June 2012

Starting Lineup For June 18

Wanted to do a lot more, but the internet was an issue here at Dehler Park. Resolved in plenty of time, though. Also had an emergency move to make sure we had highlights and a pre-game interview. Nonetheless … all is semi-well …

The lineups – first, the O’s:
14 Pedro Ruiz SS
19 Socrates Brito CF
18 Jake Lamb 3B
39 Kyle Koeneman 1B
7 Michael Perez C
21 Breland Almadova LF
17 Ty Linton DH
15 Justin Bianco RF
12 John Leonard 2B
24 Ross Gerdeman RHP

And for the Mustangs:
25 Jon Matthews CF
40 Robert Ramirez 2B
23 Jesse Winkler RF
16 Robert Maddox DH
35 Carlos Sanchez 1B
15 Gabriel Rosa 3B
24 Matt Lentz LF
34 Wagner Gomez C
6 Brandon Dailey SS
27 Wes Mugarian RHP

Mostly sunny, windy (in, though) and temps in the upper 70s for first pitch tonight at 7:05. Pregame begins at 6:40 on AM 930, KMPT, and on MissoulaOsprey.com.

Update from OspreyLand …

Here’s some stuff to pass along from the past couple of days to get your Osprey fix in before the team is announced this week …

– A total of four former Osprey – at the moment – have been named to mid-season All-Star teams. While the California-Carolina All-Star Game teams, and the Triple-A All-Star teams (you can still vote if you haven’t used up your 25-vote limit here.) are yet to be decided, other games (which are earlier) have been … and three of the four are pitchers – Chase Anderson (2009) in the Southern League, and Archie Bradley (2011) and Kable Hogben (2009) in the Midwest League. The lone position player (so far) is Matt Helm (2009-10) in the Midwest League. Anderson pitches at Double-A Mobile, while the other three are playing in South Bend.

–  Paul Goldschmidt (2009) moved his hit streak to 17 games with a single in a three-run first inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks won their fifth in a row on Sunday, finishing off a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s, 4-3. However, it was a series full of former Osprey appearances. Outside of Goldy, Miguel Montero (2002-03) hit a grand slam to highlight Saturday’s win, Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched out of the D-backs bullpen, Evan Scribner (2007) pitched well out of the A’s bullpen on Sunday, and Jarrod Parker (2007) made the start on Friday and threw well. In addition, let’s not forget about Gerardo Parra (2006) and Lyle Overbay (1999) of the D-backs and the DL’ed Jordan Norberto (2006) of the A’s. That’s eight of the 36 former Osprey who have played in the Major Leagues.

– Congratulations to former Osprey pitcher Conrad Flynn (2011), who proudly showed off his diploma from Tulane University on his Facebook page over the weekend. Flynn is currently with his third team, the Class A Advanced Visalia Rawhide, this season. Flynn has also pitched for Triple-A Reno (one spot-start) and Double-A Mobile (four appearances, two starts). He will start for the Rawhide tonight against Lake Elsinore.

In some other transactions involving former Osprey:
Taylor Siemens (2011) was promoted from Class A South Bend to Class A Advanced Visalia. Siemens had been primarily used as a reliever for the Silver Hawks.

Kyle Greene (2008) was taken off of the 7-day DL and returned to Double-A Mobile. Greene had been hitting well at the plate when the injury occurred.

David Holmberg (2010) was promoted from Class A Advanced Visalia to Double-A Mobile. The left-hander has been moving up the prospect radar steadily over the past year, and will now get a look in the ultra-talented Southern League.

D-backs sign Trahan, 30 other picks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have come to terms with 31 of their 40 picks in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including their top pick, catcher Stryker Trahan.

In addition, their top six picks, and 17 of their first 20 choices have agreed to contracts with the D-backs. The players will head to Phoenix to take physicals, then head to the club’s Spring Training facility in Scottsdale to attend mini-camp and get their assignments for the summer. (more…)

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.

On to picks 29-34 …

by Ben Catley

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. I have learned that there are times, especially this time of the year, where sleep is your friend. So, while working on radio and record book stuff, we will mix these in throughout the day. We also have PA and on-field emcee tryouts coming up, so if they let me … photos will be on the way, too.

