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Final historical look at AZ baseball players drafted by MLBJun 10, 2013
Arizona continues to consistently groom a good number of high school baseball players for the First-Year Player Draft, and this year was no different.
Fourteen Arizona players were chosen during this year’s draft, which wrapped up Saturday. At least 11 or more Arizona high school players have been selected in 22 of the previews 23 drafts.
Major League Baseball held its first First-Year Draft in 1965, and since then more than 500 Arizona kids have heard their names called. But only less than 10 percent of those Arizona players have reached the major leagues, showing just how tough it is to reach the Big Time.
Want more numbers? Below is a by-the-numbers look at Arizona players picked over the years, including which Arizona schools have appeared the most on MLB’s draft trackers.
Below that is a list of Arizona players drafted from 2010-2013. You'll also find a list of the big names who played baseball at some of Arizona's high schools.
By the numbers look at Arizona high school players drafted
0 The number of Hall of Fame players produced by Arizona high schools since 1965.
1 He didn’t sign out of high school, but Apollo High’s Bob Horner is the only former Arizona high school player to get selected with the No. 1 overall pick. It happened in 1978, when Horner was with Arizona State and the Braves picked him.
25 The highest amount of Arizona players chosen in one draft. It happened in 2006.
1 The least amount of Arizona high school players picked in one draft (1966).
12 The number of times an Arizona high school player was picked in the first round since 1965, including three supplemental picks.
32 The highest total of drafted players an Arizona high school has produced. The leader, and it’s not a surprise, is Chaparral. Horizon, also not a surprise, is second with 25. Tucson (20), Sahuaro (17), Coronado (15), and Gilbert (15) are next on the list.
4 That’s how many major leaguers Tucson has produced, the state’s leader in that category. Sahuaro, Chaparral, McClintock and Canyon del Oro are next on the list with three each.
36 The amount of Arizona high schools that have produced at least one major leaguer.
4 The amount of players drafted from Hayden, the small school (1-3A conference) leader in that category.
571 The number of Arizona players drafted from 1965-2013.
9.28% The percentage of former Arizona players who have reached the major leagues since 1965 after they were drafted. That’s a total of only 53 players.
Arizona's Big-Name high school team
Bob Horner, Apollo High, 1975
Mickey Hatcher, Mesa High, 1974
Ozzie Virgil, Moon Valley, 1976
Tim Salmon, Greenway High, 1989
Paul Konerko, Chaparral, 1994
Scott Hairston, Canyon del Oro, 199
Ian Kinsler, Canyon del Oro, 2000
J.J. Hardy, Sabino, 2001
Arizona players drafted from 2010-2013
Taylor Lindsey, 1st round supplemental, No. 37 overall, SS, Desert Mountain
James McDonald, 11th round, No. 338 overall, SS, Chaparral, White Sox
Travis Flores, 11th round, No. 342 overall, 1B, Desert Ridge, Rays
Josh Alexander, 19th round, No. 577 overall, OF, Mountain Pointe, Reds
Tanner Murphy, 22nd round, No. 658 overall, C, Mountain Ridge, Orioles
Jake Cole, 24th round, No. 736 overall, RHP, Sahuaro, Rangers
D.J. Peterson, 33rd round, No. 1,002 overall, 3B, Gilbert, Mariners
Konner Wade, 35th round, No. 1,051 overall, P, Chaparral, D-Backs
T.C. Mark, 35th round, No. 1,059 overall, C, Pinnacle, Brewers
Logan Davis, 38th round, No. 1,160, SS, Cactus Shadows, Rockies
Jaycob Brugman, 39th round, No. 1,201 overall, 1B, Desert Vista, Yankees,
Ryan Casillas, 40th round, No. 1,201 overall, 1B, Hamilton, D-Backs
