Arizona Diamondbacks Top-25 Prospects
The Arizona Diamondbacks never get talked about as having one of the best and deepest farm systems in all of baseball and it’s a damn shame. While this system was one of the bottom-10 a few years ago, the Diamondbacks have drafted well and made some intriguing signings over the last two J2 international periods, including an outfielder that signed in 2017 that ranks quite high on this list. I won’t say where he ranks, but let’s just say he’s the current gold standard in this deep and talented crop of Diamondbacks prospects.
Overall System Grade: B
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Reno – Pacific Coast League
Double-A: Jackson – Southern League
Single-A (Advanced): Visalia – California League
Single-A (Full): Kate County – Midwest League
Short-season Single-A: Hillsboro – Northwest League
Rookie: Missoula – Pioneer League, one team in the Arizona League, two teams in the Dominican Summer League
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New Top 25 Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects
1. Kristian Robinson, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 12/11/00, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .279/.363/.428/.791, 12 2B, 7 HR, 12 SB, 10.5 BB%, 26.2 K%, 222 AB
While any of the next three on this list would’ve been safer picks for the top spot, none of them possess the same combination of ceiling and floor that Kristian Robinson does. Robinson signed for $2.5 million last July and when you see him play, it’s easy to see why. Defensively, he’s adequate in the outfield. Not a gold-glover, but not a liability either. But that’s not what’s causing the buzz here. Robinson’s blend of hit, power, and speed is absolutely tantalizing.
Bat speed is the first thing you notice. Robinson has quick wrists and explodes through the strike zone with a swing that generates solid loft. His swing was a little long when signed, which wasn’t overly surprising given his lanky 6’3 frame, but Robinson has cleaned that up and projects for a 50 or 55-grade hit tool. While his plus speed figures to regress a little as he fills out, Robinson’s raw power is plus and on the rise. It’s easy to envision 65-grade power or better once he’s done developing and adding strength. While there are a lot of rock-solid options at the top of these rankings, there are none I’d rather have more in dynasty than Robinson.
2. Jazz Chisholm, SS, Bats: L, DOB: 2/1/98, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A/A+): .272/.329/.513/.842, 23 2B, 25 HR, 17 SB, 7.8 BB%, 29.7 K%, 456 AB
While the batting average fluctuated month to month, one area that blossomed this season for Chisholm was the power, which remained consistent all season, especially after his promotion to High Class-A. In 36 games following the promotion, Chisholm had 18 extra-base hits, with 10 leaving the yard. This after 36 extra-base hits in his 82-game stint in Single-A. Chisholm had yet to show any hints that he had this type of power upside up until this season. Is it for real? Somewhat, but not to this degree.
ARI Diamondbacks SS Jazz Chisholm – Raw player, oozes quick-twitch athleticism. Aggressive hitter, attacks FP FB often. Can be overly aggressive. Toe tap and short stride. Minimal lower half use. Bat/hands stay back. Plus bat speed. More power than expected from frame. pic.twitter.com/Baojs2PmLc
— Jason Pennini (@JasonPennini) November 8, 2018
Chisholm’s flyball rate actually went down in the California League but was aided by 30.3% of the fly balls he hit clearing the outfield fence. That’s simply unsustainable. However, Chisholm does have at least average raw power with a swing that generates some loft, so 15-25 homers annually should be attainable.
Speaking of that swing, it needs some refinement if he wants to hit for average at the Major League level. His swing can get long at times, which led to the high strikeout rate you see above, but he was mostly able to combat that with quick wrists. Still, I’d give his hit tool a current grade of 40 or 45 with the potential for 50 if he can shorten his swing path. He’s not a burner, but Chisholm is quick enough on the bases to steal 15-20 bases and has shown decent enough range at shortstop, though, his throwing arm is better suited at second base.
