Signing Deadline Draws Near

Signing Deadline Draws Near

By midnight on Wednesday, we will know whether Jarrod Parker and the other 19 unsigned Arizona draft picks from June will become a part of the Diamondbacks organization. A record-breaking contract signed by the Detroit Tigers' first round prep pitcher could complicate matters for Parker and the Diamondbacks.

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The Diamondbacks will find out Wednesday just how big an impact Detroit's record-breaking deal with prep right-hander Rick Porcello will have on negotiations with their own top pick.

Facing Wednesday's 11:59 p.m. EDT deadline, Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes will speak again with the representative for Jarrod Parker, the Indiana high school right-hander whom they selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the June draft.

"Obviously we hope to make a deal before the deadline," Byrnes said. Porcello reportedly got a four-year, $7.28 million major league deal. He was widely regarded as a high first-round pick but slipped to the Tigers at No. 29 due to concerns over contract demands.

Parker was taken at No. 9 overall, a pick for which the commissioner's office recommends a $1.89 million signing bonus.

"We're processing Porcello," Byrnes said, "and (Wednesday) we'll get back to business and hopefully get a deal done."

For a full list of Diamondbacks draft picks with info on who has signed and who has not, please see the FutureBacks Draft Tracker.

For an in-depth scouting report on Jarrod Parker, premium members of FutureBacks can click here.

MARLINS 14, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Things got out of hand early for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, as their starting pitcher, Byung-Hyun Kim, lasted just 17 pitches and one-third of an inning before getting lifted by manager Bob Melvin, who had seen enough.

Kim wasn't hurt. He was just hit hard. He allowed four hits, a walk and four runs to the seven batters he faced before giving way to Edgar Gonzalez.

Left-hander Joe Kennedy, who, like Kim, was claimed off of waivers at the beginning of the month, also had a miserable game. Kennedy gave up three hits, two walks and three hit batters in just one-third of an inning.

Things were so bad infielder Augie Ojeda came in to pitch an inning -- and he made it look easy, retiring the side on eight pitches. One bright spot: Outfielder Chris Young connected for a pair of solo home runs.

NOTES, QUOTES

--RHP Byung-Hyun Kim's days with the Diamondbacks may have come to an end on Tuesday night. After lasting just one-third of an inning, he seems certain to not make another start and could well be designated for assignment or outright released Wednesday. In two starts back with his first major league team, he has lasted just 2 2/3 innings combined.

--SS Stephen Drew's struggles have lasted for most of the season, and his average after a recent dry spell dipped to .232. But manager Bob Melvin can't question Drew's approach. "It's easy for a younger guy to put his head down and not run balls out and get frustrated with some of the calls or the hard-hit (outs), but he's not doing it," Melvin said. "Not for a minute."

--INF Augie Ojeda approached manager Bob Melvin in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's blowout loss to the Marlins and volunteered to do whatever Melvin might need. Ojeda, who pitched an inning for Class AAA Iowa last year, wound up pitching the ninth for the Diamondbacks, retiring the side in order. "He was pounding it," C Miguel Montero said. "He was dealing. What else do you want me to say?"

--OF Chris Young hit two home runs Tuesday, giving him 21 on the season. Young, who has 19 steals, is trying to become the eighth rookie since 1900 to reach the 20/20 plateau and the first since Carlos Beltran did it in 1999 with Kansas City.

--The Diamondbacks, who in the past couple of weeks have stormed into first place in the National League West, are beginning to catch the eye of the national media. But manager Bob Melvin would rather they fly under the radar. "We try to keep a pretty narrow focus," Melvin said. "I just don't want them focusing on a bigger picture right now because that can distract you a little bit."

--1B Tony Clark on the Diamondbacks' success this season: "Our philosophy has seemed to fall in line with, 'Anybody, anytime, any given game, somebody can make a contribution to help us win.' Are we going to have a 40-home run guy? No. Are we going to have a guy drive in 100 runs? Probably not. Are we going to have a guy score 100 runs? Probably not. Are we going to have a .300 hitter? Maybe. But we've been consistent on the mound. We've been consistent in the bullpen. Our defense has been outstanding. And we've gotten hits at the right time to win ballgames that night."

--LF Eric Byrnes has 31 stolen bases, making him the second player in team history to steal 30 or more bases in a season. The other was Tony Womack, who had 72 in 1999 and 45 in 2000.

--3B Chad Tracy (sore right knee) had an injection of synthetic gel on Aug. 13. He didn't play Aug. 11-14.

--RF Carlos Quentin began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Tucson on Monday, going 1-for-2. He went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 2 with a pulled right hamstring.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've been here a couple of months and I've never felt comfortable. This is a business. If you don't produce, they're going to find somebody who will." -- Diamondbacks rookie third baseman Mark Reynolds.

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