Arizona Diamondbacks Don't Need Top Pitcher In 2014 MLB Draft

By Chad Cramer
Mike Bolsinger Pitching For The Arizona Diamondbacks
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

After the terrible start to the season for the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation, it would be logical to assume that the Diamondbacks would target pitching early in this year’s draft. While they do need help in the rotation, it should not come in the form of a pitcher early in the draft. In the last four years, the Diamondbacks have selected four pitchers and just one position player in the first round of the draft. Three of those pitchers were top-ten picks, and the position player, catcher Stryker Trahan, was just the 26th pick in the 2012 draft.

Due to Arizona drafting this many top pitchers so high in the draft, one of the strengths of their minor league system is pitching. The rotation should be fixed by the current pitchers in the farm system, not by drafting another pitcher to add to it.

One of the weaknesses of the Arizona farm system, is the lack of impact bats. The Diamondbacks don’t have anyone who is projected to make much of an impact at the plate when they would arrive in the major leagues, with the exception of maybe Stryker Trahan. The Diamondbacks, who currently hold the 16th pick in the draft, should have an array of offensive players to choose from. Whether it is Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State, Braxton Davidson, an outfielder coming out of high school, or any other offensive player, the Diamondbacks should choose just that — an offensive player.

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