MLB Network unveils its list of the Top 100 Prospects in Major League Baseball tonight at 9 PM EST. Lefty pitcher Tyler Skaggs figures to be among the top fifteen, perhaps higher and could be joined by several other Arizona Diamondbacks prospects . Right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley, third baseman Matt Davidson and shortstop Didi Gregorius also could find their way onto the list. I decided to look at some earlier draft classes for the D’backs and found the draft of 2009 has already paid off for the team and could even more beneficial in 2013.
The guy with the most success from that class is first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, drafted in the eighth round and is already an impact bat for the Snakes. He figures to take on a bigger role this season as he matures and also to make up for the lost production of Justin Upton. Davidson, the 35th overall pick, is listed as mlb.com’s sixth-ranked third base prospect. As the roster may continue to shuffle, the 21-year old could be in line for a September call-up and the teams’s starting third baseman in less than two years. A.J. Pollock a first round selection, (17th overall) had 81 at-bats with the big club in 2012 and despite the crowded outfield, could see even more time in 2013. Arizona’s first pick (16th overall) Bobby Borchering was traded last Summer for Chris Johnson who was then traded with Upton to the Atlanta Braves for five players including Martin Prado. Given that Kevin Towers has spoken publicly about stockpiling of up-the-middle guys, infielder Chris Owings, taken in the second round figures to have an impact for the D’backs either with the team or used to acquire more talent. Fifth round selection Ryan Wheeler was traded this offseason for pitcher Matt Reynolds, a lefty who will give Arizona some more bullpen depth.
Whether it is on the field or used in trades, the class of 2009 for the D’backs has played a significant role in shaping the team’ s identity. We hope this translates to many victories on the field and more fans at Chase Field.
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