Lakeside High School centerfielder Corbin Carroll runs like a fox.
So it is only fitting he might ultimately call the desert his big-league home.
As expected, the speedy Carroll went in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday, going 16th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He becomes the first high school player from Washington picked in the first round since Kentwood High School catcher Reese McGuire went 14th to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.
Christopher Crawford, a baseball prospects analyst from NBC Sports, thinks Carroll should see real opportunity for movement in the Diamondbacks’ system.
“They don’t have a ton of outfield depth,” Crawford said. “He could move quickly because of his defense and advanced skill set.”
Shortly after the selection was announced (former Seattle ace Randy Johnson presented the pick to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred), Jim Thome, the ex-Cleveland Indians slugger, compared Carroll to Angels utility man Tommy La Stella (size) and Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi (style of left-handed swing).
“This is one of my favorite players,” said Dan O’Dowd, the former Colorado Rockies general manager who is now a studio analyst for the MLB Network. “There’s not a ton of holes in his game. He’s a very polished player – an impact player at the big-league level.”
Carroll is just the fourth outfielder the Diamondbacks have ever selected in the first round of the draft – and first since Anfernee Grier in 2016.