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Tuesday, July 30th 2013

Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

 

So the big story on Twitter this afternoon is the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to trade for Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The ties between Peavy and Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers go all the way back to 1999 when Towers drafted Peavy in the 15th round for the San Diego Padres. Peavy is not too long removed from being one of the National Leagues best pitchers, as proved by his 2007 season when he won the NL Cy Young award, beating out former Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb. Since he was traded to Chicago Peavy has battled some injuries that have somewhat limited him, but when he’s been healthy enough to toe the rubber he has pitched fairly well. In 13 2013 starts peavey has a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings, with a 76/17 Strikeout/walk ratio.

The White Sox are looking for a major haul in any Peavy trade. Asking for 2-3 top prospects, as well as the other team to assume the rest of the money owed on Peavy’s contract. Meaning likely the Diamondbacks would have to part with LHP prospect Tyler Skaggs, as well as either short stop Chris Owings, or third base prospect Matt Davidson. Which for a team to take on that big of a contract, and part with some of its top prospects seems like a lot to give up for the 32-year-old Jake Peavy.

While most trade rumors pre deadline don’t ever happen, it’ll be interesting to see how this possible trade plays out.

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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.

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Minor League Photo Day

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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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

Arizona-Diamondbacks

Codey Harrison (Lead Editor & President/Ceo) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are known for their depth at virtually every position in the organization. While depth is a great thing to have, The Diamondbacks would likely admit they wish they didn’t have to use their depth so early in the 2013 season. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers made some noise in the off-season with some big name trades, starting with trading veteran center fielder Chris Young, For shortstop Cliff Pennington, and veteran reliever Heath Bell in the 3-Team trade. Shortly there after Towers finished a trade sending 2011 1st round pick Trevor Bauer to Cleveland in a three team trade that sent Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius to the Dessert. What has also turned into a great trade for the Dbacks was the addition of LHP Matt Reynolds, in exchange for third baseman Ryan Wheeler. The most scrutinized trade however was the last trade Kevin Towers pulled the trigger on, sending 25-year old superstar Justin Upton, along with Chris Johnson to the Braves for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, and 3 prospects.

During the off-season K.T. also signed veteran slugger Cody Ross to once again load up the Diamondbacks outfield. unfortunately the Diamondbacks have been rattled with injuries throughout this still very young season. Starting with injuries in spring training to Adam Eaton, Willie Bloomquist, Ross, and Gregorius, followed by early season injuries to Jason Kubel, and Aaron Hill. Not to mention the injury starter Daniel Hudson suffered in 2012 (expected back shortly before All-Star break,) most teams would have crumbled under such injuries, however the Diamondbacks are sitting at 15-11 and in 2nd place in the National League West.

Between all of the injuries and struggling veterans the Dbacks could see a number of prospect being promoted this season.

Good chance of promotion –

Tyler Skaggs LHP

Chris Owings SS/ 2B

Matt Davidson 3B

Tony Campana CF

Joe Patterson LHP

Not likely but possible promotion –

Randall Delgado RHP

Jake Barrett RHP

Evan Marshall RHP

Eury De La Rosa LHP

Long shots for 2013 MLB promotions –

Nick Ahmed SS

Kevin Munson RHP

There are some other prospects could debut sometime in 2013, but these are the ones that we feel most likely. Think any other prospects are worthy of promotions? Well feel free to comment below with other promotion candidates you can think of.

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MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres in game 3

The Diamondbacks would loose this game in the 7th inning when42 year old   Takashi Saito

Saito gives up grand slam

gave up a grand slam and a solo home run to put the game out of reach for the Dbacks. At 42 years old and very troubling numbers from Siato i don’t know why the Dbacks don’t cut him and go to some of the young gunners they have like Jensen Lewis of AAA Reno or  bring back Sam Demel who both have been very consistent this year.

The game wouldn’t really start until the 2nd inning as both starting pitchers work quickly through the 1st inning. in the 2nd the Dbacks Patrick Corbin would give up a lead off double, a walk, and another double to Cameron Maybin who would record the first run for the Dbacks. Andy Parrino would hit a sacrifice fly to get a RBI in and score Jesus Guzman and break out to an early 2 -0 lead. In the 3rd the SPARK PLUG known as Adam Eatonwould lead off with a double to left field.

Adam Eaton Scorching the base path

With the open base the Padres walk Aaron Hill and decide to pitch to Jason Kubel. The walk would backfire when Eaton and Hill would pull off the double steel marking Eaton’s first stolen base. Jason Kubel would hit a ground ball to first and on contact Eaton breaks for home plate to score. It wouldn’t be until the 5th that we would see another hit in this game as Corbin and Andew Werner settle in. Chris Denorfia would lead off the 6th with a home run to left field to make it a 3 run ballgame. After Corbin gave up a single to Logan Forsythe and a walk to Carlos Quintin the Dbacks would relieve Corbin of his duties on the mound going 5 1/3 with 3 runs on 6 hits. Mike Zagurskii would give up a walk in the 7th to John Baker before handing the ball over to 42 year old Takashi Saito. Siato would give up a Walk to Forsythe and then Back to Back home runs. Chase Headley’s home run was a grand slam and Carlos Quintin a solo shot. In the 8th Adam Eaton would collect his second hit of the night on a ball that rolled just 5′ in front of home plate but with his Redonkulous speed would get his 5th infield single and his 10th hit in only his 5th game in the big leagues. Adam Eaton would raise his AVG to .400 on the day going 2 for 4 with a run and a walk in this game. Eaton would not only show case his wheels on the base path but on defense as well. John Baker would hit a ball way over Eaton’s head to the warning track but with his speed i don’t think anything is officially over his head unless its a home run because Eaton tracks this ball down and catches it 2′ from the warning track. If making the best catch in the game wasn’t enough Adam Eaton would showcase the 4th dimension to his game when he spins and throws an absolute strike from 200+ feet away to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to double up Andy Parrino.

