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  1. 1. Corbin Carroll | OF
    Corbin Carroll
    Born: Aug 21, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Seattle, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Dan Ramsay.
    Minors: .303/.422/.604 | 23 HR | 31 SB | 356 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/Medium

    Track Record: Carroll dominated the high school showcase circuit the summer before his draft year, then performed well in his senior season, all the while showing an advanced approach, surprising power and a well-rounded skill set. He was seen as a surefire first-round selection when the D-backs drafted him No. 16 overall and signed him away from a UCLA commitment with a $3.75 million bonus. The pandemic wiped out Carroll's 2020 season, other than time spent at the alternate training site, and he played in just seven games in 2021 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery to repair labrum and capsule tears. The D-backs kept their expectations for his 2022 season in check, unsure how his shoulder would respond or if he would need to knock off rust, but Carroll got off to a red-hot start with Double-A Amarillo and never slowed down, mashing his way first to Triple-A Reno then to a major league callup in late August. He performed well in the majors over the final six weeks of the season despite arriving with just 142 career games of minor league experience under his belt.

    Scouting Report: Carroll has a powerful swing, excellent bat-to-ball skills and a discerning eye, a combination of traits often found in baseball's premier hitters. Though small in size, Carroll gets the most out of his elite, quick-twitch athletic ability at the plate. He loads into his back side before driving forward, efficiently transferring energy from his core and into his swing. His tendency to offer at the right pitches and square them up leads to a heavy dose of exit velocities at 100 mph and higher. He uses the whole field well, including going the other way with power; his first two career homers in the majors were hit to center and left field. Carroll is an explosive runner with elite speed. His top sprint speed during his brief time in the majors was the second-fastest ever recorded in the eight-year history of Statcast data. He is aggressive on the bases with excellent instincts. Carroll's speed plays well in the outfield, where he can let loose his athleticism to make rangy catches. His fringe-average arm is his only subpar tool.

    The Future: The D-backs kept Carroll's at-bat total low in the majors in order to keep his rookie status intact and potentially make a push for Rookie of the Year honors--and the accompanying extra draft pick. As such, he received only semi-regular playing time and never seemed to get locked in at the plate. And yet he still managed to hit an impressive .260/.330/.500. Carroll exhibited some areas that could use polish. He showed more chase and swing-and-miss than he had in the minors and struggled in limited looks against lefthanders. Still, evaluators are unanimous in their excitement about his future, with questions only about how many all-star appearances he is expected to make. He figures to be a mainstay in Arizona's lineup for years, starting with Opening Day 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 45

  2. 2. Gabriel Moreno | C
    Gabriel Moreno
    Born: Feb 14, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Francisco Plasencia.
    Minors: .315/.386/.420 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 238 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/Medium

    Track Record: The Blue Jays signed Moreno in 2016 for just $25,000 at the age of 16 out of Venezuela. Since then, he has blossomed into one of the top prospects in baseball. Moreno progressed steadily over his first few seasons in the organization, first displaying advanced plate discipline and defense in consecutive seasons in the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. He made adjustments to his swing to tap into more power before his 2019 season with Low-A Lansing, and the changes and resulting production helped cement him as one of the top catching prospects in the low minors. He made further adjustments at Double-A New Hampshire in 2021 to produce additional power and was on his way to a banner season before a fractured thumb in late June put him on the injured list for two months. He returned to finish the year at Triple-A Buffalo and further enhanced his standing with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. Moreno began 2022 at Triple-A Buffalo and continued to impress offensively. He hit .315/.386/.420 over 62 games and made his major league debut on June 11. He hit .315/.356/.377 in 25 games with the Blue Jays and made their American League Wild Card Series roster.

    Scouting Report: Always an elite hitter, Moreno continues to make contact at one of the highest rates of any prospect. He possesses superior hand-eye coordination and a discerning eye that he uses to identify spin quickly out of the pitcher's hand. His swing plane has flattened out, and he is naturally comfortable shooting pitches on the outer half of the plate to the opposite field. After showing increased power and more aggressiveness in two-strike counts in previous seasons, Moreno has become a more conservative hitter as he's moved up the ladder. His two-strike swing has become more subdued, leading to an increase in line drives and ground balls and a corresponding decrease in fly balls and exit velocity numbers. His power production has dropped as a result, but he has the bat control, pitch recognition and strength to make adjustments and get to 12-15 home run power in the future. Moreno faces few questions about his ability to stick at catcher as an above-average defender with a plus arm. He is an adept receiver, gets out of the crouch quickly on throws and is a twitchy, fluid mover behind the plate. He's a good blocker and pitch-framer and shows the ability to manage games in the moment.

    The Future: Moreno got on-the-job training in MLB in 2022. He made appearances at second base, third base and left field in order to increase his flexibility, but his future is behind the plate. He'll have the opportunity to seize a larger share of the catching duties in 2023 and could be on his way to becoming an all-star.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 70. Power: 45. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  3. 3. Jordan Lawlar | SS
    Jordan Lawlar
    Born: Jul 17, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: J.R. Salinas.
    Minors: .300/.395/.508 | 16 HR | 39 SB | 370 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/High

    Track Record: Lawlar was a well-regarded prep player who won Gatorade's Texas player of the year honors and performed well on the showcase circuit. His well-rounded skill set had him in the mix to go No. 1 overall in 2021 but he slid to sixth, where the D-backs swooped in and signed him for $6.7 million, the third-highest bonus in the draft. That summer, just two games into his pro career, Lawlar suffered a labrum injury that required season-ending surgery, but he made the issue look like just a speed bump by turning in a terrific 2022 season in which he reached Double-A. His time in the AFL was cut short by a fractured left scapula on a hit by pitch.

