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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1. Jarrod Parker, rhp
2. Tyler Skaggs, lhp
3. Matt Davidson, 3b
4. Chris Owings, ss
5. Marc Krauss, of
6. A.J. Pollock, of
7. Bobby Borchering, 3b
8. Wade Miley, lhp
9. Patrick Corbin, lhp
10. Keon Broxton, of
Best Hitter for Average A.J. Pollock
Best Power Hitter Bobby Borchering
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Jake Elmore
Fastest Baserunner Westley Moss
Best Athlete Ty Linton
Best Fastball Jarrod Parker
Best Curveball Tyler Skaggs
Best Slider Jarrod Parker
Best Changeup Chase Anderson
Best Control Chase Anderson
Best Defensive Catcher Rossmel Perez
Best Defensive Infielder Chris Owings
Best Infield Arm Raul Navarro
Best Defensive Outfielder A.J. Pollock
Best Outfield Arm Collin Cowgill
Catcher Miguel Montero
First Base Bobby Borchering
Second Base Chris Owings
Third Base Matt Davidson
Shortstop Stephen Drew
Left Field Marc Krauss
Center Field Chris Young
Right Field Justin Upton
No. 1 Starter Jarrod Parker
No. 2 Starter Tyler Skaggs
No. 3 Starter Daniel Hudson
No. 4 Starter Ian Kennedy
No. 5 Starter Wade Miley
Closer Kevin Munson
Year Player, Position 2010
2001 Alex Cintron, ss Mets
2002 Luis Terrero, of Reds
2003 Scott Hairston, 2b Padres
2004 Scott Hairston, 2b Padres
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
Year Player, Position 2010
2001 Jason Bulger, rhp Angels
2002 Sergio Santos, ss White Sox
2003 Conor Jackson, of Athletics
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
* Did not sign
Travis Lee, 1996 $10,000,000
Justin Upton, 2005 $6,100,000
John Patterson, 1996 $6,075,000
Stephen Drew, 2004 $4,000,000
Max Scherzer, 2006 $3,000,000
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After a disastrous 2009 season, the Diamondbacks were looking forward to better times when 2010 kicked off.

Buoyed by free-agent acquisitions Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoche, trade pickups Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy and the expected return of Conor Jackson and Brandon Webb from injury, Arizona hoped to bounce back from a 70-92 debacle.

Instead, things got worse.

The offense continued to set strikeout records, and the bullpen was the worst in baseball. Conor Jackson was ineffective before being traded to the Athletics at midseason, and Webb never made it back to the mound.

The controversial move of A.J. Hinch from farm director to manager in 2009 ended up costing both general manager Josh Byrnes and Hinch their jobs, despite long-term contracts for each. With a 31-48 record and waning interest from fans, owner Ken Kendrick and president Derek Hall pulled the plug. They installed director of player personnel Jerry DiPoto as interim GM and bench coach Kirk Gibson as manager.

The Diamondbacks still finished with a 65-97 record, third-worst in baseball, but the atmosphere in the clubhouse improved after the change.

DiPoto undertook a major reduction in the team payroll and added depth to a thin farm system by trading Jackson, Dan Haren, Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder.

The team gained further payroll relief after the season with the conclusion of the bloated $30 million contract of Eric Byrnes, who had been released in January.

More front-office changes came in the offseason, highlighted by the hiring of Kevin Towers as GM, a position he held with the Padres for 14 years. Towers persuaded DiPoto to stay on in a new role to oversee both scouting and player development.

Farm director Mike Berger was reassigned to a pro scouting position and initially replaced by Double-A Mobile manager Rico Brogna. When Brogna resigned after one month, Arizona turned to minor league field coordinator Mike Bell. Scouting director Tom Allison was replaced by Ray Montgomery, who like Allison had been a Brewers crosschecker.

Gibson had his "interim" tag removed at the end of the season and added Don Baylor, Charles Nagy, Alan Trammell and Eric Young to his coaching staff.

The farm system benefited from DiPoto's trades. Daniel Hudson went 7-1, 1.69 after coming over from the White Sox in the Jackson deal, which also yielded young lefthander David Holmberg.

The Diamondbacks picked up two more southpaws in Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin when they sent Haren to the Angels. The system's biggest boost will come the return of top prospect Jarrod Parker, who sat out 2010 recuperating from Tommy John surgery.

After focusing on position prospects with seven picks in the first two rounds of the 2009 draft, Arizona went for pitcher with its first eight choices last June. The 2010 draft delivered the final snafu of the Byrnes regime when the team drafted righthander Barret Loux sixth overall, in large part because he accepted a below-slot deal worth $2 million.

When Loux failed a postdraft physical because of concerns over his shoulder and elbow, the Diamondbacks withdrew their offer. In an unprecedented move, MLB declared Loux a free agent and he signed with the Rangers. Arizona receives the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 draft for failing to sign Loux, along with the No. 3 pick it earned with its poor play.

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