For now, Draft picks 29-34 …

Round 29 – Adam McConnell, SS, Richmond/Yorktown, VA – R/R – 6-0, 187

Previously drafted in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft … Hit .283 this past spring with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, 24 walks, 12 stolen bases, and 24 RBIs … Tied for seventh in the Atlantic 10 in runs scored (45) … Ranked fifth in program history with 64 career stolen bases … Redshirted in 2011 after sustaining a hip injury following the 2010 campaign … Hit .288 in 2010 with nine doubles, 21 stolen bases and 29 walks against 23 strikeouts … Led the team in at bats (215) and steals (21), was second in walks (29) and third in on-base percentage (.390) … Also struck out the fewest times among everyday starters (23) … Named to the Ping Baseball Freshman All-America Team and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team … Enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons by a Richmond freshman by leading the club in hitting (.355) with a school freshman record 31 stolen bases, which was the most by a rookie in the NCAA in 2009 and tied for the third-most by a Spider in a season … Selected as a top prospect at the Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase and picked as one of the state’s top prospects by Virginia Preps … Was a First Team All-District, All-Region and All-State selection on the heels of his senior season … Batted .604 in 2008 with 19 RBIs and 25 stolen bases after batting .340 as a junior … The speedster swiped 42 bases in his final two years… Other senior-year honors included the Daily Press Player of the Year, District Player of the Year and the Tabb HS Male Athlete of the Year … Honorable Mention All-State pick as a junior … Lettered three years in both baseball and indoor track.

Round 30 – Chase Stevens, RHP, Oklahoma State/Blanchard, OK – R/R – 5-10, 186

Was 7-4 in 22 appearances for the Cowboys, with a save and a 3.22 ERA … Struck out 84 batters in 67 innings pitched … Made four starts for OSU in 2012 … Was 11-6 at Seminole State College, including a 7-3 mark with a 2.65 ERA his sophomore season … Fanned 104 batters in 71 innings in 2011 … Threw a no-hitter against Butler County CC, striking out 12 in the game … Was a four-year letterwinner at Blanchard HS … Posted a 9-0 mark and 1.60 ERA as a senior … Also played four seasons of basketball … Has a twin brother, Chance.

Round 31 – Andrew Potter, RHP, Eastside HS/Lancaster, CA – R/R – 6-0, 208 

Has signed letter of intent to pitch for UC-Irvine … Was 7-4 in his senior season at Eastside, with a 2.26 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 65 innings of work … Also hit .333 with a pair of home runs for the Lions … Hit .500 with six home runs in his junior season … Has a power fastball and what the UC-Irvine coaches call a “put-away” curve, which a Baseball Factory post calls a slider …  Also can throw a change with late movement … Ranked among the top 10 players at the 2011 Under Armor Pre-season Tournament.

Round 32 – Daniel Watts, LHP, Jacksonville St./LaGrange, GA – L/L – 6/3, 190

Tied for the team lead with six wins, while posting a 4.35 ERA … Led the team with 89.0 innings pitched and 87 strikeouts … Opponents hit at a 250 clip … Made 54 appearances during his Gamecock career, posting a 15-19 record in 37 career starts … Logged a total of 200.2 innings with 193 strikeouts, and posted a career 6.32 ERA … Played for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2011 … At Troup HS, was a four-year letterman … Named the LaGrange Daily News County Most Valuable Player and the Player of the Year his senior year … Was an All-State selection in 2007 and 2008 … Named to the All-County team his junior and senior years … Also lettered in football, where he was a second-team All-District selection … Was an honor student.

Round 33 – Jonathan Pulley, RHP, Spartanburg Methodist/Boiling Springs, SC – R/R – 6-2, 215

Was 4-3 with a 4.12 ERA this past spring for the Pioneers … Helped SMC to the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., the new location of the Colorado Rockies Pioneer League affiliate … Dropped a 4-1 decision against eventual champion Iowa Western … Was a standout at Boiling Springs HS.

Round 34 – Jared Ray, RHP, Houston/Waco, TX – 6-3, 195 – R/R

Earned a Physhology degree while at Houston, and graduated with honors … Fifth-year senior was 11-13 with two saves and a 5.92 ERA in his Cougar career, logging 211.1 career innings pitched … Ray was a five-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll Recipient, was a 2nd team All-Conference honoree in 2009, a two-time member of the C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team, named to the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional All-Tournament Team, and recognized on the C-USA All-Academic Team this season … Pitched in the state championship game for Midway HS as a sophomore … Ranked No. 3 by Jason Becker’s Inside Prep Baseball Texas Top 25 … Member of the National Honor Society.

