Goldschmidt, Miley Highlight Year In Diamondbacks' System





Best Player: Paul Goldschmidt was drafted because of his prodigious power potential, and he has done nothing to disappoint in his first two seasons. Goldschmidt, 22, hit .314/.384/.606 with 42 doubles and 35 home runs at high Class A Visalia this year, tying for the minor league home run lead in his first full pro season after being taken in the eighth round in 2009 out of Texas State.

It continued a progression after he hit .334/.408/.638 with 27 doubles and 18 home runs in his 2009 debut at Rookie-level Missoula, tying for the Pioneer League lead in homers. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Goldschmidt won the California League's MVP award and has shown power to all fields.

Best Pitcher: A step up in class did not seem to faze lefthander Wade Miley, who after a strong two months at Visalia helped pitch Double-A Mobile to its first playoff appearance since 2004 and its highest victory total (75) since 2002.

Miley, 23, a sandwich pick in the 2008 draft out of Southeastern Louisiana, was 5-2, 1.98 in 13 starts at Mobile after a late June promotion. He gave up just 60 hits in 73 innings while striking out 63 against 28 walks. The Diamondbacks monitored Miley's innings at Mobile and did not permit him to throw more than five innings per start after he went eight shutout innings to beat Jacksonville on July 16. Still, the fastball-and-slider-armed Miley tied his career high with eight strikeouts in each of his last two regular-season appearances while going only five innings. He gave up one earned run and had 22 strikeouts in his last 17 innings of the regular season.

Keep An Eye On: Righthander Charles Brewer took two more steps up the organizational ladder in 2010, with success at both places. Brewer made the Midwest League all-star team while going 4-5, 1.83 in 69 innings at low Class A South Bend, then followed with a 7-3, 2.98 mark in 82 innings at Visalia.

A 12th-round pick in 2009 out of UCLA, Brewer, 22, has showed impressive command of all three pitches: 90-91 mph fastball, a sharp curve and a changeup. He has been successful in using his curve as an out pitch because of his ability to locate.

Snake Bites

• The Diamondbacks extended their affiliation agreement with Triple-A Reno through 2012. The Reno franchise, formerly based in Tucson, Ariz., has been the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate since 1998.

• Miley actually did exceed his innings limit in a playoff start for Mobile, allowing one run over 6 1⁄3 frames in Game Three of the BayBears' series with Jacksonville.