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Time to catch up on D-backs' farm teams

May 17, 2023

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Pfaadt accepts challenge, rebounds with strong outing

May 14, 2023

PHOENIX -- There is a strength to Brandon Pfaadt. Yes, the D-backs right-hander has the prototypical strong body you like to see in a pitcher -- 6-foot-4, 220 pounds -- but the first thing that those within the Arizona organization are apt to mention when discussing him is his internal

Gallen backed by red-hot rookie Fletcher in win vs. Giants

May 14, 2023

PHOENIX -- On Saturday night, Zac Gallen handled the pitching, Dominic Fletcher (once again) led the offense and the two of them along with Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, Josh Rojas and Jose Herrera took care of things defensively. Add it all up and it resulted in a 7-2 win over

Under-the-radar prospect Fletcher opens eyes with D-backs

May 13, 2023

PHOENIX -- Up-and-coming outfielders have been a big topic of discussion for the D-backs. First there was Daulton Varsho and then Alek Thomas, and of course Corbin Carroll and then Jake McCarthy. They all received their share of attention over the past couple of seasons. One who hasn’t been nearly

Pfaadt nibbles, leaving him hungry to improve

Prospect yields 2 homers in his second MLB start, upping total to 6
May 10, 2023

PHOENIX -- It hasn’t been the ideal introduction to the Majors for Brandon Pfaadt, but he isn’t one to let his woes weigh on him. Instead, he’s looking at these outings as very tough lessons. The lesson he learned in his second start? Not being picky with painting the corners

Lawlar clears HODGETOWN with 471-foot dinger

May 9, 2023

Someone might have a windshield to replace in Amarillo. Jordan Lawlar crushed a 1-0 fastball from A's left-hander David Leal to lead off the fourth inning of Double-A Amarillo's 11-9 loss to Midland and sent it flying an estimated 471 feet to center and into the parking lot at 105

Bliss, Ray named D-backs' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month 

May 7, 2023

PHOENIX -- The D-backs recently named their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for April with infielder Ryan Bliss and right-hander Dylan Ray taking home the honors. Bliss hit .410 (1.050 OPS) with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and eight stolen bases in 18 games

Wait for D-backs' No. 3 prospect is over

May 3, 2023

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What to expect from Brandon Pfaadt in The Show

D-backs' No. 3 prospect joins rotation after leading Minors in K's last year
May 2, 2023

The D-backs’ chances of making a dark horse run at a National League playoff spot were always going to come down to how well their young players could transition to prominent Major League roles in 2023. Time to add another big gun. Arizona is calling up top pitching prospect Brandon

Lawlar plays walk-off hero in epic Amarillo comeback

Top-ranked D-backs prospect swats fourth homer of '23 amidst 11 unanswered runs
April 27, 2023

AMARILLO, Texas – No lead is safe in HODGETOWN, a hitters' haven where ERAs and slugging percentages increase in identical measure. But this is ridiculous. After trailing, 11-1, entering the bottom of the seventh inning, top D-backs prospect Jordan Lawlar hit a three-run homer as part of a seven-run eighth

Pfaadt shows D-backs he's ready when needed

April 20, 2023

The D-backs know the talent that rests in the right arm of Brandon Pfaadt. That didn't stop the him from giving the club a not-so-gentle reminder anyway. MLB's No. 53 overall prospect turned in his best performance of the young season, striking out eight over seven scoreless frames to help

HR power, stellar glove work on display for Lawlar at Double-A

April 15, 2023

A special night in Double-A Amarillo got a little added juice thanks to the talents of Jordan Lawlar. Baseball's No. 9 prospect homered, made a slick defensive play and swiped his fourth base of the year to lead the Sod Poodles, er, Calf Fries, to a 5-3 win over the

Farm report: Top prospects excelling

April 15, 2023

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Druw makes like dad with insane catch in pro debut

April 7, 2023

Before Druw Jones had so much as played a professional game, there were considerable expectations that he would provide exemplary defense in center field, largely due to the 17 years that his father, Andruw, spent patrolling big league outfields. And while Thursday night was merely Game 1 in the younger

Even big leaguers get dropped off by their parents

April 6, 2023

Every kid's first day of school is a special moment. Your parents drop you off in the family car. You hide behind one of their legs until they have to practically peel you off and drag you to the front doors, and then an hour later you've forgotten what you

Where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are starting season

April 5, 2023

With the Minor League season opening this week, here's where the D-backs’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start:

  1. Corbin Carroll (MLB No. 2), OF -- Arizona (MLB)
  2. Jordan Lawlar (MLB No. 11), SS -- Amarillo (Double-A)
  3. Druw Jones (MLB No. 15), OF -- Visalia (Single-A) 4.

Why Carroll's first HR of '23 was so impressive

April 4, 2023

SAN DIEGO -- Less than a week into a season, no single loss can be considered crushing. Not even seeing a lead vanish in the bottom of the ninth inning on back-to-back home runs. That happened to the D-backs on Monday night at Petco Park, when the Padres’ David Dahl

What D-backs' latest roster moves mean

March 24, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs made three roster moves on Friday, bringing into focus the final decisions they will need to make regarding their bullpen. Lefty Kyle Nelson and right-hander Luis Frías were optioned to Triple-A Reno while non-roster invite reliever Jeurys Familia was reassigned to Minor League camp. Here’s

'No panic, no rush': D-backs' No. 27 prospect thrives in first start 

Merrill Kelly in line to pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic championship game
March 20, 2023

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ahead of Bryce Jarvis’ first Cactus League start on Monday afternoon, manager Torey Lovullo said he wanted to see command and some swings and misses from the D-backs’ No. 27 prospect. Through his first three innings against the White Sox in a 7-3 victory at Camelback Ranch,

Pfaadt to Minors camp, rotation battle narrows

Top pitching prospect makes strong impression; Martin likely to miss 2023 after surgery
March 19, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It’s still unclear who the D-backs’ No. 5 starter will be. But the field got a bit narrower on Sunday. Brandon Pfaadt, ranked as Arizona’s top pitching prospect and No. 59 overall by MLB Pipeline, was reassigned to Minor League camp prior to the D-backs’ 13-2 win

Inside Corbin Carroll's extension

March 13, 2023

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Carroll filled with gratitude after signing record deal

March 12, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the D-backs selected Corbin Carroll with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, it wasn’t based solely on the outfielder’s athletic ability. They believed that his makeup would allow him to get the most out of that ability. Carroll’s rapid rise through Arizona’s farm

Top prospect Carroll signs 8-year extension with D-backs

March 11, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- From the day they selected him in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, the D-backs have seen outfielder Corbin Carroll as a player to build around. And now the 22-year-old has a contract deserving of that distinction. The D-backs and Carroll on Saturday night finalized

Pfaadt avoids burning up upon re-entry

March 11, 2023

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When he took him out with two outs in the first inning Friday night against the Reds, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo told right-hander Brandon Pfaadt that he planned to reinsert him to start the second inning and that he had around 30 pitches left. “What are you

Trio of exciting young hitters expected to help Phoenix rise

March 9, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Over the past few years, the D-backs have built up one of the stronger farm systems in baseball, and during that time they’ve gotten good at two things they would prefer to not have to do in the future: Pick early in the Draft and help top