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D-backs may seek catchers, arms in Draft

June 8, 2017

PHOENIX -- By winning their final game of the 2016 regular season, the D-backs actually lost when it came to the 2017 MLB Draft. Their 3-2 walk-off win over the Padres was the difference between picking third overall and seventh.The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through

PHOENIX -- By winning their final game of the 2016 regular season, the D-backs actually lost when it came to the 2017 MLB Draft. Their 3-2 walk-off win over the Padres was the difference between picking third overall and seventh.
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m on the 12th. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on on June 14, beginning at noon ET.
Go to to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from 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.
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the D-backs, whose first selection is the No. 7 overall pick.
:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::
In about 50 words
The D-backs system has been depleted thanks to promotions, trades and the free-agent signing of Zack Greinke, which cost the team its first-round pick last year. New general manager Mike Hazen, who was instrumental in helping build the Red Sox Minor League system, has made rebuilding the Arizona system a priority.
The scoop
Hazen made it a point to get out and see a number of the players the D-backs are interested in with the No. 7 pick, but he's made it clear that final decision will rest with scouting director Deric Ladnier. In the meetings leading up to the Draft, Hazen's role has been more of a question-asker than someone who is overbearing with his opinions.
First-round buzz
The D-backs have been linked to college players like right-hander J. B. Bukauskas, outfielder Adam Haseley and first baseman Pavin Smith. High-ceiling shortstop/outfielder Royce Lewis is a high-school talent who will probably be gone before the D-backs are on the clock.
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 D-backs have a bonus pool of $9,905,900 and are allotted $5,016,300 for their first pick.
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.
Shopping list
Like most other teams, the D-backs would like to improve their depth of catching in the system. It's been a focus for the club for a number of years now. In addition, they will likely look to add as many starting arms to the system.
Trend watch
During his career as a scouting director, Ladnier has focused on taking the best player available regardless of position, or whether it's a high school or college player.
"Our objective in every round is to take the best player," Ladnier said. "Not by position, not by high school, not by college, but by how we have them ranked on the board. I think it's important to take the best player. Obviously, you want guys to get there sooner than later, but if that high school player is going to take a couple more years, but ultimately be way better than the college guy, then I can assure you we'd take the high school guy."
Recent Draft history
Rising fast
It might not be completely accurate to say that right-hander Jon Duplantier, who was selected in the third round last year, is rising fast given that he's still in Class A South Bend, but Duplantier's performance there certainly suggests he could be on the move soon. In his first 11 games (10 starts) of the season, he compiled a 6-0 mark to go with a 0.74 ERA.

Cinderella story
Left-handed reliever Jared Miller was taken in the 11th round of the 2014 Draft. Before last spring, he got some tips on his cut fastball from fellow former Vanderbilt hurler David Price. Miller was also shifted to the bullpen in 2016 and thrived in the role advancing all the way to Triple-A Reno and he also turned in a dominating stint in the Arizona Fall League. Miller was invited to his first big league camp this year.

In the show
The D-backs' 2009 Draft is right up there with the best in club history. Though several players have moved on to other teams, the D-backs still have A.J. Pollock, Chris Owings and Paul Goldschmidt on their big league roster.
The D-backs' recent top picks
2016: Anfernee Grier, OF, Class A South Bend (Competitive Balance Round A pick)
2015: Dansby Swanson, SS, Traded to Atlanta (Dec. 2015 in Shelby Miller deal)
2014: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Traded to Atlanta (June 2015 in Phil Gosselin deal)
2013: Braden Shipley, RHP, Triple-A Reno
2012: Stryker Trahan, OF, Out of baseball
2011: Trevor Bauer, RHP, Traded to Cleveland (Dec. 2012 in Didi Gregrious deal) Archie Bradley, RHP, D-backs

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