Arizona Diamondbacks Farm System Report 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks Farm System

Rank #12 heading into the 2015 season
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Arizona Diamondbacks Farm System

The Diamondbacks had some serious front office changes during the season which included a major shakeup in the offseason. Tony LaRussa was hired in May to serve as the Chief Baseball Officer and ultimately dismissed Kevin Towers as the GM and replaced him with Dave Stewart. Stewart was serving as a player agent during the time and ended up transferring the majority of his clients to Dave Henderson to manage. With a fresh approach the DBacks made some heavy off-season moves. Including acquiring starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Rubby De La Rosa, and Robbie Ray. This gives them quality depth that they clearly didn’t have last year. They also signed two big time international prospects in 3B Yasmany Tomas and RHP Yoan Lopez. Trading their starting catcher Miguel Montero was a suprise move but one that needed to be done for Stewart and crew. His bat had diminished over the last two years but he still nailed 29% of base runners. Of course this was down from the 42% he posted in 2012. The talent they added to their system moves them into #12 in our preseason farm system rankings.

RHP Archie Bradley still stands out as their top prospect and looks to make his MLB debut sometime during the 2015 season. His 2014 campaign was marred by an elbow issue. He’s struggled a good bit of his career with walks and the 2014 season was no different. If he can improve his command he has the ability to make hitters swing-and-miss with his 96+ fastball and solid breaking ball. The Dbacks selected Braden Shipley in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Nevada-Reno. Shipley has a plus fastball (some would argue better than Bradleys) and a great curveball. Another quality first round pick was Touki Toussaint from the 2014 draft. A lean kid who with an overwhelming fastball.

The Justin Upton to the Braves trade Kevin Towers made a few years ago brought Brandon Drury to the DBacks. Many scratched their head on this trade but the one saving grace has been Drury. He’s a guy with some pop and hit’s for a high average. Front office executives project specific players to grow into their bodies and turn doubles into homers and that’s exactly what Drury has done. He finished the 2014 season with a combined .299 average over two levels, 23 homers, 95 RBI, and 42 doubles.

Jake Lamb is penciled in as their third basemen of the future. He’s a bit of a slow-starter but when he gets going it’s tough to stop him. He is a solid defensive third baseman with soft hands and a great glove. He’s always hit around .300 and should be a corner stone infielder for the DBacks for many years. Peter O’Brien draws rave reviews for his bat and his defense behind the plate needs a ton of work. He crushed 34 homers last year and has already made quite the impression during the 2015 spring training. The Diamondbacks catching depth is shaky at best so he may end up in the bigs this year. O’Brien cam over to Arizona as part of the Martin Prado deal.