Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
1. Brandon Allen, 1B – Here’s your prototypical first baseman – tons of power and can get on base. He won’t hurt you at the position. He’s got the potential to end up an All Star.
2. Jarrod Parker, P – Parker’s Tommy John surgery knocks him down a spot; I expect that he’ll return to form when he recovers (2011). He’s got a great fastball and slider, with a developing curve and change-up.
3. Bobby Borchering, 3B – He’s got tons of potential with the bat, but he’ll end up at first or in left field. He’s a switch hitter that shows power from both sides of the plate. If he develops in his first full season in the pros, he could be a fast mover.
4. Ryan Wheeler, 1B – He’s almost as good as Borchering, but lacks the eye that his fellow draft-mate has. I see him being in the Carlos Pena mold, but many scouts like him more.
5. David Nick, 2B – He’s got good power, speed, contact, and patience for the position, but he’s still young. His defense is good enough to stick at the position. If he continues to develop, he’s got the potential to be very good.
6. Wade Miley, P – While his fastball is a decent pitch, Miley’s breaking ball is his bread and butter. He keeps the ball down in the zone, so he has good groundball rates. He’s got good rates, but need to cut down on his hits if he wants to succeed.
7. A.J. Pollock, OF – Pollock was getting a lot of acclaim on other lists, but he lacks power and plate discipline to be a top player. He does have good contact and speed. His power appears to be more for gap hitting. If he could be a good centerfielder, he’d fit the profile. I don’t see it happening.
8. Chris Owings, SS – Owings has the tools to be good, but there are questions about his defense. He’ll probably end up at second. He will need to work on his discipline to really set himself apart from the rest of the system.
9. Marc Krauss, OF – He’s polished college hitter that has the potential to move quickly. He can do everything, but none of his stills are consider to be plus. He’s got 4th outfielder written all over him.
10. Cole Gillespie, OF – See Krauss – he’s got good skills, but no exceptional skills. I could see him as a solid 4th outfielder as well.
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