Diamondbacks’ Sneaky Good Prospects

By Chuck Jackson
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#5 – Zach Borenstein OF Mobile BayBears

Borenstein has been mentioned a few times on this website this season. Earlier this year, he hit for the cycle for the second time in his career. He was taken in the 23rd round of the 2011 Draft by the Los Angeles don’t-say-we-are-from-Anaheim-even-though-we-are Angels of don’t-say-it Anaheim (that was fun). At 6’0″ and 225 lbs., he is built solidly and he presents what I like to call 5-tools lite. He hits for decent power, good average, good on-base skills, better than average speed, solid fielding as a corner outfielder, and a better than average arm.

He doesn’t do anything extremely well, but on the 20-80 scale, he would rate out as 50-55 in all categories. That’s above average. In 446 minor league games, he has hit .287/.360/.499 with 66 home runs, 24 triples, 169 walks, and only 363 strikeouts (1606 at-bats).

I expect him to get invited to spring training this off-season and be given every chance to break with the Diamondbacks. The main reason is he is consistent and could truly help the team off the bench and in spot duty, especially if the Diamondbacks sell off a couple of pieces.

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