Diamondbacks Sign First-Round Arm Schlereth

The Arizona Diamondbacks inked Daniel Schlereth at his suggested slot signing bonus of $1.33 million. A strained muscle in his throwing arm had delayed the deal to this point.

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth, their first round pick (26th overall) in the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Draft.

"We are very happy to announce the signing of Daniel", said Tom Allison, D-backs' Director of Scouting. "He is a pitcher with a real good major league caliber arm and we feel he can be a productive piece of our club in the future. He will join our minor league club in Missoula and start his journey to the major leagues."

Schlereth, 22, went 2-0 with a 1.81 ERA (11 ER in 54.2 IP) for the University of Arizona with 20 walks and 76 strikeouts in 34 games (all in relief) with a save, holding opponents to a .163 batting average as he helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Super Regionals. For his career, he was 8-2 with a 2.98 ERA (46 ER in 139.0 IP). He compiled 16 saves and held opponents to a .198 batting average.

Schlereth was selected in the eighth round of last year's draft by the Oakland Athletics (270th overall) before returning to Tucson for a third season. He earned All-state honors his junior and senior years at Highlands Ranch High in Lone Tree, Colo. He tossed six no-hitters in his high school career as the Falcons won four straight conference championships in baseball while he was on the roster.

Schlereth's father, Mark, played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, winning three Super Bowls, and is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN.

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