By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 23, 2014
Times are not great for the Arizona Diamondbacks right now. They were supposed to compete this season and made all the moves possible to ensure that they would. The only problem is that the are not winning at all so far. Can the Dbacks' fans look to the minor league system for hope for this season and the future? Let's take a look at the top 5 prospects for the Dbacks and whether their stock is up or down. Chris Owings has made it so isn't here.
Martinez has zero starts as of yet this season but going into the year, scouts are newly in love with his fastball and curveball combination. His stock went up before the season and he has yet to have a chance to force it farther upwards or back down.
Not only is Trahan's average down early this season but his strikeouts are as well. In 2013 he fanned 57 times in well over 200 at-bats. So far in 2014 he has struck out 22 times already in only 69 at-bats. He'll need to work on that during the current season.
Though his 3.28 ERA might be a tad high for a top prospect, his WHIP this season is 0.932. That is the best mark of his career so far which bodes well for his immediate future.
Shipley looked good going into the season and then went to extended spring for a bit. His one start since was dominant and saw him give up only 5 hits and zero runs.
Bradley hasn't done a lot to make his stock go down other than forcing it so high before this year. The organization is refusing to call him up and claiming it has to do with his fastball command and not financial considerations. That might be a load of lies but his ERA is a little elevated in his minor league starts so far. Chances are that he'll magically be deemed ready to go later this season when financial concerns pass by.
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