3. Daulton Varsho, C, Bats: L, DOB: 7/2/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A+): .294/.367/.475/.842, 13 2B, 12 HR, 19 SB, 8.5 BB%, 20.3 K%, 316 AB
A personal favorite of mine, Varsho has some of the best offensive tools at the catcher position. Want a little taste of his offensive upside before we get into things? How about J.T. Realmuto with plus speed? How’s that for enticing? Varsho has a beautiful swing and a good feel for hitting. A lefty-swinger, Varsho generates incredible bat speed with a quick and clean swing and can spray hard contact to all fields. There’s minimal back leg load, but the hip rotation and pitch timing are phenomenal. The swing is more geared for line-drives than over the fence shots, but Varsho’s above-average raw power and consistent hard contact hints at more power to come if he can add just a tad of loft to his swing.
I haven’t even gotten to the best part about Varsho’s game. Remember that plus speed I mentioned? Of course you do. An offensive-minded catcher with plus speed is enough to make any baseball fan or fantasy owner drool. Varsho has racked up 26 steals in his 133 career minor league games with an 83.9% success rate and there’s nothing that signals he can keep that up in the Major Leagues. The only question I have about Varsho is if he’s able to stay behind the plate long term. His receiving skills are fine, but the arm is below-average which might force a move to a corner outfield spot. While we’d obviously love to see him stay behind the plate, his offensive profile will make him an offensive start wherever he ends up.
4. Jon Duplantier, RHP, DOB: 7/11/94, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (RK/AA): 74.0 IP, 2.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 9.4 K/9, .215 AVG
There’s a lot to like about the big 6’4 Texan right-hander. Duplantier has dominated everywhere he’s pitched. First in the Texas prep ranks, then at Rice University, and now with a 1.79 ERA through his first 211 professional innings. Duplantier’s arsenal features a low to mid-90’s fastball with run and sink, two breaking balls that both flash plus with good shape, and a serviceable changeup with some fade when he’s commanding it well. His fastball is especially effective when he’s locating it down in the zone, as he often does. The heavy sink on the pitch has translated into over half of the batted balls he’s allowed in his career being grounders and a flyball rate barely over 30%.
The only things holding him back a little are the arm woes he experienced in the past, including missing his entire sophomore season at Rice with a shoulder issue. If he can remain healthy, there’s top of the rotation upside here with a fairly high floor as well. I tend to think durability won’t be a major issue for him moving forward as Duplantier has a workhorse frame and a delivery that he repeats well even though there’s a little effort involved. Fingers crossed.
5. Alek Thomas, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 4/28/00, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .333/.395/.463/.858, 14 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 12 SB, 8.8 BB%, 13.6 K%, 246 AB
Mark this down in permanent marker and file it away: Alek Thomas will be the opening day regular leadoff hitter for Arizona by 2023. The man is a hitting machine with incredible contact skills and plate coverage, with an approach that is advanced for his age. I would already give his hit tool and speed plus grades. From the left side, Thomas has a balanced setup and deep back leg load. He times pitches with a moderate leg kick and explodes through the zone with quick wrists and incredible bat speed. His swing is direct through the strike zone and geared for spraying line drives all over the field.
Thomas is quick out of the box and on the bases, and although he did get caught five times in his 17 stolen base attempts, the speed and Baseball IQ should allow him to steal 30-plus bags annually. That speed shows up in center field too where he has plus range, but with a below-average throwing arm. There’s not much power here yet, but with the bat speed and hard contact Thomas generates, projecting 10-15 homers is reasonable. Wrap it all up, put a bow on it, and you have the upside for a .300/15/30 dynamic leadoff hitter. Buy now in dynasty or regret it later.
6. Jake McCarthy, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 7/30/97, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A-): .288/.375/.443/.818, 17 2B, 3 HR, 21 SB, 9.1 BB%, 16.2 K%, 219 AB
As I mentioned in the open, Arizona had a strong 2018 draft class, especially on the offensive side of things. Drafted with the 39th overall pick in June, McCarthy combines a good feel for hitting with easy plus speed and defensive range in center field. His overall skill set is somewhat similar to Thomas’, only with a slightly lower hit tool. McCarthy loads deep onto his back leg pre-pitch and keeps his weight there longer than most. His forward momentum is fluid and quick thanks to the torque he creates with his hip rotation and his hands explode through the zone with a direct swing path that’s geared more for line drives than home runs.
