The Diamondbacks' historic June draft reached a successful conclusion this week when they signed the second of their 2011 first-round picks, Broken Arrow (OK) High right-hander Archie Bradley, who was the seventh player taken overall.
The D-backs were the first team in major league history to have two picks in the top seven and they netted both, having already signed UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer, the third pick, to a four-year, major league contract that has a maximum value of $7 million. Bradley agreed to a $5 million signing bonus that will be paid out over five years.
The D-backs' management OK'd spending the money it would take general manager Kevin Towers to sign two of the highest rated pitchers in the draft.
"The idea coming into this with the third and seventh pick was to add some impact to the organization. I really believe we did that," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said.
Bauer, the winner of the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, already has made four minor league starts, and he pitched five scoreless innings while striking out eight in his Class AA Mobile debut on Sunday. Bradley, who turned down a football/baseball scholarship offer from the University of Oklahoma, is expected to join the D-backs' Arizona League team later in the week.
"It was a very difficult decision, especially with a program like Oklahoma," said Bradley, whose fastball is said to reach into the mid-90 mph range. "It's hard to really choose the wrong direction, but I think everyone knows my first love is baseball, and that's what it came down to."
The D-backs received the seventh pick this year after they were unable to come to terms with 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux, who was not signed after a physical exam revealed elbow and shoulder issues. The D-backs would not have received a compensatory pick had Bradley not signed.
"Obviously, money was a factor, but it came down to what I thought was best for my future and what I saw myself doing in the long term and what I love to do," continued Bradley. "As much as I love football, baseball has always been first. I've played it since I was four years old. It was really too good for me to turn down."
The D-backs not only signed their top seven picks, but 21 of their first 25 and 39 overall.
"We are extremely pleased with the talent we signed and consider this to be a very successful draft," noted Senior Vice President of Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto.
--1B Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run in the second inning was his third in his 17 days in the major leagues, and he has picked a couple of Cy Young winners for two of them. Goldschmidt homered off Phillies LHP Cliff Lee on Wednesday; his first came off San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum on August 2. In between was a two-out, two-run homer off Houston closer Mark Melancon that tied a game in the ninth, and the D-backs won in 10. "We'll bring him along slowly if we can. He shows a lot of character. He'll get plenty of opportunities," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
--After the D-backs split the first two games of the Philadelphia series, manager Kirk Gibson was back to .500 at 103-103 since taking over on July 1, 2010. Gibson was over .500 after Tuesday's victory for the first time since the D-backs won his first game on July 2, 2010. Gibson is the second-fastest D-backs manager to 100 victories, getting it in 202 games. Only Bob Brenly, who guided the D-backs to the 2001 World Series title in his first season on the job, got there faster, in his 175th game. Current Oakland manager Bob Melvin, who was with the D-backs from 2005 to 2008, reached it in 203 games, and original D-backs manager Buck Showalter, now with Baltimore, reached it in 222.
--2B Kelly Johnson was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games. Instead, the D-backs opened with 3B/2B Ryan Roberts at second and 3B/SS Cody Ransom at third against Phillies LHP Cliff Lee. Johnson has only two hits in 23 at-bats since hitting his 18th homer of the season in the first inning of a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 7.
--Rookie RHP Josh Collmenter struck out a career-high eight in 6 2/3 innings of a no-decision against Philadelphia on Tuesday. Collmenter is averaging 3.67 strikeouts per walk in 111 2/3 innings, a ratio that would be between Angels RHP Jered Weaver (3.73) and Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (3.53) if Collmenter had the required number of innings to qualify among the league leaders. Collmeter was 10 1/3 innings short after Tuesday's game.
--The D-backs, whose seven-game winning streak was broken Wednesday, are one of five teams to have two winning streaks of at least seven games this year, joining Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and the New York Yankees. The D-backs won seven in a row from May 24-30, capping a stretch in which they won 15 of 17 to get into first place in the NL West for the first time this year.
DIAMOND STAT: 2 -- Cy Young winners 1B Paul Goldschmidt has homered against in the first 17 days of his major league career -- Phillies LHP Cliff Lee and San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum.
QUOTABLE: "He shows a lot of character. He'll get plenty of opportunities." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, on rookie 1B Paul Goldschmidt.
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