2014 Diamondbacks draft: Picks for rounds 3-10

Rich Schultz

Today's draft covers a total of eight rounds, so here's where we'll be covering those selections for Arizona. Depth depends on what I can find about them!

3rd round: Matt Railey, CF, North Florida Christian HS (FL)

MLB.com says, "Railey's stock has risen all spring as scouts have been impressed with his natural hitting ability. He has an easy, loose swing and uses his quick hands and natural strength to drive the ball. He squares the ball up well and hits plenty of line drives. Railey is an average runner, which may eventually force him to move off of center field, but his athleticism and improving feel for the game help make him a solid defender. Railey missed his sophomore year with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, but the injury has not impacted him since. He turned 19 in March and will be a Draft-eligible sophomore if he upholds his commitment to Florida State."

Yep, it's another high-school pick, making the Diamondbacks 5-for-5 in this area so far. Last month, Prospect Insider wrote: "Railey is a compact, physical player who is very fast in short bursts. His hands are very quick and he generates impressive power already. He needs to avoid expanding the strike zone, but he has all the ingredients to be a very solid Round No. 2 pick."

4th Round: Brent Jones, RHP, Cornell (NY)

MLB.com says, "The Ivy League isn't known as a huge baseball conference, but it's had its fair share of Draft prospects, most of them pitchers. Jones has the chance to be just as good as guys like Ross Ohlendorf, Chris Young or Kyle Hendricks. Jones' best attribute might be his arm strength, with the ability to get his fastball up into the mid 90s, though it plays better when he sits in the 92-93 mph range. He has plus action on his curve, though he has trouble commanding it at times. Jones also throws a cutter-type pitch and a changeup, both of which are below average currently. Jones' ability to improve his offspeed stuff and his overall command will dictate whether he can start long-term. The team that takes him will likely send him out as a starter, knowing he has the power arsenal that would work well in short relief."

Good and in-depth piece about Jones from Baseball America: "A power pitcher who relies primarily on his four-seam fastball and a pair of breaking balls. His 79-83 mph curveball shows the makings of at least an average pitch, flashing above-average. "The breaking ball is a hammer at times," the scout said. "It is a spike curveball and when he lands it, the pitch is pretty good." His third offering is a high-80s cutter/slider that has evolved over the last few years. "He had a really good slider his freshman year but it has evolved into more of a cutter as he has been using the curveball more and more," Cornell pitching coach Scott Marsh said. "It doesn’t have the same depth it did his freshman year but it does have some lateral movement."

5th Round: Mason McCullough, RHP, Lander University (SC)

MLB.com says, "One area scout compared McCullough to Kenny Powers of HBO's "Eastbound & Down." Both guys can throw the ball through a brick wall, provided they can hit the wall, and both guys can get into trouble off the field. North Carolina dismissed McCullough from its program last fall for repeated violations of team rules, so he transferred to Lander, which made its first NCAA Division II College World Series appearance in 2014. McCullough has a big league body and a fastball that has been clocked as high as 100 mph, though he has yet to harness it.

He walked nearly a batter per inning this spring and sometimes will work out of the stretch with no runners on base in an attempt to throw strikes. There's no finesse with McCullough, who relies heavily on throwing mid-90s heat. He'll show an interesting mid-80s slider on occasion, though he doesn't use it much. He'll almost certainly work out of the bullpen in pro ball, and he won't be more than a middle reliever unless he can make some refinements, but it's also very easy to dream on his arm strength." Here's a video of McCullough pitching in last summer's Cape Cod League.


6th round: Zac Curtis, LHP, Middle Tennessee State (TN)

Not much info on his pitching, but here's some background. "Curtis led all Division I pitchers in strikeouts through the regular season. His four-pitch arsenal includes a fastball, slider, change-up and curveball. "His slider is 82-85," [pitching coach Skylar] Meade said. "It truly is a plus pitch at the next level. That's the pitch that could let him roll through the ranks. At the college level, all of those pitches are pretty darn good. His slider has two planes. It has downward movement and a little bit of east-west movement. As a batter, it starts in the middle of the plate, and the next thing you know, it's behind your back foot. He'll throw a fastball in at 91. Then, he throws that slider. It looks like the same pitch, but it's 84 and breaking down at your right foot.

7th round: Tyler Humphreys, 3B, St Johns River State Col (FL)

MLB.com: "Humphreys has always enticed scouts with his power potential and showed this spring that there was more to his game. At the plate, Humphreys has a balanced swing but has a good amount of swing and miss to his game and will always strike out a good amount. Humphreys makes up for this with above-average power that comes from good bat speed and great raw strength. He is also a good defender at third with a solid arm and good, quick reactions at the hot corner. If Humphreys can hit enough to get to his raw power, he could fit the profile of a solid all-around, run-producing corner infielder."

8th round: Grant Heyman, LF, College of Southern Nevada (NV)

An 11th-round pick who didn't sign with the Blue Jays in 2012, Heyman played one season for the Miami Hurricanes, but didn't like the program, and transferred to Southern Nevada. Interesting thing: they use wooden bats. Didn't stop Heyman, who hit .377 (66-for-175) with 24 doubles, 8 home runs and 43 RBI. He had an on-base percentage of .464 and a slugging percentage of .686. "Not one of those home runs, not one of those doubles, not one of those runs driven in, was done with a metal bat," said CSN coach Nick Garritano, "And he was pitched to as tough as any player in the league."  "He has a big-league body," Garritano said. "He has so much leverage." That’s why Heyman is projected to be a run-producer. "They’re not going to pay me to hit singles," he said.

9th round: Justin Gonzalez, SS,  Florida State (FL)

He's actually in his fifth year with Florida State, having had to miss basically the entire 2013 season due to a hip injury that required surgery. He was also a 2012 draft pick in the 27th round by the Dodgers, so hopefully he can follow the Paul Goldschmidt path. Here's a rather nice play he made:


10th round: Scott Schultz, RHP, Oregon State (OR)

And we finish off the day with the 300th pick of the draft, who is already the father of a 3 1/2 year-old girl. "In his four years with the Oregon State baseball program, Schultz has been somewhat of an overlooked component. He has been good enough to be considered the team's closer for the greater part of the past two seasons, but just shaky enough to lose his grip on the position near the end of last season. And even though he has provided some big-time spot starts for the Beavers throughout his career, he still wasn't included on the cover of the team's media guide."

We'll be back tomorrow with rounds 11-40. Though do not expect much in the way of detailed reportage on these lower picks!

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