Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks' Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

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With Spring Training coming to a close, here is a list of young Diamondbacks players who impressed both fans and the front office personnel alike with their on-field exploits, whether they ended up making the team or not.

5. Jake Barrett

Jake Barrett
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5. Jake Barrett

Jake Barrett
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Barrett pitched four innings in Diamondbacks camp before his reassignment to the minors, and, despite surrendering two runs on seven hits, did not walk any batters and struck out four. Ranked 10th in the organization by MLB.com, Barrett will probably start the season in Double-A, but could easily see major league action in the bullpen within the next year or two.

4. Zeke Spruill

Zeke Spruill
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4. Zeke Spruill

Zeke Spruill
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Spruill, the 11th-best Diamondbacks prospect according to MLB.com, allowed no runs and just one hit in 3.1 innings of work this spring. He also walked two and struck out one, and will start the 2014 season at Triple-A Reno.

3. Jake Lamb

Jake Lamb
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3. Jake Lamb

Jake Lamb
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Ranked seventh per MLB.com’s team prospect rankings, Lamb hit .303 last season at the Class-A Advanced level. The young third baseman continued to impress this spring, with a .333/.333/.583 line in 12 at-bats before being reassigned to minor league camp.

2. Chris Owings

Chris Owings
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2. Chris Owings

Chris Owings
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Owings is ranked the third-best prospect in the organization this year by MLB.com and is currently a favorite in the fight for the starting shortstop job, against Didi Gregorius. Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP, Owings has a .286/.327/.449 line in spring action with three doubles, one home run and five RBIs. He started the first game of the Opening Series in Australia and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

1. Archie Bradley

Archie Bradley
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1. Archie Bradley

Archie Bradley
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The top-ranked prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization, Bradley is the most prominent of many young pitchers peppering the Arizona farm system, though, his recent struggles mean he will start the 2014 season in Triple-A. In three spring starts, Bradley had a 2-1 record with a 4.32 ERA, six walks and 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched.

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