    Scouting Report: Lawlar has plus bat speed and power, and last season he showed an approach at the plate that was well beyond that of most players his age, thus allowing him to tap into that power on a regular basis. He uses a controlled leg kick to start an efficient swing, producing hard-hit balls to all fields. He has good feel for the barrel, the ability to catch up to velocity and is able to make adjustments at the plate, sometimes within at-bats. His walk and chase rates were above-average, while his whiff and strikeout rates were roughly average. He has some things to iron out defensively--he committed 29 errors in 87 games, many on throws--but has the skill set to not only stick at shortstop but to play it at an above-average level, showing range, quickness, arm strength and smooth actions. Lawlar has plus speed and is an excellent, instinctual baserunner.

    The Future: Lawlar may have as much upside as anyone in the organization, looking like a potential middle-of-the-lineup, middle-of-the-diamond star not unlike Carlos Correa. He showed last year his ETA might be sooner than later. He figures to open 2023 in Double-A Amarillo.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60

  4. 4. Druw Jones | OF
    Druw Jones
    Born: Nov 28, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 180

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/Very High

    Track Record: Andruw Jones won 10 Gold Gloves in center field and slammed 434 career home runs in a 17-year career--and his son Druw reminds everyone of his father. After an impressive run on the showcase circuit, Jones went on to win Gatorade's Georgia player of the year award in 2022. His combination of tools, skills and projection put him at the top of the D-backs' draft board--and most other teams'--and they were ecstatic when he fell to them at No. 2 overall. He received a signing bonus just shy of $8.2 million. He hit an obstacle when he tore his left labrum during batting practice on his first day at Arizona's spring training complex and needed season-ending surgery.

    Scouting Report: Jones has a simple, repeatable swing and an advanced approach that the D-backs believe will allow him to hit for both average and power. He times pitches with a small leg kick that leads to a short, compact stroke. His bat stays through the zone well and allows him to take aim at the middle of the field. He can handle both velocity and spin, and he showed improvement last year at laying off breaking balls out of the zone. Jones should have an impact bat, but time will tell whether he produces gaudy home run totals like his father or is more about using his plus speed to produce loads of doubles and triples. He is a graceful defender in center field who gets good reads and glides to where the ball will be. He has a plus arm and gets good carry on his throws.

    The Future: Jones provided little to nitpick during his amateur career, and he enters pro ball with sky-high expectations of a potential franchise-altering player. Once his shoulder is fully healthy--which could happen in time for Opening Day--he should open in Low-A Visalia to make his official pro debut.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60

  5. 5. Brandon Pfaadt | RHP
    Brandon Pfaadt
    Born: Oct 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Bellarmine (Ky.), 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Jeremy Kehrt.
    Minors: 11-7 | 3.83 ERA | 218 SO | 33 BB | 167 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Medium

    Track Record: Pfaadt turned in a solid performance in the Cape Cod League the summer before his draft year, then followed that up with an impressive five-start run before the pandemic ended his junior season. It was enough to prompt the D-backs to select him in the fifth round in 2020, making him the highest Bellarmine draft pick since Todd Wellemeyer was a fourth-rounder in 2000. In two seasons, Pfaadt has risen to become the most well-regarded pitcher in the organization. He was the D-backs' pitcher of the year in 2022 and his 218 strikeouts were the most in a minor league season since 2001.

    Scouting Report: Pfaadt's fastball averages 93-94 mph and tops out at 96-97. The pitch is unique in that it acts almost like a cut fastball with carry, allowing him to pitch up in the zone. His putaway pitch is his slider, which sits 80-84 mph with heavy sweep, and he made big strides last year with his changeup, which has a different movement profile--running armside--from his other pitches. Pfaadt also has a curveball he uses early in counts. He instinctively pounds the strike zone, attacking hitters even after giving up a home run, but last year improved at working the fringes of the zone, leading to more strikeouts. Pfaadt repeats his delivery well, with every pitch coming out of the same slot. He is a hard worker with an inquisitive nature.

    The Future: Pfaadt did enough to earn a callup last year but did not receive one in part because he didn't need to be added to Arizona's 40-man roster until after the season. He projects as a midrotation starter, but his combination of stuff, command, work ethic and pitching acumen has the D-backs hopeful he might become more than that. He is expected to debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 60

  6. 6. Deyvison De Los Santos | 3B
    Deyvison De Los Santos
    Born: Jun 21, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Cesar Geronimo/Wil Tejada.
    Minors: .306/.348/.499 | 22 HR | 5 SB | 513 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Very High

    Track Record: The D-backs were drawn to De Los Santos' ability to impact the baseball when they signed him for $200,000 in 2019. So far, their hulking prospect has more than lived up to their expectations. His pro debut was delayed until 2021 by the pandemic, but he looked at ease as he climbed to Low-A Visalia as an 18-year-old. Despite being young for the level at every stop, De Los Santos has done nothing but hit, including turning in a monster 2022 season in which he not only hit for power and drove in runs but also finished eighth in the minors in hits.

