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Diamondbacks Prospects Review: Third Baseman

Peter Smith
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Welcome back to the Prospect Review! In case you missed the first entry on second baseman, you can check that out here! Third base has been a question mark for the Diamondbacks all offseason. Now that the season has started, plenty of fans have even more questions. I think the answer to that question lies in this article, although I did expect the Diamondbacks to take a flyer on someone like Jonathan Villar or Maikel Franco. I think they looked within and liked their options.

My personal favorite resource when taking a look at prospects is Fangraphs, an awesome website that's probably the best free baseball resource on the internet. Their details and of prospects are unique for a free website that let's you get a better idea of the player than just the stat sheet. I won't be ranking these players, just an overview of the options in the system.

I'll be using two main tools when looking at these guys: the scouting report and Future Value. For the scouting report, there are five values: Hit, Game Power, Raw Power, Speed, and Fielding. Each of these are on a 20-80 scale where 40 is average. Hit is a rating of the player's ability to make effective contact, game power is a rating of how many homers a player can be expected to hit in game situations, raw power is based on how far the player can hit the ball, fielding speed is rated based on 60-yard dash or home to first times. Fielding is a big eye-test rating and is just one of those things that you know when you see.

Finally, there's Future Value, which corresponds to brackets of WAR estimates. They're on that same 20 to 80 scale where 40 is average, but unlike the other grades, they can be matched with a plus, which can signal they might be on the cusp of exceeding the value provided. If you want more info on Fangraphs scouting process, particularly Future Value, I highly recommend you check out the Fangraphs Scouting Primer! With all that being said, let's take a look at the prospects!

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