06/07/2004 7:32 PM ET
First day brings a bit of everything
A look back at Arizona's 18 picks to open the draft
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
|Jon Zeringue was chosen as the 56th overall pick by the Diamondbacks. (Courtesy Louisiana St.)
PHOENIX -- First-round pick Stephen Drew will get the headlines, but the Diamondbacks were doing plenty of smiling about the other 17 players they took Monday in the opening day of the First-Year Player Draft.
Last year, the Diamondbacks used their first three picks to stock up on power bats, selecting Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin and Jamie D'Antona. This year, they were looking to add some pitching depth, but could not pass on Drew in the first round and Louisiana State University right fielder Jon Zeringue in the second.
Arizona grabbed pitching in the third and fourth rounds, though, as it selected college right-handers Garrett Mock and Ross Ohlendorf.
"Zeringue is a tremendously gifted athlete that can play right field and hit," D-Backs scouting director Mike Rizzo said. "Then we worked the board out to the point where we got two of the power right-handed pitchers that we wanted. That was the cherry on top of the sundae for us."
Here's a look at the players the Diamondbacks selected in the rounds after Drew, along with commentary on each from Rizzo:
Jon Zeringue (RF, Louisiana State University)
A big, physical, prototype right fielder. He's got plus tools and he's got a chance to be a five-tool player. He's a plus runner, plus arm, he plays great defense in right field and he's got some power potential. He's had a terrific season at a big-time college like LSU.
Garrett Mock (RHP, University of Houston)
He's a big, physical right-handed pitcher with stuff. We've had him as high as 96 mph (on the radar gun). He fits our model. He's 6-foot-5 and throws up to 96 mph with a slider-changeup combination. We thought we had to take him in the third round to get him.
Ross Ohlendorf (RHP, Princeton University)
He is a horse. He's 6-foot-5 and about 230 pounds. We've had him up at 97 mph this year. He's got a chance to have plus stuff as a starter. He's a very intelligent kid. We think that, with his stuff and a little tinkering with his mechanics along with the way, he can absorb and learn. We have something special with this kid.
Cesar Nicolas (1B, Vanderbilt Univeristy)
He's a big, physical first baseman who is a plus defender. He won the home run contest two years in a row in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He's putting up big numbers at a big-time SEC school. Again, he fits our prototype. He's a big, physical bat with power and played against big-time competition.
Brandon Burgess (OF, Sonoma State)
A big, physical power bat. He's a switch-hitter. We saw him play a lot this year. He came to our pre-draft workout and hit a pitch dead-center off the wall, so we had a good feel for him. He can hit from both sides of the plate.
Koley Kolberg (RHP, University of Arizona)
He's a solid sinker-slider college right-handed pitcher who has logged a lot of innings for Arizona. He's their No. 1 guy and has carried them on his back through the regional.
Jimmy Shull (RHP, Cal Poly)
He's a small school guy, but he's out of California so he's pretty polished. He's a big, strong right-handed pitcher with a solid fastball and a real good slider as his out pitch.
AJ Shappi (RHP, UC-Riverside)
Another solid right-handed pitcher from UC-Riverside, a school that plays a great schedule. He's got an above average slider and a good fastball.
Steven Jackson (RHP, Clemson University)
He's a big horse who throws hard. He's a sinker-slider guy. He's got a real heavy sinker.
Darryl Lawhorn (OF, East Carolina)
He's a gritty, gutty second baseman. He played out of position this year because his brother plays second base there. He played shortstop in the Cape and was in the home run hitting contest there. He's a solid left-handed bat, kind of a Todd Walker type.
Richard Mercado (C, University of Arizona)
He's a solid catch-and-throw catcher with some line-drive gap power.
Antoan Richardson (CF, Vanderbilt University)
He's a real exciting player. A top-flight runner. He can really run the ball down in center field. He's a pesky gnat kind of hitter. He's a 5-foot-9, 165-pound switch-hitter. He slaps the ball around and can flat out fly. He's got a chance to be a center fielder and a leadoff type of guy.
Lester Contreras (SS, St. Petersburg CC)
He's a guy we had under control last year. He had a real good season in junior college. We're going to try and sign him again. He's a shortstop that hits left-handed.
Dan Pohlman (C, Northwestern University)
He's a football player from Northwestern. He's just starting to catch. He's a big, physical guy that is as tough as nails. We think he could be a solid catch-and-throw guy.
Mark Reynolds (SS, University of Virginia)
He's a smooth-fielding shortstop. He can really play the position. He's got a good line-drive right-handed bat that we really like.
Chris Carter (1B, Stanford)
He's a big, physical, strong left-handed-hitting outfielder/first baseman. He didn't play much first base there this year, but he can play first base. He's a 5-foot-11, Matt Stairs-looking guy, but he's got big-time power and he can swing the bat from the left side.
Vincent Davis (LHP, Southern University)
He's a very interesting 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher that we knew from Chicago who went down to Southern. Our area scout saw him pitch in a game and a couple of supervisors saw him in a workout. He's got a really good arm and a good upside.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.