“It’s not the prototypical draft where you’re picking 1 and 1 and there’s an anointed one, so to speak,” Diamondbacks jerseys director of scouting Deric Ladnier said. “But I do think that the players at the top are very desirable players that can help our organization.”
The Diamondbacks jerseys last had the No. 1 pick in 2005. They used it to take high school shortstop cheap Justin Upton jersey, who went on to become an All Star outfielder in the desert before being traded to Atlanta in 2013.
The top end of the 40 round draft is filled with talented players who will likely have a long term impact on the team that drafts them, but no consensus No. 1 like cheap Bryce Harper jersey, Alex Rodriguez or Ken Griffey Jr.
That leaves the Diamondbacks jerseys will a lot of options and what figures to be plenty of debate before and after the draft.
Vanderbilt shortstop cheap Dansby Swanson jersey appears to be the front runner for the No. 1 pick. He plays a premium position and is a strong hitter, finishing with a .348 average, 14 homers and 61 RBIs as a junior.
But two other shortstops could be worth a look at No. 1: Brendan Rodgers, a high school shortstop from Lake Mary, Florida, and LSU’s cheap Alex Bregman jersey.
If the Diamondbacks jerseys want an arm instead, they could go with Vanderbilt right hander cheap Carson Fulmer jersey, UC Santa Barbara righty Dillon Tate or Illinois left hander Tyler Jay.
They could go a completely different route, too, and take Tyler Stephenson, a high school catcher out of Kennesaw, Georgia.
Arizona started with a list of five players, whittled it to three and will likely have some deep discussions Monday morning before finally making their selection.
“I don’t think there’s ever a situation where everyone is always going to agree philosophically, but I think everyone will agree at the end that we’re taking the best player for the organization,” Ladnier said.
Though signability is not a top priority for the Diamondbacks jerseys they want to get the best player that fits their organization it does have to be a consideration, particularly after what happened with the Houston Astros jerseys last year.
They had the top pick for a record third straight year and used it on Brady Aiken, a San Diego high school left hander. Houston reportedly offered Aiken a hefty signing bonus, but lowered the offer when concerns about a ligament arose. The two sides never could come to an agreement.
Aiken went on to have Tommy John surgery and the Astros jerseys were given a compensatory pick in this year’s draft, second overall to go with the No. 5 pick.
“We looked at our internal processes and figured out where there might be opportunities to tighten things up, (but) there are some things that are inevitable that you can’t really control,” cheap mlb jerseys for sale Astros jerseys general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “But as much as the things we could control we’ve taken a look at it and we feel better. You can’t prevent things from happening that are outside your control.”
Whether a player will sign is not the only consideration. Teams with the No. 1 overall pick also have to consider whether the player they want can handle the spotlight of being the first player taken.
Players such as Harper and cheap Stephen Strasburg jersey were able to handle. Because of injuries and/or off field issues, players such as cheap Matt Bush jersey in 2004, Brien Taylor in 1991 and Steve Chilcott in 1966 the only No. 1 picks to never play in the majors never lived up to the billing.
“There’s debate of who can handle being No. 1 in the draft; unfortunately, that’s a debate that goes into it,” Ladnier said. “I’m not saying we’re going to sacrifice ability for that, but there’s a lot of pressure put on that individual to go out and perform as the No. 1 pick in the draft. But I think the players we are considering with the No. 1 picks to never make it to the majors.