Hats off to the Diamondbacks; you guys have impressed us…
Arizona wrapped up their 3 game series today against the powerhouse Braves. The D-backs (impressively) were victorious twice and if it weren’t for a clutch Austin Riley home run in the 8th inning today, they would be heading to Cincinnati with mammoth bragging rights after sweeping the hottest team in all of baseball.
But hey, Arizona certainly won’t complain about winning 2 of 3 games against a team that doesn’t lose very often in front of their home faithful.
With a series win, the D-backs are now 11 games above .500 and sit in the first wildcard spot in the competitive NL.
They will now head to Cincinnati to take on the streaky Redlegs. This 3-game weekend series should be full of runs, speed, and fun!
Now that you are all caught up on the big league news, let’s take a look at what is going on in the farm system. These 3 Diamondbacks prospects are as hot as the July sun…
Diamondbacks #1 prospect Jordan Lawlar is on fire
Jordan Lawlar has not always been hot in 2023.
After the first two months of the season, Lawlar was 29-146 which comes out to a batting average under .200. He also struck out 48 times in those two months.
But the past is the past, and here in the present, we are discovering why this kid is the #5 ranked prospect in all of baseball.
Lalwar had a fantastic June. He went 29-96 (.302) while also recording 11 RBIs, 11 steals, and an OPS of .904. Out of 22 June games, Lawlar only went hitless 3 times. You thought his June was good? Check out his July numbers!
In 9 July games, Lawlar is 12-34 (.353) with 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 stolen bases, and he has recorded an OPS of 1.169! We may have to wait until 2024 to see this kid in Arizona, but he and Carroll at the top of the lineup is worth the wait.
Diamondbacks #7 prospect Ivan Melendez is on fire
This dude can mash. At this rate, Ivan Melendez might be the next Mark McGwire.
I really hope to see Melndez up in the bigs next season, but that isn’t likely, unfortunately. We will likely see this slugging first baseman in 2025. Chase Field may not be able to contain him.
Ivan has consistently put up numbers this season, but in the past two months, he’s been on another level. 8 doubles, 15 HRs, and 28 RBIs.
Don’t be surprised if he is a 40-homer hitter one day.
Diamondbacks #10 prospect Yu-Min Lin is on fire
This kid is only 20 years old, but once he fully develops he has the potential to be a top-end of the rotation guy.
Yu-Min Lin leans on a devastating changeup and slider. These two pitches have carried him to a successful 2023.
In his last 7 starts, Lin is 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA. He has pitched 39 innings over the course of those starts and he has struck out 42 batters in that time.
If you take away his ugly July 7th start where he gave up 7 earned runs, Lin has given up 3 earned runs in 34 innings for an ERA of 0.79 since June 3rd!