MLB Draft – D-backs Rounds 11 through 15

Here are the D-backs picks in the 2011 MLB Draft, Rounds 11-15, with as much info as we can muster …

Round 11 – Will Locante, LHP, Cumberland Univ./Memphis, TN

Was 8-2 with a 2.11 ERA, completing eight games, including a pair of shutouts for the Bulldogs … Is Cumberland’s highest draft choice since 2006 … Fanned 118 batters in 89 innings of work, and allowed just a .179 batting average … Was named an NAIA Second-Team All-American in 2011 … Pitched for the University of Tennessee for two seasons,  going 3-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 24 games … A two-time All-State selection while playing at Briarcrest Christian, and a Louisville Slugger First-Team High School All-American … Participated in 2007 Worth Showcase … Also wrestled in high school … Member of National Honor Society and Latin National Honor Society.

Round 12 – Joshua Parr, SS, Illinois/Chillicothe, IL

Hit .302 in 51 games for the Fighting Illini, with 11 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 36 RBIs, plus stole 17 of 19 bases … Named third team All-Big Ten as a sophomore … Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer of 2010, earning mid-season and post-season All-Star honors while posting a .307 batting average … Was a two-time All-State honoree while at Illinois Valley Central … Both parents played and his twin brothers are playing sports in college.

Round 13 – John Pedrotty, LHP, Holy Cross/Portsmouth, NH

Moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation for the Crusaders this past spring, posting a 7-2 mark with a 4.67 ERA … struck out 56 batters in 60 1/3 innings pitched … Also played in the outfield and first base during his freshman and sophomore seasons … Was named All-Division in his junior and senior seasons at Portsmouth HS, and was the Division I MVP in 2008 … Also played varsity football for three seasons.

Round 14 – Cody Geyer, RHP, Walters State CC/Weaverville, NC

Pitched just 15 innings for Walters State this past spring, striking out 16 batters, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in the process … Hit .336 with seven home runs and 49 RBIs at the plate … Owns the North Carolina state career scholastic home run record … Named First-team All-State and earned a conference Player of the Year nod … Also earned Rawlings Top 200 All-American honors.

Round 15 – Steven Rodriguez, C, UCLA/Lomita, CA

Hit .215 during his career at UCLA, making 46 starts (playing 48 games) behind the plate … caught fellow D-back draftee Trevor Bauer … Selected and played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, helping Team USA win the silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Baseball Games … Was team captain for St. John Bosco, and also served as senior class secretary, ranking in the top 25 in his senior class.

The draft, as we type, is in Round 25. We’ll update as soon as possible …

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