May 17, 2009
When the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Max Scherzer with their number one pick in the 2006 Amateur First Year Draft there were high expectations for the power pitcher; there were also more than a fair share of concerns. Max came highly regarded with the potential to become one of the game’s most dominating pitchers. Those positives were offset by the concern that Scherzer may not be able to shoulder the load over the course of an entire season. During his first professional season the questions remained and the Diamondbacks organization were unclear whether Max would be groomed to be a starting pitcher or if he would become a dominating closer. To their credit Arizona maintained a disciplined workload for Scherzer and tried to build up arm strength and conditioning to try and curtail potential injury.