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Tracking the 2018 Draft: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Several new additions to the D-Backs top-prospect list

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the 2018 MLB Draft is complete, the signing deadline has passed, and players have officially entered their organizations’ farm system, its important to take a look at the initial reports on where these prospects fit.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll take a look at all 30 clubs’ draft selections and highlight which players cracked the MLB Pipeline Top 30. As we prepare for the 2019 season, we’ll breakdown each organization’s top prospects — many of which will be outlined in these primers.

Here’s a look at which 2018 MLB Draft selections cracked the Arizona Diamondbacks’ list of Top 30 Prospects.

No. 6 Alek Thomas (OF)

  • 2nd Round; 63rd overall — Mt. Carmel HS (IL)

No. 8 Jake McCarthy (OF)

  • Competitive Balance 1st Round; 39th overall — Virginia

No. 19 Blaze Alexander (SS)

  • 11th Round; 339th overall — IMG Academy (FL)

No. 24 Matt Mercer (RHP)

  • 5th Round; 159th overall — Oregon

No. 25 Jackson Goddard (RHP)

  • 3rd Round; 99th overall — Kansas

No. 26 Levi Kelly (RHP)

  • 8th Round; 249th overall — IMG Academy (FL)


In 41 minor-league games, Thomas is batting .337 with a .410 OBP. He’s shown good plate discipline by drawing 21 walks while striking out 26 times. Jason Kinander recently noted the hot start.

McCarthy draws comps to Jacoby Ellsbury, and he’s put it on display by swiping 16 bases while batting .282 in 42 games of Short-Season ball.

Alexander was a highly-touted prep infielder that, after falling to the 11th round, seemed destined to attend South Carolina. However, Arizona offered him $500,000 — which was more than $350k over slot-value.