Top 10 Prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Farm System
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the youngest franchises in the MLB. Despite the newness of the franchise, the Diamondbacks have been one of the most consistent franchises at producing major league ready players. In fact, there are some notable All-Stars who have been drafted by Arizona and made careers after making it to the show.
Some of the notable names are Dan Uggla, Jose Valverde, Vincente Padilla, Brandon Webb and Justin Upton. These players were, at one point or currently, dominant major league performers night in and night out.
The Diamondbacks farm system has been one of the better systems due to the ability of its players to compete, even if they were not top-notch recruited talent. After winning the 2011 NL West crown with one of the youngest rosters in baseball, the Diamondbacks took a step back in their attempt to return to the World Series, which is somewhere they have not been since they defeated the New York Yankees in 2001.
Last off season, the Diamondbacks traded three great prospects from their farm system, most specifically Jarred Parker and Ryan Cook, to the Oakland Athletics in return for pitchers Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow. The two pitchers were supposed to help the Diamondbacks reach the next level while meshing with the young nucleus of Upton and Chris Young, but as mentioned before, they took a step back.
Cook and Parker went on to have tremendous years in Oakland while helping them reach the post season for the first time since 2006.
With the whole idea that there is now a youth movement across the MLB, teams are putting more pressure on scouts and looking at farm systems. In fact, now would be a good time to look at what players the Diamondbacks are molding into being the future stars of tomorrow. Here are the top ten prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2013 season:
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #10 Anthony Meo, RHP
Anthony Meo is a young pitcher that was drafted in 2011. His 2012 season was spent in the California League with the Visalia Rawhide, a team that went 33-37. Meo did struggle a bit in his first full season of professional baseball but he managed to have a 9-8 record with a 4.11 ERA, 153 strikeouts, and pitch 140.0 innings in 25 starts. Meo may be a work in progress but he may have a chance to develop into a great player.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #9 Stryker Trahan, C
Stryker Trahan was drafted in the first round last season mainly because of his great bat. In fact, he hit .281 in 167 at bats in the rookie-level Arizona League. The Diamondbacks look at Trahan as a player with some tools as a catcher, especially his strong arm and agility. Being a constant catcher still seems to be the question, because he does run well for his size. A move to the outfield or the hot corner may be in his future.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #8 David Holmberg, LHP
David Holberg was supposed to be a 'throw-in' player from the Chicago White Sox in the Edwin Jackson deal, but so far he has shown otherwise. In his first two seasons in the minor leagues, Holmberg has an 11-8 record with a 3.32 ERA in 173.1 innings pitched, which is better than originally estimated. This left-hander may find a way to move up to Double-A and maybe even Triple-A in the near future.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #7 AJ Pollock, OF
The Diamondbacks seventh ranked prospect actually made an appearance in 31 games with the big league club. Despite only hitting .247 in 81 at bats, A.J. Pollock showed that he can be a major league player. It is only a matter of time until Pollock finds his way back in the show, especially with the young outfield that the Diamondbacks have.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #6 Adam Eaton, OF
That's right. The Diamondbacks have another prospect who played in the show last season. Adam Eaton, the 24-year old outfielder that they drafted in 2010, was actually a 19th round selection. Throughout his two years in the minor leagues, Eaton has performed better than he was projected. Because Eaton hit .381 with 186 hits in 119 games last season, the Diamondbacks decided to give him a September call up. Eaton hit .259 in 22 games but he also showed that he was capable of doing a lot on the diamond because of seven extra base hits, 14 walks, and two stolen bases. Eaton may have a chance to make the 2013 MLB roster.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #5 Chris Owings, SS
Major league scouts believe that Chris Owings has all the intangibles to be a good all-around shortstop in the MLB. So far throughout the minor leagues, Owings has hit .290. He was asked to repeat playing in Class A Advanced before he moved up to Double-A this past season. Look for Owings' name to be penciled in as the starting shortstop of the Diamondbacks in a couple of years.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #4 Matt Davidson, 3B
Matt Davidson is the seventh ranked third basemen in the MLB. This 21-year old has shown that he can produce a lot of offense to play the hot corner by hitting 23 home runs and driving in 76 runs in Double-A. His strikeout rate may be something to watch as he moves up the minor leagues, but expect Davidson to be major league ready very soon.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #3 Archie Bradley, RHP
Archie Bradley is thought highly of when it comes to pitching prospects. He has been ranked as the seventh best right-hander out of all the MLB prospects. Bradley decided to sign with the Diamondbacks instead of playing quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. This 20-year old 6'4" work horse did really well in 2012. He ended starting 27 games and faired very well with a 12-6 record, 3.84 ERA, and 152 strikeouts. Bradley is projected to be major league ready by 2014. He may see time in Double-A this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #2 Tyler Skaggs, LHP
Tyler Skaggs is a Diamondbacks pitcher that also will find himself on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list. This 6'3" southpaw was acquired in the Dan Haren trade from 2010. He made his MLB debut this season as well. Through six games, Skaggs recorded a 1-3 record with a 5.83 ERA in 29.1 innings. The young left-hander has a chance to make the big league rotation in 2013.
Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects - #1 Trevor Bauer, RHP
Just like Skaggs, Trevor Bauer has a spot on MLB.com's prospect list. In fact, he is the fifth ranked prospect in the entire MLB. The 6'1" right-hander was drafted in 2011 and made it to the major leagues in 2012, where he struggled a bit. Through four starts, Bauer had a 1-2 record with a 6.06 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched. Despite being roughed up in call up debuts, Bauer will likely find his way back to the major leagues.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.