Baseball America published their list of the top ten prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which you can access here. There was no surprise as shortstop Dansby Swanson, the number one overall pick in the 2015 Draft was at the top of the list. Number two shouldn’t be a shocker, either as pitcher Aaron Blair lands there although MLB.com has him at number three. BA has fellow pitchers Braden Shipley and Archie Bradley at number three and four respectively, the latter a result of his uneven performance and arm injury after getting beaned by a line drive. Rounding out the top five is infielder Brandon Drury, who spent most of September with the D-backs. The rest of the list from six through ten reads like this:
- Right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez
- Left-handed pitcher Alex Young
- Outfielder Socrates Brito
- Infielder Isan Diaz
- Catcher/Outfielder Peter O’Brien
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Hitting coach update:
The search continues for the D-backs next hitting coach. It should be noted that Mark Grace is still considered a candidate. We have some updates via Twitter as to how that is progressing:
Piecoro also stated in a tweet that veteran scout Pat Murtagh left the Arizona organization to take a position on the New York Yankees’ pro scouting staff. Murtagh joined the D-backs in 2009 after coming over from the Detroit Tigers. He was based out of Indiana and covered the Midwest for the team.
A wonderful story
Steve Gilbert at mlb.com has an excellent piece about the recovery of pitcher of Evan Marshall. You will recall that Marshall nearly lost his life after being struck in the head by a batted ball while pitching for Triple A Reno on August 3rd. You will be happy to read that he is on the way to making a full recovery and his preparing for the 2016 season. He has been working out at the D-backs’ facility at Salt River Fields, running and lifting weights and has taken some grounders from off the mound, albeit using rag balls. He expects to compete for a bullpen job in Spring Training and will have no restrictions in place at that time.
On to some other links about the Diamondbacks:
What is Yasmany Tomas Worth?-insidethezona
Now for some links from around the FanSided Network:
Miami Marlins Moving Jose Fernandez?-marlinmaniac
Andruw Jones Wants One More Shot-tomahawktate
Cubs Willing to Listen to Baez, Soler Trade Offers-calltothepen