    Scouting Report: De Los Santos' strong frame produces explosive bat speed and his high-end exit velocities lead the D-backs' system. When his swing is right, he keeps it tight and compact, getting his bat in the zone early and exiting late. De Los Santos has a tendency to tinker with his mechanics and his swing can get long. His aggressiveness at the plate can also be an issue. So, too, is his inability to recognize spin, particularly sliders breaking away from him. Still, De Los Santos has continued to hit at every stop, including for power despite still having strides to make toward pulling the ball with authority. He has good hands and enough arm to handle third base, but there are questions about his footwork, throwing accuracy and both present and future range, depending on how his body matures. Those factors could necessitate a move to first base. He is an average runner who could slow down as he develops physically.

    The Future: De Los Santos could have as much offensive upside as just about anyone in the organization, but his aggressive approach and willingness to expand the zone raises questions. If it comes together, he could be a masher in the mold of a peak Miguel Sano. De Los Santos figures to open 2023 with Double-A Amarillo.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 65. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50

  7. 7. Ryne Nelson | RHP
    Ryne Nelson
    Born: Feb 1, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Oregon, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dan Ramsay.
    Minors: 10-5 | 5.43 ERA | 128 SO | 47 BB | 136 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Nelson was a two-way player at Oregon before becoming a full-time pitcher in 2019. An unrefined power arm when the D-backs drafted him, Nelson showed up at instructional league in the fall of 2020 looking far more polished. He followed that with a strong 2021 season. Last year, he grinded through the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, reaching the majors late in 2022 and pitching well before his year ended due to a minor shoulder issue.

    Scouting Report: Nelson averaged 93 mph with his fastball at Triple-A Reno, but he sat closer to 95 during his time in the majors. The pitch has excellent life, which allows him to throw it up in the zone. Nelson has total confidence in his fastball, leaning on it in tight situations and using it to overpower hitters even in fastball counts. He throws a firm slider and a slower curveball, both of which have good downward action. The two can alternate between being his best secondary pitch. His changeup, his fourth-best pitch, is inconsistent but flashes plus. Nelson has a clean, repeatable delivery that allows him to throw quality strikes with consistency. He is a good competitor who maintains an even-keeled demeanor. He impressed teammates in the majors with his ability to process information and develop a game plan.

    The Future: After his three dazzling starts in the big leagues in September, Nelson is well-positioned to compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Failing that, he could be one of the first reinforcements if help is needed. Still lacking a wipeout secondary pitch, he continues to best profile as a midrotation starter, but his fastball is dominant enough to allow the D-backs to hope he is even more.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 55

  8. 8. Drey Jameson | RHP
    Drey Jameson
    Born: Aug 17, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Ball State, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jeremy Kehrt.
    Minors: 7-13 | 6.31 ERA | 132 SO | 46 BB | 133 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: A multi-sport athlete in high school and initially a two-way player at Ball State, Jameson focused his attention solely on pitching during his draft-eligible sophomore year and took off. He turned himself into the program's best pitching prospect since Bryan Bullington went No. 1 overall in 2002. Jameson was named the 2019 Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year, setting a conference record with 146 strikeouts in 91.2 innings. He steadily climbed through the D-backs' system, reaching the majors in 2022 and turning in four impressive starts late in the year.

    Scouting Report: Jameson has a big fastball that averages close to 97 mph and can occasionally reach triple-digits. Hitters can square it up on occasion, prompting him to adopt a two-seamer that has turned into a weapon. It sits closer to 94 mph with late, boring action that gets both ground balls and whiffs. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch with sharp, late life, but he can also vary the speed and shape on it depending on the desired outcome. His curveball and changeup are average at best, pitches he uses primarily early in counts. Jameson has more control than command, but both have improved, as has his willingness to attack hitters with more than just his fastball. He is undersized, but he has a lightning-quick arm and is a terrific athlete. He is one of the fastest runners in the organization.

    The Future: Jameson's performance in MLB at least temporarily put to rest questions about a move to the bullpen, but he still might need to refine his command to remain a starter. He figures to come to camp with a chance to win a rotation spot or put himself in position to claim one when a need arises.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Curveball: 50. Slider: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  9. 9. Blake Walston | LHP
    Blake Walston
    Born: Jun 28, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Wilmington, N.C., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: George Swain.
    Minors: 8-3 | 4.79 ERA | 137 SO | 46 BB | 124 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Very High

    Track Record: A standout two-sport star at New Hanover High in Wilmington, N.C., where he was a decorated quarterback who helped lead his school to a state championship, Walston was seen as a projectable starting pitching prospect when the D-backs bought him out of a North Carolina State commitment in 2019 with a $2.45 million bonus. Though he has had some success while advancing through the system, his outlook is still based on some projectability, with the potential still there for continued development in both his body and stuff.

    Scouting Report: Walston averaged 91-92 mph with his fastball last season and topped out at 95-96. As has been the case since his amateur days, his velocity fluctuated both within games and from start to start, and finding a way to harness the top-end fastball more consistently was an emphasis as he entered the offseason. He still has a lot of room to add strength to his frame, making his fastball more projectable than most Double-A pitchers' heat. Walston made big strides with his changeup, turning it into his best secondary pitch in part thanks to pregame work he did throwing a football, which he said had a similar feel to what he wanted from his changeup. His slider was more consistent than his curveball, but while neither was a plus pitch, he does have a feel for both, giving him the potential for a legit four-pitch mix. Walston's athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery with ease, leading to him being a consistent strike-thrower.

