Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Arizona Diamondbacks

1 Tyler Skaggs 7/13/1991 lhp Reno Aces (AAA)
2 Archie Bradley 8/10/1992 rhp Visalia Rawhide (HiA)
3 *Adam Eaton 12/6/1988 of Arizona Diamondbacks
4 Matt Davidson 3/26/1991 3b Reno Aces (AAA)
5 *Didi Gregorius 2/18/1990 ss Arizona Diamondbacks
6 David Holmberg 7/19/1991 lhp Mobile BayBears (AA)
7 Chris Owings 8/12/1991 ss Reno Aces (AAA)
8 Stryker Trahan 4/25/1994 c Extended spring
9 Andrew Chafin 6/17/1990 lhp Visalia Rawhide (HiA)
10 A.J. Pollock 12/5/1987 of Arizona Diamondbacks


diamondbacks-900x635HE'S WHERE?: Top prospect Tyler Skaggs seemed likely to get a second crack at the Diamondbacks rotation after scuffling with Arizona during a late-season callup in 2012. But Skaggs struggled again in spring training, lost the fifth-starter competition to Pat Corbin and is back with Triple-A Reno—where he posted a 4-2, 2.91 mark in nine starts last season. Meanwhile, lefthander Andrew Chafin returns to high Class A Visalia after posting a 4.93 ERA in his full season with the Rawhide last year. Chafin finished third in the California League with 150 strikeouts but also tallied 69 walks in 122 innings, and has been charged with the Diamondbacks to improve his control.

WHO'S MISSING: Outfielder Keon Broxton made strides during an improved second half of the season with Visalia in 2012 but opens this season on the disabled list after suffering a broken right hand early in spring training. Listed on Reno's DL, Broxton was expected to open the season with Double-A Mobile.

GO SEE: The Diamondbacks offer a pair of league champions to check out in two-time defending Southern League champs Mobile and reigning Pacific Coast League (and Triple-A National Championship) winner Reno. The Aces are probably the best bet, with a youthful rotation (minus 38-year-old Nelson Figueroa) that includes Skaggs, righthander Randall Delgado (acquired from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal) and righthanders Chase Anderson and Charles Brewer. Visalia's rotation will be topped by Chafin and 2011 seventh overall pick Archie Bradley.