Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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When it comes to pitching prospects and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the question isn't who can help them in the future but rather who can best help them right now. Though they have strung a few wins together at this point they still remain far behind in the NL West. The good news is that there is promise in their top five pitching prospects; both for now and in the future.

5 – Matt Stites – RHP

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5 – Matt Stites – RHP

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Stites has filled a relief role this season and is doing well with a 3.24 ERA and 0.96 WHIP through 8 appearances. He also has two saves to his credit.

4 – Jose Martinez – RHP

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4 – Jose Martinez – RHP

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Martinez has a ton of potential remaining but has yet to play in 2014.

3 – Aaron Blair – RHP

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3 – Aaron Blair – RHP

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Through four starts, Blair is looking at good numbers with a 3.28 ERA and a very good 0.93 WHIP.

2 – Braden Shipley – RHP

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2 – Braden Shipley – RHP

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Shipley might be making a case to become the top pitching prospect in the Dbacks system overall with his start to 2014. Through two starts he has a 0.79 ERA and 0.71 WHIP.

1 – Archie Bradley – RHP

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1 – Archie Bradley – RHP

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Bradley should probably be on the MLB roster for the Diamondbacks but for one reason or another they are holding him in triple-A for now. Bradley's people think it is financially motivated while the Dbacks suggest he needs to work on fastball command. With a 3.98 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through four starts, Bradley is doing well but certainly has done better in the past. Maybe both sides are right.

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