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D-Backs Conclude MLB Draft

June 6, 2012 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The MLB First-Year Player's Draft concluded Wednesday and the Yakima Bears parent club, the Arizona Diamondbacks, selected 25 players in addition to the 16 taken on draft's first two days.

In the 38th round Arizona kept things in the family by drafting Cameron Gibson, the son of Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson. The younger Gibson is an outfielder who is finishing his senior year of high school in Michigan.

A pair of Cowboys were selected on the third day, as third baseman Mark Ginther (24th) and right-handed pitcher Chase Stevens (30th) out of Oklahoma State could be teammates once again, this time in the D-backs system.

When the Diamondbacks took senior first baseman Jacob House (20th) out of Texas A&M it was the second player the team drafted from the same Texas high school. Five years ago House graduated from Mansfield Timberview, which is where fourth-round D-backs' pick Chuck Taylor will graduate from this spring.

Among the 40 players selected by the Diamondbacks over the three days were 22 position players, even with seven consecutive pitchers selected between the 30th and 36th rounds on the third day. The most popular positions were centerfielder (6), shortstop (5), and catcher (4). It took until the 23rd round for the D-backs to take a left-handed pitcher, with only three lefty hurlers selected against 15 right-handed pitchers. Other positions included two first basemen, two third basemen, one second baseman, and two outfielders not listed as centerfielders. The D-backs took 14 high school seniors and 26 players from colleges.

Many of the players drafted will be reporting to Yakima June 13 for a summer with the Bears. The club looks to have its roster set by June 14.

A full list of the Diamondbacks players drafted can be found on the next page.

The Yakima Bears begin the season June 15 in Eugene and will play at home for the first time on June 20. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now at the downtown Bears office at 17 N. 3rd Street, Suite 101 and online at

Rd (Ovr.)Player B/T Ht/Wt Pos. School

1 (26) Stryker Trahan L/R 6'1/215 C Acadiana HS (LA)

2 (90) Jose Munoz R/R 6'3/185 SS Los Altos HS (CA)

3 (120) Jake Barrett R/R 6'4/220 RHP Arizona State

4 (153) Chuck Taylor S/L 5'10/175 CF Mansfield Timberview HS (TX)

5 (183) Ronnie Freeman R/R 6'1/195 C Kennesaw State

6 (213) Jacob Lamb L/R 6'3/215 3B Washington

7 (243) Andrew Velazquez S/R 5'8/175 SS Fordham Prep School (NY)

8 (273) Evan Marzilli L/L 6'0/185 CF South Carolina

9 (303) Jeff Gibbs R/R 6'4/210 RHP Maine

10 (333) Daniel Poma R/R 6'1/200 OF Hofstra

11 (363) Ben Eckels R/R 6'0/175 RHP Davis Senior HS (CA)

12 (393) Alex "Keith" Glenn L/L 5'11/185 CF Arizona Christian

13 (423) Phildrick Llewellyn S/R 5'11/180 C Trinity Christian Academy (FL)

14 (453) Derrick Stultz R/R 6'3/200 RHP South Florida

15 (483) Michael "Blake" Forslund R/R 6'4/215 RHP Liberty University

16 (513) Landon Lassiter R/R 5'11/172 SS North Davidson HS (NC)

17 (543) Yogey Perez-Ramos L/L 6'3/197 OF Miami Dade CC South

18 (573) Kevin Medrano L/R 6'1/155 2B Missouri State

19 (603) RJ Hively R/R 6'2/215 RHP Mississippi

20 (633) Jacob House L/L 6'3/210 1B Texas A&M

21 (663) Rudy Flores L/R 6'3/200 1B Florida International

22 (693) Holden Helmink R/R 6'4/180 RHP Willis HS (TX)

23 (723) Matthew Dermody R/L 6'5/190 LHP Iowa

24 (753) Mark Ginther R/R 6'3/200 3B Oklahoma State

25 (783) Vincent Spilker R/R 6'3/215 RHP Lee University

26 (813) Christopher Capper R/R 6'1/203 RHP Brigham Young

27 (843) Damion Smith L/R 6'4/180 CF Holy Names Catholic HS (ONT, CA)

28 (873) Max Schrock L/R 5'8/173 SS Cardinal Gibbons HS (NC)

29 (903) Adam McConnell R/R 6'0/187 SS Richmond

30 (933) Shelby "Chase" Stevens R/R 5'10/186 RHP Oklahoma State

31 (963) Andrew Potter R/R 6'0/208 RHP Eastside HS (CA)

32 (993) Daniel Watts L/L 6'3/190 LHP Jacksonville State

33 (1023)Jonathan Pulley R/R 6'2/215 RHP Spartanburg Methodist College

34 (1053)Jared Ray R/R 6'3/195 RHP Houston

35 (1083)Robbie Buller R/R 6'6/230 RHP Houston Baptist

36 (1113)Andrew Barbosa R/L 6'8/230 LHP South Florida

37 (1143)Breland Almadova R/R 6'1/195 CF Hawaii

38 (1173)Cameron Gibson L/R 6'0/180 CF Grosse Pointe South HS (MI)

39 (1203)Rafael "Booboo" Garcia R/R 5'10/190 C Gilroy HS (CA)

40 (1233)Zane Hemond R/R 6'3/180 RHP Montrose HS (CO)

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