Still, McCarthy has the raw strength and bat speed to consistently reach 10-15 home runs with his current ceiling likely being 15-20. He has some of the best speed in this system and should have no problems reaching 30-plus steals with the upside for more. It’s still a few years out, but a 1-2 in the batting order of Thomas and McCarthy would be a dynamite combination and a nightmare for opposing pitchers.
7. Taylor Widener, RHP, DOB: 10/24/94, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AA): 137.1 IP, 2.75 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 11.5 K/9, .197 AVG
Honestly, Widener has the upside to be in the top-5 here. He really does. I’m just so enamored with the two outfielders above him that I had to drop him to 7th overall. Go ahead, call me crazy if you want for this ranking. Like I said, Widener is very good with a bright future ahead of him. However, there are a couple things I want to see happen before I call him a future ace.
First off, he’s was pretty advanced for Double-A this season and has really only been a starter for two seasons after the Yankees converted him from a reliever. I know, you can only play the hand you’re dealt, but I want to see if he can continue his strong numbers at Triple-A in 2019. As for the arsenal, his mid-90’s running fastball and mid-80’s slider with tight break are both plus offerings, but his changeup is a fringe offering at best and lacks consistency. Control is no issue here and Widener repeats his delivery well. I’d give him the floor of a #3 starter and the upside of a strong #2 if he can develop his changeup.
8. Geraldo Perdomo, SS, Bats: S, DOB: 10/22/99, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK/A-): .322/.438/.460/.898, 7 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 24 SB, 15.2 BB%, 17.1 K%, 211 AB
I’m probably one of the highest around on Perdomo, but man, do I like this kid’s skill set. To start, this is a gold-glove caliber shortstop who could likely hold his own defensively in the Majors today. The footwork, range, and arm are all plus, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that he can stay at shortstop for a long time. His offensive profile, while not as advanced, is developing nicely. Perdomo is a switch-hitter, something he started doing this season, with a good feel for hitting from both sides of the plate. There’s not a ton of power upside here, but Perdomo has displayed plus contact skills and plate discipline which should lead to plenty of solid batting averages moving forward. There’s some sneaky good speed upside here too. He’s no Thomas or McCarthy, but Perdomo is quick enough to steal 20-25 bases annually with potentially a little more due to his Baseball IQ. Definitely a name trending up in the prospect world.
9. Andy Yerzy, C, Bats: L, DOB: 7/5/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A-): .297/.382/.452/.834, 11 2B, 8 HR, 0 SB, 10.1 BB%, 24.3 K%, 239 AB
Another bat-first catching prospect with defensive questions. Yerzy has a strong arm behind the plate, but his overall defense and receiving is below average and could force a move to a corner outfield spot. You have to think Arizona keeps one of him or Varsho behind the plate long term though. Yerzy’s bat would fit just fine at either position, mainly because of his plus raw power. There’s good loft in his swing, but he doesn’t sell out for home runs, staying balanced at the plate with above-average plate coverage. He does have some swing and miss to his game, but nothing that should drag his average down long-term. He’s still young, so there’s hope that he can hone his craft behind the plate enough to stay there long term. If he does, the offensive profile could turn him into one of the best offensive catchers in the game. And if he ever wants to give rap a try, Lil’ Yerzy would be a name that would fit it.
10. Blaze Alexander, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 6/11/99, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): .329/.417/.538/.955, 19 2B, 5 HR, 10 SB, 12.6 BB%, 21.1 K%, 210 AB
Another high upside bat from Arizona’s 2018 FYPD haul, Alexander burst onto the minor league season with nearly a 1.000 OPS across 210 at-bats in rookie ball. Like with Perdomo above, Alexander projects as a shortstop long term and has the best arm in the entire system. It will be interesting to see how the D-Backs handle the Alexander/Perdomo/Chisholm shortstop trio, but Alexander has the arm and agility to play other positions if needed. At the plate, there’s a decent chance he ends up hitting for both average and power. Alexander has a balanced setup with moderate back leg load and extremely quick hands through the zone generating plus bat speed. Overall, I see his offensive upside in the .280/25/15 range.
