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Monday June 17th, 2013

As the Minor league All-Star games are about to beginning I figured this was as good of a time as any to update the Diamondbacks top 20 prospects list. After two moths of the MiLB season some prospects are starting to strive in the minors, while unfortunately some prospects have taken a step back in their progression. It can be the breakout of RHP Archie Bradley becoming arguably baseball’s biggest pitching prospect, or other prospects who aren’t performing on their expected level. With that in mind here is my ranking of the Arizona Diamondbacks Mid-Season top 20 prospects including 2013 draft picks. The process of completing this list I used scouting reports from pro, and armature scouts, as well as my own judgement to make this list. Enjoy.

1.) Archie Bradley RHP (A+, AA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 1.42 ERA, 82.2 IP, 36 BB, 97 K, .202 avg. Archie Bradley has taken the Minor leagues by storm in 2013 following his so, so 2012 full season debut. Bradley uses his plus, plus fastball that sits 93-96 MPH and touches 100 MPH, along side one of the minors best curveballs a nasty plus power curve that sits about 80-84 MPH. Bradley’s 3rd pitch is a change-up which is well behind his other two pitches, but scouts say Bradley has a feel for his change-up and should at least be an average offering down the road. If Archie Bradley can continue to improve his control/command most scouts believe Bradley has the stuff to become a true “Ace” with an about average #2 starter as the fall back.

2.) Braden Shipley RHP (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No stats in 2013 yet) Most everyone was shocked when Shipley was still on the board when the Diamondbacks picked No. 15 overall in the 1st round. Braden Shipley has more room to grow than most college pitchers as Shipley just recently switched to pitcher after starting his Nevada career as the everyday short stop. Shipley has a great fastball that sits 92-96 MPH, and touches 99 MPH, Shipley also has a plus change as he uses the same arm speed on his change as he does with his fastball. Shipley’s third offering is a curveball, which at this point is just a show me pitch. Scouts believe Shipley will be an above average No. 2 starter in the Bigs, with an outside chance of being a number 1 starter if he continues to progress on the mound.

3.) Tyler Skaggs LHP (AAA, MLB) – 2013 Stats: MiLB stats 10 GS, 4.92 ERA, 56.2 IP, 19 BB, 61 K, .270 avg. Skaggs continues to be one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, however in 2013 Skaggs has taken a tiny step backwards as his FB velocity and command are both a little down compared to 2012. Skaggs uses a great 4 pitch arsenal to get batters out, a FB that sits 89-92 and can touch 94 MPH, a 72-76 MPH CB that many believe is undoubtedly the best in all of the minors, a Change up that’s about 82-84 MPH has shown real progress in 2013 and is becoming a really good pitch against RHB. While he doesn’t used it much Skaggs has shown a slider in 2013 which is just a show me pitch right now. Tyler Skaggs still looks like he will be a number 2 starter, and the floor for Skaggs is a 1st end number 3 starter.

4.) Matt Davidson 3B (AAA) – 2013 Stats:  .305/.360/.514, 10 HR, 43 RBI. Davidson has always been known for his power as he has come up through the Diamondbacks Farm system after hitting more home runs every year than he did the previous year. In 2013 that appears to hold true as he is on pace for a career high in home runs. Early in his career scouts questioned whether Davidson could stay at 3B long-term, but over 2012/2013 Davidson has made major strides on defense, while all but erasing those scouts questions. Davidson has a plus arm which sometimes it gets him in trouble making throws that he should probably eat instead of forcing the error. At this point Matt Davidson appears to be and above average everyday third baseman. While he wont be the best hitter for average Davidson can probably hit .260/.280 with 20-30 HR annually at the MLB level.

5.) Adam Eaton (A+, AAA) – 2013 Stats: Eaton was injured during spring training and has only appeared in a few MiLB games as part of his rehab. Heading into 2013 Eaton was projected to be the everyday center fielder and bat leadoff. When healthy Eaton can hit for average, with plus speed, great defensive range, and a cannon of an arm.

6.) Chris Owings SS/2B (AAA) – 2013 Stats: .353/.371/.472, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB. Since being drafted in 2009 Owings has shown an ability to hit for average and above average pop for his position. The only question scouts generally have about Owings is his plate discipline as Owings has only walked 8 times in 2013, and his professional career high is only 24 walks. Over the last two seasons Owing has shown great improvements defensively and can stay at SS defensively. Having said that, Owings will likely have to move to 2B with Didi Gregorius manning short stop for the for seen future. Chris Owings has the potential of being an everyday SS/2B who hits enough will enough defense to possibly be an above average regular.

7.) David Holmberg LHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 2.45 ERA, 23 BB, 50 K, .253 AVG.

8.) Stryker Trahan C (EX Spring Training) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet)

9.) Brandon Drury 3B/1B (A-) – 2013 Stats: .319/.353/.564 27 2B, 10 HR, 48 RBI (Drury was a prospect the DBacks received in the Justin Upton trade.)

10.) Aaron Blair RHP (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet) Arizona Diamondbacks picked Blair with their competitive balance pick after the 1st round/ before the 2nd round.

11.) Zeke Spruill RHP (AA, AAA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 3.12 ERA, 89.1 IP, 31 BB, 44 K, .256 AVG.

12.) Jake Barrett RHP (A+) – 2013 Stats: 15 Saves, 25.1 IP, 8 BB, 33 K, .186 AVG

13.) Jake Lamb 3B (A+) – 2013 Stats: .287/.415/.558, 8 HR, 24 RBI

14.) Andrew Chafin LHP (A+, AA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 3.53 ERA, 81.2 IP, 37 BB, 64 K, .261 AVG.

15.) Kevin Munson RHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 12 Saves, 3.64, 29.2 IP, 15 BB, 36 K, .167 AVG.

16.) Anthony Meo RHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 8 GS, 6.37 ERA, 35.1 IP, 25 BB, 17 K, .252 AVG.

17.) Michael Perez C (A+) – 2013 Stats: .182/.224/.325, 5 HR, 24 RBI.

18.) Andrew Velazquez SS (A-) – 2013 Stats: .286/.318/.405, 5 2B, 4 RBI

19.) Nick Ahmed SS (AA) – 2013 Stats: .167/.237/.215,  7 2B, 15 RBI.

20.) Justin Williams 3B/OF (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet) The Diamondbacks 3rd pick of the 2013 draft. Best Tool: Plus raw power.

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l_52d277602cf360320961ccfc16381217Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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