When it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, most scouts and baseball people think of all the great depth the Snakes have with starting pitching and the SS position. What these people seem to forget is that the club also has excellent prospects at catcher. Granted, the D’backs have Miguel Montero who is locked up long term; in 2012 the D’backs signed him to a 5 year, $60 million dollar deal that will keep in Arizona until 2017. However, if he continues to play the way he did last season and he declines rapidly, it won’t be long before Arizona may consider to release him as he is approaching his mid 30’s.
The D’backs have Stryker Trahan waiting in the wings currently ranked as Arizona’s #7 prospect according to Johnathan Mayo of MLB.com and they see a great future for him. However, the organization is very high on the potential of Michael Perez. He was the 5th pick in the 2011 draft out of Puerto Rico and he currently plays for the Visila Rawhide. The Snakes are excited about him even if that excitement is based on projections. He made his debut in the Arizona Rookie League hitting a home run in his first at bat. He played in rookie level Missoula hitting 10 HR’s in 58 games and was named a Pioneer League All Star. Scouts rave about his short swing that should allow him to hit for power and average and he also possess a great arm. Overall, Perez is a great talent. He is currently the D’backs #10 prospect and could rise ahead of Trahan and be the organization’s catcher of the future. Perez could very well be in Double A Mobile by the end of the season with his MLB ETA projected to be 2016.