D-backs Sign 16th Overall Pick Borchering

The Arizona Diamondbacks finally signed their number one selection from this summer's draft. Third baseman Bobby Borchering, a high school player from Ft. Myers' Bishop Verot High in Florida, agreed to a $1.8 million bonus Friday, three days before the deadline to sign 2009 draft picks.

Longtime spring training rivals Florida and Arizona now have another reason for animosity.

Bobby Borchering became the second draft pick this week to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks after having committed to the University of Florida earlier in the year, joining 13th-rounder Patrick Shuster.  Borchering, the 16th player selected overall, hit .494 with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 37 RBI in just 77 at-bats at Bishop Verot his senior year.

"We feel he has a chance to be a run-producing bat for the Arizona Diamondbacks," scouting director Tom Allison said.

The D-backs have now signed 28 of their first 29 draft selections with two days remaining to ink the one outstanding player, 7th-round third baseman Matthew Helm.

"Ownership has stood beside us the whole time," Allison said.

 As a switch-hitting third baseman from a Florida high school, Borchering has drawn some comparisons to Atlanta 3B Chipper Jones at the same stage of his career.  He immediately becomes one of the best power-hitting prospects in the Diamondbacks organization.

Patrick Schuster gained notoriety this summer by pitching four consecutive no-hitters.  He attended summer classes at Florida, but soon realized that college wasn't the best option for him.

"I got there and they treated me like a dumb jock and I didn't appreciate it, I didn't like it," Schuster told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "As soon as I got the phone call that they got me my money, I packed up and left as soon as they told me."


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