Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story with the latest picks for the Diamondbacks (through March 20, 2017).
The 2017 MLB draft begins on June 12.
The Arizona Diamondbacks own the No. 7 pick in the first round.
Who will they take?
Many early MLB mock drafts seem to think that the team will look to bolster its pitching with that selection.
Our MLB mock draft tracker takes a look at some possibilities for Arizona with the No. 7 pick:
He writes: “Fall knee surgery has put Faedo behind schedule a bit this year, and while he’s pitched well and still has a double-plus slider, his fastball velocity has dipped. “It’s not the 93-96 we’ve seen in the past,” one director said. “It’s more 88-92. But he has time to get it back.”
mymlbdraft.com: Diamondbacks take Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
mlb.com’s Jim Callis: Diamondbacks pick J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
He writes: “He has the most electric arm in college baseball, and Arizona (albeit a different regime) drafted him out of high school in 2014.”
mlb.com’s Jonathan Mayo: Diamondbacks select D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta (Ga.) High
He writes: “The D-backs took college hitters with their past two top picks, including Swanson No. 1 overall in 2015, but there isn’t one to take here. Scouting director Deric Ladnier did like high school lefties (Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery) back when he was in Kansas City.”
draftsite.com: Diamondbacks take Mark Vientos, SS, Flanagan Heritage School (Fla.)
He writes: “A 6-foot, 190-pound hurler, D.L. Hall is the top prep left-hander in the 2017 MLB Draft class. Hall has a three-pitch mix, featuring two above average pitches in a low-90s fastball and a hard breaking curveball.”
herosports.com: Diamondbacks go with Wright
Christopher Crawford writes: “If the draft played out like this, Arizona should be thrilled. Wright has as much talent as any pitcher in this class. Arizona’s system is a mess, so getting a potential top of the rotation guy at No. 7 would be a no-brainer. The D-Backs aren’t starting with an empty cupboard but the new regime certainly wants to start out on the right foot.”
Scout.com’s Jeff Ellis: Diamondbacks go with Tanner Houck, RHP, University of Missouri
He writes: “One would expect a college player to be taken here. The pick came down to (Tristan) Beck (Stanford pitcher) and Houck and I am slightly higher on Houck. I also think the current people running the Diamondbacks would prefer the junior over the redshirt sophomore. I think they would want to avoid the trouble in negotiating with such a player who has extra leverage. Houck is a guy to watch, a breakout and he will be in contention for the first pick.”
He writes: “With the D-Backs back in the top 10 for the second time in three years, it makes sense for Arizona to find a quality quick riser in this year’s draft. If not for J.B. Bukauskas, I’d make the argument that Tanner Houck was the top pitcher in this year’s draft. Houck, who has been on the radar ever since a dazzling freshman year, has been compared to fellow Mizzou Tiger Max Scherzer, and after another quality summer, could be on the rise.”
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It writes: “This left-handed Florida State commit out of Georgia has both a really strong fastball as well as curveball and if his changeup can gain some experience and effectiveness, Hall could become an efficient starter in the MLB. Hall will need some time to develop and add size in order to find success but once his body matures his pitching frame should be ready to go.”
He writes: “The Diamondbacks add another arm. The 6-5 202 lb Tanner Houck went 5-6 with a 2.99 ERA. He may need to win more games, but Houck has great command on his pitches plus he had 3 complete games and 2 complete game shutouts in 2016. Houck has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball.”
fueledbysports.com: Diamondbacks take Alejandro Toral, 1B, Archbishop McCarthy High (Fla.)
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