2014 Draft: D-backs draft CF Matt Railey No. 89

The D-backs took their second Floridian with their first pick on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

With the 89th overall pick -- the 15th pick of the third round -- Arizona took center fielder Matt Railey, a 19-year-old from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Fla.

Railey is the fifth straight high school player the D-backs have drafted.

According to his scouting report, Railey may need to move to a corner outfield spot because he is an "average" runner, but he projects to be a serviceable defender.

"Gives us a chance to add a left-handed bat with kind of a hit-speed combo," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Railey, who was scouted by Luke Wren.

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As a high school senior, Railey hit .407 (35-for-86) with four home runs and 10 doubles.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

In Round 4, D-backs tab Cornell righty Jones

Draft Report: Brent Jones, College Pitcher

The D-backs took their first college player in the fourth round of MLB's First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The D-backs used their sixth pick of the Draft -- No. 120 overall -- to select right-handed pitcher Brent Jones out of Cornell University.

Jones, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, was 2-3 with a 2.50 ERA in nine games as a junior with the Big Red. He struck out 47 batters in 50 1/3 innings.

Jones's fastball can reach into the mid-90s and has a plus curveball, but he has trouble controlling it sometimes, according to his scouting report.

"Liked the body, liked the stuff," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Jones, who was scouted by Mike Serbalik. "He might be a reliever in the end, but we think he has starter pitches and the ability to go out and start and pitch innings because he's kind of a fresher arm coming out of the Northeast."

Jones is the third pitcher the D-backs have taken through their first six picks.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

Power arm McCullough to D-backs in Round 5

Draft Report: Mason McCullough, College Pitcher

There is little doubt that Mason McCullough has a big arm.

The D-backs selected the right-hander out of Lander University in the fifth round (No. 150 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

McCullough, 21, initially attended North Carolina, but was dismissed from the program last fall for a violation of an unspecified team rule. He then transferred to Lander, which is located in South Carolina. The Bearcats made their first NCAA Division II College World Series appearance this year.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, McCullough has a mid-90s fastball, but he has been said to have touched 100 mph.

"Certainly that type of velocity is not just running around," said D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery of McCullough, who was scouted by George Swain. "Add to it that he's a big, strong kid. I feel pretty confident in turning him over to [player development] and letting them do their thing with them."

To go along with the blazing fastball, McCullough has a decent mid-80s slider that he does not use very much.

The biggest key for McCullough will be improving his control. This past season, he walked nearly a batter per inning and at times worked out of the stretch with no one on base in an attempt to throw more strikes.

While at North Carolina, McCullough pitched out of the bullpen where he profiles as a pro. He was 0-1 with a 0.73 ERA in 17 appearances for the Tar Heels in 2013.

Last year for Lander, he started 15 games and was 5-1 with a 4.59 ERA. He allowed just 37 hits in 64 2/3 innings, but he walked 61 while striking out 87.

"He's not a pure strike thrower," Montgomery said. "When you're throwing that hard at a young age, it's hard to control it. When we saw him against the wood bats in the summer in the Cape, he was really good."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

Whiff machine Curtis tabbed in sixth round

Zac Curtis led the nation with 136 strikeouts over 114 innings.

When you see Zac Curtis' name, you think he's missing a K.

Take a look at his stats as a senior this past year at Middle Tennessee State and you'll see plenty of them.

Curtis, who led the nation with 136 strikeouts over 114 innings, was selected by the D-backs in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The 21-year-old left-hander was 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 15 starts this season with five complete games and two shutouts. Curtis is a finalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award presented by Toolshed Sports. The award is given to the top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.

"A little bit of a crossfire delivery," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Curtis, who was scouted by Nate Birtwell. "He's managed to make the collegiate hitters swing and miss and that's always a good sign for us."

Curtis transferred from Volunteer State Community College to MTSU before his junior season and was the team's No. 3 starter.

This past year, though, he vaulted his way into ace status.

Curtis' best pitch might be his sharp, biting slider.

