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So, way back when, we published a little thing called the Diamondbacks Top 30 Prospect list. That seems like a long time ago now. So much has changed. With prospects, things are always changing and it’s occasionally difficult to not get caught up in a particularly bad or good half of a season. That makes the midseason list even …

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Friday night, rather late for my tastes, the Diamondbacks executed a trade, sending right-handed reliever and Chase Field darling Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox for two prospects. It’s a move that was a little shocking in the sense that it occurred in early July and not right up against the trade deadline. Trading Ziegler in and of itself …

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With the draft completed, the Diamondbacks are at full capacity on the farm. With four full-season affiliates underway already (Kane County/Visalia update, Mobile/Reno update), the team has five short season teams now in action. That’s another roughly 135 players to keep track of, making my life busy, but giving us hope for the future as things at …

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As you may recall, the 2015 MLB Draft left us with some concerns about the Diamondbacks. The biggest concern was due to the fact that Arizona had the largest bonus pool of any team and, with a soon-to-expire CBA in place that left future draft allocations uncertain, failed to utilize that pool of money for competitive advantage. Aiding the …

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As we noted last week, minor league baseball has been in action for two months now, and with the draft just days away, we’re only a couple weeks out from all affiliates getting under way. There’s enough of a sample for us to finally dig into, enough for us to draw some conclusions about where things stand right now. Right

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Minor league baseball has been quietly roaring along for two months now. There’s enough of a sample for us to finally dig into, enough for us to draw some conclusions about where things stand right now. Right now is just that, right now. Things always change, but it’s time we examine what has taken place to date. As we …

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The game of baseball is in very good hands. With the influx of young talent over the past several years, baseball has been lent an opportunity to turn the chapter from the awkward post-Steroid Era years and entrust the game to an exciting crop of diverse talent. Young phenoms Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper

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The minor leagues are well under way. Last week we took a look at the high minors and some players who might make an impact. A couple of them have already been called up to the majors as Evan Marshall and Archie Bradley have found themselves in the middle of the fray as the D-backs open up a series in …

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Only weirdos refresh minor league roster pages every twenty minutes. That officially makes me (and hopefully a couple of others) a weirdo. Minor league rosters started taking shape about a week and half ago and can reveal certain clues about how the team feels about its prospects. Best of all, we get to see which players will be facing new …

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The Diamondbacks’ minor league system is down as a whole given the departures of guys like Touki Toussaint, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. Not helping things, Archie Bradley has kind of stalled and if it weren’t for a strong close to the 2015 season from Braden Shipley, things might look really bad. All of that said, there …

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Having just returned to real life from six days in Arizona, I was faced with a harsh reality: getting up in the morning to go to real work is far less exciting than getting up to go to minor league camp. I mean, think about it. Arriving at real work requires braving Los Angeles traffic and trying not to spill …

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Last week we took a long, hard look at Diamondbacks position player prospects who are playing for the club in Spring Training. There are plenty of guys with a chance to make the team in some capacity and others we should see at some point during the 2016 campaign. It’s time to look at the other side of the equation …

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This is a guest post from friend of the website and Japanese Baseball expert, Kazuto Yamazaki. He was nice enough to share his insights or Nakaushiro from his college and NPB (professional) career. You’ll find more information about the author at the bottom of the post. For now, enjoy the insights!

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The Diamondbacks had their first Spring Training game yesterday. Aside from the fact that the game itself is pretty meaningless, it did signal a return to something we all love: baseball competition. The game also included a couple of non-roster invitees, and while we looked at all of those guys a while back, it seems smart to zero in …

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It’s February now and baseball is coming. It seems like a long time ago that we were stuck in the dead zone of baseball past, back when the only thing to do was talk about prospects. Then there were trades. Players have left the organization at a rate that’s frankly shocking. Even with a win-now mentality, no one wants to …

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The Unusual Suspects

On January 28, 2016 By

Baseball season is approaching, but that approach is taking an excruciating amount of time. It’s now less than three weeks until pitchers and catcher report to Salt River Fields to do some stretching and work on their pickoff moves and practice signs and whatever else those guys do. In the meantime, the bulk of the talk around baseball will be …

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