Zack Greinke did not allow a runner to second base through the front five innings. Then a few extended at-bats by Detroit, an error by Brandond Drury, and a misplay by David Peralta in the outfield chased Greinke from the game with two outs in the sixth, after five unearned runs had crossed the plate. Hoover was unable to keep the tying run from scoring, but the bullpen threw zeros after that, tallying three scoreless frames. Peralta found redemption ni the ninth when he smacked a solo home run to left field to put the Diamondbacks back on top.
Related: Three Homer Runs Lift Arizona
In a draft where college bats were supposed to be scarce, Arizona went out and grabbed three during the first day of selections.
Related: Trends from Day One of Draft
Arizona elected to chase a high upside prep arm with their third round pick to open the second day of the draft.
Mike Hazen’s stamp can be seen all over Arizona’s approach to the 2017 draft.
Both the NCAA and MLB could benefit by working together to change when the draft falls, both on the calendar and in relation to college ball.