The Diamondback Untouchables; Minor League Edition
Over the last few weeks, I have published articles about players the Diamondbacks should trade. They included such names as; Carson Kelly, Christian Walker, David Peralta, and Madison Bumgarner. I actually think there should be a few more as well, but that is not the focus of this article. This article looks at the opposite side of those players and focuses on the players the Diamondbacks have that they should not trade. Not the ones that would have to be in the right situation, or the ones who are just really talented. I am talking about those few prospects that when a team asks for them, and other teams will ask for them, you immediately say NO.
These are the Diamondback Untouchables.
Our first Untouchable is newly promoted. He was just promoted from Single-A Visalia to High-A Hillsboro. July 3rd was his final day in Visalia where on that day he finished a triple shy of the cycle. Because of injury, he only played in 47 games for the Rawhide. But he knows how to make those games count. He finished with a slash line of .365/.465/.612 with 23 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 23 stolen bases.
Then the next night, July 4th with High-A Hillsboro he announced his presence when he singled, stole a base, and scored, not in his first game, he did all of that in the first inning! He was taken with the 6th overall pick in last year's Draft and is only 19 years old. There is a reason he is MLB.com's #13 overall prospect. But, despite everything you just read, he is not Diamondback's top prospect, Jordan Lawlar is Diamondback's #2 prospect.
Corbin Carroll has the great distinction of being the Diamondbacks' #1 prospect and an Untouchable. His June slash line is .477/.558/.818. On June 23rd he hit a triple, his eighth one of the season, which leads all Double-A players. Carroll was the Diamondbacks 1st round pick in the 2019 Draft and is MLB.com's 13th overall prospect. Overall, the 21-year-old is batting .330/.449/.660. He is currently with the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles. On June 9th Carroll blasted his 14th home run of the year which traveled an estimated 481 feet.
Those are the two names most Arizona fans will know. Let me give you a couple more names that you will be hearing about soon, but you may not know them now. But they are still Untouchables.