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D-backs' top two picks from 2011 impressing

PHOENIX -- At the onset of the 2011 Draft, the D-backs were equipped with two of the top seven overall picks for the first time in MLB history.

Such a rare opportunity, which grew even more unlikely to occur again due to new Draft rules, gave the club a chance to set up its Minor League system for both the immediate and long-term future.

The D-backs used their two high selections to draft right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer at No. 3 and Archie Bradley No. 7.

Now one year later, both picks are showing why the club invested a large stake of its future in them.

After a long junior campaign at UCLA throwing 136 2/3 innings, Bauer finished his first, albeit limited, professional season with a 5.96 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings at Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile.

So far this year at Mobile and Triple-A Reno, Bauer's numbers have made him the D-backs' most prized prospect in their system.

"He's taken to the pro game like a fish in water," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "Trevor is uniquely advanced in terms of his approach, how he prepares and his pitching in general."

Bauer began 2012 at Double-A, winning seven of eight decisions and posting an ERA of 1.68 over 48 1/3 dominant innings. He struck out 60 batters while only allowing one home run.

His complete supremacy over opposing hitters in the Southern League prompted the D-backs front office to promote him to Reno in May.

Through four starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League thus far, Bauer is continuing to experience success at a mouth-watering pace for the organization. He is 2-0 over 25 innings with a 2.52 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

Combined over his 99 professional innings over the past two seasons, the 21-year-old has retired 134 outs on strikes. Bauer's prowess throughout the Minor Leagues has him close to joining the Majors at any time.

"He's on track, probably even a bit sooner than I would've thought," Montgomery said. "He's very well advanced."

While Bauer knocks on the doorstep of big league stardom, Bradley, who was taken out of high school in Oklahoma, is on a much slower, but not any less impressive pace.

After pitching in just two Rookie League games last season when he first signed with the D-backs, Bradley is now in his first full professional campaign at Class A Missoula. He has tossed 59 2/3 innings so far, boasting a 3.92 ERA and 56 strikeouts.

Opposing batters are hitting just .156 against the 19-year-old and on April 16 against Lansing, Bradley threw five hitless innings while punching out eight.

"He's had some missteps here and there, but I think he's responded incredibly and very maturely for his age," Montgomery said. "He's on track, he's doing well."

PHOENIX -- At the onset of the 2011 Draft, the D-backs were equipped with two of the top seven overall picks for the first time in MLB history.

Such a rare opportunity, which grew even more unlikely to occur again due to new Draft rules, gave the club a chance to set up its Minor League system for both the immediate and long-term future.

The D-backs used their two high selections to draft right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer at No. 3 and Archie Bradley No. 7.

Now one year later, both picks are showing why the club invested a large stake of its future in them.

After a long junior campaign at UCLA throwing 136 2/3 innings, Bauer finished his first, albeit limited, professional season with a 5.96 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings at Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile.

So far this year at Mobile and Triple-A Reno, Bauer's numbers have made him the D-backs' most prized prospect in their system.

"He's taken to the pro game like a fish in water," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "Trevor is uniquely advanced in terms of his approach, how he prepares and his pitching in general."

Bauer began 2012 at Double-A, winning seven of eight decisions and posting an ERA of 1.68 over 48 1/3 dominant innings. He struck out 60 batters while only allowing one home run.

His complete supremacy over opposing hitters in the Southern League prompted the D-backs front office to promote him to Reno in May.

Through four starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League thus far, Bauer is continuing to experience success at a mouth-watering pace for the organization. He is 2-0 over 25 innings with a 2.52 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

Combined over his 99 professional innings over the past two seasons, the 21-year-old has retired 134 outs on strikes. Bauer's prowess throughout the Minor Leagues has him close to joining the Majors at any time.

"He's on track, probably even a bit sooner than I would've thought," Montgomery said. "He's very well advanced."

While Bauer knocks on the doorstep of big league stardom, Bradley, who was taken out of high school in Oklahoma, is on a much slower, but not any less impressive pace.

After pitching in just two Rookie League games last season when he first signed with the D-backs, Bradley is now in his first full professional campaign at Class A Missoula. He has tossed 59 2/3 innings so far, boasting a 3.92 ERA and 56 strikeouts.

Opposing batters are hitting just .156 against the 19-year-old and on April 16 against Lansing, Bradley threw five hitless innings while punching out eight.

"He's had some missteps here and there, but I think he's responded incredibly and very maturely for his age," Montgomery said. "He's on track, he's doing well."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley