25 May 2012
While the Diamondbacks are off to a slow start at the Major League level, all four Minor League affiliates currently have winning records, and almost all of the organizations' top prospects are off to a good start in 2012. Here is an update on how the Top 16 players from the pre-season Top Prospects list are doing this year.
1. Trevor Bauer, RHP (21)
Bauer had eight strong starts for AA Mobile before being promoted to AAA Reno. There are a lot of positives for Bauer this year - excellent strikeout rates, low ERA, very few home runs. The only negative has been the walk rate, as he has struggled with command of his fastball on occasion. Still, the overall results have been very good. Some interesting quotes from Bauer about his walks and ground ball rates can be found in this interview with Nick Piecoro.
2. Archie Bradley, RHP (19)
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Like Bauer, Bradley has been dominating his league, but he too has a walk rate that is a little too high. Still, at the age of 19, Bradley has been one of the best pitchers in the Midwest League, and will likely be promoted to Visalia in the California League before the end of the season.
3. Tyler Skaggs, LHP (20)
Skaggs is another pitcher that many fans would like to see in the Majors now. He too has an excellent strikeout rate, and he has been doing a better job of limiting walks than Bauer and Bradley. All of his numbers are just a shade worse from last year (2.50 ERA, 11.4K/9, 2.3BB/9, 0.6 HR/9), but still are very impressive.
4. Matt Davidson, 3B (21)
Davidson is having the best offensive year of his career, posting career highs in OBP and SLG, while greatly improving his K/BB ratio. He has made 12 errors at 3B, so there is still some room for improvement on the defensive side.
5. David Holmberg, LHP (20)
Holmberg has cut his walk rate in half from last season, and should be promoted to AA soon.
6. A.J. Pollock, CF (24)
Pollock has hit very well in the hitter-friendly Reno environment, and was called up to the Majors when Chris Young went on the DL. He got off to a 3 for 25 start in the Majors, but then went 8 for his next 23 before returning to AAA.
7. Bobby Borchering, LF (21)
Borchering is probably the biggest disappointment in the Diamondbacks' Top Prospect list so far this year. The K/BB ratio is not good, and the power hasn't really come through yet. On the bright side, over the last 10 games, Borchering has hit .359/.378/.718 with 2 HR and 5 Doubles. On defense, he has only played LF this year.
8. Patrick Corbin, LHP (22)
Corbin was the first of the AA rotation to get called up to the Majors this year. He made 5 starts in the Majors, and while he only had one Quality Start, he was only hit hard in 2 of the 5. With Daniel Hudson coming back on Sunday, Corbin will pitch for AAA Reno this weekend.
9. Wade Miley, LHP (25)
Miley has exceeded all expectation so far this year, with a 2.14 ERA (3.28 FIP) in the Majors. He has cut down his walks significantly, and has only allowed 2 HR in 46 IP.
10. Anthony Meo, RHP (22)
Meo has been getting strikeouts, but his lack of control has kept him from working deep into games. He has only completed 6 IP in 2 of his 7 starts.
11. Chris Owings, SS (20)
Owings has had a much better year for Visalia this year, currently ranking 3rd in the league in Hits and 4th in Home Runs and Runs Scored. The K/BB ratio is still a worry, but at least it is better than last year. He's still one of the youngest players in the California League.
12. Marc Krauss, LF (24)
Eaton has maintained his streak of posting an OBP over .400 in every league he has played in. He already has 11 HBP in 46 Games this year.
14. Evan Marshall, RHP (22)
Marshall has picked up 9 Saves as the closer for Mobile, and has not allowed a HR yet this year. It would be nice to see a few more strikeouts.
15. Ryan Wheeler, 3B (23)
Chafin has had a fine year for Visalia, ranking about the Minor League strikeout leaders all season. In his last start on Monday against Bakersfield, he struck out 12 in 7 IP while walking 0.