Info on Picks 24-28

Here’s more info on draft stuff … mainly because we found out some information about the signability of one of the picks that we felt was interesting enough to get out there. Of course, there has to be a feeling that it could be wrong, otherwise, the D-backs would have not taken a shot at the pick. So we shall see … what is also interesting is, when you click on the link about Max Schrock below, notice the signing date publicized. Usually, formal signing announcements don’t happen until after the MLB Draft is done …

Round 24 – Mark Ginther, 3B, Oklahoma State/Tulsa, OK – R/R – 6-3, 200

Hit .271 with five home runs and 30 RBIs for the Cowboys this past spring … Had 17 extra-base hits … Was a 14th round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2011, and in the 48th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 … Honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference infielder in 2011 … hit 10 home runs and collected 17 doubles in 2011 … Led Cowboys with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2010 … Made three appearances on the mound during his freshman season, while also playing first base, second base, right field and DH … Hit two home runs in the NCAA Clemson Regional in 2009 , his first postseason tournament … Named Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year in 2008, as well as Tulsa World Player of the Year … Was 9-1 on the bump during his senior season, with a 0.99 ERA and struck out 88 in 56.2 innings pitched … Hit .430 with eight home runs and drove in 50 during his senior season … Played on back-to-back state championship football teams (2006-07).

Round 25 – Vince Spilker, RHP, Lee University/Raytown, MO – R/R – 6-3, 215

Posted a 7-3 record and 3.43 ERA for the Flames in 2012 … Attended Lee University after leaving Central Missouri … Pitched at Johnson County CC (KS) for two seasons, going 6-4 as a starter with a 3.22 career ERA … Struck out 75 batters in 74 innings pitched … Drafted in the 49th round by the Tampa Bay Rays out of high school in the 2009 MLB Draft … Earned Rawlings Pre-season High School All-American Honorable Mention honors … Played varsity all four seasons at Raytown HS.

Round 26 – Chris Capper, RHP, BYU/Glendale, AZ – R/R – 6-1, 203

Has a 10-14 mark with a career 4.31 ERA in three seasons with the Cougars … Has a 3-6 mark each of the past two seasons … Posted a 2.97 ERA in 2012, and has allowed just 12 home runs in 231.2 career innings pitched … Was born in South Africa but moved to Glendale, Ariz. at the age of 8 and eventually attended Deer Valley High School. During his junior year last season, he was the co-captain for BYU … Was second team all-state and first team all-region for Deer Valley HS … Is a scratch golfer.

Round 27 – Damian Smith, CF, Holy Names Catholic HS/Windsor, ONT – L/R – 6-4, 180

Regarded as the Best Athlete among draft-eligible Canadian players by Perfect Game USA … Was one of final cuts from Team Canada roster …

Round 28 – Max Schrock, SS, Cardinal Gibbons HS/NC – L/R – 5-8, 173

Signed letter of intent to play at South Carolina … Currently playing summer league ball in Ohio and, according to reports, was trying to pull his name out of consideration for the draft, indicating that he wanted to attend school first instead of turn pro. Based on that, we stopped digging for information. Sort of … Was Carolina Six Player of the Year in 2010-11, and led his team in offense in nearly every category each of his four seasons.

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).

Picks 16 & 17 of 2012 MLB Draft for D-backs

Getting information to you on the Day 3 picks … well, it’s challenging, since the rounds are happening fast and furious. We’ll be posting these profiles throughout the rest of the day, though. Here’s a couple to get you started in your reading …

Round 16 – Landon Lassiter, SS, North Davidson HS/High Point, NC – R/R – 5-11, 172

Will begin to attend summer school at North Carolina beginning on June 14 if he does not sign pro contract … Ranked as the 6th best prospect in North Carolina by Perfect Game USA and No. 7 in the state by Impact Baseball … Has a brother who also signed to play at Carolina, but opted to go pro after getting drafted by the New York Yankees … Scouts say he possesses good speed and power from the right side of the plate … Hit .422 this past spring for the Black Knights … Hit .405 with seven home runs in his junior season.

