D-backs Select Two Pitchers in 1st-Round

Senior Editor
Posted Jun 6, 2011


In what might be the most important June Draft in Arizona Diamondbacks history, the D-backs took two right-handed pitchers with outstanding stuff. They selected UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer with the draft's third overall pick, and high-schooler Archie Bradley fell to them at number seven.

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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Trevor Bauer Scouting Report
Archie Bradley Scouting Report


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