D'Backs Take Pitching With First Four Picks

Things went as according to plan as they ever could be expected to in the first four rounds of the First Year Player draft. It was a pitching heavy first four rounds, and the D'Backs were no exception, grabbing four pitchers with their first four picks. Stay with FutureBacks.com to get access to interviews with players, coaches, and the D'Backs front office all week long.

With the 11th pick in the 2006 draft the D'Backs chose Max Scherzer, a right hander from the University of Missouri with a fastball that has been clocked as high as 99, but regularly settles in the mid 90s. There is some speculation that Scherzer might be groomed as a closer, both because of his tough make up and his two pitch repertoire.

The Diamondbacks went pitching heavy early in the draft grabbing Brooks Brown from the University of Georgia. Brown split time at Georgia between the starting rotation and the bullpen, and could see the most action of any of the Diamondbacks early round picks simply because he hasn't racked up a ton of innings this year.  This is the second time he's heard his name called on draft day as the Braves took him with their 21st round pick out of high school in 2003.

Brett Anderson is the son of Oklahoma State head baseball coach Frank Anderson, and not surprisingly that means he's one of the more 'pro-ready' high school pitchers. In addition to the high quality private coaching he received he also has big time pressure experience pitching for the USA Junior Team. Another hard throwing lefty, he is the third straight pitcher taken by the Diamondbacks, and though he's younger than the two picks ahead of him, he could move just as quickly through the system.

A two sport player at Oregon State, Dallas Buck was a defensive back in his first two seasons at Oregon State before moving strictly to baseball. Though some feel an injury contributed to a drop in velocity, he continued to win, and thus the D'Backs may be looking at him a guy who has already learned how to 'pitch,' as opposed to 'throw' and thus when he gets healthy could be a gem.

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