Really enjoy watching @BAlexander52 out there. 3-3 and a walk tonight with plus def. Here's his RBI hit in slo-mo. You can see he muscles it off inside to score Kristian Robinson. B💪🔥ze #ProspectOne pic.twitter.com/1lNgoUQsm5
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) June 27, 2018
11. Drew Ellis, 3B, Bats: R, DOB: 12/1/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .246/.331/.429/.760, 34 2B, 15 HR, 2 SB, 10.4 BB%, 19.5 K%, 443 AB
With the exception of Robinson and maybe Kevin Cron, Ellis has arguably the best raw power in the system. He generates plus bat speed from the right side with natural loft to his swing. However, the contact skills aren’t quite as advanced. He’s managed to keep his strikeouts in check down in the low minors, but I suspect he’ll start getting exposed against more advanced competition. Still, the upside is there to hit around .240-.250 with 30 home runs annually.
12. Emilio Vargas, RHP, DOB: 8/12/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): 143.2 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 10.6 K/9, .229 AVG
If it feels like Vargas has been in the Diamondbacks system forever, it’s because he basically has. Signed back in 2013, Vargas has slowly been working his way up the ranks and finished 2018 with six starts in the Double-A Southern League. Overall, Vargas has made progress with his arsenal, but I’m still not enamored with it. By far his two best pitches are a low to mid-90’s fastball with life and a slider with tilt. There’s a changeup here as well, but it’s a fringe offering at best and lacks both movement and consistency. Having solid control and a repeatable delivery bode well for his future as a mid-rotation arm, but that changeup will need to develop more for that to happen.
13. Kevin Cron, 1B/3B, Bats: R, DOB: 2/17/93, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AAA): .309/.368/.554/.922, 28 2B, 22 HR, 1 SB, 8.2 BB%, 22.8 K%, 392 AB
A beast of a first baseman at 6’5/250, Cron has averaged 32 homers per 600 at-bats over the last four seasons with decent batting averages in three of those four seasons. Cron is able to use his big frame and strong lower half to generate easy plus power with a swing built for hitting fly balls. He did have a tendency to get a little pull happy earlier in his career, but has learned to start using the field more which helped him take his offensive game to new heights this season at Triple-A, finishing with the best AVG, SLG, and OPS of his minor league career. The problem is, Cron is thoroughly blocked by Goldschmidt this season and will have Pavin Smith breathing down his neck soon enough.
14. Pavin Smith, 1B, Bats: L, DOB: 2/6/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .255/.343/.392/.735, 25 2B, 11 HR, 3 SB, 11.3 BB%, 12.9 K%, 439 AB
Hey Pavin, we were just talking about you. I’ve never been overly high on Smith in dynasty formats and that’s not going to start now. Let’s go over the positives first, because there are some. The biggest positive is that Smith has top-notch plate coverage and discipline. I mean, just look at the walk and strikeout rates above. That’s always the type of hitter he’s been, and likely always will be. Smith has great hand-eye coordination and a knack for barreling up pitches. The problem that remains, however, is the inability to consistently drive the ball in games.
Pavin Smith BP pic.twitter.com/dkbqiL0TeH
— Jason Pennini (@JasonPennini) November 3, 2018
Personally, I think his swing limits his power. He doesn’t have the plus raw power you expect from most first basemen to begin with and his bottom hand drops when his hands coil back, creating more of a flat swing path. Great for contact, not so much for power. And with speed lacking, Smith is going to need to start hitting more home runs to really become a dynasty asset. But without a swing adjustment, I don’t see it happening. As of now, he’s a .270/.370 hitter with 15 homer upside in my eyes.
15. Marcus Wilson, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 8/15/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .235/.309/.369/.678, 26 2B, 10 HR, 16 SB, 8.8 BB%, 28.1 K%, 447 AB
After a career year in 2017, Wilson took a step back in his development last season. A lot of his troubles can be tied to his plate discipline. Both his walk rate and strikeout rate regressed, with his strikeout rate rising from 20.2% to 28.1%. And as you could probably guess, Wilson’s average took a nosedive, dropping 60 points from 2017. With all that being said, the 15/30 upside still remains. Speed is Wilson’s best tool but he’s yet to translate that into the stolen base numbers that he’s capable of, outside of a 25-steal campaign back in 2016. If he can get back on track in 2019 with his development, we should see that average creep back up into the .270 range. Though, I wouldn’t count on much additional power than he’s shown due to the lack of loft in his swing.
