Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed former top prospect
Diamondbacks draft paralyzed Arizona State player
Hahn was one of the nation's top prospects in 2010, when he was California's Mr. Baseball after leading Mater Dei High School to a state title.He was drafted in the 26th round by San Diego that year, but likely would have gone much higher had he not announced plans to play at Arizona State.Hahn's college career lasted three games.Playing against New Mexico on Feb. 20, 2011, he suffered a spinal injury after sliding head-first on a steal attempt and colliding with Lobos second baseman Kyle Stiner's knee.
Hahn was taken off on a stretcher and had surgery later that night, but was paralyzed from the mid-chest down after fracturing his C-5 vertebrae. He's spent the past two years helping Arizona State's program as a student coach.The Diamondbacks waited until the 34th round to pick Hahn because he wore No. 34 at ASU. He was eligible for this year's draft because he's in his third year out of high school.