"The guy knows how to pitch," Montgomery said. "He changes speeds, he mixes and he matches. You can't trick guys into strikeouts like that."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

D-backs take college third baseman in Round 7

The D-backs selected junior college third baseman Tyler Humphreys with their seventh-round pick (No. 210 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Humphreys is a sophomore at St. Johns River State College in Florida.

There was never a question about Humphreys' power potential, but this spring he showed there was more to his game as he developed into a good defender at third. He has a solid arm and good, quick reactions at the hot corner.

"He's developed into his power and last year had a good year driving the ball," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Humphreys, who was scouted by Luke Wren. "Gap-to-gap hitter. We like the defense, too."

Humphreys hit .347 with 12 doubles, 18 homers and 57 RBIs this past season.

With the tremendous power potential comes a good amount of strikeouts, but he has a balanced swing and if he can make contact often enough he could be a real find.

Humphreys was recently named Mid-Florida Conference Athlete of the Year.

"He has worked extremely hard these last two years and is very deserving of this recognition," said St. Johns head baseball coach Ross Jones. "He has been a pleasure to coach and has been a leader on and off the field."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

College outfielder Heyman goes in eighth round

The D-backs' eighth-round pick (No. 240 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft is from the same junior college that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper played for in 2010.

Grant Heyman is a 20-year-old outfielder who was named as the 2014 Scenic West Conference Player of the Year.

Heyman hit .377 with 24 doubles, eight homers and 43 RBIs for the College of Southern Nevada this season. He was 12-for-12 in the stolen base department.

Those offensive numbers mean a little more to scouts given that the league Southern Nevada is in uses wood as opposed to aluminum bats.

"He certainly has raw power," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Heyman, who was scouted by Doyle Wilson. "One attractive quality for us is that he's been swinging the wood all season. So he has the ability to swing the wood bat, which we like."

Heyman was initially selected by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2012 Draft, but elected instead to go to Miami. After one season with the Hurricanes, though, he transferred to Southern Nevada.

"It's been a good experience," Heyman said in a recent interview. "In high school I was a three-sport guy. It's only the last few years that I played just baseball. I'm not as raw anymore. I feel my raw talent has turned into refined talent."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

D-backs tab FSU shortstop Gonzalez in Round 9

For the second time in franchise history, the D-backs drafted a shortstop from Florida State University as they selected senior Justin Gonzalez in the ninth round (270th overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Back in 2004 the D-backs selected FSU shortstop Stephen Drew with the No. 15 pick overall.

Gonzalez, who will turn 23 later this month, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2012 Draft, but elected instead to return to FSU for his senior season.

That did not work quite the way Gonzalez expected as he suffered a hip injury five games into the 2013 season than required season-ending surgery.

FSU petitioned the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility for Gonzalez, which was granted.

This season, Gonzalez hit .245 and had a .410 on-base percentage for the Seminoles.

D-backs scout Luke Wren has gotten a good look at Gonzalez over the last several years.

"He can play shortstop," D-backs scouting director Montgomery said. "The bat is a little lighter, we're aware of that. We're not going to put any pressure on him to feel like he has to come out and bang the ball around the yard. I'd just be happy if he could go out and play shortstop and do the things we ask a shortstop to do."

Gonzalez was team captain in 2013 and '14 and was a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.

D-backs close Day 2 with college righty Schultz

Scott Schultz should not be too intimidated by pitching in professional baseball.

After all, the Oregon State University right-hander recently stared down some serious pressure.

Schultz, who was selected with the 300th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has mostly pitched in relief for the Beavers.

But facing an elimination game against UC-Irvine last weekend, Schultz was pressed into duty as a starter.

The 22-year-old responded with a two-hit shutout that helped the Beavers stave off elimination for one more day.

Schultz was the fifth Oregon State player to be taken in this year's Draft. Michael Conforto, Jace Fry, Dylan Davis and Ben Wetzler were also drafted.

Schultz was 7-2 with a 1.61 ERA this past season. He was taken by the Marlins in the 17th round of last year's Draft, but elected to return for his senior season.

The D-backs will give Schultz the chance to start before moving him to the bullpen.

"Big-bodied guy who has starter stuff," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Schultz, who was scouted by Donnie Reynolds.

Schultz has a 3-year-old daughter, Madison.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. MST.