Diamondbacks make their picks in MLB player draft

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PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks today selected 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 in South Bend, Ind. with their first two picks (16th and 17th overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

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.

"Bobby is a tremendous young man and we are excited about his bat potential and his chance to impact a major league lineup," said Tom Allison, D-backs' Director of Scouting. "He has been a proven hitter and we are thrilled about getting him into the D-backs organization."

Borchering is the eighth high school player taken by the D-backs with their first pick in the draft and first since 2007, when right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker was selected out of Norwell High School with the ninth overall pick.

Polluck, 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, Polluck hit .363 (237-for-653) with 17 home runs and 122 RBI. A skilled baserunner, he stole 60 bases in 69 attempts.

"A.J. is an accomplished collegiate player that excelled with the wood bat in the Cape Cod League last year," said Tom Allison, D-backs' Director of Scouting. "He is not only a baseball player, but someone with strong character."

Polluck earned the MVP award after hitting .377 with a .556 slugging percentage in the Cape Cod League last summer. He becomes the fourth first round pick to come out of Notre Dame, joining catcher Ken Plesha (17th selection, 1965), Astros pitcher Brad Lidge (18th selection, 1998) and Cubs pitcher Aaron Heilman (18th selection, 2001).

The D-backs have six picks remaining tonight with the 35th, 41st, 45th, 60th, 64th and 95th picks. The draft will continue with rounds 4-10 on Wednesday and rounds 11-50 on Thursday.