Round 17 – Yogey Perez-Ramos, OF, Miami-Dade CC South/Deerfield Beach, FL – L/L – 6-3, 197

Hit .444 with six doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 30 RBIs and 46 runs scored this past spring, and stole 27 bases … Perez-Ramos led the Sharks in average, triples and stolen bases … Hometown is Deerfield Beach, Fla. … Played baseball in Cuba before coming to the US … Ranked in the Baseball America Top 500 prospects.

More to come soon …

Stuff on Rounds 11-15 picks …

Here’s the information on the final five picks for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft. Rounds 16-40 will be fast and furious tomorrow, so we’ll get the info up as soon as we can …

Round 11 – Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis Senior HS/Davis, CA – R/R – 6-0, 175

Eckels went 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA as a senior, striking out 77 batters in 50 1/3 innings pitched … Pitched two shutout innings in 2012 Raley Field Baseball Showcase … Selected to pitch in 2012 Sacramento Optimists Baseball All-Star Game … Played varsity for three seasons at Davis.

Round 12 – Keith (Alex) Glenn, CF, Arizona Christian/McDonough, GA – L/L – 5-11, 185

Hit .351 with 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 36 RBIs for the Firestorm this past spring … Also stole 23 of 25 bases … Posted a .467 on-base and a .580 slugging percentage … Played at USC for two seasons before transferring to Arizona Christian … Was drafted in the 37th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins … Also spent summers with the Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League) and Holyoke Blue Sox (NECBL), hitting .333 for the Blue Sox and helping them to the playoffs … Played in just 77 games at USC, hitting .190 with five home runs and 18 RBIs … Earned 2009 Rawlings Pre-Season All-America First-Team honors and named to the ESPN Rise Magazine All-Area First Team during his senior season … Selected to play in the East Coast Pro Showcase, and was rated as the 65th brst prospect in the nation in 2009 by Perfect Game USA.

Round 13 – Phildrick Llewellyn, C, Trinity Christian Academy/Boynton Beach, FL (Curacao) – S/R – 5-11, 180

Has signed a letter of intent to play at Florida International … A native of Curacao, was sent to Trinity Christian by his parents to give him the chance to live in the US and play baseball … Named a Rawlings Pre-Season High School All-American … Hit .373 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Warriors this past spring … Also stole nine bases in 11 attempts.

Round 14 – Derrick Stultz, RHP, South Florida/Tampa, FL – R/R – 6-3, 200

Posted an 18-8 record and 3.61 ERA for the Bulls in his career, which was interrupted by a shoulder injury which required surgery … Was 9-1 with a 3.29 ERA as mostly a starter for USF in 2012, logging a career-high 87 2/3 innings pitched … Earned All-Big East Second-Team honors this past spring … Allowed opponents to hit at just a .218 clip this past season … Was 4-3 with a 3.08 during his freshman season, and was named third-team All-Big East in his sophomore campaign … Selected in the 38th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft.

Round 15 – Michael (Blake) Forslund, RHP, Liberty Univ./Lynchburg, VA – R/R – 6-4, 215

Posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.74 ERA for the Flames in 2012, making 20 appearances out of the bullpen … struck out 34 in 33.2 IP, but also walked 34 batters … Pitched at Virginia in 2009, pitching one inning … Played in the Carolina-Virginia Summer League in 2009 and earned Pitcher of the Year honors … Father attended Liberty, played football and played in the USFL … Two-time All-District and honorable mention All-State in 2008 while playing at Rustburg HS … Was 5-3 with a 0.87 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched his senior season, walking 17 but striking out 99 batters … Also played shortstop, and hit .352 with four home runs … Played football and basketball in high school.

The skinny on Picks 4-10

Here’s the breakdown on the Arizona Diamondbacks Draft Picks in Rounds 4-10. The final five picks information will be coming in a later post.

Round 4 – Chuck Taylor, OF, Timberview HS/Mansfield, TX – S/L – 5-10, 175

Has signed letter of intent to play baseball at Texas-Arlington … Info hard to find on this pick, outside of his football prowess … Named the ESPN Dallas Offensive Player of the Year in football, accounting for nearly 4,000 yards of offense and 39 touchdowns, 23 of which were rushing, scoring a team-high 142 points … Played football for three varsity seasons … Also an All-District pick.

