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Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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To say the fortunes of the Arizona Diamondbacks have seemingly turned around in the last few weeks seems a little obvious. What at the start of the offseason was a team whose GM Kevin Towers had a ton of wants in order to help his team compete on that next level with the rest of the NL West has turned into one of the best offseasons possible this year. In all of this the DBacks have lost little in the way of prospects.

Considering they made a trade that brought in Mark Trumbo to add a ton of offense and kept most of their prospects is quite a statement. Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs are good young players but they were players the DBacks could afford to lose whereas some of the guys in the top prospects list for them could be of the rank and ability that no team wants to lose. They did a great job of adding to the team without giving a lot of these guys up.

Still there were changes in the top ten prospect for the DBacks from the last time we did one of these lists. Some of that is from trades and some of it is from the rank changing a little bit after and through the season. Here they are without any further delay. There is a comments section below if you want to add your thoughts on the subject of the DBacks top prospects.

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10 – Michael Perez

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Perez doesn’t make the top ten catching prospects list this year but the DBacks like what they see all around in his ability. All of it is still in the potential phase right now though and he has plenty of growing to do.

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9 – Jake Lamb

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Lamb is a good third base prospect but could see his fielding place him in a utility role as well. He is a solid all around hitter with growing power. If those two things develop further it could push him into a starting role faster.

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8 – Anthony Meo

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Meo has a strong slider and fastball but is basically a two-pitch pitcher. He is good enough to be considered tailor made for a MLB bullpen slot and could see a chance in 2014 to fill that role.

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7 – Stryker Trahon

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Trahon ranks as the seventh catching prospect in all of MLB this year and shows plenty of all around ability to back that up. His defense is coming along nicely already and his offense seems to be getting there even faster.

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6 – Andrew Chafin

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Chafin has the same type fastball, slider combo as a lot of bullpen ready pitchers but the addition of the changeup for him adds more promise and potential. He could also get a look at a bullpen slot in 2014.

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5 – Jake Barrett

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Barrett has a good fastball and slider combination but he is more than just another bullpen guy in the making. He has the mentality and the stuff to be a closer at the highest level and is being groomed for that job as you read this.

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4 – Zeke Spruill

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Spruill had a decent but not great MLB debut in 2013 but his potential remains extremely high. He is one of the pitchers that came along from the Braves in the Justin Upton trade one year ago. He looks to be a solid starter in the future, possibly a solid 3 or 4 guy in the rotation.

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3 – Braden Shipley

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Shipley is a right hander with all of the tools to be something special from the mound. Right now his abilities are raw and need a lot of work but he has plenty of time to get that work done and make his way towards MLB.

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2 – Chris Owings

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Owings is well documented to have likely played his way into a competition for the starting shortstop job for the DBacks out of spring training. Considering that he earned that right in only a few games at the end of 2013, it appears that he will have a really good chance to win the job.

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1 – Archie Bradley

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The most important thing about all of the deals that the DBacks have made this offseason isn’t how much they have improved the ballclup but rather that they did all of them without having to give up Bradley. He is a stunningly good right hander who has been dominant from every mound he has seen. It is only a matter of time before he takes a spot on the MLB rotation.