Allison Has Fun with Extra Draft Picks

The loss of Orlando Hudson allowed Arizona Diamondbacks scouting director Tom Allison to secure two of the best hitters in the draft class. General manager Josh Byrnes assures us that he has the resources to sign all of Arizona's extra draft picks.

Scouting director Tom Allison admitted that the competitive juices were flowing as he oversaw the Diamondbacks' record draft haul Tuesday, when they had seven of the first 64 picks and eight of the first 95.

"Eight of the top 100 -- that's fun to do," Allison said.

Florida high school third baseman Bobby Borchering was their first pick, at No. 16 overall, and Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock was chosen immediately afterward at No. 17. Some scouts have compared Borchering to Atlanta's Chipper Jones -- both played at private Florida high schools, both are switch hitters, and both were projected to have good power.

"He's a guy who can impact a major league lineup with his bat," Allison said of Borchering, from Bishop Verot High in Fort Myers, Fla., who has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Florida.

Borchering, 18, already has taken a home run away from Albert Pujols. During the All-Star Home Run Derby a few years ago, outfield shagger Borchering reached over the fence to catch a ball that would have been a home run. Shaggers since have been instructed not to bring home run balls back.

The D-backs had an extra first-round pick and three picks between the first and second rounds because they lost free agents Orlando Hudson (Dodgers), Juan Cruz (Kansas City), and Brandon Lyon (Detroit) in the offseason.

"It's a benefit of the system," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said of the extra selections.

The picks in the seven slots filled by the D-backs on Tuesday received about $7.4 million in bonuses last season, and Byrnes said the D-backs have enough in the budget to make that work this year.

GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4: The D-backs lost their second consecutive three-error game to the Giants. LHP Doug Davis' errant pickoff throw led to an unearned run in the first inning, and OF Chris Young's misplay of a long flyball in the third enable to Giants to score the final two runs of a four-run inning. SS Stephen Drew extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two hits. The D-backs' last hit was 1B Mark Reynolds' infield single with no outs in a three-run fifth.


--The D-backs committed three errors for the second consecutive game Wednesday. They continue to do early fundamental work before the games, and manager A.J. Hinch talked to the players about their errors Tuesday. "Most of them are mental errors, even though they show up physically," Hinch said, adding that the occasional error will happen. "You are never going to have a perfect season."

--RHP Blaine Boyer gave up an unearned run in two innings in his D-backs debut Tuesday. He was the 21st pitcher to be used by the D-backs in their first 58 games. The franchise record for pitchers used in a season is 26, set in 2007.

--LHP Scott Schoeneweis was not used Tuesday in his first day back with the D-backs after being reinstated from the bereavement leave following the unexpected death of his wife, Gabrielle, on May 20. "I'm OK, about as good as you could expect," Schoeneweis said. Schoeneweis took care of his four children and gradually got back into a workout regimen that included throwing at the D-backs' spring training facility in Tucson, Ariz.

--SS Stephen Drew extended his hitting streak to 14 games and showed some pop in doing so. Drew drove in three runs with a single in the first inning and a double in the fifth Wednesday. In his previous 13 games during the hitting streak, he drove in five runs.

--1B Josh Whitesell, who had a day off Wednesday, appears to be regaining his stroke in his second stint with the D-backs this season. Whitesell has seven hits in his last 18 at-bats with four doubles and seven RBI since being recalled from Reno on May 30th. Whitesell initially was recalled May 6th, when 1B Tony Clark was placed on the disabled list, but was returned to Reno after going 3-for-26 with no RBI in nine games.

--1B Tony Clark (hand ligament) is ready to start a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Reno. If he regains his stroke quickly, the D-backs could target his return for their stretch of six interleague games in Kansas City (June 16-18) and Seattle (June 19-21), when they will need a DH. Clark plans to rehab "as long as it takes to get comfortable. It could be four at-bats, it could be 30," he said.

DIAMOND STAT: 6.26 -- The bullpen's ERA in the first six games of their current seven-game road trip, even after finishing with nine scoreless innings Sunday.

QUOTABLE: "We were happy to select the guys that we did today.  It was a good day." --Allison on Day Two of the draft.

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