Over the next six weeks, MLB-DI will take a look at each teams draft class, breaking down the best — and most questionable — over the past week.
We start with the Diamondbacks, a team that had one of the most outstanding drafts — in terms of process — in all of baseball last season. Did this year stalk up to the previous years effort?
Have at it!
The Decision Makers
General Manager: Kevin Towers
Director, Scouting: Ray Montgomery
College: 26, Prep: 14
Pitchers: 18 Position Players: 22
Corner infielders: 2
Middle infielders: 6
The First Ten
Steal: Player was selected several rounds — or in the case of the first-round, several picks — earlier than his value indicated
Solid: Player was taken later than his value indicated.
Average: Player was drafted in round where he should have been selected.
Slight-reach: Player was taken slightly earlier than his value indicates.
Reach: Player was drafted several rounds or picks earlier than his value indicated.
|01.26||Stryker Trahan||C||Acadiana HS (LA)||Solid|
|02.90||Jose Munoz||SS||Los Altos HS (CA)||Reach|
|03.120||Jake Barrett||RHP||Arizona State||Solid|
|04.153||Chuck Taylor||OF||Mansfield HS (TX)||Reach|
|05.183||Ronnie Freeman||C||Kennesaw State||Average|
|07.243||Andrew Velazquez||SS||Fordham Prep (NY)||Average|
|08.273||Evan Marzilli||OF||South Carolina||Average|
I have been high on Stryker Trahan all year, and I think the Diamondbacks nailed this pick. Trahan has plenty of power — though most of it to the pull-side — and if it proves out that he has to move to the outfield, he has enough athleticism to do that. A potential middle of the order hitter who has a 50/50 shot to catch is an asset, and Arizona should be thrilled to have him as part of the organization.
I had heard Munoz as a possibility in the first five rounds, but I didn’t expect to hear his name called in round two. The arm strength is plus, but the bat doesn’t play if he’s not at short, and he’s no lock to stick there (more likely second-base), there’s a little too much risk compared to reward for me to like this pick.
Barrett is a reliever, but with a fastball in the high 90′s and a solid breaking-ball, he should be a pretty good one. The delivery is way too violent for him to start, however.
As good a name as Taylor’s is — in a draft that was loaded with quality monikers — he’s a defensive replacement bat to me, and that’s not good value in the fourth round. The same could be said of Freeman, a solid defensive catcher who’s bat is too light to play everyday.
This wasn’t one of my favorite drafts of the previous week, but it wasn’t a failure in terms of process by any means. The key will be whether or not Trahan and Lopez can stay at their respective positions. If you see both players up the middle, this will be one that Arizona fans remember. If Lopez is more of a utility-bat and Trahan has to move to the outfield, than it probably won’t be a great class. We’ll find out in a few years whether the reward outweighed the risk.