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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.


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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Monday August 13th, 2012

Codey Harrison:  This is the second installment of the weekly prospect hot/cold sheet. We will feature 3 prospects that are on fire, and 3 prospects that are ice-cold. Our list of players will only include those who are still prospect eligible (less than 130 MLB at bats, less than 50 innings pitched at the MLB level). Featured players are generally players who are highly regarded amongst the minors and are regarded as legit prospects. This week’s hottest player goes to Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Tyler Skaggs who has posted a 1.70 ERA in 8 AAA starts.


Tyler Skaggs LHP Diamondbacks – The prize prospect in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels, Tyler Skaggs has been dominant in his 2 season in the Diamondbacks organization, especially of late with AAA Reno. Skaggs has the kind of stuff scouts drool over, 3 pitches that grade out from above average to plus, to compliment his above average command. In Skaggs’ last 3 starts, he has gone 20 innings, allowing 2 runs on 11 hits, with a very impressive 25 strikeouts to only 7 walks. Tyler Skaggs is considered the best southpaw of the loaded Dbacks pitching prospects entering 2012 (Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley).

Billy Hamilton SS Reds – Unless you have been living under a rock the entire 2012 baseball season, you probably know reds prized prospect Billy Hamilton is really good, and really, really fast. Over his last 10 games the speedster Hamilton has been stealing so many stolen bases that it should almost be against the law. All kidding aside, Hamilton has batted .317,.444 OBP, .415 SLG, with 2 triples, and 20 stolen bases over an amazing 10-game stretch. Might not be too much longer before Billy Hamilton is playing at the MLB level, but right now he is busy trying to break the single season record for stolen bases. He currently sits only 6 stolen bases away from the record.

Jameson Taillon RHP Pirates – One of the 2 prized pitching prospects in the Pirates organization, Right Jameson Taillon appears to be putting it all together. Over his last 3 starts, the 20-year-old Taillon has gone 17 innings, while allowing 1 earned run on 9 hits, while posting a very respectable 11/5 K/BB ratio. Jameson Taillon who stands at a towering 6 feet, 6 inches, has the type of body scouts dream about, and it makes it easy to see why the Pirates drafted him 2nd overall out of high school in the 2010 draft. While Taillon is currently down in High-A, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Jameson Taillon, and Gerrit Cole are atop the Pirates MLB rotation.


Brett Jackson Outfielder Cubs – Chicago Cubs fans finally received what they had been asking for, and well so far Brett Jackson hasn’t preformed at the majors the way Cubs fans thought he would have. Although it’s probably to soon to panic, Jackson has gone 3-20, with 12 strikeouts, and 0 extra base hits. The strikeouts are to be expected though as Jackson has holes in his swing, which has led to high strikeout totals throughout his pro career. It is too early to be down on Jackson, as he has 2 plus tools, power, and speed. Cubs fans should still be excited about a line-up that includes Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Brett Jackson.

Hak-Ju Lee SS Rays – The very promising Korean shortstop prospect has been less than stellar in his last 10-games. The former Cubs/ current Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee has shown his stellar speed with 37 stolen bases on the season. But with a higher than expected strikeout rate and cold 10-game stretch, Lee has found himself on the cold section of our weekly 6-Pack. Lee is batting a lowly .100, with a .206 OBP, and 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Javier Baez SS Cubs – The standout shortstop prospect who raked all year in Low-A Peoria, has yet to find his stroke at the plate in High-A Daytona. The Toolsy shortstop who some project out as a third baseman a .091 batting average, .167 OBP, and .136 SLG so far in Daytona. Baez is a bigger version of current Cubs star shortstop Starlin Castro, and by that I mean he is a free swinger- having walked only 11 times in 63 games this season.

Today’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. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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Codey Harrison:  A Texas Rangers shortstop prospect tops our list of the top-50 MLB prospects. Jurickson Profar is so highly thought of by scouts, that they believe the Rangers may end up trading 23-year-old 2-time All-star shortstop, Elvis Andrus. Profar has all five tools (hit, power, speed, glove, and arm) and he’s proven he knows how to use all five. He’s currently raking in AA Frisco at only 19 years of age, posting monstrous numbers of .297 AVG, .371 OBP, .500 Slug, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 12 home runs, and 44 walks to 59 strikeouts. Most believe he will be a gold glove caliber top, or middle of the order run producing machine that is a perennial All-Star. Time will tell on this prospect. But in a minor leagues full of “can’t miss” prospects, Profar gets out top vote at this stage of the season.

