The Arizona Diamondbacks had three picks on Monday night in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. With their third pick, catcher Daulton Varsho from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was selected in the Competitive Balance B section and pick number 68 ($880.1).
"He's a good hitter who's got pull power", Almaraz said.
"We are very excited about these players that we were able to select", Ladnier said. "So Spencer's accomplishments to date and the high draft pick is certainly big news and a point of pride in the community". On Monday they became the first college teammates to be picked in the top 10 as position players since Oklahoma State's Monty Fariss, a shortstop, and Robin Ventura, a third baseman, in 1988.
Pavin Smith is heading to Arizona. Despite Goldschmidt holding down first, Ladnier pointed out to Venom Strikes in a conference call Monday night the plan is to place Smith into the organization as a first baseman.
"That just lets me know, lets everyone else know, that we drafted a pretty good athlete", Almaraz said. "We spent an exhaustive number of days and hours watching all of his games. We were ecstatic to get him there".
The two were key figures on three straight NCAA tournament teams at Virginia, including the 2015 national championship squad. The Diamondbacks took note of that.
It's just the second time in program history U.Va. has had multiple players taken in the first round.
"He's got elite bat to ball skills", said O'Dowd. That's the only way I think this pick makes sense to me. The lefty drew 44 walks to striking out 21 times.
Of Ellis, Ladnier said he was another guy that the Diamondbacks had their eye on all year. He's gone out this year and performed tremendously offensively.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lewis hit.377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra Catholic High School, establishing himself as a top prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat. On draft day, Smith was compared to San Francisco Giants' first baseman Brandon Belt, and each with similar power to a left-handed swing. Ellis, who is now playing in the College World Series with his fellow Louisville teammates, is hitting.367 with 18 doubles, 20 home runs, and 61 RBI. I mean, the breakdown of seeing the takes he has as a hitter is fantastic, and he's played very well on every level that he's played on, both in the ACC and the (Cape Cod League) and all that. He now works as a scout for the Pirates.
"[Haseley] really wasn't thought of as a first-rounder coming into the spring", said Jonathan Mayo, a draft analyst for MLB.com.