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Last year it was High-A Visalia where the bulk of the exciting minor league talent began the season, this year it’s Double-A Mobile. This wave of good young prospects has moved along, somewhat in unison, as the BayBears are loaded with interesting guys. But if you know anything about the strengths of the Diamondbacks’ minor league system, you’re well aware …

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Over the All-Star Break, while Braden Shipley was representing the Diamondbacks in the Futures Game, the team announced that right-hander Aaron Blair has been promoted to AA Mobile. Blair began his 2014 campaign in Single-A South Bend with the Silverhawks where he made six starts. His ERA was ugly due some shoddy work by the bullpen, but he was effective …

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The Diamondbacks have turned things around to a degree as of late, but it’s always worth keeping an eye on the future of the franchise. With the struggles of the team, there’s been a bit of a vacuum effect leading to a series of promotions. When Mike Bolsinger was sent down, Chase Anderson and Evan Marshall were called up. This …

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If you were with us last fall, you likely caught a few of these features and they’re back for the 2014 season. It’s never too early to look to the future, especially when you’re winning percentage is where it is for the Diamondbacks. So we’ll be checking in on the D’backs minor leagues all throughout the season, highlight the recent …

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Opening Day is always exciting at Chase Field, but the Diamondbacks aren’t the only team we care about that’s getting their season underway. Minor league affiliates across America are kicking off their seasons and since their rosters are comprised of the big leaguers of the future, they deserve some attention. As you’ve likely noticed, we like to keep track …

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Last fall, we rolled out our first prospect rankings. In case you missed them at the time, you can see them here: 1-10, 11-20 and 21-30. Since that time, a number of other publications have released their rankings. While ours came out after the minor league championship games were played, the other lists have had the benefit of …

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Thoughts on Ranking Prospects

On October 15, 2013 By

There’s a lot to consider when ranking prospects. To do it properly, it takes an ability to analyze the present, take into account the past and project the future. It’s the last of these three things that is the finest art and is easily the most difficult to nail down. It’s not impossible to get a feeling for the future, …

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Reno Aces

League: Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)

Record: 60-84 (15th out of 16 teams in the Pacific Coast League)

Runs Scored: 757 (5th of 16 teams)

Runs Allowed: 793 (14th of 16 teams)

Recap: in case you missed my earlier write-up of the Visalia Rawhide and the park effects of playing in …

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Mobile BayBears

League: Southern League (Double-A)

Record: 79-60 (1st out of 10 teams in the Southern League)

Runs Scored: 563 (4th of 10 teams)

Runs Allowed: 478 (1st of 10 teams)

Recap: it was nearly a three-peat in Alabama as the BayBears fell one win short of the Southern League crown. Down …

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Visalia Rawhide

League: California League (High-A)

Record: 77-63 (3rd out of 10 teams in the California League)

Runs Scored: 704 (6th of 10 teams)

Runs Allowed: 739 (6th of 10 teams)

Recap: it’s not too often that a team with a -35 run differential finishes with the third highest record in the league, but this is minor …

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South Bend Silver Hawks

League: Midwest League (Single-A)

Record: 81-58 (4th out of 16 teams in the Pioneer League)

Runs Scored: 624 (7th of 16 teams)

Runs Allowed: 577 (4th of 16 teams)

Recap: the Silver Hawks made the postseason in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League, then put together a nice run, reaching the Eastern Division Championship. …

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Hillsboro Hops

League: Northwest League (Short Season)

Record: 34-42 (t-6th of 8 teams in the Northwest League)

Runs Scored: 298 (5th of 8 teams)

Runs Allowed: 319 (5th of 8 teams)

Recap: Hillsboro struggled in it’s inaugural season as a franchise, replacing the Yakima Bears as the Diamondbacks’ short-season affiliate. The excitement for the team came via the pitching staff, …

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DSL Diamondbacks

League: Dominican Summer League (Rookie)

Record: 29-39 (26th of 35 teams in the Dominican Summer League)

Runs Scored: 333 (9th of 35 teams)

Runs Allowed: 327 (13th of 35 teams)

Recap: this is a tough one to figure out as the Diamondbacks were in the top ten in runs scored and top fifteen in runs allowed, yet finished …

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AZL Diamondbacks

League: Arizona League (Rookie)

Record: 29-27 (5th of 13 teams in the Arizona League)

Runs Scored: 262 (11th of 13 teams)

Runs Allowed: 280 (5th of 13 teams)

Recap: despite some nice individual seasons, the Diamondbacks struggled to score runs with any semblance of consistency. The team clearly lacked any sense of serious power, with the highest …

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Missoula Osprey

League: Pioneer League (Rookie)

Record: 31-42 (7th of 8 teams in the Pioneer League)

Runs Scored: 409 (7th of 8 teams)

Runs Allowed: 452 (t-4th of 8 teams)

Recap: the Osprey were plagued by poor staring pitching all season long. Of the team’s five regular starters, no one had an ERA under 4.50, showcasing the problems of the …

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The 2013 minor league season is somewhat over for your Arizona Diamondbacks. I guess it’s 3/7 over, technically. If you’re not a fractions person (and frankly, who calls one’s self a “fractions person?”), that’s 42.8% complete, thanks to the South Bend Silver Hawks (A), Visalia Rawhide (A+) and Mobile BayBears (AA) who all have made the playoff and are still …

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