The D-backs take high-school outfielder Justin Bianco with their third-round pick. We’ll have more on Bianco (including video) later today.
The D-backs pick another pitcher with their Round 2 choice in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. It’s Coastal Carolina right-handed pitcher Anthony Meo. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Meo can touch the mid-90s with his fastball, and is projected to be a reliever at the next level. Meo also threw the first-ever no-hitter in Big South Conference Tournament history last month.
We’ll have more on Meo and the rest of the early portion of the Day 2 picks online in a bit …
The second day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft should provide some interesting situations, including whether or not the Arizona Diamondbacks elect to stick to pitching or start looking to fill a couple of depth needs in the organization – catcher and middle infield.
We’ll keep you up to date …
The final pick of the night for the D-backs came in Compensation Round A, where they chose Kent State left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin with the 43rd overall selection.
Chafin, who is a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, pitched the Golden Flashes to a NCAA Austin Regional win over host and national #7 seed Texas. Chafin was 8-1 with a 2.02 ERA this spring for the Golden Flashes, with 105 strikeouts in 89 innings pitched, and was 12-2 in his career at Kent State, with eight saves, a 1.80 ERA and 160 Ks in 124 2/3 innings pitched.
And … video of Chafin, an interview done during the MAC Tournament at the end of May.
The draft resumes on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and we will be following along here on Bird Droppings throughout the day.
Here’s what we were able to gather on Archie Bradley …
Three-sport star in high school, has signed letter of intent to play football at the University of Oklahoma … Possesses a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball (knuckle-curve) and what scouts call a “serviceable” changeup … Helped Broken Arrow win the Oklahoma Class 6A state baseball title, beating Owasso and fellow first-round pick Dylan Bundy (No. 4 overall), whom went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the title game … Posted a 12-1 record his senior season, allowing just three earned runs in 71 1/3 innings, striking out 133 while walking just 11.
The D-backs go with a high-school pitcher with the No. 7 pick – Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma
The info on Trevor Bauer (from what would be his bio):
In three seasons with UCLA, posted a 34-8 record and a 2.36 ERA, setting school career marks in wins, strikeouts (460) and innings pitched (373.1). Bauer broke the Pac-10 single-season strikeout record this past spring with 203 Ks, and ranks second to Washington grad Tim Lincecum in career strikeouts in Pac-10 history … Also pitched nine straight complete games (10 in all), while leading the nation in Ks … Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, and named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year … Named as one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, and one of 25 semifinalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year … Played for USA Baseball National Team (collegiate) in the summer of 2009, including a win over Guatemala.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected UCLA right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer with the No. 3 pick in the first round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. More information coming soon …
So much for the mock drafts. Virginia lefty Danny Hlutzen goes No. 2 to the Seattle Mariners … and we know with both Matt Davidson and Bobby Borchering coming through the system, the D-backs wouldn’t go to a third baseman, would they?
Garrit Cole of UCLA has been selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. A story had leaked out earlier today indicating that Cole was their pick, but the Pirates still took their allotted 5 minutes of time before submitting their pick.
Seattle is now on the clock, followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mariners are expected to go with third baseman Anthony Rendon of Rice, while the D-backs … well, we’ll shall see.