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D-backs haul in a variety on Day 2 of Draft

D-backs haul in a variety on Day 2 of Draft

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PHOENIX -- With 14 picks on Tuesday, the second day of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, the D-backs selected an eclectic group of high school and college players, accounting for each position, save first and second base.

"We continued our theme from yesterday, where we added some quality people and quality players," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "Whichever player our scouts have the most time and energy invested in are the guys we want to select."

Three of the club's first four picks of the Draft were high school players, and the team finished Tuesday by taking eight college players in its final 11 picks.

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The first name the D-backs called was Jose Munoz, a prep shortstop from California who will likely stay in the middle infield throughout the Minors.

"There's some room in the body and the bat for him to grow into a bigger projection," Montgomery said. "So I think it's a good fit for us. At the position, it's a need, and the talent is there with the player."

The D-backs also drafted two Valley products in Jake Barrett from Arizona State and Keith Glenn from Arizona Christian.

Only a couple of weeks after signing Miguel Montero to a five-year extension, the club drafted two more catchers Tuesday to help fill its Minor League system. The D-backs also selected a catcher, Stryker Trahan, in the first round Monday.

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Late on Day 2, the D-backs snagged a name off the Draft board with name recognition across college baseball in Daniel Poma from Hofstra. The college junior is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is the baseball version of the Heisman, after batting .430 this year.

"He's sort of an older player in terms of level, but he put up quite a year," Montgomery said. "His offensive numbers speak for themselves."

Round 2, 90th overall: SS Jose Munoz, Los Altos (Calif.) High School
With their first selection on Day 2 of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs took Munoz, a high school shortstop from Northern California.

He is San Diego State commit.

At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Munoz hit .419 this season with a slugging percentage of .814.

For the D-backs, the 18-year-old Munoz was the second high school player they took in as many picks.

Round 3, 120: RHP Jake Barrett, Arizona State
A local product who was also drafted in the third round coming out of Desert Ridge High School by the Blue Jays, Barrett is hard-throwing junior reliever for ASU.

Ranked by MLB.com as the 55th best prospect in the Draft, the 20-year-old's fastball peaks in the upper 90s and his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame draws body comparisons to the likes of Heath Bell and Jonathan Broxton.

"I went to their predraft workout and did fairly well, I thought, so I was hoping I'd go to them," Barrett said. "I heard my name and I was extremely excited to for it."

Barrett began his ASU career as a setup man as a freshman but transitioned to a starting role as a sophomore. The righty started 14 games for the Sun Devils, going 7-4 with a 4.14 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 76 innings that year, but a shoulder injury caused him to miss the final portion of the season.

In 2012 as a junior, Barrett moved back to the bullpen as the Sun Devils' closer. His size, maximum effort delivery and often spotty command suited him well for the relieving role. He recorded 11 saves and made 31 appearances with a low 1.62 ERA.

Round 4, 153: CF Chuck Taylor, Mansfield Timberview (Texas) High School
Taylor, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound outfielder, was the third high school position player the D-backs selected through their first four picks.

A UT-Arlington commit to play baseball, Taylor also was the quarterback for the Timberview football team for three seasons.

The 18-year-old threw for 1,998 yards and 16 touchdowns this season while also rushing for 1,972 yards and 23 touchdowns in leading his squad to the state semifinals.

Round 5, 183: C Ronnie Freeman, Kennesaw State (Ga.)
The 21-year-old was the second catcher selected by the D-backs.

As a freshman at Kennesaw State, Freeman hit a team-high .365 and was a 2010 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A season later, Freeman set the Kennesaw State record for the longest hitting streak at 42. He also played for the USA Collegiate National Team that same year.

As a junior in 2012, Freeman enjoyed continued success, batting .348 with 54 RBIs, six homers and 13 doubles. His power potential makes him a valuable prospect behind home plate.

Round 6, 213: 3B Jacob Lamb, Washington
Coming out of high school ranked by Baseball America as the top prep prospect in Washington, Lamb was drafted by the Pirates in the 38th round in 2009.

As a freshman for the Huskies in Seattle, Lamb started 54 games and was named to the Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball after batting .363 in Pac-10 play.

