The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the creation of the annual “Cory Hahn 34th Pick,” which will take place in next week’s First-Year Player Draft. The team’s 34th-round selection will be named after Hahn, who currently works in the D-backs’ scouting department after being selected with the 34th pick in the 2013 Draft.
“When we drafted Cory two years ago, we did so with the intention of him being a part of this organization for many years to come,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “By naming our 34th pick after him, we ensure his place in D-backs history even as he just begins to make his mark in the front office. He has already made valuable contributions to the franchise and we look forward to keeping tabs on those who follow in his footsteps — both on and off the field — as our 34th-round pick each year.”
Hahn wore No. 34 for Arizona State University and appeared in three games for the Sun Devils in his freshman year before a fracture to his C-5 vertebrae ended his college career. The Mater Dei High School Alum (Calif.) won gold with Team USA Baseball in 2010 and was named California’s Mr. Baseball, California First-Team All-State, Orange County Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times Player of the Year honors prior to committing to play at Arizona State.
“There aren’t many times when I’m speechless but when Tony La Russa made the announcement in the draft room I was left speechless with a smile going from ear to ear,” said Hahn. “This is an extremely humbling gesture and an honor for not only myself but my family as well. I’m beyond grateful to be a part of the D-backs family.”
After graduating from ASU, he joined the D-backs front office as an Assistant in the Scout Ahead Development Program. In addition to his work with the D-backs, he continues to serve as an inspiration to those in the community, having recently returned from speaking at the Junior College World Series. This Sunday, Hahn will take part in a Q&A session at the D-backs annual Disability Expo at Chase Field (dbacks.com/disabilityday).