5 Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training
Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects to Watch During Spring Training
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had an interesting offseason thus far. General manager Kevin Towers is always eager to make deals. The Diamondbacks have made moves to bolster their pitching staff as well as add some power to the outfield.
One thing that Towers' aggressive nature towards trades does is weaken the Diamondbacks' farm system each time he makes a trade. For instance, last offseason the Diamondbacks sent top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade that also involved the Cincinnati Reds. The Diamondbacks received Didi Gregorious, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson in the deal.
This offseason, Towers sent a few top prospects packing in separate trades. To acquire Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels, Towers sent pitcher Tyler Skaggs to the Angels and centerfielder Adam Eaton to a third team that was involved in the deal, the Chicago White Sox. In another separate trade with the White Sox, Towers sent slugging third base prospect Matt Davidson to the Sox in exchange for reliever Addison Reed.
One thing Towers has done well, however, is acquire nice pitching depth. Despite losing Skaggs, the Diamondbacks still have plenty of pitching. Their current rotation, with Friday's addition of Bronson Arroyo, consists of Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado. Even without Arroyo, the likelihood of top prospect Archie Bradley making the rotation seemed low.
The Diamondbacks do still have some prospects worth watching in Spring Training. To find out five players in particular to keep your eye on, make sure to read on.
Matt Stites, 23, has the best control of any pitcher in the Diamondbacks' system according to Baseball America. In 135.1 innings pitched in the minor leagues, Stites has a 1.53 ERA with 9.98 K/9 and 1.26 BB/9.
Nick Ahmed, 23, is the best defensive infielder in the DBacks' farm system. The defensive shortstop is a career .255/.320/.363 hitter in the minor leagues.
Jake Lamb, 23, has the best strike-zone discipline among prospects in the Diamondbacks' system. In two minor league seasons, Lamb has a .316/.405/.544 triple-slash line.
The Diamondbacks have reportedly had Didi Gregorious on the trade block all winter because they need to create room for shortstop Chris Owings to play at the MLB level. Owings is a stud; according to Baseball America, he is the best hitter for average in the Diamondbacks' farm system. In five minor league seasons, Owings has a .291/.320/.441 triple-slash line.
Archie Bradley features the best fastball in the Diamondbacks' system. The only problem with Bradley is that he has a tendency to issue more walks than one would like (4.75 career BB/9 in the minor leagues). The rest of his numbers are great, with a career 2.76 ERA and 9.87 K/9.