Demetrio Crisantes drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Demetrio Crisantes. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Nogales Shortstop Demetrio Crisantes was selected in 7e Round (198) of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday afternoon. The Southern Arizona Player of the Year was the first high school player from Arizona selected in the draft.

“It’s good!” said Crisantes. “It will be a family decision, we are all happy and especially since it is an Arizona team. It is a dream situation.

Crisantes has until August 1 to decide between his commitment to the University of Arizona and his signing and it could be a tough decision with the estimated $247,000 slot he was selected in.

“It’s a great feeling and my family knows I have a great situation in college with Arizona as well. We’ll decide together.

“Coming out of high school at this point in his career, he is among the best to ever come out of Nogales,” said the legendary Nogales head coach. OJ Favela said. “He came back from Tommy John surgery after his second year and he put in the work. He’s put on 19 pounds of muscle and that’s without the use of his arm. But, to put that into perspective, we’ve had some great major league guys come out of Nogales and at this point in his career he’s there and it’s because of his work ethic.

Crisantes helped lead the Apaches to a 31-4 record and a second-place finish in the Arizona playoffs while batting .485 with 26 RBIs, 15 doubles, 4 triples and 7 homers.

Crisantes also played for the USA Baseball 15U National Team Development Program in 2019. He is also part of the long tradition of coming out of the Nogales National Little League, one of the largest community programs in the entire south. from Arizona.

Demetrio Crisantes celebrates his selection with the family. (Family Video)


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as Top High School Reporter in 2014, he received the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and AZ Education Recognition News in 2019. He coached youth, high school and college for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girl wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing Arizona’s top football player, and he was named local hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021, and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at

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