    The Future: Evaluators more willing to project still have Walston as the best or the second-best pitching prospect in the organization. For now, his stuff fits a profile of No. 4 starter, though with his athleticism and potential to put on weight, his upside remains significant.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 50

  10. 10. Landon Sims | RHP
    Landon Sims
    Born: Jan 3, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 227

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Sims was well-regarded out of high school in Georgia for his explosive fastball, but many projected him as a future reliever and he wound up on campus at Mississippi State. As a sophomore he put together one of the more dominant relief seasons in the country, logging a 1.44 ERA while striking out 16 per nine innings. He shined at the 2021 College World Series, allowing one run in four appearances while striking out 15 and walking one in 10 one-run innings for the national champions. Sims maintained his dominance after transitioning into a starting role in 2022, but he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during his third start, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery. Still, the D-backs saw enough to take him with the 34th overall pick and sign him for $2.3 million.

    Scouting Report: Prior to his injury, Sims possessed an elite fastball in every way. He sat in the mid 90s and touched 97-98 mph, even as a starter, and his fastball had characteristics that gave it tremendous life and carry through the zone. He also had the ability to locate his heater to the parts of the zone where it is most effective. Sims had another plus pitch in his power slider with late tilt. His changeup was below-average with some fade. He has good deception, hiding the ball and tunnels pitches well. His high-octane delivery with recoil gives him the look of a reliever. He has excellent makeup, including a terrific work ethic and good pitching acumen, suggesting he could have the intangibles to start.

    The Future: Before his injury, Sims was on his way to showing his future might be in the rotation. The D-backs plan to give him every chance to start, though his rehab is likely to push beyond the start of 2023. If he is destined for the bullpen, he has the makings of a shutdown, late-inning reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 55

  11. 11. AJ Vukovich | 3B/OF
    AJ Vukovich
    Born: Jul 20, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--East Troy, Wis., 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Nate Birtwell.
    Minors: .276/.308/.449 | 17 HR | 36 SB | 468 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Vukovich was a two-sport star in high school and a finalist for Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball honors. Intrigued by his athleticism, the D-backs drafted him and bought him out of a Louisville baseball scholarship with a $1.25 million bonus. In each of his two full seasons, he has started slow before finishing strong, showing reasons both to believe he is a future big league regular and to wonder if it will ever come together.

    Scouting Report: Vukovich employs a closed stance, then strides open to get back to neutral, and while he has a clean swing, it can appear stiff and his bat speed is only average. Still, he has a knack for getting the bat to the ball and possesses plus raw power. He has an extremely aggressive approach, seemingly trying to cover all parts of the zone and often making contact on pitches he can't hit hard. He rarely walks, striking out more than five times as often. When he is locked in he can do damage to all fields. He does not always look smooth but is an excellent athlete. While he showed improvement at third base, his arm action created issues with throwing accuracy, making a move to the outfield increasingly likely. In fact, he began getting reps at all three outfield positions in July. He is an average runner who runs the bases extremely well, with good instincts and a feel for stealing bases.

    The Future: Vukovich's supporters believe his history as a plus athlete from a cold-weather state means he has plenty of development to come. Not many players can thrive with such an aggressive approach, but that might matter less if he can learn to tap into his latent power more consistently. Still only 21, he will open 2023 at Double-A Amarillo.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  12. 12. Blaze Alexander | SS
    Blaze Alexander
    Born: Jun 11, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bradenton, Fla., 2018 (11th round).
    Signed By: Luke Wrenn.
    Minors: .301/.389/.540 | 20 HR | 10 SB | 352 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Alexander had a strong showing on the summer circuit, but swing-and-miss concerns arose the following spring of his draft year. As an older senior who was said to have a high asking price, he slipped to the 11th round, where the D-backs took him and signed him for $500,000. He had a loud pro debut but struggled to replicate that success until 2022, when he posted a .928 OPS, the second-best mark in the organization among regulars.

    Scouting Report: Alexander has a controlled swing with little to no wasted movement. He is at his best when he is taking aim at the right-center field gap. Alexander showed an improved approach last year, swinging less often at pitchers' pitches, and wound up making loads of loud contact. His profile still has significant risk. Though his data suggests he hits offspeeds well, questions remain as to whether that will translate to the majors. More alarmingly, his in-zone swing-and-miss rate of 29.7% ranked fourth-worst in the system. He is a flashy defender with smooth, easy actions, and though he can still boot routine balls, he showed more consistency last year and erased concerns about his ability to play at least an average shortstop. His plus-plus arm is his loudest tool.

    The Future: Having shown he can handle short, Alexander's floor has been raised, but his ceiling depends on how far his bat takes him. If he can tap into his power often enough, he could be a Chris Taylor-type hitter. Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70.

  13. 13. Ivan Melendez | 1B
    Ivan Melendez
    Born: Jan 24, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .205/.364/.364 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 88 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Melendez played two seasons at Odessa (Texas) College before transferring to Texas, where he immediately became one of the better hitters in the Big 12. A DH-only his first year there, he went to the Marlins in the 16th round in 2021 but did not sign. He returned to Texas and not only played a solid first base but also improved as a hitter. He had a monster year, capturing the Golden Spikes Award and slugging 32 home runs, the most since the NCAA adopted bat restrictions in 2011.

