The final six of ’12 …
The info (what we could find, anyway) on D-backs draft picks 35-40 from the 2012 MLB Draft …
Round 35 – Robbie Buller, RHP, Houston Baptist/Sugar Land, TX – R/R – 6-6, 230
Graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting and will sign … Was drafted primarily as a pitcher due to the potential he showed during the Huskies’ offseason workouts last fall … Missed all of 2012 with Tommy John surgery … Will continue his rehabilitation program under team supervision … Was used as a 1B/DH as well as on the mound … hit .319 with 26 home runs, 45 doubles and 132 RBIs in three seasons … Ranked in the Top 10 in HBU in four career categories – hits, RBIs, doubles and homers … Set new single-season standard for the Huskies with 16 home runs in 2011 … A two-time All-Great West Conference First Team pick … Named all-district as a senior at Clements HS …was a three-time letterman.
Round 36 – Andrew Barbosa, LHP, South Florida/San Juan, PR – R/L – 6-8, 230
Was 15-10 in his three seasons with South Florida, posting a 2.01 career ERA, striking out 281 batters in 191.1 career innings pitched … Held opponents to a .217 batting average in his Bulls career … Had Tommy John surgery in 2010, which cut his season to just two appearances … Bounced back with a team-leading 95 innings pitched and 110 strikeouts, which also led the Big East … Earned First-Team All-Conference for his work in 2011, which included a 7-7 mark and a 2.75 ERA … Was a walk-on at USF, but became No. 2 starter and named to the All-Big East second team … Won eight games and posted a 2.40 ERA … Pitched for two seasons at South Florida CC … Drafted twice prior, both times by San Francisco – in 2006 (15th round) and 2007 (48th round).
Round 37 – Breland Almadova, CF, Hawai’i/Honolulu, HI – R/R – 6-1, 195
His father played football for Hawai’I … Hit .267 for the Rainbows this past spring, with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs … Batted .298 as a sophomore, when he was third in the WAC with 16 stolen bases … Played baseball and football for three years at Iolani School … baseball team won ILH championship in 2009 … Batted .447 in the regular and postseason in ‘09, with five doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 35 runs scored and seven stolen bases … Also went 2-0 with four saves and a 0.67 earned run average as a relief pitcher … Helped football team win ILH and Division 2 state championship in 2007-08 … Named to all-ILH first team and all-state second team for baseball in ’08 … Named to all-ILH and all-state first team in ’09 … Won Hawai‘i Player of the Year award and named Hawai‘i Player of the Year by both Gatorade and Louisville Slugger … Hit .461 in 2008 … also was part of Habitat for Humanity and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Round 38 – Cameron Gibson, CF, Grosse Pointe South HS/Gross Pointe, MI – L/R – 6-0, 180
Cameron is the son of former Major League outfielder and current Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson … Signed letter of intent to play at Michigan State, his father’s alma mater … According to a story on the Fox Sports Arizona website, Cameron Gibson is headed to college … Was a multi-sport athlete at Grosse Pointe South HS – football, baseball and hockey.
Round 39 – Rafael Garcia, C, Gilroy HS/CA – R-R – 5-10, 190
Waiving the white flag here … Usually, you don’t go three pages deep on a Google search and come up with nothing, but, without having access to a Baseball America draft database, it’s hard to find info.
Round 40 – Zane Hemond, RHP, Montrose HS/Montrose, CO – R/R – 6-3, 180
Zane is the grandson of Hall of Famer and current D-backs Special Assistant to the President and CEO Roland Hemond … Reports say that Hemond will attend Phoenix College instead of turning pro, but will listen to see what the D-backs have to say … Phoenix College is a JUCO, so Hemond would be able to leave after one season … Helped his team to a 16-5 mark this past spring.