June 2012

D-backs day two draft selections: Rounds 2-15

Tyler Emerick/MLB.com

PHOENIX — With their first selection on day two of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs drafted shortstop Jose Munoz in the second round (pick No. 90 overall) from Los Altos High School in Northern California.

The San Diego State commit was tabbed as the 86th best prospect by ESPN.com.

At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Munoz hit .419 this season with a slugging percentage of .814.

“He’s an infielder with some offensive potential,” Baseball America’s Jim Callis said on MLB.com. “He has all average to solid tools.”

The 90th pick has a slot value of $540,000.

For the D-backs, the 18-year-old Munoz was the second high school player they took in as many picks after they drafted catcher Stryker Trahan in the first round.

Round 3, 120 overall: RHP Jake Barrett, Arizona State

A local product who was also drafted in the third round coming out of Desert Ridge High School by the Blue Jays, Barrett is hard throwing junior reliever for ASU.

Ranked by MLB.com as the 55th best overall prospect in the draft, the 21-year-old’s fastball peaks in the upper 90’s and his 6-foot-4, 220 pound frame draws body comparisons to the likes of Heath Bell and Jonathan Broxton.

Barrett began his ASU career as a set-up man as a freshman but transitioned to a starting role as a sophomore. The righty started 14 games for the Sun Devils, going 7-4 with a 4.14 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 76 innings that year but a shoulder injury caused him to miss the final portion of the season.

In 2012 as a junior, Barrett moved back to the bullpen as the Sun Devils’ closer. His size, maximum effort delivery and often spotty command suited him well for the relieving role. He recorded 11 saves and made 31 appearances with a low 1.62 ERA.

“There’s a surprise he went behind some of the other guys,” Callis said. “He’s another college arm that could be in the Majors soon.”

The 120th pick has a slot value of $392,900

Round 4, 153 overall: CF Chuck Taylor, Mansfield Timberview High School (TX)

Taylor, a 5-foot-9, 185 pound outfielder, was the third high school position player the D-backs selected through their first four picks.

A UT-Arlington commit to play baseball, Taylor also was the quarterback for his school’s football team for three seasons.

The 18-year-old threw for 1,998 yards and 16 touchdowns this year while also rushing for 1,972 yards and 23 touchdowns in leading his squad to the state semifinals.

The 153rd pick has a slot value of$285,800.

Round 5, 183 overall: C Ronnie Freeman, Kennesaw State (GA)

The 21-year-old joins first round pick Trahan as the D-backs’ second catcher choice of the draft.

As a freshman at Keennesaw State, Freeman hit a team-high .365 and was a 2010 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A season later, Freeman  set the Kennesaw State record for the longest hitting streak at 42. He also played for the USA Collegiate National Team that same year.

As a junior in 2012, Freeman enjoyed continued success, batting .348 with 54 RBIs, six homers and 13 doubles. His power hitting status makes him a valuable prospect behind home plate.

Round 6, 213 overall: 3B Jacob Lamb, Washington

Coming out of high school ranked by Baseball America as the top prep prospect in Washington, Lamb was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 Major League draft.

As a freshman for the Huskies in Seattle, Lamb started 54 games for the school and was named to the Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball after batting .363 in Pac-10 play.

In 2011, he led Washington in in at bats, games, hits, triples, homers and RBIs. This season as a junior, the 21-year-old batted .343 in conference games and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

Round 7, 243 overall: SS Andrew Velazquez, Fordham Prep School (NY)

After Munoz in the second round, Velazquez was the second high school shortstop the D-backs selected.

The 17-year-old, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 170 pounds, is committed to play at Virginia Tech next season.

On May 12 in a regular season prep game, the switch-hitter put together a three home run day in a unique fashion. He hit one out of the park from the right side, one out of the park from the left side and a third one that stayed inside the park.

Also this year, he has written bimonthly diary blog for NYPost.com detailing his senior campaign.

Round 8, 273 overall: CF Evan Marzilli, South Carolina

A key contributor to South Carolina’s back-to-back College World Series titles in 2010 and 2011, Marzilli is still playing with the Gamecocks as they try to capture their third straight NCAA crown.

As a freshman in 2010, the 21-year-old was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team after hitting .370 (10-for-27) with seven runs scored and a .514 on-base percentage in Omaha. The following season, Marzilli, who is six feet tall and weights 185 pounds, hit .291 for South Carolina with 31 RBIs and 39 runs scored.

So far in 2012, Marzilli is batting .288 with a team-high 12 stolen bases in the pitching-dominated Southeastern Conference.

Round 9, 303 overall: RHP Jeff Gibbs, Maine-Orono

A Toronto native, Gibbs won a Canadian national title with his youth team before heading to the states for college ball.

The 21-year-old’s first two collegiate campaigns were outstanding, as he started a combined 28 games, winning 13 of the them and having season ERA’s of 3.94 as a freshman and 3.42 as a sophomore.

This year as a junior, however, things did not go well for the 6-foot-4, 215 pound righty. Although serving as a team captain, Gibbs had an ERA of 8.40 over 60 innings and 10 starts.

Round 10, 333 overall: OF Daniel Poma, Hofstra (NY)

Poma put together one of the best seasons in the nation this year as a senior, batting .430 with 102 hits, 79 runs, 32 doubles, seven home runs, 48 RBIs and 29 steals.

His efforts earned him a place on Collegiate Baseball’s First Team All-American squad. He is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is college baseball’s version of the Heisman Award.

At 23 years old, Poma is the oldest player the D-backs selected so far in the 2012 draft. The right-handed hitter stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds.

Round 11, 363 overall: RHP Ben Eckels, Davis Senior HS (CA)

Eckels had a stellar senior season for his San Francisco area school, finishing 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.

The 18-year-old finished his prep career on a high note with a complete game shutout performance. He isn’t committed to a college but has drawn interest from the likes of Fresno State, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.

Round 12, 393 overall: CF Keith Alex Glenn, Arizona Christian

Originally drafted in the 37th round by the Marlins in 2009 out of high school, Glenn began his collegiate career by playing two seasons at Southern California.

He started 40 times and played in 77 games for the Trojans, totaling 24 hits in 126 career at-bats (.190) with five home runs, 17 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

In 50 games with Arizona Christian this year, the 20-year-old batted .351 with 36 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

Round 13, 423 overall: C Phildrick Llewellyn, Trinity Christian Academy (FL)

Born and raised in the Caribbean island Curacao, Llewellyn’s parents offered to send him to America before high school to further his baseball career. After four terrific prep seasons, the 17-year-old is committed to play at Florida International next season.

The 6-foor-1, 205 pound switch hitter was the third catcher the D-backs selected in the 2012 draft.

Round 14, 453 overall: RHP Derrick Stultz, South Florida

Finishing his senior high school season with a 1.76 ERA, Stultz was drafted as a prep player in 2007 in the 38th round by the Red Sox.

After two successful collegiate seasons as a freshman and sophomore, the 23-year-old missed the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons due to shoulder surgery.

This year as a redshirt senior, the 6-foot-3, 190 pound starter led the Big East conference with nine wins. In his final start of his career, he shutout Connecticut in the Big East tournament. Stultz finished 2012 with a 3.29 ERA over 87.2 innings.

Round 15, 483 overall: Michael Blake Forslund, Liberty (VA)

Forslund was drafted just a year ago by the Red Sox in 17th round but opted to return to school.

In 20 appearances out of the bullpen this season, the 22-year-old boasted a 3.74 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 32 2/3 innings.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Forslund pitches with a big presence on the mound.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com
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