    Scouting Report: Melendez uses his lower half well to generate and transfer energy before uncorking his powerful swing. His all-fields power is his calling card, but he also demonstrates feel to hit. He cut down on his strikeouts last year, in part thanks to a quicker swing that made it easier to shore up his approach and chase less. He also improved his walk rate. Those strides helped convince the D-backs they were taking a hitter on the rise despite him having played all last year at age 22. He is a below-average runner but his feet work well on defense and he has a chance to be an average first baseman. He also played a passable third base in his pro debut, a pleasant surprise to club officials. He has an average arm.

    The Future: Melendez's batted-ball data suggests his debut was better than his subpar numbers (.206/.358/.351) would suggest, but he is going to need to hit a ton--and quickly, given his age--for his prospect value to remain intact. Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  14. 14. Slade Cecconi | RHP
    Slade Cecconi
    Born: Jun 24, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 224
    Drafted/Signed: Miami, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Eric Cruz.
    Minors: 7-6 | 4.37 ERA | 127 SO | 32 BB | 130 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Cecconi shined on the summer circuit before his senior year, but a triceps injury limited his time on the mound the following spring. He wound up landing at Miami, where he pitched parts of two seasons before the D-backs took him at 34th overall. He impressed observers that year at the team's alternate site and in instructional league, showcasing elite stuff in short stints. He was nagged by injuries and never found his best stuff in 2021, but he showed flashes of dominance in a solid 2022 season.

    Scouting Report: Cecconi averaged 93.7 mph with his fastball last year, allowing hard contact and struggling to miss bats with it. He can sit 95-96 mph with carry through the zone early in starts but it tapers off in the middle innings. His slider is his best secondary offering, a sharp, late-breaking weapon when he throws it in the 84-87 mph range. He got good results with his slow (70-75 mph) curveball, though it is unclear if it will play as effectively in the majors. His changeup improved but remains inconsistent. He threw strikes and logged innings. Coaches believe Cecconi can hold his top-end stuff longer by maintaining better direction down the mound, and that while his work habits improved he can dig deeper to take it to another level.

    The Future: If he can learn to maintain his stuff, Cecconi has all the ingredients to be a mid-rotation starter. If not, his fastball/slider combo should work well in short bursts in relief. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 55.

  15. 15. Wilderd Patino | OF
    Wilderd Patino
    Born: Jul 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Cesar Geronimo/Kristians Pereira.
    Minors: .290/.365/.432 | 9 HR | 67 SB | 366 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Patino's $1.3 million agreement with the Rangers was nixed when he hurt his elbow prior to the July 2 signing period in 2017, opening the door for the D-backs to swoop in and sign him for $985,000. While climbing through the system, he had flashed his tooled-up game for stretches in the past, but last year he put together his most consistent season yet, hitting a combined .290 with 67 steals, tied for the sixth most in the minors.

    Scouting Report: Patino has the kind of tools and physique that give him the potential to be an impact player. He has terrific bat speed and the ability to make hard contact to all fields, and his easy plus speed allows him to leg out extra bases. He remains a high-risk prospect because of his propensity to chase and swing-and-miss, particularly when it comes to spin, though he showed improvement in both categories last year. He also more than doubled his walk rate. He has steadily improved defensively to the point he is now viewed as a future center fielder. He gets high marks for his aptitude and makeup and is considered one of the best athletes in the system.

    The Future: Patino still seems to be coming into an approach and figuring out who he is at the plate, but if it all comes together he could have a profile--speedy center fielder with double-digit home run potential--similar to a young Starling Marte. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 65. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

  16. 16. Jorge Barrosa | OF
    Jorge Barrosa
    Born: Feb 17, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .278/.372/.439 | 13 HR | 26 SB | 474 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Despite being undersized, Barrosa was well-liked as an amateur for his ability to consistently hit while showing an advanced approach, including in looks against older competition. The D-backs signed him for $415,000, and Barrosa has steadily climbed through the system, playing good defense at every stop and showing incremental improvements offensively. He turned in his best season last year, earning a spot on the D-backs' 40-man roster.

    Scouting Report: Barrosa is a switch-hitter with a controlled swing from both sides, but he shows more natural strength through the zone from the right side. He improved last year at limiting his chase, drawing more walks and cutting down his swing-and-miss. His home run power could be limited, but he is a steady hitter with good bat-to-ball skills and is a plus runner, all of which could enable him to rack up doubles and triples. Still, his physical projection is limited and his overall offensive impact remains a question. He is a plus defensive outfielder who gets terrific reads and jumps, seemingly moving in the right direction before the ball is hit.

    The Future: Though the D-backs are loaded with outfielders, Barrosa distinguishes himself as a switch-hitter. Given that he played all of last season at 21, he could still have room to develop. He figures to open next season at Triple-A Reno. Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 65. Arm: 45.

  17. 17. Dominic Fletcher | OF
    Dominic Fletcher
    Born: Sep 2, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Arkansas, 2019 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Nate Birtwell.
    Minors: .312/.378/.486 | 12 HR | 9 SB | 523 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The younger brother of Angels infielder David Fletcher, Dominic was a well-regarded recruit when he landed at Arkansas. During his three years there, he made a habit of turning in highlight-reel catches and was a reliable offensive performer, connecting for at least 10 home runs each season. The D-backs took him with the 75th overall pick in 2019. After spending 2020 at the alternate site, Fletcher turned in a so-so 2021 season at Double-A before rebounding with an impressive 2022 that finished at Triple-A Reno.

