Arizona Diamondbacks: Some of the Top Prospects on the Farm

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been better than I thought they were going to be this season. Their record so far this season is 61-63. Arizona is 20.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.

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The Diamondbacks are just 4.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

Arizona traded away first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason to the St. Louis Cardinals. They also traded starting pitcher Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros at the trade deadline.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also had a boatload of first-round picks in the 2019 MLB Draft. Arizona is going to be relevant for a while because they are playing competitive baseball and the Diamondbacks have some pieces in the minor leagues.

Alek Thomas

The top prospect in the Diamondbacks farm system is outfielder. Alek Thomas. He is only 19 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Thomas was a second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He is an average fielder at best in center field, but his contact hitting is what will make him have a long career in the big leagues. Alek Thomas started the season in Single-A with the Kane County Cougars. He is currently in High-A with the Visalia Rawhide. In 102 games played in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .303 with nine home runs and 51 RBI’s, along with 15 stolen bases.

Kristian Robinson

The second-best prospect in Arizona’s farm system is outfielder, Kristian Robinson. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2017. Robinson is currently playing in Single-A with the Kane County Cougars. He is only 18 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Kristian Robinson started the season in Short Season-A with the Hillsboro Hops. He has the potential to develop into a power hitter and steal bases effectively. In 55 games in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .296 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI’s, along with 16 stolen bases. Robinson’s on-base percentage is .379.

Corbin Carroll

The third-best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system is Corbin Carroll. He was drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. It appears as if Carroll, Robinson, and Thomas will be the future starting outfield in Arizona. Carroll is only 18 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2023. Corbin Carroll is currently playing in Short Season-A with the Hillsboro Hops. He started the season in the AZL League (Rookie Ball) with the AZL Diamondbacks. Carroll is also a contact hitter. In 39 total minor league games so far this season, his batting average is .299 with two home runs and 19 RBI’s, along with 17 stolen bases. Corbin Carroll’s on-base percentage is .407.

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Seth Beer

The fourth-best prospect in their farm system is first baseman/outfielder, Seth Beer. He was acquired in a trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. Beer will most likely be a first baseman when he reaches the majors. Arizona will have a potential log jam in the outfield down the road. Seth Beer was a first-round pick by Houston in 2018. He is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Beer is currently playing in Double-A with the Jackson Generals. In 111 games in the minors so far this season, his batting average is .301 with 25 home runs and 98 RBI’s. Seth Beer’s on-base percentage is .403.

Daulton Varsho

The fifth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks farm system is catcher, Daulton Varsho. He was the 68th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Varsho is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. He is the son of former big leaguer Gary Varsho. Daulton Varsho has good plate discipline. He is getting a lot better at his defensive game. Varsho will be ready to be the everyday catcher once he reaches the big leagues. He is currently playing in Double-A with the Jackson Generals. In 97 games played so far this season, his batting average is .298 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s, along with 20 stolen bases. Dalton Varsho’s on-base percentage is .378.

Geraldo Perdomo

The seventh-best prospect in Arizona’s farm system is shortstop. Geraldo Perdomo. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2016. Perdomo is only 19 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Geraldo Perdomo also started the season in Single-A with the Kane County Cougars. He is currently in High-A. Perdomo is tremendous defensively. He is a switch hitter and also a contact hitter. His batting average so far this season in 104 minor league games played is .285 with two home runs and 45 RBI’s, along with 23 stolen bases. Geraldo Perdomo’s on-base percentage is .407.

Levi Kelly

The eighth-best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system is right-handed pitcher, Levi Kelly. He was an eighth-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Kelly is currently in Single-A. He is 20 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Levi Kelly throws as fast 95 MPH with his fastball and his slider has biting action. He throws his slider in the 80s. Kelly has the potential to be an ace in the majors one day. In 19 games pitched so far this season, his record is 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA. In 90.1 innings pitched, he has given up 63 hits and 28 runs. Levi Kelly has walked 33 batters and struck out 118.

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Brennan Malone

The ninth-best prospect in their farm system is right-handed pitcher, Brennan Malone. He was taken with the 33rd overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Malone is currently in the AZL League. He is only 18 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2023. Brennan Malone is a power pitcher. He throws in the high 90s with his fastball and has a solid breaking ball. In five games pitched so far this season, his record is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. In six innings pitched, Malone has given up three hits and two runs. He has also walked three batters and has struck out six.

For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and search top prospects.

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