With their first pick of the final day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs took their third shortstop in as many days, selecting Jacob Cordero in the 11th round with the 330th pick overall. A graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, the island native is a college commit of Bethune-Cookman, according to Perfect Game.
Just 18 years old, Cordero stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 174 pounds. He'll grow into his medium frame more, but he already has a lot of defensive tools, including plus arm strength. Aside from manning shortstop, Cordero also played some outfield at the academy, where his speed and strong arm were put to good use.
At the plate, he is more of a contact hitter, but he showed line-drive power with his quick bat speed.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less