    Scouting Report: Fletcher has a line-drive swing with average bat speed. He has surprising power for his size and is capable of generating loud exit velocities, but he is at his best when he is driving balls to the gaps. He toned down his aggressiveness after a disappointing 2021 season, and last year he walked more, struck out less and hit more balls hard. He is at least a plus defensive outfielder, with some believing he might be as good as Gold Glove finalists Alek Thomas and Daulton Varsho. Fletcher has average speed but makes up for it with excellent routes and reads.

    The Future: With so many other lefthanded-hitting outfielders ahead of him, Fletcher is in a tough spot. It might take a trade--either of him or someone in front of him--to open up a big league opportunity. As it stands, Fletcher looks likely to return to Triple-A Reno to wait for his chance. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 65. Arm: 45.

  18. 18. Ruben Santana | 3B
    Ruben Santana
    Born: Feb 16, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The D-backs had already been tracking Santana when the pandemic hit, and when they saw him again after scouting restrictions had been lifted they were taken aback by how much he had improved. Intrigued by his tools and advanced offensive approach, they wound up signing him to a $750,000 deal. Santana put together an impressive debut in the Dominican Summer League, showing flashes of the powerful offensive profile on which the D-backs are betting.

    Scouting Report: Santana gets good extension on his quick, aggressive swing, generating hard contact to all fields. He goes to the plate looking to do damage but shows good plate discipline relative to his age and experience level. His power projects to be at least plus. He recognizes and has shown an ability to hit breaking balls. He has some swing and miss concerns, but his ability to make adjustments helped him limit his strikeouts. He has plus speed, a surprise given his muscular build. He has good hands and footwork and a plus arm, giving him a chance to be at least an average defender at third.

    The Future: Though he has yet to play outside the DSL, Santana has D-backs officials excited in the same way Deyvison De Los Santos did a few years ago. Santana will make his stateside debut in 2023 and will try to show he is the organization's next big power-hitting infield prospect. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60

  19. 19. Yu-Min Lin | LHP
    Yu-Min Lin
    Born: Jul 12, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 2-0 | 2.97 ERA | 50 SO | 16 BB | 34 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Lin was an accomplished amateur on the international stage whom the D-backs had been following for years, but his performance for Chinese Taipei in a tournament in the fall of 2021 pushed the organization over the top to sign him. Pitching at 18, he carved through a Venezuelan lineup filled with pros three or four years his senior. He received a $525,000 bonus, then had a dominant pro debut, leading the organization (minimum 50 innings) with a 40% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Lin's fastball sits 89-91 mph with good carry, touching 92-93. He confounds hitters with his array of offerings and his pitching acumen. He generates elite spin with his curveball and slider; at their best, the former is a downer with bite and the latter is a harder, slashing option. The slider might have the most upside, but his best current pitch is his changeup, which drops off the table with arm-side run. He also has tinkered with a two-seamer, a cutter and a variation of his changeup that behaves like a screwball. He is athletic and repeats his delivery well, allowing him to project for plus control. Lin could still add weight to his slender frame, which could help him eke out another couple of ticks of velocity.

    The Future: Though not overpowering, Lin has some starter characteristics. The D-backs took things slowly with him in 2022, but they figure to let his performance dictate his progression in 2023. The highly competitive lefthander should begin the season at High-A. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.

  20. 20. Dylan Ray | RHP
    Dylan Ray
    Born: May 9, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 230
    Minors: 0-3 | 7.71 ERA | 14 SO | 3 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Ray is a big-bodied righthander whose amateur career was derailed by a pair of significant surgeries, but he showed glimpses of his upside last summer, prompting the D-backs to take a chance on him. Ray tore his ACL in a football injury his junior year of high school, then needed Tommy John surgery shortly after arriving at Alabama. He logged just 31 innings in 2022, all of it in relief, for the Crimson Tide, then pitched another 11 innings in the Cape Cod League, where the draft-eligible redshirt freshman's performance ultimately won over D-backs scouts.

    Scouting Report: Ray was up to 96 mph with his fastball on the Cape, complimenting that with a power slider that has a chance to be plus and a curveball that projects to be average. He is working on incorporating a changeup. His stuff was up across the board on the Cape, and his ability to throw three pitches for strikes helped convince the D-backs he had the potential to start. Ray's injuries appeared to take a toll on his athleticism, but the D-backs saw glimpses of it returning and hope he will look even better the further he gets from his surgeries. He has relatively low mileage on his arm, which could translate into more potential for development.

    The Future: Ray worked strictly in relief at Alabama, but the D-backs plan to give him a chance to start. With a loose arm, functional delivery and prototypical pitcher's frame, they see a potential innings-eater if it all comes together. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  21. 21. Cristofer Torin | SS
    Cristofer Torin
    Born: May 26, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 155

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The D-backs were drawn to Torin's advanced defensive profile when they signed him for $240,000 in January 2022 but were unsure what sort of hitter they would be getting. Questions remain about his long-term offensive impact, but Torin surprised his new organization with his knack for finding the barrel. He was one of the organization's better performers in the DSL, hitting .333 with gap power and nearly twice as many walks (37) as strikeouts (20).

    Scouting Report: Torin's bat speed is just average, but he sees the ball well and is seemingly on every pitch. He has advanced hand-eye coordination evidenced by his 10% overall whiff rate and 5% in-zone whiff rate. His swing decisions are good; he chases only 20% of the time. He does not safely project for even average power, but with his age and contact skills, more strength and pop could come in time. He is a flashy defender with soft hands, a plus arm and good instincts, with relatively few questions about his ability to stick at shortstop. He carries himself in the field with the flair of Javier Baez, his favorite player.