Dan Slania, 42nd round, No. 1,283 overall, RHP, Salpointe, Red Sox
Blake Freeman, 45th round, No. 1,361 overall, LHP, Sunnyslope, Rays
Mike Benjamin, 45th round, No. 1,370 overall, SS, Basha, Rockies
Jorge Flores, 46th round, No. 1,381 overall, SS, Hamilton, D-Backs
Anthony Garcia, 48th round, No. 1,462 overall, 2B, Cesar Chavez, Dodgers
Alex Brown, 48th round, No. 1,465 overall, RHP, Amphitheater, Yankees
Taylor Kaczmarek, 50th round, No. 1,522 overall, RHP, Desert Ridge, Dodgers
Kevin Cron, 3rd round, No. 92 overall, 1B, Mountain Pointe, Mariners
Tayler Scot, 5th round, No. 159 overall, RHP, Notre Dame, Cubs
Stephen Tarpley, 8th round, No. 248 overall, LHP, Gilbert, Indians
Joe Serrano, 12th round, No. 385 overall, SS, Salpointe, Reds
Jordan Dunatov, 14th round, No. 422 overall, OF, Horizon High, Pirates
Tyler Parmenter, 15th round, No. 480 overall, SS, Cibola High, Rays
Nick Valenza, 18th round, No. 543 overall, LHP, Horizon High, Mariners
Scott Squier, 21st round, No. 647 overall, LHP, Greenway, Tigers
Michael Howard, 21st round, No. 647 overall, LHP, Prescott, Twins
Zach Davies, 26th round, No. 785 overall, RHP, Mesquite, Orioles
Scott Hoffman, 29th round, No. 899 overall, RHP, Desert Ridge, Yankees
Aaron Bummer, 31st round, No. 959 overall, LHP, Sunrise Mountain, Yankees
Malcolm Holland, 33rd round, No. 1,004 overall, 2B, Hamilton, Dodgers
Bryce Greager, 37th round, No. 1,134 overall, SS, Fountain Hills, Rangers
Jordan Kipper, 39th round, No. 1,184 overall, Mountain Pointe, Dodgers
Drew Stankiewicz, 40th round, No. 1,218 overall, Gilbert, Rockies
Casey Thomas, 41st round, No. 1,244 overall, 2B, Desert Vista, Dodgers
Nevin Wilson, 44th round, No. 1,351 overall, LHP, Chaparral high, Phillies
Nathaniel Causey, 46th round, No. 1,398 overall, C, Gilbert, Rockies
Casey Scott, 47th round, No. 1,428 overall, 2B, Notre Dame, Rockies
Ethan Springston, 47th round, No. 1,439 overall, OF, Seton Catholic, Yankees
Erwin Real, 48th round, No. 1,466 overall, 3B, Boulder Creek, Braves
Zach Regier, 49th round, No. 1,491 overall, OF, Gilbert, White Sox
Mitch Nay, 1st round supplemental, No. 58 overall, 3B, Hamilton, Blue Jays
Dylan Cozens, 2nd round, No. 77 overall, OF, Chaparral, Phillies
Joey Curletta, 6th round, No. 206 overall, OF, Mountain Pointe, Dodgers
Willie Ethington, 17th round, No. 541 overall, RHP, Mesa Mt. View, Red Sox
Tony Blanford, 18th round, No. 578, RHP, Boulder Creek, Phillies
David Graybill, 31st round, No. 956 overall, RHP, Brophy, Dodgers
Rustin Sveum, 39th round, No. 1,184 overll, 3B, Desert Mountain, Cubs
Dustin Peterson, 2nd round, No. 50 overall, SS, Gilbert, Padres
Riley Unroe, 2nd round, No. 60 overall, SS, Desert Ridge, Rays
Cody Bellinger, 4th round, No. 124 overall, 1B, Hamilton, Dodgers
Jamie Westbrook, 5th round, No. 150 overall, SS, Basha, D-Backs
Hever Bueno, 17th round, No. 524 overall, P, Westwood, Yankees
Zach Winn, 22nd round, No. 670 overall, RHP, Show Low, Twins
M.J. Villegas, 23rd round, No. 694 overall, RHP, Seton Catholic, Dodgers
Ryan Scott, 30th round, No. 904 overall, C, Notre Dame, Dodgers
Tyler Viza, 32th round, No. 961 overall, RHP, Desert Vista, Phillies
Joe Wise, 33rd round, No. 981 overall, LHP, Cactus Shadows, Indians
Brad Holland, 34th round, No. 1,026 overall, 2B, Mesquite, Tigers
Jake Matthews, 38th round, No. 1,134 overall, OF, Ironwood Ridge, Royals
Jon Nunnally, 38th round, No. 1,135 overall, OF, Horizon, Blue Jays
Mathew Haggerty, 40th round, No. 1,204 overall, OF, Seton Catholic, Dodgers
Players chosen from 1965-2009
For the list of Arizona players drafted in the 1960s go here.
For the 70s go here.
For the 80s go here.
For the 90s go here.
For the 2000s go here.