Baseball seems so simple if you’re not looking closely, but I’d beg to differ. Every baseball play starts with the pitcher, and pitchers are always seeking to improve their odds of defeating the batter in the box. Their weapons to do so are contained in an arsenal of pitches that they have at their disposal. But here’s the thing: for …

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About ten days ago, Dave Stewart came out and publicly declared Mark Trumbo the team’s every day right fielder in 2015. Aside from the fact that I disagree with the organization making bold public statements about players, especially this early in the offseason, I also disagree with Trumbo lining up in right 150 times next year. The experiment in …

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When Kevin Towers was “removed” in September, I doubt many people thought the D-backs would make the first significant trade of the offseason. I know I didn’t — but that’s arguably what new GM Dave Stewart and the front-office-by-committee pulled off on Friday night, trading #7 prospect Andrew Velazquez and #8 prospect Justin Williams for Jeremy Hellickson.

Jeff wrote …

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Well, that didn’t take long. After hearing that the Diamondbacks would be active on the pitching market, likely via trade, they wasted little time in pulling the trigger. Friday evening, news broke that they had acquired Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson for two top ten prospects in Justin Williams and Andrew Velazquez. Any time two prospects near the top of a …

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Things may get a little thin toward the bottom, but next year’s lineup looks to be quite good at the top if everyone stays healthy. A.J. Pollock was a monster last season, Aaron Hill has typically been an above-average hitter, and Paul Goldschmidt can’t be beat. Against left-handed pitching, Mark Trumbo should produce runs at an above-average clip, and when …

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A handful of MLB players got a chance to see possible postee Kenta Maeda in Japan on November 12th, although if you were watching from home in Arizona, you were doing so at 1 am that morning. With that and GM Dave Stewart‘s recent public affection for Maeda (I love Maeda), it’s time to take …

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The top 10 is finally here, and make no mistake, there’s plenty to like in the upper echelon of the Diamondbacks’ minor league system. While you’re likely familiar with the top couple of names here, take notice of the young prospects, from Single-A or below, who likely represent something of a new wave of potentially future D-backs. Arizona has done …

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In the second installment of the Diamondbacks Top 30 Prospects, we start getting into impact territory, highlighting some high ceiling youngsters and recently-traded-for prospects. A pair of 2014 draftees might offer the most likely upside while two Latin prospects on the list have big time potential but big time questions.

Other installments: Primer  |  21-30


20. Mitch Haniger
  • Age: 23.9
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