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Washington native among D-backs MLB Draft picks on day two

June 7, 2011 - Northwest League (NWL) - Yakima Bears News Release

The MLB First-Year Player's Draft continued Tuesday and the Arizona Diamondbacks selected 29 players in addition to the three selected on the opening day of the draft.

In the 16th round Arizona took Michael Blake out of the University of Hawaii, who is a Vancouver, Washington native and had previously attended Mt. Hood College before transferring. The lefty saw most of his action as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Rainbow, but it appears the D-backs drafted Blake as a pitcher after he posted a 3.24 ERA in ten appearances this spring.

After using its top two picks on the opening day of the draft to take right-handed pitchers, the Diamondbacks took plenty of lefty pitchers on day two, including three with size in 6'4" Jonny Pedrotty (13th round) of Holy Cross, 6'9" Adam Choplick (17th round) out of Billy Ryan high school in Texas and 6'5" Taylor Siemens (18th round) of California Baptist.

The D-backs also picked up a few PAC-10 players by taking Oregon second baseman Danny Pulfer (19th round) and Oregon State third baseman Carter Bell (29th round), after earlier adding the other half of the UCLA battery in catcher Steven Rodriguez (15th round) to join the organization's top overall pick Trevor Bauer.

Many of the players drafted will be reporting to Yakima June 15 for a summer with the Bears. The club looks to have its roster set by June 14.

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

The draft will conclude with the final 20 rounds Wednesday starting at 12:00 EST.

The Yakima Bears begin the season June 17 in Vancouver and will play at home for the first time on June 22. 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 (3) Trevor Bauer R/R 6'1/175 RHP UCLA

1 (7) Archie Bradley R/R 6'4/225 RHP Broken Arrow HS (OK)

1A (43) Andrew Chafin R/L 6'2/205 LHP Kent State University

2 (63) Anthony Meo R/R 6'2/185 RHP Coastal Carolina University

3 (93) Justin Bianco L/R 5'11/195 CF Perters Township HS (PA)

4 (124) Evan Marshall R/R 6'2/208 RHP Kansas State University

5 (154) Michael Perez L/R 5'11/180 C Colegio Vocacional Para Adultos (PR)

6 (184) Matt Price R/R 6'2/215 RHP University of South Carolina

7 (214) Ben Roberts L/R 6'4/190 CF Sentinel HS (MT)

8 (244) Jesse Darrah L/R 6'2/190 RHP Fresno Pacific University

9 (274) John Leonard R/R 6'2/170 SS Connellsville Area School (PA)

10 (304) Kyle Winkler R/R 5'11/195 RHP Texas Christian University

11 (334) William Locante L/L 6'0/190 LHP Cumberland University

12 (364) Joshua Parr R/R 5'11/170 SS University of Illinois

13 (394) John Pedrotty L/L 6'4/220 LHP College of The Holy Cross

14 (424) Cody Geyer R/R 5'11/215 RHP Walters State CC

15 (454) Steven Rodriguez L/R 6'1/200 C UCLA

16 (484) Michael Blake L/L 5'11/190 LHP University of Hawaii

17 (514) Adam Choplick R/L 6'9/250 LHP Billy Ryan HS (TX)

18 (544) Taylor Siemens L/L 6'5/200 LHP California Baptist University

19 (574) Danny Pulfer R/R 5'9/190 2B University of Oregon

20 (604) Tommy Williams R/R 6'2/175 SS Palm Beach Gardens HS (FL)

21 (634) John Griffin R/R 6'6/245 1B University of Central Florida

22 (664) Garrett Weber R/R 5'11/185 SS Fresno State University

23 (694) Ryan Court R/R 6'2/225 3B Illinois State University

24 (724) Matt Ogden R/R 6'3/190 RHP Smoky Hill HS (CO)

25 (754) Brett Williams R/R 6'0/182 OF North Carolina State University

26 (784) Austin Platt R/R 6'3/190 RHP No school, graduated HS in 2010

27 (814) Wyatt Strahan R/R 6'3/190 RHP Villa Park HS (CA)

28 (844) Truman Sample R/R 6'5/200 RHP Rogers State University

29 (874) Carter Bell R/R 6'1/195 3B Oregon State University

30 (904) Dexter Price R/R 6'7/220 RHP University of South Carolina-Beaufort

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