With the 33rd pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Diamondbacks have selected right-handed pitcher Slade Cecconi out of Miami.
Cecconi, one of two members of the Miami rotation with first-round potential along with Chris McMahon, is a draft-eligible sophomore with impressive size (6-foot-4 and 219 pounds) and a fastball that sits in the mid-90s.
He’s still largely an unknown — he had a solid but unspectacular 4.09 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 21 appearances (17 starts) for the Hurricanes, and his arsenal is somewhat unspectacular at this point, with a high-80s slider being his only above-average secondary pitch. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, but both of those pitches need major work, and for that reason, he looks like a guy who may end up in the bullpen long-term. While that may limit his value somewhat, it could allow him to reach the big leagues quicker than many of his counterparts in this draft class.