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D-Backs select 30 players on third day of 2013 First-Year Player Draft

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The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) selected 30 additional players in rounds 11-40 of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft today, according to D-backs' Director, Scouting Ray Montgomery. Of the 41 picks over the last three days, the D-backs selected 3 catchers, 14 infielders, 8 outfielders, 2 left-handed pitchers and 14 right-handed pitchers. On Thursday, the D-backs selected University of Nevada right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley in the First Round (15th overall), Marshall University right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair in the Competitive Balance Round-A (36th overall) and Terrebonne High School (Houma, La.) outfielder Justin Williams in the Second Round.

"I feel like we accomplished exactly what we set out to do from the beginning. We've added an eclectic mix of players with different tools that play different positions." said Montgomery. "I can't thank everyone in the Scouting and Baseball Operations Departments enough for the work they've done. We have some original Diamondbacks on the scouting staff and we have some new additions, but they all really invest themselves into these kids and I can't commend them enough."

In the 34th Round of today's draft, the D-backs selected Cory Hahn, who wears No. 34 for Arizona State University. During his freshman season, Hahn appeared in three games for the Sun Devils before a fracture to his C-5 vertebrae ended his college career. The Mater Dei High School Alum (Calif.) won gold with Team USA Baseball in 2010 and was named California's Mr. Baseball, California First-Team All-State, Orange County Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times Player of the Year honors prior to committing to play at Arizona State. Hahn was previously drafted by the Padres in the 2010 draft but did not sign and currently serves as a student coach for the Arizona State baseball team.

"It was a very emotional selection for us to make. When Ray Montgomery and his staff came up with the idea and presented it to me, it was a no-brainer," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "It's not about us. It's really about Cory and his family. I was able to spend time with them right after the injury in his hospital room and he's a wonderful kid. We want to make this permanent. We don't want this to just be about the selection and him being a draft pick, but about him working in full-time employment with the Diamondbacks and hopefully we'll make that come to fruition for he and his family here soon." 

Today's selections of note include:

  • OF Jacob Cordero (11th Round, 330th overall) is a product of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy who garnered Canada/Puerto Rico All-Region First-Team honors this season.
  • OF Dane McFarland (12th Round, 360th overall) is a University of Oregon recruit, a 2013 Rawlings Second-Team All-American and a 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic participant.
  • INF Jordan Parr (15th Round, 450th overall), younger brother of D-backs prospect Josh Parr, was named to the All-Big Ten Conference Second-Team after hitting .305 (65-for-213) with 9 home runs, 38 RBI and 23 stolen bases for the Illini.
  • C Elvin Soto (16th Round, 480th overall) batted .320 (71-for-222) with 13 doubles, 6 triples, 6 home runs and 43 RBI en route to being named to the All-Big East Conference First-Team.
  • INF Randal McCurry (23rd Round, 690th overall) earned All-Big 12 Conference Second-Team honors for the second consecutive season after batting .314 (70-for-223) with 21 doubles, 3 home runs and 41 RBI.

This was the D-backs' 18th First-Year Player Draft since being awarded an expansion team from Major League Baseball in 1995. The complete list of the D-backs' 41 selections can be found below.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS' 2013 DRAFT PICKS

Round

No.

Player

Pos.

B-T

Age

Ht.

Wt.

School

1

15

Braden Shipley

RHP

R-R

21

6-3

190

University of Nevada

CB-A

36

Aaron Blair

RHP

R-R

21

6-5

220

Marshall University

2

52

Justin Williams

OF

L-R

17

6-2

215

Terrebonne HS, Houma, La.

3

88

Daniel Palka

INF

L-L

21

6-3

215

Georgia Institute of Technology

4

120

Matt McPhearson

OF

L-L

18

5-8

164

Riverdale Baptist HS, Columbia, Md.

5

150

Jamie Westbrook

INF

R-R

17

5-9

170

Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz.

6

180

Colin Bray

OF

S-R

19

6-4

205

Faulkner State CC

7

210

Daniel Gibson

LHP

R-L

21

6-3

220

University of Florida

8

240

Brad Keller

RHP

R-R

17

6-5

230

Flowery Branch HS, Flowery Branch, Ga.

9

270

Grant Nelson

C

R-R

21

6-1

215

St. Louis University

10

300

Jimmie Sherfy

RHP

R-R

21

5-10

160

University of Oregon

11

330

Jacob Cordero

INF

R-R

18

5-10

174

Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, P.R.

12

360

Dane McFarland

OF

R-R

18

6-4

210

Junipero Serra Catholic HS, San Mateo, Calif.

13

390

Taylor Ratliff

OF

L-R

20

6-2

175

University of Florida

14

420

Steve Hathaway

LHP

L-L

22

6-1

180

Franklin Pierce University

15

450

Jordan Parr

INF

R-R

22

6-2

200

University of Illinois

16

480

Elvin Soto

C

S-R

21

5-11

200

University of Pittsburgh

17

510

Ryan Gebhardt

INF

R-R

21

5-11

185

Louisiana Tech University

18

540

Ryan Kinsella

INF

L-R

21

6-1

X

Elon University

19

570

Jacob Mayers

INF

R-R

22

6-2

215

University of Richmond

20

600

Adam Miller

RHP

R-R

23

6-1

180

Brigham Young University

21

630

Andy Ravel

RHP

R-R

18

6-1

175

Wilson HS, Spring Township, Penn.

22

660

Antonio Alvarez

INF

S-R

21

5-10

195

Elon  University

23

690

Randal McCurry

INF

R-R

23

6-1

195

Oklahoma State University

24

720

Zachary Esquerra

OF

R-R

22

6-4

215

California Baptist University

25

750

Bud Jeter

RHP

R-R

21

6-3

205

Presbyterian College

26

780

George Roberts

INF

R-R

23

6-0

200

Kent State University

27

810

Jake Miller

INF

R-R

22

6-3

200

Baylor University

28

840

Johnny Shuttlesworth

RHP

R-R

23

6-1

215

Faulkner University

29

870

Matt Foster

RHP

R-R

18

5-11

205

Valley HS, Valley, Ala.

30

900

Denver Chavez

INF

S-R

23

5-9

175

California Polytechnic State University

31

930

Joel Thys

C

L-R

22

6-1

190

Arizona Christian University

32

960

Dallas Newton

RHP

L-R

18

6-5

215

Pitt CC

33

990

Alex Byo

RHP

R-R

22

6-2

205

Tulane University

34

1020

Cory Hahn

OF

L-L

21

5-10

160

Arizona State University

35

1050

Tyler Toyfair

RHP

R-R

23

6-5

230

University of Massachusettes-Lowell

36

1080

Matthew Vogel

RHP

R-R

17

6-1

175

Patchogue Medford HS, Medford, NY

37

1110

Matt Vinson

OF

S-R

22

6-2

210

University of Arkansas

38

1140

Kurtis Kostuk

RHP

L-R

17

6-2

200

Yale Baseball Academy, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

39

1170

Mark Karaviotis

INF

R-R

17

6-1

175

Maui HS, Kahului, Hawaii

40

1200

Frank Ratcliff

INF

S-R

22

6-9

185

University of Houston

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