The Diamondbacks are apparently acutely aware of one of their deficiencies that has plagued them for the last part of the decade, and addressed that need in full yesterday in the 2009 draft. They used their first four picks, all in the first 50 overall, to get position players. Their first pick was Bobby Borchering, a big switch hitting corner infielder. Their next pick was AJ Pollock, an outfielder from Notre Dame who hits for average. They then picked a power hitting third baseman and a shortstop. Not until their fifth pick did they select a pitcher.
This gives me hope that the team may be coming to grips with the fact that some of the players they were counting on developing into stars just isn’t going to happen and that they need to have some hitting to go along with great pitching. Now the team needs to be patient and let these guys develop in the minors before bringing them up.
Then, after a solid first day of drafting, the Diamondbacks took the field to play the Giants and proceeded to make all their draft picks stare in bewilderment, and wonder what the hell they’ve just gotten themselves into as they gave up 17 hits, committed 3 errors, and looked like they just picked up a bunch of people from Romania who had never seen a baseball and threw them on the field for the first time.