Arizona Diamondbacks cut former Top Prospect Jon Duplantier

Pitcher Jon Duplantier #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pitcher Jon Duplantier #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Shocking, Arizona Diamondbacks cut former Top-100 Prospect Jon Duplantier

The Arizona Diamondbacks have called it quits on trying to figure out how to get Jon Duplantier to an MLB-Caliber pitcher. He was a top-100 prospect in 2018 and 2019. He rose rather quickly after being drafted from Rice University in the 3rd round in 2016.

He suffered multiple injuries during his tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He made it to the MLB in 2019 but was shuffled up/down between Triple-AAA and the MLB. The Diamondbacks needed him as a reliever that year before trying to stretch him out as a starter. He had started throughout his entire Minor League career. In 2019, he started in the MLB in three games. In 12 other games, he played as a reliever. Now it is unfair to assume that affected his development but it very well could have.

In 2020, Duplantier missed all of the season with a right forearm injury. In 2021, he played four games with Arizona Diamondbacks, starting in three of them. He suffered injury again due to a razor incident. This set back his spring training throwing by a week or so.

He ends his current tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching in 19 games, starting 7 of them. He had 49.2 innings of 6.70 ERA ball. He threw 46 strikeouts to 26 walks and gave up a staggering 37 ERs. He departs with a record of 1-4 in his career.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have removed him from the 40-man roster and he been placed on waivers. If another team does not place a claim on him, he will become a free agent. At that point, he is free to sign with any team. It is possible that the Arizona Diamondbacks will try to re-sign him to a minor league deal, but that is not a guarantee.

Update: Jon Duplantier had suffered a season-ending LAT strain. He was on the 40-man roster and the Diamondbacks chose to release him instead of keep him on the 60-day IL where players get paid while rehabbing. I guess this came about due to money and how much it would cost to keep him rest of season at a MLB rookie salary (roughly 250,000 dollars or so). Shout out to 

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