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Options aplenty for D-backs at 25th overall

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The 2018 Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com today at 3 p.m. MST. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. MST. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 9 a.m. MST.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

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The 2018 Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com today at 3 p.m. MST. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. MST. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 9 a.m. MST.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

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Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the D-backs, whose first selection is the 25th overall pick.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

In about 50 words
Sustainability is a word that Mike Hazen has talked about often since being named the D-backs' GM following the 2016 season. In order for the mid-market D-backs to be able to do that, they have to have a steady pipeline of talent coming through the system, which is why Hazen puts such an emphasis on the Draft.

The scoop
The D-backs philosophy under Hazen has been to pick the best player available regardless of need or whether he's in high school or college, especially early in the Draft. Last year was an example of that as they selected University of Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith with the seventh overall pick despite the presence of Paul Goldschmidt on the roster through at least next season.

First-round buzz
It's always tough to forecast the baseball Draft, but it's especially difficult when you're talking about the 25th pick. Callis' recent Mock Draft had the D-backs selecting University of Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker. Other names that Callis has linked to the D-backs include: Clemson first baseman Seth Beer, Duke outfielder Griffin Conine, Missouri State shortstop Jeremy Eierman, Oregon State outfielder Trevor Larnach and Virginia outfielder Jake McCarthy.

Video: Draft Report: Steele Walker, College outfielder

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

This year, the D-backs have a pool of $7,683,700 to spend in the first 10 rounds, including $2,636,400 to spend on their first selection.

Shopping list
The D-backs are looking for depth at all positions as they continue to try and bulk up the system. Starting pitching is always a need and power bats are something they will keep a close eye on.

Video: Draft Report: Seth Beer, College first baseman

Trend watch
The D-backs picked polished college bats in the early rounds last year before mixing in some high upside players. Intentional or not, the quicker-moving college bats like Smith and Drew Ellis helped balance out the system, which needed bats at the upper end.

Rising fast
The D-backs were aggressive in placing third baseman Ellis and catcher Daulton Varsho in the California League to start this year. Both have responded very well. Ellis hit .291 in May and has six homers overall, while Varsho hit .278 last month and also has six homers overall.

Cinderella story
The D-backs picked catcher Dominic Miroglio in the 20th round of the 2017 Draft out of the University of San Francisco. They knew that he was a good catch-and-throw guy, but he has also produced with the bat. Last year he had an .813 on-base plus slugging in rookie ball and he's followed that up this year in the Cal League with an .807 OPS.

In the show
The core of the D-backs offense -- outfielder A.J. Pollock (2009, first round), Goldschmidt ('09, eighth round) and Jake Lamb ('12, sixth round) were drafted by the organization. Utility man Chris Owings ('09, first round), setup man Archie Bradley ('11, first round) and lefty Andrew Chafin ('11, first round) who also play big roles, are homegrown.

The D-backs' recent top picks
2017: Smith, 1B (Class A Visalia)

2016: No first-round pick

2015: Dansby Swanson, SS (Majors, Atlanta)

2014: Touki Toussaint, RHP (Double-A Mississippi)

2013: Braden Shipley, RHP (Triple-A Reno)

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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