has hit safely in 21 of his past 24 games, reaching base safely in 23 of those contests.

Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley would rather not discuss his homer issue
Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley has a new problem, and he figures the more he talks about it, the better the chances of it getting worse. In 82 2/3 innings, Miley has allowed 14 home runs, the second-highest total in the majors. He gave up four — all of them solo shots — to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Chase Field. His home run rate of 1.5 per nine innings is nearly double his rate of 0.8 from the past two seasons combined.

Kirk Gibson needs a dramatic moment to save his job | azcentral.com
Kirk Gibson doesn't have a chance of keeping his job. That's what makes him dangerous. His managerial career is wounded, in doubt and limping to home plate, with Tony La Russa watching his every move.

Nutrition, better eating catching on in Diamondbacks clubhouse | azcentral.com
Back when he was playing for the New York Yankees in 2012, Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez marveled at outfielder Raul Ibanez and the phenomenal shape he kept himself in. "I was like, 'What are you eating, bro? You're 40 years old and you're in better shape than anybody,' " Chavez said.

D-backs snag 'top five' pitcher with 16th pick | dbacks.com
The D-backs selected right-hander Touki Toussaint from Coral Springs Christian High School in Miami with their first pick (16th overall) Thursday on Day 1 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Arizona takes hard-throwing Reed in Round 2 | dbacks.com
The numbers for the D-backs second-round pick are simply ridiculous. Left-hander Cody Reed, who the D-backs picked No. 54 overall, was 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA this past season for Ardmore (Ala.) High School.

Wilson pegged as D-backs' first position player pick | dbacks.com
After selecting pitchers with their first two picks, the D-backs tabbed toolsy high school outfielder Marcus Wilson with their selection in the Compensation B round (No. 69 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

D-backs round out Day 1 selections with Diaz at No. 70 | dbacks.com
The D-backs selected high school shortstop Isan Diaz with their Compensation Round B pick (No. 70 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Diaz, who turned 18 last month, likely will need to move to second base when he gets to professional baseball.

Around the MLB

Total # of Defensive Shifts from 2010 - 2014.

Bautista gives souvenir to fan | MLB.com
After Jose Bautista makes the grab to end the inning, he gives a souvenir to a fan, but makes sure it goes to a Blue Jays fan.

Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira | YouTube
New Yankees catcher Brian McCann is the first-ever guest on Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira, and Tex grills McCann about his favorite past Atlanta Braves teammates.

A.J. Burnett throws warmup pitch through car window | YouTube
A.J. Burnett's warm-up pitch hits the window of a truck passing behind home plate with Billy the Marlin on it.

First Sports Illustrated Cover For Each Team | Imgur

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