    The Future: The D-backs are impressed with how polished Torin's game is for his age and club officials wouldn't be surprised to see him reach multiple levels next season. They envision him becoming a middle-of-the-diamond leader on defense and the kind of hitter a team wants at the plate in big situations. Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  22. 22. Manuel Pena | 2B
    Manuel Pena
    Born: Dec 5, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Cesar Geronimo/Omar Rogers/Ronald Rivas.
    Minors: .248/.344/.314 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 137 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The D-backs made Pena the highest-paid player ($1.2 million) in their international class in 2021 because they liked his loose, easy swing, his disciplined approach and his likelihood of sticking on the infield. He has held his own through two seasons, including reaching full-season ball at 18, opening eyes with his offensive potential and standout work ethic.

    Scouting Report: Pena has a controlled but aggressive swing with plus bat speed and the ability to spray line drives to all fields. He has good hands and feel to hit. He has gap power now but should grow into more as he matures. He has no trouble timing up fastballs. He can get overly aggressive and pull happy. Still, he has the makings of a good approach thanks to his ability to recognize balls from strikes. He is a fringy runner and his lack of speed and quickness make him a better fit at second than short. He has the pregame routine of a big leaguer and impresses coaches with his diligence. Pena profiles as an average defender at second with an above-average arm.

    The Future: The D-backs hope to see Pena add more strength to his frame, further refine his approach and show continued improvement as a hitter. They foresee a regular or semi-regular infielder with offensive impact. He will be 19 in 2023 and figures to open the season at Low-A Visalia. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  23. 23. Justin Martinez | RHP
    Justin Martinez
    Born: Jul 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Cesar Geronimo/Jose Ortiz.
    Minors: 3-3 | 3.41 ERA | 61 SO | 21 BB | 37 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Martinez had recently converted from outfielder to pitcher when the D-backs signed him for $50,000 in March 2018. Athletic with a strong arm, he quickly showed all the makings of a raw but intriguing, high-end pitching prospect, but his career hit a roadblock when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2021. He returned last year and raced through four levels as a reliever, finishing his season with an impressive Arizona Fall League showing.

    Scouting Report: Martinez sits in the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball, occasionally touching triple-digits. He has average rise and carry through the zone. His slider is sweepy and sharp and flashes plus, but his best weapon is his split-change, an 85-89 mph dive-bombing pitch that elicits loads of swings and misses. Martinez came back from surgery throwing better strikes and pitching with more confidence than before. He is still an inconsistent strike-thrower, but his clean, repeatable delivery allows projection for average future control.

    The Future: Martinez had been seen as a possible starter, but his injury led to the shift to relief--and possibly to a fast-tracking of his big league arrival. His impressive year prompted the D-backs to add him to their 40-man roster in November, and he will come to major league camp looking to make an impression in hopes of debuting sometime in 2023. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Slider: 55. Changeup: 65. Control: 50.

  24. 24. Carlos Vargas | RHP
    Carlos Vargas
    Born: Oct 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Rafael Espinal.
    Minors: 4-3 | 3.67 ERA | 37 SO | 17 BB | 35 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Vargas was Cleveland's highest-dollar international signee when he received $275,000 in 2016. The organization bet on his projectable frame and quick arm, and within two years, his fastball had climbed from the low 90s to touching 100 mph. He was added to the 40-man roster in the fall of 2020, then blew out his arm in the spring of 2021, ultimately having Tommy John surgery. He got back on the mound last year and performed well in a relief role, then was shipped to the D-backs for pitcher Ross Carver in November.

    Scouting Report: Vargas sits 98 mph with his fastball, routinely reaching triple-digits. Because his four-seamer does not get good ride consistently, the Guardians introduced a sinker, eliciting better results. His slider is a legitimate weapon. He can throw it for strikes early in the count or bury it as a putaway pitch. It averages 90-91 mph and Vargas can occasionally dial it up into the 93-94 mph range. Vargas walked too many batters but it is possible that was due to his long layoff from competition. He is comfortable working down in the zone but needs to learn to better command up in the zone.

    The Future: Vargas joins an organization starved for power bullpen arms, putting him in position to claim a job with a strong spring. If he sharpens his command and control, the stuff could play in a high-leverage role. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 70. Control: 45.

  25. 25. Dominic Canzone | OF
    Dominic Canzone
    Born: Aug 16, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Jeremy Kehrt.
    Minors: .299/.367/.541 | 22 HR | 15 SB | 394 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Canzone reached base in 59 consecutive games in his junior year at Ohio State, hitting .345 with 16 homers and leading the Big Ten in hits, total bases and slugging. His limited profile likely caused him to slip to the eighth round, but he has done little but make consistent hard contact since getting into the D-backs' system.

    Scouting Report: Canzone's swing has never done much for scouts, who describe a rigid, sometimes stiff-looking cut that can be in and out of the zone quickly. But he produces good bat speed and has a knack for finding the barrel. He ranks near the top of the organization in percentage of balls hit 95 mph or harder (40.2) and average exit velocity (89.5 mph), doing so while carrying decent walk (8.5 percent) and strikeout (19.5 percent) rates. He puts together consistently tough at-bats. All of which is good because his bat will need to be his carrying tool; he grades as fringe-average with his defense, arm and speed.

