D-backs agree to terms with draft picks Jake McCarthy, Alek Thomas
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday they had agreed to terms with 2018 First-Year Player Draft selections Jake McCarthy and Alek Thomas.
Drafted 39th overall, a compensatory selection, McCarthy batted .329 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and 10 walks in 20 games as a junior for the University of Virginia this past season.
The 20-year-old outfielder was previously drafted in the 23rd round of the 2015 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He entered his 2018 campaign as a unanimous preseason All-American while also being listed on the Golden Spikes Award watch list, which is an annual award for the top amateur player in the country by USA Baseball.
Thomas was drafted 63rd overall in the second round out of Mount Carmel High School in Illinois.
The 18-year-old batted .420 with seven doubles, four triples and 43 RBI in 38 games in 2018, where he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First-Team All-American.
A two-sport athlete, Thomas had been committed to Texas Christian University to play both football and baseball.
The D-backs have now signed 23 of their 41 selections in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.
Matt McLain, Arizona’s first selection of the draft at No. 25 overall, remains unsigned.