08/15/10 3:30 PM ET
D-backs unlikely to sign top Draft pick
Loux fails physical; Arizona would get compensation in '11
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The D-backs' scouting director will be on the phone trying to put the finishing touches on signing members of Arizona's 2010 First-Year Player Draft class. The deadline for getting players signed is 9 p.m. MST.
It does not look like one of those players will be the team's top pick, Barret Loux. The right-hander out of Texas A&M failed his physical, and indications are the D-backs are not going to sign him. If they don't, they would get the pick right after the sixth pick in next year's Draft as compensation.
Arizona officials continue to decline all comment on the Loux situation.
The D-backs have signed seven of their top 10 picks, and are still actively pursuing deals with Blake Perry (sixth round), James Green (eighth), Kevin Ziomek (13) and Tyler Linton (14).
"I think if we get a couple of those guys signed, we would be happy," Allison said. "If we get three or four of them signed, we'd be ecstatic."
Both Ziomek, a left-handed pitcher and Linton, an outfielder, are high-ceiling high school players who have committed to college and figure to be tough signs. It's possible that the D-backs could use some of the money they had earmarked for Loux to sign others, but in the past, they have been pretty steadfast about placing a value on a pick and sticking with it.
"Ownership has always been tremendously supportive," Allison said. "They have continued to step up and allow us to pursue guys each year."
More names that still seem to be on the team's radar as the deadline approaches are Roberto Padilla (23), Christopher Floethe (29) and Mike McGee (41).
Padilla was the Junior College Pitcher of the Year, while Floethe missed his college season due to injury. However, the D-backs have seen each of his starts in the Cape Cod League and are still pursuing him. McGee was listed as a pitcher when he was drafted, but the team sees his future in the outfield.
"We'll continue to work on it," Allison said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.