    The Future: Canzone's bat might be good enough to carve out a role, perhaps as a Corey Dickerson type. His path to Arizona is complicated by the Diamondbacks' logjam of outfielders, especially considering Canzone's defensive limitations, plus the fact he was left off the 40-man in the winter. Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 40.

  26. 26. Andrew Pintar | 2B/OF
    Andrew Pintar
    Born: Mar 23, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Pintar was an undersized walk-on when he arrived at BYU from nearby Spanish Fork (Utah) High, but he became the first player under then-coach Mike Littlewood's tenure to subsequently earn a scholarship. A blue-collar type whose work ethic was forged on the family farm, Pintar gained size and strength and by the end of his redshirt freshman year had turned into one of the better offensive players in the WCC. His college career was derailed by a capsule injury in his right shoulder that needed multiple surgeries, leading him to fall in the draft.

    Scouting Report: Pintar has a line-drive swing and the ability to make consistent, hard contact. He has a disciplined approach, rarely swings and misses and uses the whole field well. He could have latent plus power if he can learn to hit the ball in the air more often. He is a terrific athlete with plus speed. Defensively, he has the hands and footwork to play shortstop, but how his arm bounces back from the surgeries will determine his position, with second base and center field as the most likely possibilities.

    The Future: Before his injury, the D-backs saw in Pintar a player in the mold of A.J. Pollock. They were willing to roll the dice on his upside, though time will tell how he looks once he is back on the field. Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  27. 27. Yilber Diaz | RHP
    Yilber Diaz
    Born: Aug 19, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.06 ERA | 99 SO | 38 BB | 78 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Very High

    Track Record: Unsigned at 16, Diaz quit baseball for a year or so before giving it one last try. The D-backs saw him hit 92 mph and brought him to the Dominican Republic in early 2020 to work out. The pandemic hit, stranding him there, but he had access to the team's facility, allowing him to eat well and train regularly. Within months, he was up to 95 mph and the D-backs signed the then-20-year-old for $10,000. He enjoyed a breakout 2022 season, reaching High-A and seeing his velocity approach triple-digits.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Diaz has a fastball that can sit at 96 and touch 99 mph. The pitch has good carry and he uses it well at the top of the zone. His curveball is his most trusted secondary pitch, but it can get loopy at 76-78 mph. He began throwing a slider last season and it flashed plus with tight, lateral action. It could become his best weapon after his fastball. He also has a changeup that he throws with good selling action. It projects to be an average pitch. Diaz has below-average control that could get to fringe-average in time.

    The Future: Diaz has some characteristics that could allow him to develop into a starter, but the club's newfound depth in that area -- and Diaz's subpar command -- could push him into a relief role sooner than later. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  28. 28. Nate Savino | LHP
    Nate Savino
    Born: Jan 24, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Very High

    Track Record: Seen as a possible first-round pick entering his senior year of high school, Savino instead enrolled early at Virginia, where he performed well but did not develop the way many scouts hoped. He did show signs of progress in 2022, particularly with a late-season uptick in stuff, displaying better velocity on both his fastball and slider.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Savino can sit around 93-94 mph with his fastball. He gets good sink and arm-side run with the pitch and is at his best when working at the bottom of the zone. As a result, he is more about inducing ground balls than hunting swings and misses. He can get whiffs with his slider, which shows depth and lateral movement and ranges between 80-86 mph. His changeup, perhaps his best secondary pitch in high school, projects to be average despite being used sparingly last year. He is a consistent strike-thrower whose command flashes plus. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and from a delivery that looked looser and more athletic last season.

    The Future: Savino has all the ingredients to have a future as a back-of-the-rotation starter. If he can maintain the bump in stuff he displayed last season and find it more consistently, perhaps he could be more than that. If not, he could project as an effective reliever. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  29. 29. Gian Zapata | OF
    Gian Zapata
    Born: Sep 13, 2005
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Zapata was the D-backs top signing for the 2023 international signing class, hailing from the Dominican Republic.

    Scouting Grades: Zapata has a long, lanky and athletic frame at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and looks like he might continue growing. Scouts highest on Zapata liked his bat speed, ability to put together quality at-bats and ability to use the whole field. His long levers gave some scouts concerns about the length to his swing path, but others liked his ability to hit in games and make hard contact to the middle of the field. Zapata mostly has gap power now, though with significant strength projection with so much space to still fill out. He's an above-average runner who should begin his career in center, though at his size he might end up slowing down and sliding over to right field with his plus arm that could also tick up as he gets stronger.

    The Future: He should make his debut in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Field: 50. Arm: 60.

  30. 30. Jeremy Rodriguez | SS
    Jeremy Rodriguez
    Born: Jul 4, 2006
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Rodriguez, who signed in January from the Dominican Republic, is young for his class and will make his pro debut when he's still 16.

    Scouting Report: The maturity of his swing decisions, though, is advanced beyond his years. He tracks and recognizes pitches well, stays disciplined within the strike zone and puts together consistent quality at-bats with a sound lefthanded swing and a good track record of hitting in games. As he's gotten stronger, he's started to sting the ball with more authority, though it's still a hit-over-power game with gap power that should continue to grow. Rodriguez has easy actions in the box and defends his position well at shortstop, too. He can finish plays with a plus arm that could still tick up another grade as he continues to fill out.

    The Future: Rodriguez will make his debut in the DSL.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Field: 50. Arm: 60

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