PHOENIX -- The D-backs announced on Sunday that they have agreed to terms with their 10th-round Draft pick Kyle Winkler, according to the D-backs' senior vice president of scouting and development Jerry Dipoto.
Winkler, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher, was one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award. He garnered third-team Louisville Slugger All-American and first-team Mountain West All-Conference accolades after going 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 14 games (13 starts) for Texas Christian University.
Overall, the D-backs have signed 32 of their 52 Draft selections this year.
Teams have until 9:01 p.m. MST on Monday, Aug. 15, to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes midnight. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team doesn't sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.
Gibson wants D-backs to learn how to get hit
PHOENIX -- After Saturday's game, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talked about teaching his players the right way to move out of the way of a pitch.
On Sunday, he was talking just the opposite.
"Get in the way, and get hit properly," Gibson said. "Look at [D-backs hitting coach Don Baylor], he was awesome at it. Sometimes, you're down by two runs and you want to take it.
"Take it and not get hurt."
Willie Bloomquist and Justin Upton were both hit by pitches on Saturday, and both were in the starting lineup on Sunday.
"I'm fine," Bloomquist said. "You just turn your back and wear it. That's all you can do. There's not really much time to do a lot else, so you just kind of react and turn your back to it."
Gibson said the difference between the right and wrong way to get hit by a pitch could be the difference between staying healthy and going on the disabled list.
"If you take it wrong, you get more injuries that way," he said. "I half-kiddingly said it, but I'm serious. Yeah, it's one of the things that I wish we were better at. It's not for everybody, but it's for somebody."
And at the end of the day, a hit-by-pitch is no different than a single or walk in reaching first base.
"I'm just trying to figure out ways to get back in ballgames and win," Gibson said. "That's how my corrupt, stupid mind works."
Gibson: Comeback wins work wonders
PHOENIX -- The D-backs have come from behind to win so often this season, it seems routine.
"It's been amazing," center fielder Chris Young said.
"It's powerful," manager Kirk Gibson said.
And Saturday's 6-4 victory marked the team's 33rd comeback win of the season, tied with the Red Sox for most in the Major Leagues.
"That's phenomenal," Young said. "When you hear a number like that, you probably give a lot of credit to the offense. But in all reality, I'm sure a lot of those comeback wins were when we started losing, the bullpen came in and held them."
Four of the team's six wins on the current homestand heading into Sunday have been of the comeback variety, something Gibson believes can work wonders for any clubhouse.
"It helps any team," Gibson said. "Come-from-behind wins are probably one of the most rewarding things for any team. It validates a lot of things that we talk about, and we constantly talk about grinding through it."
Burroughs marvels at popup that hit roof
PHOENIX -- Scott Hairston hit the pitch on Friday night, a high popup down the third-base line, and Sean Burroughs tracked it and then ...
"And then all of a sudden, it just disappeared," the D-backs' infielder said. "Then it landed right there by third and I was like, 'What's going on?'"
What went on in the ninth inning of the D-backs' 4-3 victory over the Mets on Friday night was Hairston's foul ball caroming off a support beam on the Chase Field roof.
"I've never seen anyone hit a ball off the top of this roof," Burroughs said. "Especially to the pull side for someone."
Burroughs admitted he didn't know what to do, and asked third-base umpire Cory Blaser for an explanation.
"I asked him, 'What do I do if I saw it hit the thing?'" Burroughs said. "Like, 'Do I go after it and try to catch it?'"
Burroughs said that if the ball would have hit the beam in fair territory, then it would have remained a live ball.
"I have never seen that before," he said. "I've been playing here for a year, and I've been coming here since I was in San Diego.
"When it was coming back out, I lost it and I think [Hairston] hit it so hard that it ricocheted back and landed right there."
Anthony Fenech is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.