More on the Draft picks …
by Ben Catley
OK, here is some more background on the draft picks made by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which concluded today. I’m still in the process in getting some information on the rest of the picks, and rather than jump around (I have some later picks done, as much as I can anyway), I am trying to keep them in sequence. So, here’s picks from Rounds 18-23, with more coming later … likely tomorrow morning. Unless you really want it to hit your inbox in the wee hours of the morning. I mean, that can be arranged … OK, I kid. Anyway … read on …
Round 18 – Kevin Medrano, 2B, Missouri State/Lee’s Summit, MO – L/R – 6-1, 155
Became the first known Missouri Valley Conference player on record to earn First-Team All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons … Led the Bears with a .327 average, 12 stolen bases and 81 hits this past spring … Also was an MVC All-Defensive Team pick … Tied the club’s single-game mark for doubles twice in 2012 … Hit .346 in his four seasons with the Bears, which is seventh-best in school history … Also holds spot on career list for hits (310, 2nd) and fielding assists (568, 2nd), plus holds career marks for singles (241) and sacrifice hits (28) … Collected 92 multi-hit games in his collegiate career … Was a two-time MSU Team MVP and a 2009 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American … Hit .410 as a sophomore in 2010, recording a 29-game hit streak that ranks second in MSU history … Hit .500 his senior season in high school for Lee’s Summit North … Broncos went 68-24 during his three varsity seasons … Bettered the old school record for hits in back-to-back seasons, collecting 43 hits during his senior season, one year removed from setting the new standard of 50, when he hit .495 and earned first-team All-State honors … Brother Jesus was a Triple-A player for both the Florida Marlins (2003) and Boston Red Sox (2004), and brother Steve reached the Double-A level in the Kansas City Royals organization three times, most recently in 2003 … Majoring in criminology at Missouri State.
Round 19 – RJ Hively, RHP, Mississippi/Huntington Beach, CA – R/R – 6-2, 215
Posted a 5-6 mark in 2012 for Ole Miss, with a 3.02 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched, and collected four saves … Held opponents to a .222 batting average … Used on the weekends, including times where he would close in the first game and start the third game of a series … Struggled in 2011, posting a 1-2 record in 13 appearances (one start) with a 7.85 ERA … Pitched for Santa Ana JC during his sophomore season, posting a 5-4 record with five saves, a 3.06 ERA, and fanned 77 batters in 79.1 innings pitched … Was a second-team All-California selection and earned the Most Valuable Pitcher award … Signed with Cal State Fullerton out of high school, but redshirted and transferred … Was a two-time All-Freeway league pick and Northwood League All-Star while at Troy HS … Drafted by the NY Yankees in the 26th round of the 2010 MLB Draft … His father, Rick, played football for Washington State.
Round 20 – Jacob House, 1B, Texas A&M/Mansfield, TX – L/L – 6-3, 210
Attended same high school as 4th round pick Chuck Taylor … Was second on the Aggies in batting, hitting ,308 in 59 games with eight home runs and 56 RBIs … Only 1st round pick Tyler Naquin posted a better average (.380) … Hit .301 as a junior, with three home runs and 52 RBIs … Played his first two seasons at Arkansas before transferring following the 2009 season … Hit over .280 in both seasons as a Razorback … A three-time All-District pick at Timberview HS … Named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team as a senior … hit .425 with five homers and 30 RBIs, plus went 4-1 on the mound with a 2.89 ERA his senior season … As a junior, hit .496 and plated 40 runs, earning his first of two All-District First-team selections.
Round 21 – Rudy Flores, 1B, Florida International/Corpus Christi, TX – L/R – 6-3, 200
Limited to just three games in 2012 due to a team suspension and an injury, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a run scored, two RBIs and a stolen base, and did not make an error in 21 chances … Hit .324 during his college career … Slated to play in the Texas Collegiate League with the Victoria Generals … Named a PING! Baseball Third-Team Freshman All-American as a first baseman after hitting .357 on the season with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 23 RBIs, and 21 runs scored … As a sophomore, .291 with 21 doubles, eight home runs, 52 RBIs, and 36 runs scored … Played in the Cape Cod League (Orleans Firebirds) in the summer of 2011 … A member of the Haymarket Senators of the Valley League where he was named the 5th best prospect in the league according to Baseball America … Batted .443 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs, helping lead the Moody Trojans to the Class 4A state championship game. That showing also earned him all-state honors … Named Pre-season All-American his senior year by Perfect Game USA and Rawlings … Hit .490 with 10 home runs his senior season … Named All-State in 2008, hit .470 with nine homers and 47 RBIs … Had 29 home runs in his varsity career.
Round 22 – Holden Helmink, RHP, Willis HS/TX – R/R – 6-4, 180
Has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Texas … Some say that he is likely to head to college instead of go pro … Hit .529 with nine home runs and led Willis HS to the Texas Region 3-$A quarterfinals … Was District 18-4A Offensive MVP in 2011 … Named to the Greater Houston Area Pre-Season Baseball Team, the Under Armour Pre-Season All American Baseball Team, and the Pre-Season All Houston 4A First Team.
Round 23 – Matthew Dermondy, LHP, Iowa/Norwalk, IA – R/L – 6-5, 190
Reportedly undecided on whether to sign or stay at Iowa … Had a rough 2012, going 1-7 with a 4.50 ERA … Posted an 8-15 record as a Hawkeye, with a 4.98 career ERA … Played in the Cape Cod League the past two summers (2010-11) … Was a 29th round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 MLB Draft … Academic All-Big Ten pick in 2011 … First pitcher in Iowa history to strike out 18 batters in a six-inning perfect game … A First-Team All-District pick for three seasons, plus earned All-Conference First-Team honors his junior and senior seasons … Named All-State Super Team Pitcher and won the Bob Feller Pitching Award his senior season … Drafted in the 26th round by Pittsburgh in the 2009 MLB Draft … Hit .434 and posted a 10-3 mark on the mound while helping Norwalk HS win a state title … Earned nine letters in other sports (three in football, four in basketball, two in tennis).