The Arizona Diamondbacks named pitcher Tyler Skaggs as the Organizational Pitcher of the Year and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as the Organizational Player of the Year. Both awards really come as no surprise. Goldschmidt made his way all the way to Arizona from AA this year. Skaggs most likely will fight for a roster spot at some point in 2012, maybe even as early as spring, however that still remains to be seen.
Skaggs and Goldie both participated in the futures game during All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. Goldie was playing in Phoenix though less than a month after that game. He tore it up in the minors with 30 home runs, 94 RBI. He also walked an impressive 82 times. He showed a lot of that same talent with eight home runs and 26 RBI in just under two months in Phoenix. The future is very bright for him.
The same can be said about Skaggs, who went 9-6 with a 2.96 ERA with 198 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 27 minor league starts. There is a chance he fights for a spot in Arizona 2012 but more realistically in 2013. You can’t help but be giddy about the state of pitching the the Dbacks farm system.