6/11/2014 9:19 P.M. ET
D-backs reach deals with 15 picks from Draft
By Mike Vernon / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The D-backs announced Wednesday that they've agreed to terms with 15 of their 42 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Marcus Wilson and Isan Diaz, who were selected No. 69 and No. 70 in the Competitive Balance Rounds, will begin their Minor League careers in the Arizona League.
Brent Jones (fourth round), Zac Curtis (sixth round), Tyler Humphreys (round 7), Grant Heyman (eighth round) and Justin Gonzalez (ninth round) all agreed to terms with the D-backs as well. They'll be sent to short-season Hillsboro to play for the Hops.
Holden Helmink (12th round), Tyler Baker (15th round), Daniel Savas (19th round), Gerard Hernandez (21st round), Mike Cetta (24th round), Nick Baker (29th round), Will Landsheft (36th round) and Lawrence Pardo (38th round) all came to terms with the club as well.
Goldschmidt named Houston's top big leaguer
HOUSTON -- Paul Goldschmidt grew up coming to games at Minute Maid Park.
He remembers the playoff runs of the mid-2000s, and watching Astros legends like Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman. Wednesday was the second time in Goldschmidt's Major League career in which he played at Minute Maid Park. The first came in 2012.
Before Wednesday's game, Goldschmidt received the 2013 Houston Area Major League Player of the Year award in a pregame ceremony. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America chose Goldschmidt for the award.
"It's a big honor," Goldschmidt said. "There's a lot of good players here. It's just an honor to win it."
Goldschmidt graduate from The Woodlands High School in Spring, Texas, which is about 35 miles north of Minute Maid Park. He stayed close to Houston in college, spending three years at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
2013 was a breakout season for Goldschmidt, as he hit .302 with 36 home runs and 125 RBIs for the D-backs and finished second in the National League MVP voting. Since Goldschmidt's Major League debut in 2011, he leads the NL with 281 RBIs and 113 doubles.
Goldschmidt said he used to watch the Astros like any other fan of a Major League team. It was players like Biggio, Bagwell and Berkman who provided a first impression of top-tier baseball for Goldschmidt.
While he grew up watching them, he doesn't know any specific habits that he acquired from those Astros players, and that includes the wide-open batting stance of Bagwell's.
"I remember randomly, he wouldn't teach anyone to hit the way he did," Goldschmidt said. "I'm sure I did in my backyard and stuff. Your stance changes over time. By the time it was pro ball, you've kind of moved on."
Evans garners first career start at DH
HOUSTON -- Wednesday's game marked the first time in Nick Evans' Major League career that he served as a designated hitter.
Evans has been a DH before in the Minor Leagues, but never in the Majors.
Manager Kirk Gibson told Evans on Tuesday night that he may be taking over as the DH with the club in Houston.
"Anytime you can get in the lineup is fun," Evans said. "I'll take every at-bat I can get."
In eight at-bats this season, Evans' only hit was a home run. He'll try to take his previous experiences as a DH to get hit No. 2.
"It's definitely different because you're not on defense, so you've got to make sure you're really following the game to make sure you still feeling like you're a part of what's going on," Evans said.
Gibson gives Parra breather, starts Ross
HOUSTON -- Gerardo Parra was out of the lineup to rest in the D-backs' game against the Astros on Wednesday evening.
Parra is hitting .270 this season with 24 RBIs and five home runs. Before Wednesday, he had been in the starting lineup for every game since May 17 against the Dodgers.
"He's been going hard," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He needs it."
In Parra's place in right field was Cody Ross, who entered the game batting .198 on the year.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.