This list of the 2012 mid-season MLB Top-50 prospects does not include 2012 first year player draft players. Only players with less than 130 ABs, or 50 IP at the major league level qualify. All stats are 2012 MiLB stats as of 7/21/12:

  1. SS – Jurickson Profar (AA Rangers) .297/.371/.500, 12 HR, 10 SB
  2. RHP –  Dylan Bundy (A+ Orioles) 5-3, 1.74 ERA, 72.1 IP, 88K
  3. OF – Wil Myers (AAA Royals) .317/.396/.654, 28 HR, 5 SB
  4. SS – Manny Machado (AA Orioles) .257/.343/.410, 8 HR, 12 SB
  5. RHP – Gerrit Cole (AA Pirates) 7-4, 3.07 ERA, 88 IP, 90 K
  6. OF – Oscar Taveras (AA Cardinals) .323/.386/.577, 20 HR, 8 SB
  7. RHP – Trevor Bauer (AAA Diamondbacks) 11-1, 2.23 ERA, 93 IP, 116 K
  8. RHP –  Shelby Miller (AAA Cardinals) 5-8, 5.40 ERA, 88.1 IP, 97 K
  9. RHP – Jameson Taillon (A+ Pirates) 5-7, 4.27 ERA, 97 IP, 78 K
  10. RHP – Taijuan Walker (AA Mariners) 6-5, 4.39 ERA, 82 IP, 80 K
  11. RHP – Julio Teheran (AAA Braves) 6-5, 4.93 ERA, 87.2 IP, 63 K
  12. LHP –  Danny Hultzen (AAA Mariners) 9-4, 1.74 ERA, 98.1 IP, 109 K
  13. OF – Bubba Starling (R Royals) .292/.425/.523, 3 HR, 3 SB
  14. LHP – Tyler Skaggs (AAA Diamondbacks) 7-5, 2.75 ERA, 91.2 IP, 84 K
  15. 3B – Miguel Sano (Low A Twins) .249/.370/.511, 20 HR, 6 SB
  16. 3B – Nolan Arenado (AA Rockies) .261/.323/.377, 7 HR, 0 SB
  17. RHP – Zach Wheeler (AA Mets) 9-5, 2.99 ERA, 105.1 IP, 101 K
  18. C – Travis d’Arnaud (AAA Blue Jays) .333/.380/.595, 16 HR, 1 SB
  19. RHP – Jacob Turner (AAA Marlins) 5-4, .277, 84.1 IP, 57 K
  20. LHP – Manny Banuelos (AAA Yankees) 0-2, 4.50 ERA, 24 IP, 22 K
  21. RHP – Carlos Martinez (AA Cardinals) 4-4, 2.71 ERA, 66.1 IP, 57 K
  22. SS – Billy Hamilton (AA Reds) .318/.413/.440, 2 HR, 112 SB
  23. SS – Francisco Lindor (Low A Indians) .270/.364/.390, 5 HR, 19 SB
  24. 3B – Mike Olt (AA Rangers) .291/.404/.586, 25 HR, 4 SB
  25. RHP – Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks) 8-5, 3.88 ERA, 92.2 IP, 90K
  26. LHP – Martin Perez (AAA Rangers) 5-5, 4.59 ERA, 86.1 IP, 50 K
  27. OF – Christian Yelich (A+ Marlins) .307/.385/.531, 10 HR, 15 SB
  28. OF – Brett Jackson (AAA Cubs) .263/.342/.492, 13 HR, 22 SB
  29. RHP – Matt Harvey (AAA Mets) 7-4, 3.34 ERA, 105 IP, 106 K
  30. OF – Starling Marte (AAA Pirates) .281/.345/.493, 11 HR, 19 SB
  31. 1B – Jonathan Singleton (AA  Astros) .276/.394/.483, 13 HR, 3 SB
  32. RHP – Jake Odorizzi (AAA Royals) 10-3, 3.26 ERA, 96.2 IP, 97 K
  33. SS – Hak-Ju Lee (AA Rays)  .275/.341/.354, 2 HR, 34 SB
  34. 3B – Anthony Rendon (A+ Nationals) .300/.417/.700, 0 HR, 0 SB
  35. OF – Gary Brown (AA Giants) .296/.359/.414, 6 HR, 27 SB
  36. RHP – Zach Lee (AA Dodgers) 2-5, 5.53 ERA, 71.2 IP, 65 K
  37. SS – Javier Baez (Low A Cubs) .331/.389/.589, 9 HR, 18 SB
  38. RHP – Casey Kelly (AAA Padres) 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 14 K
  39. C – Yasmani Grandal (MLB Padres) .335/.443/.521, 6HR, 0 SB
  40. OF – Rymer Liriano (AA Padres) .279/.346/.416, 6 HR, 25 SB
  41. C – Gary Sanchez (A+ Yankees) .281/.340/.497, 15 HR, 13 SB
  42. SS – Nick Franklin (AAA Mariners) .292/.369/.481, 7 HR, 12 SB
  43. 3B – Jedd Gyorko (AAA Padres) .322/.384/.561, 22 HR, 3 SB
  44. SS – Andrelton Simmons (MLB Braves) .292/.372/.421, 3 HR, 10 SB
  45. SS – Jean Segura (MLB Brewers) .291/.343/.396, 7HR, 33 SB
  46. OF – Anthony Gose (MLB Blue Jays) .292/.375/.432, 5 HR, 29 SB
  47. 3B – Nick Castellanos (AA Tigers) .360/.403/.524, 9 HR, 5 SB
  48. OF – George Springer (A+ Astros) .335/.413/.567, 18 HR, 24 SB
  49. OF – Michael Choice (AA Athletics) .287/.354/.423, 10 HR, 5 SB
  50. RHP – Chris Archer (AAA Rays) 5-8, 4.68 ERA, 82.2 IP, 98 K

Today’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. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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