D-backs baby back report, picks 16-20
Catching up … here is the lowdown on the Arizona Diamondbacks picks in Rounds 16-20 of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft:
Round 16 – Michael Blake, LHP, Hawai’i/Vancouver, WA
A bit reminiscent of former Osprey pitcher Mike Belfiore in how he was utilized at Hawai’i, mainly as a first baseman and DH by the Warriors, plus made 10 appearances as a pitcher … Hit .241 with 23 RBIs in the field, and posted a 3.38 ERA in eight innings of work … Played at Mount Hood College for two seasons, used mainly at first base, where he hit .387 as a sophomore … A two-time All-League and All-State pick while at Heritage HS in Vancouver … Set single-season school standard with a .583 batting average.
Round 17 – Adam Choplick, LHP, Denton Billy Ryan HS, Denton, TX
Just recently recovered from Tommy John surgery, which put him out of action for his junior season … Pitched a perfect game in his third start … Was 9-1 with a 0.82 ERA as a sophomore … Signed letter of intent to play at Oklahoma.
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Round 18 – Taylor Siemens, LHP, California Baptist/La Mirada, CA
Named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, helping Cal Baptist win the conference regular-season title … Was a two-time 1st team All-GSAC and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American … Went 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA this past spring, striking out 91 batters in 101 1/3 innings pitched … Posted an 11-2 mark in his sophomore season … Played three seasons of varsity baseball and basketball at La Mirada.
Round 19 – Danny Pulfer, 2B, Oregon/Cypress, CA
Hit .351 in 59 games, with two home runs and 20 RBIs for the Ducks in 2011, and is a career .302 hitter, with 31 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 73 RBIs … Stole 9 bases in 2011, and 19 for his career … committed just six errors this past spring … Was a 2010 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection … Played in two straight Northwoods League championship games while playing for the Rochester Honkers … Earned All-Empire, All-county and all-CIF recognition as a senior at Cypress HS, hitting .485 with three home runs and 24 stolen bases … Was a team captain all four seasons (at two different schools).
Round 20 – Tommy Williams, SS, Palm Beach Gardens HS/N. Palm Beach, FL
Named an Honorable Mention Rawlings High School Preseason All-American, and 1st Team All-Florida Preseason squad … Signed letter of intent to play at Central Florida.
We’ll lump the final 10 rounds into one entry … coming shortly …