2012 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects





Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible. Ages are as of April 1, 2011.

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TOP TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Trevor Bauer, rhp
2. Archie Bradley, rhp
3. Tyler Skaggs, lhp
4. Jarrod Parker, rhp
5. Matt Davidson, 3b/1b
6. A.J. Pollock, of
7. David Holmberg, lhp
8. Chris Owings, ss
9. Wade Miley, lhp
10. Patrick Corbin, lhp
BEST TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average A.J. Pollock
Best Power Hitter Bobby Borchering
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Adam Eaton
Fastest Baserunner Westley Moss
Best Athlete Keon Broxton
Best Fastball Archie Bradley
Best Curveball Trevor Bauer
Best Slider Jarrod Parker
Best Changeup Chase Anderson
Best Control David Holmberg
Best Defensive Catcher Fidel Pena
Best Defensive Infielder Chris Owings
Best Infield Arm Chris Owings
Best Defensive Outfielder A.J. Pollock
Best Outfield Arm Collin Cowgill
PROJECTED 2015 LINEUP
Catcher Miguel Montero
First Base Paul Goldschmidt
Second Base Aaron Hill
Third Base Matt Davidson
Shortstop Stephen Drew
Left Field A.J. Pollock
Center Field Chris Young
Right Field Justin Upton
No. 1 Starter Trevor Bauer
No. 2 Starter Archie Bradley
No. 3 Starter Ian Kennedy
No. 4 Starter Tyler Skaggs
No. 5 Starter Daniel Hudson
Closer Jarrod Parker
TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Position 2011 Org.
2002 Luis Terrero, of Mexico City (Mexican)
2003 Scott Hairston, 2b Mets
2004 Scott Hairston, 2b Mets
2005 Carlos Quentin, of White Sox
2006 Stephen Drew, ss Diamondbacks
2007 Justin Upton, of Diamondbacks
2008 Carlos Gonzalez, of Rockies
2009 Jarrod Parker, rhp Diamondbacks
2010 Jarrod Parker, rhp Diamondbacks
2011 Jarrod Parker, rhp Diamondbacks
TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Position 2011 Org.
2002 Sergio Santos, ss White Sox
2003 Conor Jackson, of Red Sox
2004 Stephen Drew, ss Diamondbacks
2005 Justin Upton, of Diamondbacks
2006 Max Scherzer, rhp Tigers
2007 Jarrod Parker, rhp Diamondbacks
2008 Daniel Schlereth, lhp Tigers
2009 Bobby Borchering, 3b Diamondbacks
2010 *Barret Loux, rhp Rangers
2011 Trevor Bauer Diamondbacks
*Did not sign.
LARGEST BONUSES IN CLUB HISTORY
Travis Lee, 1996 $10,000,000
Justin Upton, 2005 $6,100,000
John Patterson, 1996 $6,075,000
Archie Bradley, 2011 $5,000,000
Stephen Drew, 2004 $4,000,000
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Arizona Diamondbacks

After the worst back-to-back seasons in franchise history, the Diamondbacks reversed course and won 94 games in 2011, overtaking the defending World Series champion Giants to capture the National League West crown and earn their first postseason berth since 2007. Arizona took the Brewers into overtime in the Division Series before losing Game Five 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Diamondbacks started their turnaround in July 2010, when general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch were fired. Interim GM Jerry Dipoto quickly pulled off trades that sent Dan Haren to the Angels and Edwin Jackson to the White Sox. The moves relieved the club of $39 million in financial commitments and added big leaguers Dan Hudson and Joe Saunders (who combined for 29 wins in 2011) and pitching prospects Tyler Skaggs, David Holmberg and Patrick Corbin.

When former Padres GM Kevin Towers took the same job in Arizona last September, he retained Dipoto as senior vice president of scouting and player development. He also kept interim manager Kirk Gibson, who proved to be a natural and won the NL manager of the year award in his first full season. Towers did reshuffle the front office, hiring former Brewers assistant scouting director Ray Montgomery as scouting director and shifting field coordinator Mike Bell to farm director.

The key to the 2011 season was Towers' fortification of a bullpen that had posted an MLB-worst 5.74 ERA the year before. The biggest additions were free agent J.J. Putz, who saved 45 games, and David Hernandez, who took to a set-up role after coming from the Orioles in a deal for Mark Reynolds that saved another $13 million. Offensively, former No. 1 overall draft pick Justin Upton stayed healthy all season and emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate at age 23.

The farm system provided unlikely contributors in Josh Collmenter, who continued to defy skeptics by winning 10 games after joining the rotation in May, and Paul Goldschmidt, who came up in August to put an end to a revolving door at first base. Rule 5 acquisition Joe Paterson also served as a capable lefty reliever.

The Diamondbacks' talent level also improved significantly on the minor league level in 2011, and they now boast one of the deepest pools of pitching talent. Skaggs is one of the best lefty pitching prospects in the game, and Holmberg and Corbin give Arizona two more promising southpaws. Jarrod Parker returned after Tommy John surgery cost him all of 2010 and earned a spot on the postseason roster.

Dipoto and Montgomery oversaw a draft that added even more mound talent. The Diamondbacks had two of the top seven picks and landed Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley, then followed up with Andrew Chafin (supplemental first round), Anthony Meo (second) and Evan Marshall (fourth). The Angels took note of DiPoto's role in Arizona's reconstruction, hiring him as GM in October.

The Diamondbacks also have position prospects on the way, most of them products of a 2009 draft in which they had seven picks in the first two rounds. Goldschmidt came out of that crop, as did third baseman Matt Davidson and outfielder A.J. Pollock. Those two teams with Skaggs and Parker to help Double-A Mobile win the Southern League championship.

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