6/9/2013 12:51 A.M. ET
Arizona adds another center fielder in Ratliff
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
The D-backs continued stocking up on speedy center fielders in the 13th round on Saturday, selecting Florida center fielder Taylor Ratliff with the 390th pick overall. He is the fourth center fielder taken by Arizona in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Undrafted out of high school, Ratliff began his college career at Jacksonville, starting 52 games as a freshman, hitting .330 with 58 runs, 25 stolen bases, 24 RBIs and nine doubles to earn himself NCBWA Freshman All-America honors.
Ratliff was well on his way to having another great year his sophomore campaign when he suffered a hand injury that forced him to miss the second half of the team's schedule. From there, he transferred to Florida, where was forced to sit out this year due to NCAA rules.
Even though he is listed as an outfielder, Ratliff also played infield in college.
D-backs land shortstop Cordero in 11th round
With their first pick of the final day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs took their third shortstop in as many days, selecting Jacob Cordero in the 11th round with the 330th pick overall. A graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, the island native is a college commit of Bethune-Cookman, according to Perfect Game.
Just 18 years old, Cordero stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 174 pounds. He'll grow into his medium frame more, but he already has a lot of defensive tools, including plus arm strength. Aside from manning shortstop, Cordero also played some outfield at the academy, where his speed and strong arm were put to good use.
At the plate, he is more of a contact hitter, but he showed line-drive power with his quick bat speed.
Prep center fielder McFarland goes in Round 12
With their 12th-round pick, the D-backs took a high school center fielder with a ton of upside. Coming out of Junipero Serra Catholic High School (Calif.), Dane McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft, even though he is somewhat raw.
McFarland has a huge frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, and he combines this with great bat speed to give him plus power. In the field, he has good range and should fit well in right field in pro ball, a place where his bat will profile well. While it may take some time, McFarland could turn into a five-tool catalyst at the big league level.
A University of Oregon commit, getting McFarland to forgo college and begin his pro career could be a difficult task for the D-backs.
"We'll see what we can do," said D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery about signing McFarland. "He suffered an injury and didn't get much of a season, but we did a lot of work on him and he's a mature kid. From a mental standpoint, we think he's ready to attack pro ball right now, so that was the reason for taking him there."
D-backs go back to pitching with Hathaway
Taken 420th overall in the 14th round, Steve Hathaway became the first pitcher drafted by the D-backs on the third day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
A left-hander out of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, Hathaway appeared in eight games (six starts) this season, tossing 31 innings and finishing with a 2.90 ERA and 37 strikeouts. His command shined through in the fact that he only walked eight batters all year.
Hathaway began his collegiate career at Dean College before transferring in 2011. His first season at Franklin Pierce, he earned a Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team selection by posting a 6-2 record with a 3.64 ERA and one complete game over 47 innings.
Parr drafted seven rounds after twin brother
Selected seven rounds after his twin brother, Illinois third baseman Jordan Parr became the first third baseman taken by the D-backs in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, grabbed off the board in the 15th round (450th overall) on Saturday.
Jordan's brother, Justin, a teammate at Illinois, was picked by the Phillies in the eighth round on Friday. A third Parr brother, Josh, was also taken by the D-backs out of Illinois back in 2010.
"Of the three boys, we now employ two of them," said D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery. "We would've loved to make it a trio of brothers, but unfortunately the Phillies got [Justin] first."
As for Jordan, he began his college career at Parkland College, hitting .355 with 50 runs scored and 32 RBIs in 2011. Following a redshirt sophomore year in 2012, in which he started all 53 games at first base for the Illini and led the team with a .348 average, the Dodgers selected Parr in the 26th round last year.
Parr opted to return to school for the 2013 campaign and showed plenty of power, batting .305 with nine homers and 47 RBIs.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.