16. Jorge Barrosa, OF, Bats: S, DOB: 2/17/01, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): .279/.373/.389/.762, 8 2B, 3 HR, 39 SB, 9.4 BB%, 14.6 K%, 265 AB
While Robinson was the home run signing for Arizona during the 2017 J2 period, the signing of Barrosa to $415K was one of the better under the radar signings of that period. Ultimately, two tools stand out for Barrosa. He’s shown a good feel for hitting with an approach more advanced than his age. The contact skills are plus and Barrosa can work the count when needed. He should continue to hit for a fairly high batting average with a strong OBP to go along with it. Speaking of strong, that’s not a word that will ever be used to describe Barrosa. However, you can use the word speedy if you want. But before you go getting all excited about the 39 steals in 265 at-bats. he’s not THAT speedy. Think more of the 30-35 steal range as a speed expectation for Barrosa long term.
17. Alvin Guzman, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 10/20/01, ETA 2024
2018 Stats: Did Not Play
Guzman was the Diamondbacks top J2 signing this past summer, signing for $1.85 million out of the Dominican Republic. From the video I’ve seen, Guzman has the chance for three plus tools in his speed, arm, and defense with the hit tool and power projecting as average. Guzman is quick and athletic with room to fill out his 6’1 frame and add some power. If he does, the bat speed and natural loft in his swing should help him reach the 20-25 homer range
18. Yoan Lopez, RHP, DOB: 1/2/93, ETA Debuted in 2018
2018 Stats (AA): 61.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 12.7 K/9, .174 AVG
2018 Stats (MLB): 9.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 1.0 BB/9, 11.0 K/9, .211 AVG
If you’ve been following my top-25’s, you’ll probably realize that I do not include many relief pitchers unless I believe they have the upside to close. Lopez has that type of upside. His fastball sits in the mid to upper-90’s with good arm side run and he offsets that with a plus-plus slider with plenty of tilt. Those two pitches have racked up plenty of strikeouts for Lopez, especially with the improved command he’s shown over the last year or two. After an impressive Major League debut late in the season, Lopez should rejoin the Arizona bullpen in 2019 and could take over the closer’s role at some point later in the season.
19. Jose Caballero, 2B/3B/SS, Bats: R, DOB: 8/30/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A-/A): .292/.378/.468/.846, 12 2B, 9 HR, 17 SB, 9.7 BB%, 11.7 K%, 267 AB
Every time I watch video on Caballero, I end up liking his offensive skill set more and more. The first thing that jumps out at you is the smooth swing and tremendous bat speed. Caballero has shown a great feel for hitting and making consistent hard contact to all fields. While his swing is more geared for line drives, don’t be surprised if he gets into the 15-20 homer range annually. Caballero made starts at three different infield positions in 2018 and has the speed and athleticism to play the outfield as well if needed. Wherever his defensive home ends up being, Caballero offensive profile will fit just fine. This is a name on the rise and could crack the top-10 by this time next year.
20. Buddy Kennedy, 3B, Bats: R, DOB: 10/5/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK): .327/.396/.465/.861, 17 2B, 4 HR, 2 SB, 10.2 BB%, 13.3 K%, 226 AB
Taken in the 5th round back in 2017, Kennedy has spent the last two seasons in rookie ball and really started to make strides last season. This is one of your safe over upside prospects. Kennedy projects to have an above-average hit tool and has displayed a good feel for hitting and strike zone awareness. He doesn’t have the big power you’d expect from a third baseman, but with his quick wrists and clean swing, I can see him settling into the 15-20 homer range longterm to pair with a batting average in the .280 range. Again, not overly high in the upside department, but a sneaky-good offensive profile.
