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D-backs draft paralyzed former ASU baseball player

Cory Hahn Cory Hahn

The Diamondbacks made a grand gesture Saturday afternoon when they drafted an Arizona State Sun Devil.

But Cory Hahn is no ordinary ball player.

Last year while sliding into second base Hahn broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

Hahn was an excellent ball player; a lot people expected him to play in the major leagues one day.

But after a freak accident, that dream seemed to be over.

But talk about a classy move by the the Arizona Diamondbacks drafting Hahn in the 34th round.

There's a reason for that: Hahn wore number 34 when he played for ASU.

This is an honorary pick, but it's not just a pick to say he's been drafted.

Hahn has a real future with the Arizona Diamondbacks and team president and CEO Derek Hall has plans for him. 

"We want to make this permanent. We don't want to make it just about the selection and about him being a draft pick, but about working here full-time employment with the Diamondbacks and hopefully we'll make that come to fullition for he and his family here soon," said Hall.

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