D-backs pick Rice righty Duplantier on Day 2

D-backs pick Rice righty Duplantier on Day 2

PHOENIX -- Two days and 10 picks into the 2016 MLB Draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks are split right down the middle between position players and pitchers.

"I wanted to get younger this year and I think all indications with the Draft are that we did," D-backs scouting director Deric Ladnier said. "The year before we took a lot of college players. This year we were just intent on taking who we felt was the best player available on the board that was someone we could sign within our pool and get creative in those areas. I think we accomplished that."

The D-backs selected Auburn center fielder Anfernee Grier (39th overall) and Canadian high school catcher Andrew Yerzy (52nd) with their top two picks Thursday, the first day of the 2016 Draft.

On Friday, it was rounds 3 through 10 and the Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 9 a.m. MST.

Here's a look at each D-backs pick Friday:

Round 3 (89th overall), Jon Duplantier, RHP, Rice University
The 21-year-old fell a bit in the Draft due to a shoulder issue that sidelined him for 2015, but without the injury, he likely would have gone much higher. His fastball is in the mid-90s and it plays even better because of the long extension he has on it. Duplantier's curve can be a plus pitch when he stays on top of it, and he throws a sinking changeup.

After missing 2015, Duplantier returned this year and finished second in NCAA Division I in strikeouts with 148 and was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. He will throw limited innings in relief after signing this summer with the plan to have him be a starter next season. More >

Round 4 (119th overall), Curtis Taylor, RHP, University of British Columbia
Taylor is the second Canadian taken by the D-backs. He is out of the same program that produced left-hander Jeff Francis. Taylor pitched in relief in 2015, but this year was a starter and compiled a 1.96 ERA.

Taylor's velocity improved during his time at UBC, and this past season he finished with 22 walks and 113 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings. He'll throw limited innings in relief this summer but D-backs will give him a chance to start next year. They feel he has a plus breaking ball and a plus changeup.

Round 5 (149th overall), Joey Rose, 3B, Toms River High School North
The 18-year-old was an honorable mention All-American in 2016 and played in the 2016 Rawlings Perfect Game.

At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he is a strong kid with good hands and footwork at third base. Rose generates good bat speed, and the D-backs project him to have solid average power down the road. They like his defense and strong arm and believe he is a high upside pick.

Round 6 (179th overall), Mack Lemieux, LHP, Palm Beach Community College
Lemieux is a big-bodied left-hander with excellent arm action and is a very good athlete. The D-backs believe he is growing into his body and that there is even going to be more in his arm than he's shown so far. Originally drafted last year in the 14th round out of high school by the Nationals, he elected to go to Palm Beach CC.

Round 7 (209th overall), Jordan Watson, LHP, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Watson has a good curveball and a fringy fastball, according to scouts. He led NAIA Division I in opponents' batting average (.148) and hits per game (4.56), and was second in ERA (1.38). The D-backs believe his curveball is big league ready right now. He is the fourth player ever drafted out of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Round 8 (239th overall), Ryan January, C, San Jacinto College North
A left-handed hitter, January is an athletic catch-and-throw guy with some pull power. The D-backs see him as an upside catcher with a plus arm, great body and very athletic. He went undrafted out of high school and elected to go to San Jacinto. He has committed to play next year at Louisiana State University. He slashed .339/.450/.655 this year.

Round 9 (269th overall), Tommy Eveld, RHP, University of South Florida
Eveld initially went to South Florida as a quarterback in 2012, but a change in coaches led to him moving to wide receiver, and after one year on the scout team he decided to focus on baseball. This past season as the Bulls' closer, he was 0-3 with a 2.21 ERA and nine saves. He's another guy who will throw limited innings out of the bullpen this summer. The D-backs believe that with his four-pitch mix, he could be an effective starter and will probably let him try to start next spring.

Round 10 (299th overall), Stephen Smith, RF, Texas Tech University
Smith was an on-base machine as a junior with a .431 on-base percentage. In addition to his plate discipline, he also hit 10 homers and slugged .542. He has a pure college bat that the D-backs really liked and when they used TrackMan technology to measure exit velocity of prospects, Smith came out on top.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.