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Diamondbacks select INF Pavin Smith (No. 7), INF Drew Ellis (No. 44) and C Daulton Varsho (No. 68) on the first day of the 2017 MLB Draft

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) selected infielder Pavin Smith (@PavinSmith) [pronounced "pay-vin"] with the No. 7 pick (First Round), infielder Drew Ellis (@drewellis10) with the No. 44 pick (Round 2) and catcher Daulton Varsho with the No. 68 pick (Competitive Balance B) on the first day of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Pavin Smith (Round 1, Pick 7)
Infielder | B/T: L/L | Age: 21 (2/6/96) | 6-2, 210 | University of Virginia

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) selected infielder Pavin Smith (@PavinSmith) [pronounced "pay-vin"] with the No. 7 pick (First Round), infielder Drew Ellis (@drewellis10) with the No. 44 pick (Round 2) and catcher Daulton Varsho with the No. 68 pick (Competitive Balance B) on the first day of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Pavin Smith (Round 1, Pick 7)
Infielder | B/T: L/L | Age: 21 (2/6/96) | 6-2, 210 | University of Virginia

  • He was rated as Baseball America's seventh-best prospect while MLB.com had him as the eighth-best prospect. He was a 2017 semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, a Preseason First-Team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game, and First-Team All-ACC at first base at the end of the season.
  • In 3 seasons for the Cavaliers as a first baseman and outfielder, his 178 RBI were second-most in school history while his 28 home runs tied for sixth-most. Overall in 187 games, he hit .325 (236-for-726) with 41 doubles, 6 triples, 28 homers, 178 RBI, 100 walks and .402 on-base and .514 slugging percentages.
  • This season, he started 59 games for the Cavaliers and hit .342 (78-for-228) with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 13 homers, 77 RBI and 38 walks along with .427 on-base and .570 slugging percentages. His 77 RBI were a single-season Cavaliers record, second in the ACC and fourth nationally.
  • As a sophomore in 2016, he was Second-Team All-ACC and a Baseball America Preseason Third-Team All-American as well as a NCAA Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team. His 57 RBI ranked seventh in the ACC.
  • He was a freshman on the 2015 national championship team and named a Second-Team All-American by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger. His team-leading 83 hits tied for fourth in ACC.
  • He is a native of Jupiter, Fla. and attended Palm Beach Gardens High School. He was selected in the 2014 draft by the Colorado Rockies (32nd round).

Drew Ellis (Round 2, Pick 44)
Infielder | B/T: R/R | Age: 21 (12/1/95) | 6-3, 201 | University of Louisville

  • He is a member of the 2017 Louisville Cardinals team that has advanced to the College World Series.
  • This season, through 62 games for the Cardinals, he is hitting .367 (81-for-221) with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 20 homers, 61 RBI, 28 walks and .457 on-base and .729 slugging percentages ... he has played first base (34 games) and third base (28 games).
  • During the summer of 2016, he played for Rochester in the Northwoods League and hit 11 homers with 35 RBI and 17 walks in 43 games.
  • During his sophomore season in 2016, he hit .309 with 3 homers and 22 RBI in 47 games.
  • He redshirted as a freshman in 2015.
  • He played in the 2008 Little League World Series for the Great Lakes region team and threw a 6.0-inning no-hitter.
  • He is a native of Jeffersonville, Ind. and graduated from Jeffersonville High School.

Daulton Varsho (Competitive Balance B, Pick 68)
Catcher | B/T: L/R | Age: 20 (7/2/96) | 5-10, 200 | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • This season, as a junior, he was named a Baseball America Third-Team All-American, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and a member of the Horizon League All-Academic Team and All-Horizon Second-Team after being tabbed a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American.
  • In 2017, he led the Horizon League in average (.362), slugging percentage (.643), on-base percentage (.490), triples (6) and walks (46) while ranking fourth in total bases (128), fifth in hits (72), sixth in home runs (11, team high) and seventh in runs scored (47) ... overall in 54 games, he hit .362 (72-for-199) with 11 doubles, 6 triples, 11 homers, 39 RBI, 46 walks and .490 on-base and .643 slugging percentages.
  • In 2016, as a sophomore, he was named the Horizon League Player of the Year, ABCA First Team All-Midwest Region and First-Team All-Horizon League ... he led the Horizon League in average (.381), slugging percentage (.610), hits (88), triples (6, which tied the school record) and total bases (141) while ranking third in RBI (51) and doubles (17), fourth in on-base percentage (.447), fifth in home runs (8) and stolen bases (16) and sixth in runs scored (50) ... he threw out 20 runners attempting to steal while being the everyday catcher.
  • Overall, he played 3 seasons for the Panthers and in 162 games (154 starts), he hit .335 (199-for-594) with 37 doubles, 16 triples, 24 homers, 124 RBI, 92 walks and .428 on-base and .572 slugging percentages.
  • He is a native of Chili, Wisc. and played at Marshfield High School.
  • He is the son of Gary, an 8-year Major Leaguer from 1988-95 with the Cubs, Pirates, Reds and Phillies currently working as a professional scout for the Pirates.
  • He is named after Darren Daulton, a teammate of his father in 1995 with the Phillies.
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