Arizona Diamondbacks High 44 Prospects


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High Prospects Collection

Beneath is an evaluation of the prospects within the farm system of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scouting stories have been compiled with data supplied by trade sources in addition to my very own observations. That is the third yr we’re delineating between two anticipated reduction roles, the abbreviations for which you’ll see within the “place” column under: MIRP for multi-inning reduction pitchers, and SIRP for single-inning reduction pitchers. The ETAs listed typically correspond to the yr a participant must be added to the 40-man roster to keep away from being made eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Guide changes are made the place they appear applicable, however I take advantage of that as a rule of thumb.

A fast overview of what FV (Future Worth) means might be discovered right here. A a lot deeper overview might be discovered right here.

The entire ranked prospects under additionally seem on The Board, a useful resource the location affords that includes sortable scouting data for each group. It has extra particulars (and up to date TrackMan information from varied sources) than this text and integrates each staff’s checklist so readers can evaluate prospects throughout farm methods. It may be discovered right here.

Diamondbacks High Prospects

Different Prospects of Observe

Grouped by sort and listed so as of desire inside every class.

Catching Depth
Kenny Castillo, C
Ali Sánchez, C
Caleb Roberts, C
Alberto Barriga, C

Castillo, 19, has a plus arm and is a good receiver, and he has a fairly good early-career bat-to-ball observe file. He’s repeating the Complicated League. Sánchez, 26, may most likely be a 3rd catcher on somebody’s 40-man. He’s a well-rounded defender and an amazing upper-level depth choice behind Jose Herrera, Arizona’s present catching Koy Detmer. Roberts is a lefty stick who’s a 30 defender as a catcher, however may also play the nook outfield spots and first base. Barriga is a speedy little try-hard on the complicated who has some bat-to-ball talent.

Toolsy Dev Tasks
Pedro Catuy, CF
Abdias De La Cruz, SS
Modeifi Marte, 3B/1B
Johan Benitez, 3B/OF
Alvin Guzman, CF
Kristian Robinson, LF
Gavin Conticello, 1B

Catuy is an uber-projectable Panamanian outfielder within the DSL who continues to be rising into his physique and levers, flashing energy occasionally. De La Cruz was Arizona’s high worldwide signee in 2022, a projectable shortstop prospect who had a middling 2022 DSL debut and is again there once more in 2023. Marte is taking part in each nook infield spots in Arizona. He’s a projectionless 20-year-old with above-average energy. Benitez, 19, is a switch-hitting multi-positional participant who’s a really skinny 6-foot-3. He’s taking part in third base and the outfield at Visalia, but in addition performed another positions in prolonged spring coaching. It doesn’t appear to be Guzman and Robinson are going to hit sufficient. Conticello is a big-framed lefty energy bat who’s extraordinarily uncooked on protection.

Spot Begin Sorts
Adonys Perez, LHP
Chad Patrick, RHP
Jamison Hill, RHP
Joe Elbis, RHP

Perez is probably the most superior pitching prospect on the complicated, a low-90s lefty with medium projection and an excellent changeup. Patrick is pitching properly at Double-A with a 92 mph fastball and robotic slider command. It seemed like Hill, a changeup-centric righty from Fresno State, was having a significant velo spike in the course of the spring, however he’s again to his standard 92 mph and fighting walks. Elbis is a lanky 20-year-old with a tender sinker/slider combo.

Different Potential Relievers
Austin Pope, RHP
Yaifer Perdomo, LHP
Jhosmer Alvarez, RHP
Erick Reynoso, RHP
Abel Fuerte, RHP

Pope throws strikes with a mid-80s slider and a driving low-90s fastball that peaks round 96 mph. Perdomo is a low-90s lefty with 30 management, however his fastball’s angle and his breaking ball high quality are presently producing a ton of swings and misses. Alvarez has been as much as 99 and proven a plus changeup previously, however he’s as soon as once more injured and presently on the 60-day IL. Reynoso is a complex-level arm who’s as much as 97 with an excellent curveball however wandering management. Fuerte can also be a fancy righty sitting 93-95 and touching 96; his secondary stuff is uncooked.

Bench Bats
Manuel Pena, 2B
Tim Tawa, UTIL
Riquelmin Cabral, 3B
Anderdson Rojas, UTIL
Neyfy Castillo, 1B/OF

Pena, 19, has thrilling energy for his age thanks partly to a low-ball swing (he’s actually fighting excessive pitches), however he doesn’t actually have a place. Tawa has expertise at many positions relationship again 5 years, since he arrived at Stanford. Cabral simply hit his means off the complicated and to Visalia at age 20. He was very popular over the past couple of weeks as I snuck in my final in-person appears to be like at this technique. A switch-hitter with doubles energy in my earlier look, that energy seems to be bettering. Rojas is a speedy little utility man presently at Visalia. He’s going to play the outfield so much there due to who else is on the roster, however he performed the infield in prolonged, too. Castillo is a righty energy bat with out fairly sufficient hit device for a constant position.

System Overview

The Diamondbacks have loads of younger expertise, a few of which isn’t technically a part of the farm system, with the likes of Corbin Carroll and others having graduated because the season has gone on. Whenever you take away the younger massive leaguers from the equation (a delicate reminder that farm rankings are helpful and attention-grabbing, however flawed for causes similar to this), this technique appears to be like much less nice, particularly if Druw Jones’ preliminary struggles become a long-term challenge. Nonetheless, there’s actual potential for development right here as a result of this technique has loads of thrilling younger Latin American gamers who’ve an opportunity to change into impact-level prospects within the close to future.

Vice chairman of Latin American Scouting and Participant Growth César Geronimo and Worldwide Scouting Director Peter Wardell have every been of their respective roles for about 4 years, and I feel we’re beginning to see their fingerprints on the system. The Snakes nonetheless signal their justifiable share of compact little speedsters, however the athletes developing by means of the underside of the system are for much longer and extra projectable now than they have been earlier than Gerónimo and Wardell assumed their respective roles. And keep in mind, a lot of their early tenure passed off in opposition to the backdrop of the pandemic. Think about being elevated to a director place in 2019 after which scouting gamers for the July 2021 class (which might change into the January 2022 class), solely to have your complete course of disrupted by COVID. To come back out the opposite facet with Cristofer Torin, Jansel Luis, and the opposite thrilling complex-level bats within the org is a fairly good approach to begin.

On the home newbie facet, the Snakes have picked fairly excessive within the draft for many of the previous couple of years and have been glad to take the elite gamers who fell to them. Jordan Lawlar felt just like the final elite participant left in 2021, whereas Druw Jones and Jackson Holliday have been considered in a tier of their very own in 2022. There isn’t a sample of habits to discern there. As an alternative, the meaty center rounds of the draft paint a extra attention-grabbing image. Arizona appears to love “tip of the iceberg” varieties, particularly in terms of pitching. They’re apt to take gamers whose draft inventory is down due to harm, accessing instruments and upside later than it might usually be out there. Small faculty arms or guys who’re candidates for a bigger position than they performed in school are additionally current right here. Chad Patrick, Brandon Pfaadt, Dylan Ray, Luke Albright and Spencer Giesting are all attention-grabbing latest examples of this.

After all, the NL West-leading D-backs are prone to be deadline consumers. They want a door-slamming, screw you man behind their bullpen, and it may cost a little them an arrow-up participant or two to get a deal completed, particularly in the event that they wish to compete on the apex of that market.


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