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Shortstop, catcher top D-Backs draft picks
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06/04/2002 1:57 pm ET 
Shortstop, catcher top D-Backs draft picks
By Rich Draper /

Reliever Bret Prinz made a rapid rise to the big leagues after the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. (AP Photo)

Diamondbacks round-by-round picks

PHOENIX -- With the first day of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft in the books, Arizona scouting director Mike Rizzo was feeling pretty good about the Diamondbacks' picks Tuesday.

Arizona's first selection was Santa Ana high school shortstop Sergio Santos.

"We had a big sigh of relief once he got to us," said Rizzo of the 6-3, 200-pound infielder from Mater Dei High School. "We feel we have a really good player and got him in a good slot. He's a polished high school player that's going to be a quick mover. We knew we had competition for Sergio from the No. 16 on down with him."

Rizzo and his staff worked out Santos Sunday at Bank One Ballpark and were impressed with the 18-year-old's maturity and skills. Santos ran a 60-yard dash, took ground balls and showed raw power in batting practice.

"He had workouts with other clubs (Angels and Dodgers)," said Rizzo, "but he identified our club as one he wanted to go with. He made this ballpark look small. He got his wish and we got ours."

Sergio Santos

Position: SS   B/T: R/R
H: 6-3   W: 200
Born: 07-04-1983   Class: HS

Scouting report:
Strong, athletic physique. Well-defined legs and arms. Body like Alex Rodriguez. Wide, balanced, open stance. Good bat speed, plus power potential. Major League arm with carry. Smart player, good instincts with sure hands. Anticipates well at shortstop.

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Santos' prep stats reflect his aggressiveness and solid overall game. The right-hander hit .388 this season with eight homers, 33 hits, 33 runs scored and 33 RBIs.

With their second round selection, the Diamondbacks drafted catcher Christopher Snyder of the University of Houston. Snyder, 21, has batted .335 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI during his junior season for the Cougars and has helped the team advance to the NCAA Super Regional. He was a member of Team USA in 2001.

"He's a 6-4 catcher, a big, strong catch-throw kid, a defensive guy, but does have big-time raw power" noted Rizzo. "He needs to learn how to hit. We see him as an everyday player at the bottom of the lineup, hitting .240 with 20 homers."

General manager Joe Garagiola, Jr., was pleased with the draft and said it bodes well for the team's future.

"We're very happy with the first day," he said. "We got the player we wanted with the first pick. We had our fingers crossed as the names were called. We like our second pick a lot (catcher Chris Snyder of Houston) and after that we stayed on the path by looking for college pitching. Overall we're very pleased."

In the third round, Arizona tabbed junior left-handed pitcher Jared Doyle of James Madison University. Doyle, 21, went 11-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 101.2 innings.

The Diamondbacks picked right-handed pitcher Lance Cormier from the University of Alabama with their fourth round pick. Cormier, 21, went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA in his senior season for the Crimson Tide. He was also a first-team academic All-America selection.

In the fifth round, left-handed pitcher Mark Rosen became the second high-schooler drafted by Arizona this year. He was the Connecticut Player of the Year.

The sixth-round pick was Oregon State third baseman Brian Barden, a powerfully built player with accurate arm and good reaction. Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) was named to the Pac-10 first team for the second straight season. He batted .349 with 15 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 50 runs batted in.

Clemson right-handed pitcher Matthew Henrie was the D-Backs' seventh-round selection and a leader on the nation's No. 2 seed in the NCAA tourney. He has not allowed a run over eight innings in the event.

Catcher Ryan Mahoney of Carmel High School was tabbed at No. 8.

No. 9 is Clent Korley, a right-handed pitcher/outfielder from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Built like Angels' Darin Erstad, he has a large frame and can pull with power. Looks confident in outfield and is a good, aggressive athlete.

Picked No. 10 was catcher Michael Pierce of Clovis High School, a rangy 6-3, 185-pounder player with good hands and blocking ability.

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Selected 11th was Oklahoma St. second baseman Nebasett Brown, a former star for Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., who also played at Yavapai JC.

Darren "Mitch" Douglas, a left-handed pitcher from Augusta State, was No. 12. He's a 5-10 Billy Wagner-type who features a sinking fast ball and "slurvy slider," according to scouts. At No. 13 was shortstop Adam Haley of Louisville, a left-handed batter.

Jason Garthwaite, the 14th pick, is a tall outfielder from the University of Washington.

Others: Selected 15th was right-handed pitcher Dustin Nippert from the University of West Virginia, at 6-7 one of the draft's tallest players; 16. first baseman Bryan Johnson of Washington; 17. Outfielder Donald Saba of Utah; 18. Matthew Morgan, a shortstop from Lewis & Clark St. College; 19. Samuel Smith, right-handed pitcher from South Alabama; 20. Southern Illinois' 6-2, 225-pound first sacker Jeffrey Stanek; 21. Daniel Callahan, outfielder from Tufts; 22. Kenneth Parker, infielder, Tacoma, WA, Henry Foss H.S.

The final 28 rounds of the draft begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

Rich Draper covers the Diamondbacks for This story was not subject to approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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