2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Midseason Top 10 Prospects

Diamondbacks Midseason Top 10
1. Anthony Banda, LHP
2. Pavin Smith, 1B
3. Jon Duplantier, RHP
4. Jazz Chisholm, SS
5. Domingo Leyba, 2B/SS
6. Taylor Clarke, RHP
7. Marcus Wilson, OF
8. Jhoan Duran, RHP
9. Drew Ellis, 3B
10. Daulton Varsho, C

A management team led by general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo has breathed new life into a Diamondbacks franchise that hasn't had a winning record since 2011, also the last time it reached the postseason. The D-backs entered the All-Star Break with a 53-36 record, third-best in baseball, thanks to an improved pitching staff and a more resilient offensive attack. While the Dodgers were running away with the National League West, the Diamondbacks are a favorite to at least capture one of the two NL wild card slots.

The improvement of Robbie Ray, now considered one of the top southpaws in the game, and the return to form of ace Zack Greinke has helped the staff achieve the second-best ERA (3.41) in the majors at the break. The bullpen was also noticeably better, in part due to the decision to move one-time top prospect Archie Bradley to relief, as well as the economical offseason signings of Fernando Rodney, T.J. McFarland, J.J. Hoover and Jorge De La Rosa. Improved roster construction further allowed the team to weather injuries to outfielders A.J. Pollock and Yasmany Tomas and starting pitcher Shelby Miller.

Four D-backs—Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, Ray and Greinke—were named to the All-Star Game, the most Arizona selectees since 2002.

With a playoff berth in sight and fan enthusiasm on the rise, the D-backs already made one deadline move, acquiring slugger J.D. Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for three prospects. They are in position to make further moves if they choose, but their payroll limitations, with a large chunk of their payroll going to Greinke, will hamper them somewhat.

Even so, the Diamondbacks have already vaulted from one of baseball's worst teams to one of the best in one year, as remarkable a turnaround as any in the game this season.

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