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Arizona Diamondbacks: Prospects Off To Impressive Start

By Mark Brown
Anthony Banda is considered the Diamondbacks' number one prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Anthony Banda is considered the Diamondbacks' number one prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Dawel Lugo, shortstop, Jackson

Since coming to the Diamondbacks’ organization in exchange for infielder Cliff Pennington in a 2015 trade from Toronto, Lugo hit above .300 during three Arizona minor league stops.

After assigned to Jackson at the start of the current season, Lugo continued to swing a hot bat. In the first 12 games for the Generals, Lugo hit. .321, slammed four homers and drove in 12 runs. Positioned at shortstop, Lugo faces a roadblock to the majors.

Not only do the Diamondbacks have Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed sharing the shortstop position, there is also Ketel Marte ahead in the organzation’s depth chart. Marte was obtained in an off-season trade involving the Seattle Mariners. That’s when right-hander Taijuan Walker came to the desert with Marte for Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.

In his three previous stops in the Diamondbacks’ organization, Lugo hit .333 (22 games in 2015) for Kane County, hit .314 (79 games) for Visalia and .306 (48 games) for double-A Mobile last season.

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Paul Goldschmidt came up through the Diamondbacks farm system. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /
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