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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced their 27 selections for rounds 4-30 of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
The D-backs have drafted 35 players during the first two days of the draft, with seven players chosen yesterday. Third baseman Bobby Borchering, out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., and outfielder A.J. Pollock, from the University of Notre Dame were Arizona's first two selections in the first round with the 16th and 17th picks, respectively.
Borchering, 6-4, 195 pounds, was named the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year, the first such honoree for the Bishop Verot Vikings. The switch-hitting third baseman, hit .494 (38-for-77) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, 13 home runs, 37 RBI, 24 walks, .626 on-base percentage and 1.117 slugging percentage in 30 games. The right-hander also pitched in 14 games, posting a 4-4 record with a save and a 1.15 ERA, allowing 19 runs (6 earned) in 36.2 innings with 49 strikeouts. He led the Vikings to the Class 3A regional quarterfinals.
Pollock, 6-1, 200 pounds, led the University of Notre Dame with a .365 (88-for-241) batting average this season. He recorded 19 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 52 RBI in his junior season. During his three seasons at Notre Dame, Pollock hit .363 (237-for-653) with 17 home runs and 122 RBI. A skilled baserunner, he stole 60 bases in 69 attempts. Pollock earned the MVP award after hitting .377 with a .556 slugging percentage in the Cape Cod League last summer.
The D-backs continued to focus their draft selections on college-level players, with 25 picks coming from the college ranks, including 22 players from four-year colleges and three from junior and community colleges. The D-backs also drafted 10 high school prospects.
Director of Scouting Tom Allison and his staff selected 15 pitchers (11 right-handers and four left-handers), two catchers, 16 infielders and two outfielders.
"Today, we indentified and drafted 27 more players that our scouting staff feels has the opportunity to contribute in the big leagues," said Allison, in his third season as the D-backs' Director of Scouting. "Each of these athletes will define their own path to the majors."
The D-backs selected four local players with local ties today, beginning with infielder Matthew Helm (7th round, 216th overall) who went to Hamilton High School in Chandler. UCLA right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer (12th round, 366th overall) attended Chapparal High School in Scottsdale. Right-handed pitcher Brian Budrow (28th round, 846th overall), a Glendale-native and Mountain Ridge High School graduate, was selected from the University of Utah. Infielder Jacob Williams (29th round, 876th overall), son of former D-back Matt Williams, was chosen from Brophy College Prep High School in Phoenix.
This is Arizona's 14th First-Year Player Draft since being awarded an expansion team from Major League Baseball in 1995.