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The Diamondbacks select RHP Bryce Jarvis 18th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft

The Diamondbacks take a starting pitcher with their first-round selection.

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With the 18th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Diamondbacks have selected right-handed pitcher Bryce Jarvis out of Duke.

Jarvis, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound righty with a high three-quarters delivery, has been somewhat inconsistent throughout his career at Duke, but he has a deep, balanced repertoire, and when he’s been good, he’s been really, really good.

Jarvis split his time between the rotation and bullpen as an underclassman, throwing for a 2.45 ERA and 0.94 WHIP as a freshman before struggling to a 5.34 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP last year. He got back on track and was dominant this spring, posting a 0.67 ERA and 0.48 WHIP over four starts in this year’s shortened season. That may be because of the way he improved his fastball velocity coming into the season, jumping from the high 80s to the mid-90s this spring. He also throws a plus changeup, curveball, and slider and has displayed solid command throughout his college career, especially in 2020.

There’s a fair amount of risk with Jarvis — he’s somewhat undersized for a right-hander, and he’s struggled at times at the college level — but he has a mature approach on the mound, a major-league-ready pitch arsenal and good command, so it’s pretty easy to see him being at least a back-of-the-rotation option in the majors at some point.