21. Matt Tabor, RHP, DOB: 7/14/98, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (A-): 60.2 IP, 3.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, 6.8 K/9, .251 AVG
A third-round pick in 2017, Tabor features a low-90’s fastball that he can add a tick or two to when needed and two potential above-average to plus offspeed pitches in his changeup and slider. Tabor has a good feel for all three pitches and has shown the ability to locate them all. The strikeouts haven’t come quite yet, but as Tabor continues to develop, I expect that K/9 to sneak into the 8.0-8.5 range. He’s a solid No. 3 or 4 starter in the making.
22. Matt Mercer, RHP, DOB: 9/1/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A-): 29.0 IP, 3.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 11.8 K/9, .196 AVG
Mercer was the D-Backs fifth-round pick this past June and could be a quick riser through the system. His mid-90’s fastball is easily his best pitch and one he relied heavily on during his collegiate career, but of late, his curveball and changeup have shown progress and flashed above-average potential. He’ll need to continue developing those pitches to blossom into a mid-rotation arm.
23. Dominic Miroglio, C, Bats: R, DOB: 3/10/95, ETA 2019/2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): .306/.366/.427/.793, 27 2B, 4 HR, 5 SB, 5.3 BB%, 13.7 K%, 356 AB
Three catchers on one list? You don’t see that too often. While his offensive upside can’t match up with Varsho or Yerzy, Miroglio is the best defensive catcher of the trio and could be the first one to reach the Majors. At the plate, he’s able to make consistent contact and use the entire field while keeping his strikeouts quite low. At the very least, his defense, plate approach, and hit tool will carry him to the Majors, even if his power never develops past the 10-12 homer range.
24. Andy Young, 2B, Bats: R, DOB: 5/10/94, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): .289/.379/.479/.858, 13 2B, 21 HR, 4 SB, 7.6 BB%, 16.9 K%, 432 AB
Young isn’t the most exciting prospect around, but puts the ball in play and controls the strike zone well. He’s even got some good pop for a second baseman, hitting 38 home runs combined over the last two seasons. Above-average contact skills and modest power will play at second base, but don’t expect much more than 5-10 steals to go along with it.
25. Domingo Leyba, SS/2B, Bats: S, DOB: 9/11/95, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AA): .269/.344/.381/.725, 17 2B, 5 HR, 5 SB, 9.8 BB%, 12.8 K%, 320 AB
I almost didn’t include Leyba here as he’s not the most exciting prospect around. But what he lacks in ceiling, he makes up for with a fairly high floor as a low-end starting infielder or quality utility infielder. Leyba has a clean, line-drive-oriented swing and has shown solid plate coverage and discipline. The power and speed are both minimal, so don’t expect more than 10-12 of either, but he is quick enough to play adequate defense at both middle infield positions. He’ll likely start at Triple-A with a late-season Major League debut attainable.
Others to Monitor
Taylor Clarke, RHP – Clarke is a back-end rotation arm if I ever saw one. With a workhorse 6’4 frame and repeatable delivery, Clarke should have no problems being an innings-eater and has a safe floor as a #4 or #5 starter thanks to his plus control and solid four-pitch assortment, with his low-90’s fastball and slider being the two best of the bunch. We should see him with the D-Backs at some point this summer.
Tra Holmes, OF – The plus-plus speed sure is enticing, but the rest of his game needs a lot of work, especially the hit tool and plate discipline. He looked thoroughly overmatched after a promotion to Single-A.
Jimmie Sherfy, RHP – Another closer candidate for later in the season, Sherfy’s fastball/curve mix can get the job done and produce big strikeout numbers, but the inconsistent command tends to get him in trouble at times.
Eduardo Diaz, OF – The raw tools are exciting but the plate discipline is not. If he can refine his approach, Diaz could shoot back into the top-25.
Zack Shannon, 1B – A big first baseman with big power. Shannon dominated the Pioneer League, but was old for the level. Let’s see if he can carry over that success to Single-A.
Jose Reyes, SS – No not that Jose Reyes. This one is a 20-year-old shortstop with plus speed and plate coverage that could shoot up rankings if the hit tool continues to develop.
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