The only other team in history to have two top-10 picks in the draft's first round was the Washington Nationals, who selected Stephen Strasburg first overall and Drew Storen tenth. Both right-handers have already made a huge impact for Washington at the big league level, and Arizona hopes that its two right-handers selected today will have similar success.
The Diamondbacks did well to take Trevor Bauer, a high-risk, high reward pitcher in a draft in which they had two picks among the top seven. Bauer draws comparisons to two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, Both right-handers are somewhat undersized, have an unorthodox yet mechanically-sound delivery, possess good command of plus-stuff, and wield a four-pitch repertoire. One of the biggest knocks on Bauer is his inefficiency with his pitches; he has averaged nearly 130 pitches per start with UCLA, which is more wear than you'd like on a 20-year old's arm.
Archie Bradley has more of a prototypical pitcher stature at 6-foot-4 and over 210 pounds, so his durability is not as much in question. The D-backs weren't kidding when they said signability would not be a factor for their seventh-round pick, as this high-schooler could conceivably choose college over the pros. He is the total package, however, with tremendous arm strength and a plus curveball his most impressive tools.
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