Round 5 – Ronnie Freeman, C, Kennesaw State/Lawrenceville, GA – R/R – 6-1, 195

Hit .352 in his junior season at Kennesaw State, with a .426 on-base, .500 slugging percentage and drove in 52 runs for the Owls … Had a 42-game hit streak (spanning two seasons) during his freshman-sophomore seasons, the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I history … Hit .392 with 20 doubles in his sophomore year … Also played for USA Collegiate National team in 2011 … Named to numerous Freshman All-American teams after hitting a team-high .365 in 2010 … Won a state title in 2008 and made three straight appearances at state tournament while at Brookwood HS … Team was ranked 3rd nationally in 2008.

Round 6 – Jacob Lamb, 3B, Washington/Seattle, WA – L/R – 6-3, 215

Hit .326 for his three seasons at Washington, with 10 home runs and 88 RBIs … Batted .321 in 2012, with 16 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs, while swiping a career-high four bases … Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 … led the Huskies in games, doubles, RBI, walks, on-base average and slugging percentage … Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 honors while leading the Huskies in at-bats, games, hits, triples, home runs and runs batted in … Played summer baseball for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League … Had a career-best .347 average as a freshman, with four home runs and 32 RBIs, finishing with 18 extra-base hits … Named to the Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball while earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors … Metro League MVP as a senior at Bishop Blanchet HS, when he also earned first-team all-state and ESPN Rise all-area first team … Hit .412 as a junior and .429 as a senior … led the Braves to the state tournanment in each of his last two years … Drafted by the Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Round 7 – Andrew Velazquez, SS, Fordham Prep/Bronx, NY – S/R – 5-8, 175

Signed a letter of intent to play at Virginia Tech … Hit six home runs this past spring for the Rams … Wrote a blog for the New York Post during the high school baseball season … Hit .422 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a junior for the Rams.

Round 8 – Evan Marzilli, CF, South Carolina/Cranston, RI – L/L – 6-0, 185

Was the third current Gamecock player to be selected in this year’s draft … Earned 2012 SEC All-Defensive Team honors and is one of two players to have started all 60 games … hitting .288 with 12 doubles, three triples, a pair of homers, 30 RBI and 50 runs scored … Earned selections to SEC Academic Honor Roll and NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team in 2011 … Hit .370 while earning a spot on College World Series All-Tournament Team, helping the Gamecocks to the National Championship in 2010 … Helped lead Bishop Hendricken HS to back-to-back Rhode Island state titles (2008-09) … 2009 Louisville Slugger Preseason HS All-American … 2008 Rhode Island All-State team after hitting .386 with eight HR … Played 2009 summer baseball on 18-U Diamond Devils AAU team … Played on 2008 17-U Diamond Devils summer team that won the 17-U World Wood Bat Association National Championships as well as the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-U Wood Bat World Series.

Round 9 – Jeff Gibbs, RHP, University of Maine/Toronto, ONT – R/R – 6-4, 210

Struggled in 2012 after having a solid career for the Black Bears … Was 3-4 with an 8.40 ERA in 60 innings this past spring, striking out 56 batters, but also walked 42 … Was 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA as a sophomore … Posted a 5-4 mark with a 3.94 ERA as a freshman … A two-time selection to the All-America East team … Won the Ontario High School Provincial Championship with Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute … Won a national title with the Ontario Youth team in 2008 … Majored in Business.

Round 10 – Daniel Poma, OF, Hofstra Univ./Monterey, CA – R/R – 6-1, 220

Had one of the best offensive seasons in the nation this past spring – led the country with 76 runs scored and 31 doubles, while his .435 batting average and 97 hits rank second in the nation. He has also added 26 stolen bases, 149 total bases, a .504 on-base percentage and a .668 slugging percentage, which lead the Colonial Athletic Association … Led the Pride with seven home runs and is second on the team with 47 RBIs … Set Hofstra single season records for hits, runs and doubles … Semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player, and a Golden Spikes Award nominee, which is presented by USA Baseball to the top amateur in the country … Is the first Pride player to ever receive the Bill Brooks CAA Player of the Year Award. … Ranks 11th all-time in hits (170), third in doubles (48), ninth in runs (116) and eighth in stolen bases (49) … Earned All-Western State Conference North honors his freshman season at Cuesta College in 2009, hitting .318 with eight doubles, four triples, four home runs, 25 RBIs and stole 10 bases … Lettered in baseball and basketball at Monterey High School …  Named Offensive Player of the Year in baseball as a senior after compiling a team-high .500 batting average.

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