The roster limits for Major League ball clubs will expand from 25-men to 40-men on September 1 and the Arizona Diamondbacks have plenty worthy players deserving of being called up to help the club make a run at the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to MLB.com the Diamondbacks top prospect list is loaded with terrific prospects. Archie Bradley is the only guy on the list that has Major League experience, but a few of these players could impact the Diamondbacks’ late-season push.
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Shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, is listed as the No. 1 prospect for the Diamondbacks, but has only 12 games of Short Season Single-A under his belt so he is no where near ready for a September call-up.
Bradley was just reinstated from the disabled list and is currently rehabbing with the Triple-A Reno Aces and will make a direct impact in September.
Right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair is the No. 3 ranked prospect for the Diamondbacks and is currently on the Aces. In 10 starts with Reno, Blair holds a 6-2 record with a 3.30 ERA. He has also struck out 50 batters in 60.0 innings pitched at the Triple-A level.
Right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley ranks No. 4 for the Diamondbacks and is currently a stretch to make the September roster as he is currently with the Mobile BayBears (Double-A). Shipley is 8-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 25 starts for the BayBears and has the potential to be a middle of the rotation for the Diamondbacks in a couple years.
Third baseman Brandon Drury is No. 7 on the Diamondbacks prospect list and has a very legitimate shot to earn a call-up as he is currently slashing .336/.390/.466 for the Reno Aces. He has 75 hits in 56 games at the Triple-A level and has a 17:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. With Jake Lamb at 3B, Drury may have to establish himself at his secondary position, second base, to earn playing time at the Major League level.
Finally, outfielder Peter O’Brien should have his name highlighted as someone who will suit up in a Diamondbacks uniform next month. O’Brien has spent the entire 2015 season with the Reno Aces and in 117 games he has smacked 21 home runs, while knocking in 89 runs. A slash line of .282/.331/.525 shows that he is ready for the next step up with true dominance of pitching in Triple-A.