12 October 2010
The Arizona Fall League starts on Tuesday, October 12th, and seven Diamondbacks' prospects will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Diamondbacks will be represented by four Pitchers, Josh Collmenter, Bryan Shaw, Daniel Stange, and Bryan Woodall, as well as Catcher Konrad Schmidt and Outfielders Marc Krauss and A.J. Pollock. Pollock, a 1st Round Pick in 2009, missed the entire 2010 season after elbow surgery, but is expected to make his return in the AFL.
Josh Collmenter, 24, RHP Visalia (A): 2-0, 2.40 ERA, 0.933 WHIP, 15.0 IP, 12.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9 Mobile (AA): 8-3, 1.82 ERA, 1.046 WHIP, 79.1 IP, 8.3K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9 Reno (AAA): 4-3, 5.77 ERA, 1.561 WHIP, 57.2 IP, 6.1K/9, 4.1 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9 Collmenter, a 15th Round pick in 2007 out of Central Michigan, began the year in Visalia of the Class A California League. After winning his first two starts, Collmenter was jumped all the way to AAA Reno, where he started off well, but then ran into problems. He wound up in AA Mobile, where he made the AA All-Star team and helped lead the club to the Southern League playoffs. Collmenter has a deceptive pitching motion and a fine change-up, but there are concerns if he has the stuff to succeed at the major league level. His strikeout rate dropped significantly as he moved up the minor league ladder, while his walks went up. Collmenter will probably start 2011 in AAA Reno.
Bryan Shaw, 22, RHP Mobile (AA): 4-9, 4.26 ERA, 1.431 WHIP, 101.1 IP, 6.7K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 Shaw, a 2nd Round pick in 2008 out of Long Beach State, pitched the entire 2010 season with the AA Mobile Bay Bears, working both as a starter (13 GS) and as a reliever (2 Saves, 9 GF). His strikeout and home run rates were solid, but the walks were a little high, giving him a Fielding Independent ERA of 3.80. As a reliever, he had a 3.19 ERA and 3.67 GB/FB ratio, while his ERA was 4.73 as a starter with a 1.55 GB/FB ratio. Shaw should also be in AAA Reno for the 2011 season.
Daniel Stange, 24, RHP Mobile (AA): 4-1, 1.69 ERA, 0.781 WHIP, 13 Svs, 32 IP, 5.1K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9 Reno (AAA): 4-3, 6.17 ERA, 1.671 WHIP, 2 Svs, 23.1 IP, 6.2K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9 Arizona (NL): 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 2.500 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 4.5K/9, 13.5 BB/9, 2.3 HR/9 Stange, a 7th Round pick in 2006, started the season in AAA and did so well that he earned a promotion to the majors at the end of April. But his control deserted him, and he ended up struggling in the Majors and AAA before finally finding success in AA Mobile. Stange finished the AA regular season with 22 consecutive scoreless appearances, only allowing 9 hits and 8 walks while striking out 16. A good showing in the AFL should get Stange back to the Reno bullpen in 2011.
Bryan Woodall, 24, RHP Visalia (A): 5-3, 9 Svs, 2.15 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 37.2 IP, 12.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 0.2 HR/9 Mobile (AA): 1-4, 3.70 ERA, 1.356 WHIP, 24.1 IP, 9.2 K/9, 1.1 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9 Woodall, a 21st round pick from Auburn in 2008, split the year between Class A Visalia and AA Mobile. He was a mid-season All-Star in the California League, where he had excellent peripherals for a FIP of 1.71. In AA, he maintained his high strikeout rate while still keeping the walks and HRs down (2.95 FIP). Given the Diamondbacks' bullpen woes in 2010, Woodall will have a chance to move up the ladder quickly.
Konrad Schmidt, 26, C Mobile (AA): .315/.373/.490, 11 HR, 65 RBI, 48 R, 7 SB, 32 BB/63K Schmidt had an excellent offensive season for the AA Bay Bears, and was rewarded with a September call-up to the Majors, where he collected his first major league hit. Schmidt, who was undrafted out of Nevada-Reno, has a strong arm and a good reputation for handling a pitching staff. Schmidt had impressed the Diamondbacks last spring, and may have a chance to be the backup catcher for the major league club in 2011.
Marc Krauss, 23, LF Visalia (A): .302/.371/.509, 25 HR, 87 RBI, 107 R, 57BB, 141 K Krauss, a 2nd round pick from the University of Ohio in 2009, has hit well in both of his minor league seasons. He has shown a good line drive swing and also demonstrated the ability to pull the ball over the fence. Particularly impressive was that Krauss, a left-handed batter, hit an excellent .329/.365/.563 against left-handed pitching in 2010. The negatives for Krauss is that he did strike out too much in Visalia, and his defense was mediocre at best. Krauss should start the 2011 season in AA Mobile.
A.J. Pollock, 22, CF Pollock was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 draft by the Diamondbacks out of Notre Dame. Pollock, the Cape Cod League MVP in 2008, was considered one of the most polished players in the 2009 draft, and was expected to move quickly through the system. Unfortunately, an elbow injury wiped out his 2010 season, so the AFL will be an opportunity to see if Pollock is healthy. A strong AFL performance should help Pollock begin the 2011 season in AA Mobile.