Meet the Diamondbacks Top Three Prospects
As a senior in 2019, Carroll hit .540 with nine home runs and a 1.859 OPS. Another high school star the Diamondbacks signed him to a $3.7MM slot bonus instead of going to UCLA. He was selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. He, like most prospects, was signed to the Arizona Rookie League Diamondbacks where he hit .291 with two home runs, 14 RBI's and 16 stolen bases in 31 games. He was then promoted to the Hillsboro Hops where he batted .326 with six RBI's in 11 games with them.
When scouts look at Carroll they see everything they need to project him as a plus hitter. He has an advanced approach, controls the hitting zone, and shows the ability to make adjustments. He makes not only consistent contact, but hard consistent contact. That gives him the ability to drive the ball to all fields, and he does this all from the left side of the plate, which is always a plus. Carroll has added more strength since wearing a Diamondbacks uniform. He may never get to 30 home runs, but he will spray the ball all over the field, projecting to more doubles but enough pop in his bat to still give you 10 to 20 dingers. Carroll has been to three different stops in his short COVID restricted minor league career. In the Rookie League he posted a .299 average and impressive .896 OPS with 18 steals which got him a promotion to short season Class A Hillsboro Hops. But, where he really turned heads was at the alternate training site. He turned heads for not only his performance but also the advanced competition he did his work against. This led him to a hot start in High-A before he injured his shoulder on a home run swing. Before the injury, he was slashing .435/552/913 in seven games.
But, what really sets Carroll apart is what scouts would call his plus-plus speed. In his 49 games in Dbacks uniform he has swiped 21 bags while only being caught twice. That speed also gives him an advantage in center field as well. He has plenty of range and is a plus defender. His 5' 10" 165 pound frame grades out well overall with an emphasis on his speed, defense, and contact with the baseball.
So far Lawlar and Carroll are great prospects. But, the drawback is they are each only in Single-A. Our third and final guy is much closer to the big leagues and is the son of a former minor league player as well.