2018 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects

Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
1. Jon Duplantier, RHP
2. Anthony Banda, LHP
3. Pavin Smith, 1B
4. Jazz Chisholm, SS
5. Daulton Varsho, C
6. Marcus Wilson, OF
7. Eduardo Diaz, OF
8. Taylor Clarke, RHP
9. Drew Ellis, 3B
10. Matt Tabor, RHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: Arizona graduated no players from its Top 30 Prospects last year.

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SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The D-backs have a group of advanced arms ready to contribute in the near future, led by Jon Duplantier, Anthony Banda and Taylor Clarke as starters and Jimmie Sherfy, Jared Miller and Yoan Lopez in the bullpen. They have a mix of righties and lefties, and there is solid pitching depth that extends into the lower levels as well with Matt Tabor, Sam McWilliams, Jhoan Duran and others.

Weaknesses: The D-backs position group is extremely green. Only one of their top nine position player prospects has played a day above low Class A, and beyond them almost all of their high-upside, potential everyday guys are in Rookie-ball. While some such as Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho project to move quickly, the D-backs won't have much in the way of minor league reinforcements should injuries take a toll on their big league lineup in the next year or two.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Pavin Smith.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Kevin Cron.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Marcus Wilson.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Gabriel Maciel.
🔸Best Athlete: Daulton Varsho.
🔸Best Fastball: Yoan Lopez.
🔸Best Curveball: Jordan Watson.
🔸Best Slider: Jared Miller.
🔸Best Changeup: Matt Tabor.
🔸Best Control: Jon Duplantier.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Michael Perez.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Drew Ellis.
🔸Best INF Arm: Jazz Chisholm.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Eduardo Diaz.
🔸Best OF Arm: Juan Araujo.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Daulton Varsho (24)
🔸1B Paul Goldschmidt (33)
🔸2B Brandon Drury (28)
🔸3B Jake Lamb (30)
🔸SS Ketel Marte (27)
🔸LF Pavin Smith (25)
🔸CF A.J. Pollock (33)
🔸RF David Peralta (33)
🔸SP Zack Greinke (37)
🔸SP Robbie Ray (29)
🔸SP Taijuan Walker (28)
🔸SP Jon Duplantier (26)
🔸SP Anthony Banda (27)
🔸CL Archie Bradley (28)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) | WAR: 24.0
🔸2009: RHP Jarrod Parker (DNP) | WAR: 6.1
🔸2010: RHP Jarrod Parker (DNP) | WAR: **
🔸2011: RHP Jarrod Parker (DNP) | WAR: **
🔸2012: RHP Trevor Bauer (Indians) | WAR: 8.5
🔸2013: LHP Tyler Skaggs (Angels) | WAR: 0.8
🔸2014: RHP Archie Bradley (D-backs) | WAR: 3.7
🔸2015: RHP Archie Bradley (D-backs) | WAR: **
🔸2016: SS Dansby Swanson (Braves) | WAR: 0.6
🔸2017: LHP Anthony Banda (D-backs) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: LHP Daniel Schlereth (Marlins) | WAR: 0.0
🔸2009: 3B Bobby Borchering (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: RHP Barret Loux (DNS/DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: RHP Trevor Bauer (Indians) | WAR: 8.5
🔸2012: C Stryker Trahan (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: RHP Braden Shipley (D-backs) | WAR: 0.3
🔸2014: RHP Touki Toussaint (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Braves) | WAR: 0.6
🔸2016: OF Anfernee Grier (D-backs) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: 1B Pavin Smith (D-backs) | Top 10

 


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