In 2011, he led Washington in in at-bats, games, hits, triples, homers and RBIs. This season as a junior, the 21-year-old batted .343 in conference games and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

Round 7, 243: SS Andrew Velazquez, Fordham Prep School (N.Y.)
Following Munoz in the second round, Velazquez was the second high school shortstop the D-backs selected.

The 17-year-old, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 170 pounds, is committed to play at Virginia Tech next season.

On May 12, the switch-hitter put together a three-homer day in a unique fashion. He hit one out of the park from the right side, one out of the park from the left side and a third one that stayed inside the park.

Also this year, he has written bimonthly diary blog for NYPost.com detailing his senior campaign.

Round 8, 273: CF Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
A key contributor to South Carolina's back-to-back College World Series titles in 2010 and '11, Marzilli is still playing with the Gamecocks as they try to capture their third straight.

As a freshman in '10, the 21-year-old was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team after hitting .370 (10-for-27) with seven runs scored and a .514 on-base percentage in Omaha. The following season, Marzilli, who is 6-foot, 185 pounds, hit .291 for South Carolina with 31 RBIs and 39 runs scored.

This year, Marzilli is batting .288 with a team-high 12 stolen bases.

Round 9, 303: RHP Jeff Gibbs, Maine-Orono
A Toronto native, Gibbs won a Canadian national title with his youth team before heading to the states for college ball.

The 21-year-old's first two collegiate campaigns were outstanding, as he started a combined 28 games, winning 13 of the them and having season ERA's of 3.94 as a freshman and 3.42 as a sophomore.

This year, however, things did not go well for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound righty. Although serving as a team captain, Gibbs had an ERA of 8.40 over 60 innings and 10 starts.

Round 10, 333: OF Daniel Poma, Hofstra (N.Y.)
Poma put together one of the best seasons in the nation this year as a senior, batting .430 with 102 hits, 79 runs, 32 doubles, seven home runs, 48 RBIs and 29 steals.

His efforts earned him a place on Collegiate Baseball's First Team All-America squad.

"It is a dream come true," Poma said in a Hofstra press release. "I have worked my whole life for this moment and to be drafted in the first 10 rounds is just an amazing feeling. I can't wait to get started on this next chapter of my career. I want to thank the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for selecting me. I had a great workout with them last week, and I couldn't be happier."

At 23 years old, Poma is the oldest player the D-backs have selected in 2012. The right-handed hitter stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds.

Round 11, 363: RHP Ben Eckels, Davis Senior (Calif.) High School
Eckels had a stellar senior season for his school, finishing 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.

The 18-year-old finished his prep career on a high note with a shutout performance. He isn't committed to a college but has drawn interest from the likes of Fresno State, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.

Round 12, 393: CF Keith Alex Glenn, Arizona Christian
Drafted in the 37th round by the Marlins in 2009 out of high school, Glenn began his collegiate career by playing two seasons at Southern California.

He started 40 times and played in 77 games for the Trojans, totaling 24 hits in 126 career at-bats (.190) with five home runs, 17 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

In 50 games with Arizona Christian this year, the 20-year-old batted .351 with 36 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

Round 13, 423: C Phildrick Llewellyn, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.)
Born and raised on the Caribbean island Curacao, Llewellyn's parents offered to send him to America before high school to further his baseball career. After four terrific prep seasons, the 17-year-old is committed to play at Florida International next season.

The 6-foor-1, 205-pound switch-hitter was the third catcher the D-backs selected.

Round 14, 453: RHP Derrick Stultz, South Florida
Finishing his senior high school season with a 1.76 ERA, Stultz was drafted as a prep player in 2007 in the 38th round by the Red Sox.

After two successful collegiate seasons, the 23-year-old missed the entire 2010 and '11 seasons due to shoulder surgery.

This year as a red-shirt senior, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound starter led the Big East with nine wins. In his final start of his career, he shut out Connecticut in the Big East tournament. Stultz finished 2012 with a 3.29 ERA over 87 2/3 innings.

Round 15, 483: Michael Blake Forslund, Liberty (Va.)
Forslund was drafted just a year ago by the Red Sox in 17th round but opted to return to school.

In 20 appearances out of the bullpen this season, the 22-year-old boasted a 3.74 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 32 2/3 innings.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Forslund pitches with a big presence on the mound.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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