D-backs sign 23 of 41 draft picks

D-backs sign 23 of 41 draft picks

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed 23 of their 41 picks from the 2018 MLB Draft, including Jake McCarthy and Alek Thomas. McCarthy was the D-backs 39th overall selection and Thomas was 63rd overall.

As a left-handed hitting outfielder at the University of Virginia, McCarthy batted .329/.415 SLG with seven doubles, 12 RBI and nine stolen bases in 20 games. In three seasons at UVA, McCarthy, 20, batted .337 (114-338) with five home runs, 25 extra-base hits and 50 RBI. As a sophomore, he led the ACC in stolen bases and triples, with 27 and 7, respectively.

Thomas, 18, hit .420/ .763 SLG with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 38 games at Mount Carmel (Illinois) High School his senior year. The left-handed hitting outfielder was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First-Team All-American.

In his junior year, Thomas hit .470 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and was named Gatorade's Illinois High School Baseball Player of the Year. He also played on USA Baseball's 18U team in 2017 and helped the club win the gold medal in the 2017 World Cup by batting .361 as the leadoff hitter. Thomas is also the son of Chicago White Sox' Director of Strength and Conditioning, Allen Thomas.

The D-backs have yet to agree to terms with the remaining 18 draftees, including Matt McLain, the team's 25th overall pick.

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