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Five NL West prospects worth watching

@mi_guardado
April 11, 2019

The Minor League season kicked off last week, offering the first glimpse at some of the brightest prospects around baseball. Many of them reside within National League West organizations, as the Padres and Dodgers have each built top-10 farm systems, according to MLB Pipeline. Here’s a look at five NL

D-backs option top pitching prospect Duplantier

Right-hander sent to Triple-A Reno to return to starting
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 10, 2019

PHOENIX -- The D-backs optioned right-hander Jon Duplantier to Triple-A Reno following Tuesday night’s 5-4 win over the Rangers, and a corresponding roster move will be made Wednesday. Duplantier is the D-backs' No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline and was called up April 1 to provide a fresh arm in

Starting spots for D-backs' Top 30 prospects

@GoldenSombrero
April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

What to expect from D-backs' Duplantier in bigs

@GoldenSombrero
April 2, 2019

A big piece of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ future was on display Monday night as right-hander Jon Duplantier tossed three scoreless innings of relief in his Major League debut to record the save in the D-backs’ 10-3 win over the Padres. The D-backs purchased the contract of Duplantier, the team’s No.

Kelly, Duplantier a historic tandem in debuts

One gets the win, the other the save in their first apperances
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 2, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Monday brought a night of big league debuts for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and a first for Major League Baseball. Merrill Kelly made his first-ever start and Jon Duplantier picked up the save in the D-backs’ 10-3 win over the Padres at Petco Park. Since the save

D-backs recall top pitching prospect Duplantier

Lamb could see some time at third again after roster shuffle
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 1, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- To give their tired bullpen a boost, the D-backs on Monday called up right-hander Jon Duplantier from Triple-A Reno. Duplantier is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the organization, behind shortstop Jazz Chisholm, by MLB Pipeline. In their four-game, season-opening series against the Dodgers, the D-backs

Alexander eager to blaze path to big leagues

January 20, 2019

Blaze Alexander was at Chase Field in mid-September and he was in awe, taking in every moment of the pregame ceremonies alongside other top Arizona Diamondbacks prospects.The 19-year-old shortstop was walking around the ballpark as if he wanted to remember every corner of the place he hopes to someday come

Prospect Thomas enjoys whirlwind first year

January 15, 2019

D-backs prospect Alek Thomas can be defined as many things: a millennial, a former three-sport athlete and a coach's son. However, Thomas, who is participating in a special D-backs Hitter's Camp this week at Salt River Fields in Arizona, refuses to be boxed in, labeled or to somehow give in

D-backs grab pitcher Green in Rule 5 Draft

December 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- In previous trade talks with the Yankees, right-hander Nick Green's name came up. But nothing ever came of it until Thursday, when the D-backs selected the 23-year-old in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft.The D-backs must pay $100,000 to the Yankees as compensation for

D-backs' Takahashi seizes opportunity in AFL

November 2, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- With its Fall Stars Game scheduled for Saturday, the Arizona Fall League made it easy on the players slated to participate by shortening Friday's games to seven innings and giving most of them the day off. With the Salt River Rafters sending two members of their rotation

D-backs' Mark OK after taking Vlad Jr. liner to head

23-year-old righty recovering after being struck by 103-mph line drive`
October 10, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs prospect Tyler Mark walked off under his own power after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the third inning of an Arizona Fall League game on Wednesday night at Salt River Fields. On Thursday, Mark

D-backs land Andriese from TB for 2 prospects

Righty to bolster 'pen as club deals Perez, Shaffer; Delgado DFA'd
July 25, 2018

CHICAGO -- The D-backs acquired an additional arm for the bullpen Wednesday, landing right-hander Matt Andriese from the Rays in exchange for Minor Leaguers Michael Perez and Brian Shaffer.Andriese, who will turn 29 next month, fits the profile of the typical player general manager Mike Hazen likes to acquire --

D-backs make pitching priority in Draft

June 6, 2018

PHOENIX -- The D-backs used their first three picks in the 2018 Draft on position players, but a trend formed soon after.Of the 40 players Arizona selected over three days, 23 were pitchers. It started on Tuesday when the club used seven of its eight selections on pitchers. It continued

D-backs draftee Weiss motivated by tragedy

June 5, 2018

PHOENIX -- The moment was surreal, almost like a video game. Ryan Weiss saw his last name -- the one he passionately plays and lives for -- flash across the screen when the D-backs selected him in the fourth round of Tuesday's portion of the MLB Draft.• Draft Tracker: Follow

D-backs lean right on Day 2 of Draft

Arizona takes seven pitchers in rounds 3 through 9
June 5, 2018

PHOENIX -- There was an obvious trend for the D-backs on the second day of the MLB Draft. Whereas they selected position players with their first three picks Monday, they loaded up on college arms -- especially righties -- on Tuesday.• Draft Tracker: Follow every D-backs Draft pickIn fact, the