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D-Backs emphasize pitching
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06/05/2002 7:00 pm ET 
D-Backs emphasize pitching
Use 27 of 50 picks on pitchers
By Rich Draper / MLB.com

Sergio Santos (Baseball America)
PHOENIX -- Young arms. Good arms. And people who can catch them.

That's always the name of the First-Year Player Draft game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks kept to that credo, selecting 19 right-handers and eight left-handed pitchers with their 50 picks.

Catchers were a premium as well, with five selected.

"After our first two picks (Sergio Santos and Christopher Snyder) we kind of stayed on the path we've been on the last few drafts, looking for college pitching, and overall we're very pleased," said general manager Joe Garagiola Jr.

The first pitcher tabbed by the D-Backs was Jared Doyle, a 21-year-old left-handed pitcher from James Madison University. At 6-2, 195, he has a classic pitcher's frame and sizzling arm -- he can pop a fastball at 93 mph. "He's a proven All-American and a big-time winner," commented Arizona scouting director Mike Rizzo.

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Rizzo had a special draftee himself, catcher Ryan Mahoney of Carmel High School in New York, a 6-4, 225-pounder who bats left-handed and boasts a strong arm.

"That was my step-out pick," said Rizzo of the 18-year-old, who could sign with the University of South Carolina. "I couldn't pass on that guy. I hope we can sign him."

Another top catching prospect is Michael Pierce of Clovis, Calif.

"Pierce really impressed us," said Rizzo. "You can never have too many young catchers. With the ones we already have in the minors, now we'll have kind of a stable of catchers up and down the line."

Overall in the draft? "I think we did a heckuva job," said Rizzo.

DIAMONDBACKS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
27 SERGIO J SANTOS SS MATER DEI HS
68 CHRISTOPHER R SNYDER C U HOUSTON
99 JARED M DOYLE * LHP JAMES MADISON U
129 LANCE R CORMIER RHP U ALABAMA
159 MARK ROSEN LHP SALISBURY SCHOOL
189 BRIAN D BARDEN 3B OREGON ST U
219 MATTHEW S HENRIE RHP CLEMSON U
249 RYAN MAHONEY C CARMEL HS
279 KLENT B CORLEY RHP GRAND CANYON U
309 MICHAEL R PIERCE C CLOVIS HS
339 NEBASETT BROWN 2B OKLAHOMA ST U
369 DARREN M DOUGLAS LHP AUGUSTA ST U
399 ADAM J HALEY SS U LOUISVILLE
429 JASON W GARTHWAITE OF U WASHINGTON
459 DUSTIN D NIPPERT RHP WEST VIRGINIA U
489 BRYAN D JOHNSON 1B U WASHINGTON
519 DONALD J SABA OF U UTAH
549 MATTHEW D MORGAN SS LEWIS & CLARK ST COL
579 SAMUEL SMITH RHP U SOUTH ALABAMA
609 JEFFREY A STANEK 1B SOUTHERN ILLINOIS U
639 DANIEL T CALLAHAN OF TUFTS U
669 KENNETH R PARKER 1B HENRY FOSS HS
699 JARED F BONNELL RHP U NEVADA
729 MATTHEW INCINELLI RHP U NORTH FLORIDA
759 JERON GATES 2B WASHINGTON ST U
789 WESLEY GILLIAM LHP U ILLINOIS
819 JOSHUA R KRANAWETTER RHP POLK CC
849 SEAN P LUELLWITZ 1B C VANDERBILT U
879 MICHAEL C BUSS RHP WELLINGTON COMMUNITY HS
909 ANTHONY R ISABELLA CF CHEMEKETA CC
939 CLINT J GOOCHER LHP SAN JACINTO COL NORTH
969 TERRY W LARGE RHP CHIPOLA CC
999 DONTA R WARFIELD SS RIVERVIEW HS
1029 JESUS ALBINO RHP NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI CC
1059 ARLOW J HANEN RF SCOTTSDALE CC
1089 NICHOLAS J RICHARDSON C ELGIN CC
1119 KIRK R GROSS RHP SAN RAMON VALLEY HS
1149 MATTHEW K FALK RHP DANA HILLS HS
1179 GRADY R SYMONDS C U HAWAII
1209 WILLIAM D BIGGS RHP WEST VIRGINIA U
1239 JERRY K WHATLEY LHP U HOUSTON
1269 MICHAEL B RIDGWAY LHP RF TACOMA CC
1298 KRISTOPHER E KRISE RHP CRESCENTA VALLEY HS
1326 CONOR P LALOR RHP HOUSTON HS
1353 JONATHAN L CROSBY RHP CHRISTIAN BROTHERS HS
1379 RYAN M GLOGER LHP U SOUTH FLORIDA
1405 ROBERT FERNS RHP DARTON COL
1431 RONALD C LOWE LHP RIDGEWOOD HS
1456 MATTHEW J RAGUSE RHP ST LOUIS CC FOREST PARK
1480 KYLE REYNOLDS SS SECOND BAPTIST SCHOOL

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





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