Andy Parrino doubled up by Adam Eaton

Parrino glances over his shoulder to look at Eaton and say to himself “WOW”….. Listen to the announcers all across  MLB who describe the Cannon of 5’8” 185 LBS Adam Eaton in this Video Clip:

Adam Eaton recalls the play after the game saying “The ball was a pretty good shot out there to left center and i happened to come down with it, i saw that Parrino was decently far off, usually a few steps to second is kind of a gauge and i happened to make a good throw, Goldschmidt made a good snag over there and it happened to work out”. Now i saw this play live and Eaton is being a little modest and humble in his choice of words , it wasn’t a “good throw” as he says or a “good snag” it happened to be a perfect throw and an effortless catch to Goldy….. With this play Adam Eaton would not only earn the #1 WEB GEM on ESPN that night but would earn player of the week from the Diamondbacks and solidify a starting position in next years starting outfield. Trade rumors already begin to stir on a trade of Chris Young or Justin Upton all around Major League Baseball as the Dbacks could add Eaton to the roster and possibly get another good pitcher for the money they owe Upton/Young.

AAA Reno Aces vs Sacramento Rivercats

The whole season comes down to one game for both these teams, the winner advances to the Pacific Coast League Championship and will come down to RHP Brett Tomko for the Aces and Sonny Gray for the Rivercats. Brett Tomko would start off a little slow when he would give up 2 runs on a walk and two hits in the first inning. Kila Ka’aihue would hit a double to center scoring Jermaine Mitchell and Michael Taylor would single on a line drive to right field that would score Ka’aihue. the next 3 innings would be lights out pitching for both pitchers each giving up a few hits over 3 innings but 0 runs would score. At the beginning of the 5th inning the Rivercats would score another insurances run on the Aces when Josh Horton would single, Jermaine Mitchell would ground out but move Mitchell over. Grant Green would come up with a clutch hit to center field that would score Josh Horton making it 3-0.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Brett Butler would light a fire in this order when Taylor Harbin AKA Mighty Mouse hits a deep fly ball to left field back, back way back GONE! HR (5) the little guy 5′ 9″ 171 LBS goes yard proving #LittleGuysHitBombsToo. Things would become troublesome for Sacramento with the walk Tyler Bortnick, Ryan Budde singled to right field. Wladimir Sutil with 2 on gets on base. AJ Pollock fly out, Tyler Kuhn And Josh Bell both hit a single and score. The game would remain  a 3-3 game with great defense all game Merkin Valdez would replace Sonny on the mound. His first pitch was drilled to center field by AJ Pollock, Tyler Kuhn a Sacrifice out. Josh Bellwould be intentionally walked.

Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs digs into the batters box and hits a monster 3 run home run to tie the ball game at 3 a piece. The Aces get 4 more runs on another Mike Jacobs home run which would seal the fate of the rivercats. Taylor Harbin finishes the night 3 for 4 with a HR. 4 other players collect 2 hits a piece. Reno had 12 hits and 7 runs. Zach Kroenke gets the Win for the Aces and Merkin Valdez gets the loss.

2012 PCL Champions Reno Aces
AAA Diamondbacks

The PCL Champions Reno Aces will face the Omaha Storm Chasers to a best of 5 games to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The Aces will throw pitching phenom Trevor Bauer.

AA Mobile Baybears vs Montgomery Biscuits

Another Dbacks team has a chance to play  for a championship when the Baybears take on the Biscuits. The Baybears work hard to get 1 in the 1st inning on a double from Chris Owings and a sac from Mat Davidson. Montgomery would add 3 in the second inning on 2 singles and a triple. the rest of the game would be dominated by the Baybears as they score 2 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th 1 in the 6th, 3 in the 7th and one more in the 8th to beat the Biscuits 11-4.  Leading the way for the Baybears is top prospect Chris Owings who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. Jonathan Griffin and Yazy Arbelo also add a home run a piece with 2 RBI’s each. Michael Bolsinger would get the win for the Baybears lasting 5 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. Merrill Kelly would get the loss for the biscuits and their chance at a 2012 Southern League Championship is squandered as the Baybears come into there house and take it from them. The Baybears will face Jackson Generals for the Championship.

Rookie Affiliate Missoula Osprey vs Great Falls

The game would get to a low start as the teams are scoreless in the first 3 innings. in the 4th Missoula would score 2 runs on 2 singles and a double to take the lead. Great Falls would answer that with 1 run in the 4th a double and 2 errors. Missoula would erase the error in the 5th on a lead off triple from Andrew Valasquez and a single from Daniel Pulfer. The pitching staff from Missoula would hold off Great falls as Starter Yoimer Camacho goes 5 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run and win the game 4-2. Daniel Pulfer would go 4 for 5 with a triple and a RBI to win the game for the Osprey who advance to the 2012 Pioneer Baseball League Championship to face the Ogden Raptors.

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND, the Reno Aces, Mobile Baybears and the Missoula Osprey all advance to their respective championship series to mark 3 different Diamondbacks Affiliates to play for a title.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.