With the 2015 season on the horizon, the Arizona Diamondbacks will have one of the better best farm systems in the MLB. Stacked with, pitchers, outfielders and corner infielders, most of them will receive long looks in camp to make the big league squad.
Here are the top 10 prospects.
Feb 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mitch Haniger (75) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Brewers won 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
10. Mitch Haniger, OF
Drafted in 2012 by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Cal Poly, Haniger was sent to Arizona in the Gerardo Parra deal in July. During his 2014 season with two different Double A clubs, he hit 10 home runs with 34 RBI and hit.255.
Haniger has some of the quickest bat speed in all of the minor leagues. Look for him to be in Mobile to start the season.
9. Marcus Wilson, OF
The outfielder was one of the youngest players drafted in the 2014 draft, chosen by the Diamondbacks in the first round. Wilson is straight out of Compton, Calif and played in the Under Armour All-American game this past summer in Chicago at Wrigley Field.
Wilson’s speed is his best attribute.
8. Peter O’Brien C/1B
O’Brien was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2012 draft but ended up in Arizona this past season as part of the Martin Prado deal. He hit 34 home runs combined with the Yankees and the Diamondbacks minor league clubs.
Coming out of a very good University of Miami baseball program, O’Brien will look to end up with the big boys this season in Arizona.
7. Brandon Drury, 3B
The young third baseman was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round in 2010 out of high school. He was sent over to the Diamondbacks in the Justin Upton exchange.
Drury has been one of the most consistent prospects for the Diamondbacks hitting 23 home runs and hitting .300 in Visalia and Mobile last season. Look for Drury’s bat to bring him to the MLB very soon.
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6. Yoan Lopez, RHP
Signed to a contract out of Cuba last month, Lopez is a hard throwing right-hander who consistently touches 95-96 mph but can also touch 97-98 mph.
His curveball is his go to punch out pitch, which has nasty break. Lopez relies on his fastball early and late in the count because its hard to catch up to.
5. Aaron Blair, RHP
Out of Marshall University in West Virginia. Blair touches low 90’s and has a great changeup. Because of his control around the plate, Blair rarely walks hitters and is a ground ball pitcher.
He led the Cape Cod league in ERA with a 1.17 in 2012. Because of his ability to spot pitches, Blair will be in the big leagues in no time.
Sep 11, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (19) high fives a teammate after a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
4. Jake Lamb, 3B
Like Drury, Lamb is just another talented third baseman in the Diamondbacks system. Out of the University of Washington, Lamb was chosen in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.
Lambspent most of the season in Mobile hitting .318 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI’s. He was eventually called up in September and had 126 at-bats, hitting .230 with four long balls.
Look for Lamb to back up Yasmany Tomas or start off in AAA Reno.
3. Touki Toussaint, RHP
Toussaint was selected with the 16th pick in the first round of the draft in 2014 for the D-Backs. He was lived his first six years of life in Haiti and took up baseball just in high school.
Because of his quick and loose arm, Toussaint has terrific velocity touching 97 mph. His curveball breaks very well and can throw it inside on hitters very well.
Although Toussaint has a while to go, expect him to make a big impact for Arizona in future years.
2. Braden Shipley, LHP
The lefty was taken in the first round of the 2013 draft with the 13th pick out of the University of Nevada. Coming into college, he was a standout shortstop and later became a pitcher because of his strong arm.
He can easily touch 95-96 mph but can also hit 98. Because he went through Arizona’s minor league system so quick, Shipley could end up in the Diamondbacks starting rotation in no time.
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1. Archie Bradley, RHP
Bradley can touch upper 90’s and has great off speed along with control. Bradley would be up in the majors by now, but elbow problems have slowed that down.
With his elbow being 100 percent this spring, Bradley will be given many chances to show he’s capable of being an ace.