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MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

6 Rookies Who Could See Time With Arizona Diamondbacks

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6 Rookies Who Could See Time With Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA Today Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks did not trade away many prospects this off season. There was one top prospect they decided to part ways with. The prospect was a former third overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, he is starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. The Diamondbacks did a three-way trade with the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in making this deal. They received from the Reds a SS prospect in Didi Gregorius.

The team did not make any major moves this off season, but made some minor moves that could help the team this season. However if the players don’t live up to expectations or injuries occur, the Diamondbacks do have six players ready to step in and contribute if the opportunity presents itself.

The Diamondbacks have a solid farm system that is heavy with pitching prospects from the lower levels all the way to the upper levels. They were able to trade away a top prospect like Bauer, because they have other prospects ready to fill the void that would be left by his departure. The pitching prospects that they have available to them are; Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, Patrick Corbin, and Chase Anderson just to name a few.

They also have lesser known prospects ready to assert themselves in the minors. The players are Anthony Meo, Andrew Chafin, and David Holmberg. This group of players bodes well for the future of the Diamondbacks going forward.

There are at least six rookies who are major league ready and could be called upon at some point in 2013 to contribute to the Diamondbacks push for the playoffs.

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Randall Delgado

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Randall Delgado has had an average spring training. He is competing for 5th spot in the rotation against Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin. Delgado has pitched better in recent outings, but will need to show improvement to earn the 5th spot.

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Didi Gregorius

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Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

Didi Gregorius had an elbow injury prior to spring training, so his play time has been limited. Gregorius has been limited to being the DH in spring training. He has yet to play in the field, Gregorius will start the year in Reno.

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A.J. Pollock

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A.J. Pollock is competing to be the 4th OF for the Diamondbacks this spring training. Pollock has competition with Gerardo Parra for this spot. If Pollock does not make the team, he will start the year in Reno. However with the Cody Ross injury he has a chance to make the Opening day roster.

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Tyler Skaggs

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Matt Kartozian-USA Today Sports

Tyler Skaggs is also competing for the 5th spot in the rotation. He has a chance to win the spot, but must improve on his command for him to earn the 5th spot.

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Patrick Corbin

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Patrick Corbin has been the clear front runner in the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation. Corbin has just one bad outing this spring training. Corbin just has to keep doing what he has done so far, and the 5th spot will be his. Corbin has been locating and attacking opposing hitters with his fastball, which has led to his success so far.

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Adam Eaton

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Kris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

Adam Eaton is competing to become the Diamondbacks starting CF on Opening Day. Eaton has shown that in spring training he is up to the job with how well he has performed so far.