Draft Report: Isan Diaz, HS Infielder

DENVER -- The D-backs selected high school shortstop Isan Diaz with their Compensation Round B pick (No. 70 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Diaz, who turned 18 last month, likely will need to move to second base when he gets to professional baseball.

The left-handed hitter has excellent rhythm and tempo in his swing and he is a gap-to-gap hitter rather than a power one.

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Diaz has outstanding hands and instincts on defense and, though his arm and lack of speed will likely move him to second, he has shown that he can play on that side of the infield as well.

Diaz played at Springfield Central (Mass.) High School and has committed to play at Vanderbilt University.

D-backs snag 'top five' pitcher with 16th pick

Draft 2014: D-backs draft Touki Toussaint No. 16

DENVER -- As pick after pick went off the board, the mood in the D-backs' Draft room got more and more excited, because it looked like high school right-hander Touki Toussaint would fall to them.

"We thought he would probably go maybe even in the top 10," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said.

Instead, the D-backs were able to nab Toussaint with the 16th-overall pick Thursday on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft.

"I still have a lot more to learn, and I'm sure the Diamondbacks will help me out through this process and will take care of me and help me become a pitcher, not just a thrower like everyone says," Toussaint said.

Toussaint, who played for Coral Springs Christian High School in Miami, is said to have one of the loosest and quickest arms in the 2014 high school class.

"I am excited, and I know the room is very excited about adding this type of talent," Arizona scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "He has a pretty electric arm; he's been up to 95 [mph]. He's got a plus curveball, for us, and a combination of two or three pitches that we think are definitely starter quality. By no stretch would we say this is a guy that we would rush the curve on him. I think just get him out, get him situated, get him comfortable."

Ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect going into the Draft by MLB.com, the D-backs were so certain that he would be gone by the time they picked that he was not one of the players that Towers went to see in person.

"I saw enough on video to get awfully excited," Towers said. "It was pretty unanimous from our key evaluators."

Towers said the D-backs considered Toussaint one of the five best pitchers in the Draft.

"Tremendous upside, relatively new to pitching, great athlete, kid with incredible aptitude," Towers said. "Kind of reminds me when you watch him on video as kind of young Bob Gibson. Ball comes out of his hand real easy, he's got a power breaking ball, fastball in the mid-90s, good athlete, fields his position well. A guy that we think once our development people wrap their arms around him a kid that we think has a chance to be a top of the rotation type starter here in the very near future."

Toussaint's fastball sits at 91-93 mph, and he has shown the ability to touch 97. His curveball also has the potential to be a plus pitch, with a changeup being his third-best pitch.

Toussaint was born in the United States, but moved to Haiti when he was a few months olds and spent the first six years of his life there before moving to Florida. His father was a candidate for president in Haiti.

Toussaint had committed to play at the University of Miami before switching to Vanderbilt.

Agent Joel Wolfe will be advising Toussaint, and the D-backs are very familiar with him. He also advised their No. 1 pick in 2011, right-hander Trevor Bauer.

"Vandy is always tough," Towers said. "I'm sure Vandy's on the phone with him right now saying you know maybe you can go from 16 to five in three years from now. Hopefully Ray will be able to work some magic, get it done and get him out there quickly."

A soccer player as a kid, Toussaint only picked up baseball because his best friend convinced him to. He started at age 10, gave it up one year later and then decided to play again at 12.

"I struck out 22 times out of 24 at-bats," Toussaint said when asked why he quit. "So it was just not my game."

That has obviously changed, and while he is inexperienced, that does not deter the D-backs.

The biggest thing for Toussaint at this point will be learning to harness his stuff.

Toussaint will turn 18 on June 20.

"I think mentally I'm pretty prepared," Toussaint said. "Physically I need to grow and become stronger, but mentally I think I'm prepared."

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 9:30 a.m. MST, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. MST.

Arizona takes hard-throwing Reed in Round 2

Draft 2014: D-backs draft LHP Cody Reed No. 54

DENVER -- The numbers for the D-backs second-round pick are simply ridiculous.

Left-hander Cody Reed, who the D-backs picked No. 54 overall, was 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA this past season for Ardmore (Ala.) High School.

Oh yeah, he also struck out 226 batters and walked just 17 in 92 innings.

Now, granted Alabama high school baseball is not the same as say California, Florida, or Arizona, but that's still a lot of strikeouts.

"He did what he was supposed to do," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said.

Reed, like Arizona's first-round pick, Touki Toussaint, has committed to attend Vanderbilt University, but Montgomery seemed to like the D-backs' chances of signing him. The No. 54 overall pick carries a $1,034,500 value.

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Reed's Draft stock rose quickly along with the velocity on his fastball between his junior and senior seasons. After hitting 88-90 mph as a junior, he was pumping his fastball at 92-95 this past year.

"He gained some extra strength for sure," Montgomery said. "He's a big-boned guy so he's physical. It might have contributed to him gaining some extra velocity, but I think he was building that way in the progression we had seen over the last year and a half."

D-backs area scout, Joe Mason, was responsible for scouting Reed.

"He's been in it a long time and seen a lot of players and this was one he really wanted," Montgomery said of Mason.

Reed also has a changeup and at times a sharp slider, although it can also turn into a slower slurve-type pitch.

"Strike-thrower," Montgomery said. "Just a physical left-hander that we really liked and thought we got him in a good spot."

Listed at 245 pounds, Reed's weight went up to 260 this spring and there is some question about his conditioning.

"I think a few months in the desert will do him some good," Montgomery said.

Included in his strikeout totals were individual games of 19, 19, 20 and 21 strikeouts. For his efforts he was named Alabama's Gatorade Player of the Year.

At the plate this year Reed hit .494 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 33 RBIs, a .667 on-base percentage and an .800 slugging percentage.

Reed will turn 18 on Saturday.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 9:30 a.m. MST, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. MST.

Wilson pegged as D-backs' first position player pick

Draft Report: Marcus Wilson, HS Outfielder

DENVER -- After selecting pitchers with their first two picks, the D-backs tabbed toolsy high school outfielder Marcus Wilson with their selection in the Compensation B round (No. 69 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Wilson, who doesn't turn 18 until August and is an Arizona State commit, has tremendous speed and his upside is said to be off the charts if he can harness his tools.

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Listed at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, Wilson has the frame that would allow him to add positive weight and strength as he gets older.

Given that he has shown the ability to make hard contact and has good bat speed, the added strength could help him to develop average Major League power at least.

The No. 69 overall pick carries a slot value of $821,000.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 9:30 a.m. MST, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. MST.