Arizona already has seen what young talents Stephen Drew, Conor Jackson, and Carlos Quentin can contribute to the club’s future. Prospects Chris Young, Alberto Callaspo, Miguel Montero, Micah Owings, Dustin Nippert, and Tony Pena will look to add to the team’s young core in 2007.
Who’s Hot: Callaspo, who hit .385/.417/.523 during the spring with two home runs in 65 at-bats, will initially contribute as a utility player for the big league club this season.
“He’s a great athlete, could probably play anywhere on the field,” coach Bob Melvin said. “And the way he swings the bat, he just gives us another option. With having all right-handed hitting outfielders right now, he just gives another option if we want to get him out there and get another left-handed bat in there.”
The righthanded Owings (1.39 WHIP and 15 K in 18.0 IP) beat out the righthanded Nippert (1.40 WHIP and 8 K in 15.2 IP) for the No. 5 spot in Arizona’s rotation. Nippert will open the season in the bullpen. Owings could be sent back to Triple-A once Randy Johnson returns from the DL. Another righty, Pena (0.89 WHIP and 8 K in 12.1 IP) will also open the season in the bullpen.
Who’s Not: Chris Young’s glove. The center fielder nearly robbed Rockies’ outfielder Jeff Baker of a home run on Opening Day, but when Young collided with the wall his glove popped off with the ball in it and flew over the wall.
Seriously though, almost all of Arizona’s prospects were impressive this spring, so second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (.125/.222/.125 in 16 at-bats) is getting thrown to the wolves here–he was a 21-year-old competing against veterans.