As Draft nears, miles add up for Towers, scouts

As Draft nears, miles add up for Towers, scouts

SAN DIEGO -- With exactly one month until the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, D-backs scouts are hard at work preparing, as the organization has the Nos. 3 and 7 overall picks.

"There's not a lot of time left," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "I know our scouts are bouncing all over the country."

Towers has done his fair share of traveling as well. He has seen Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, UCLA pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, Kansas prep slugger Bubba Starling and Oklahoma prep right-hander Dylan Bundy.

Towers plans on seeing University of Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen during the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. In addition, he said there were "one or two" more prospects he may get a look at here while the team is on its current road trip.

While vice president of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto and scouting director Ray Montgomery will make the final call on the picks, Towers wanted to get a look at the candidates for Nos. 3 and 7.

"Ray and Jerry and our scouts have done a tremendous job," Towers said. "This is a good year to be picking three and seven."