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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

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 impact this year, a prospect who is ready to break out in 2019 and the team's best defensive prospect.

1) Jazz Chisholm (MLB No. 59), SS -- Jackson Generals (AA)
2) Jon Duplantier (MLB No. 72), RHP -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
3) Taylor Widener (MLB No. 81), RHP -- Reno Aces (AAA)
4) Daulton Varsho, C -- Jackson Generals (AA)
5) Kristian Robinson, OF -- Extended spring training
6) Geraldo Perdomo, SS -- Kane County Cougars (A)
7) Alek Thomas, OF -- Kane County Cougars (A)
8) Jake McCarthy, OF -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
9) Blaze Alexander, SS -- Extended spring training
10) Taylor Clarke, RHP -- Reno Aces (AAA)
11) Andy Young, 2B -- Jackson Generals (AA)
12) Andy Yerzy, C -- Kane County Cougars (A)
13) Matt Tabor, RHP -- Extended spring training
14) Yoan Lopez, RHP -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
15) Drew Ellis, 3B -- Jackson Generals (AA)
16) Emilio Vargas, RHP -- Jackson Generals (AA)
17) Pavin Smith, 1B -- Jackson Generals (AA)
18) Ryan Weiss, RHP -- Kane County Cougars (A)
19) Buddy Kennedy, 3B -- Extended spring training
20) Marcus Wilson, OF -- Jackson Generals (AA)
21) Wilderd Patino, OF -- Extended spring training
22) Alvin Guzman, OF -- Extended spring training
23) Harrison Francis, RHP -- Extended spring training
24) Jorge Barrosa, OF -- Extended spring training
25) Eduardo Diaz, OF -- Kane County Cougars (A)
26) Domingo Leyba, 2B -- Reno Aces (AAA)
27) Dominic Miroglio, C -- Jackson Generals (AA)
28) Matt Mercer, RHP -- Extended spring training
29) Jackson Goddard, RHP -- Kane County Cougars (A)
30) Kevin Ginkel, RHP -- Jackson Generals (AA)
Complete list »

Starting spots for all team Top 30 prospects
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
Division Team
Top 100 starting spots

Just missed Top 30: Jimmie Sherfy, RHP
Sherfy, 27, has pitched well during parts of two seasons in the big leagues, posting a 1.00 ERA with 26 strikeouts and a .144 BAA in 27 innings. Though he doesn’t throw as hard as he did when he first came up, Sherfy fits well in a seventh-inning role with his ability to get results with a riding, low- to mid-90s fastball with a sweeping breaking ball in the upper 70s.

Impact prospect: Taylor Widener
Acquired last offseason in the Brandon Drury deal, Widener dominated the Double-A Southern League in his first season with the organization, leading the circuit in strikeouts (176) and WHIP (1.03) and finishing second in ERA (2.75). The 24-year-old righty was equally impressive this spring, tossing seven scoreless frames across three outings, and could be the first starter called up to fill a hole in Arizona’s rotation.

Breakout prospect: Kristian Robinson
A Bahamian outfielder whom the D-backs signed for $2.5 million in 2017, Robinson has an exciting package of tools headlined by massive raw power that could soon make him one of the more revered sluggers in the Minors. He also has plus speed, arm strength to match and a chance to stick in center field. He batted .279/.363/.428 with seven homers and 12 steals between two Rookie leagues as a 17-year-old making his pro debut last summer.

Best defensive prospect: Geraldo Perdomo
Perdomo's United States debut in 2018 was solid all-around, and he even earned a promotion from the Arizona Rookie League to the Pioneer League in the process. Tall and rangy, the teenager has shown the tools to stay at shortstop long term with outstanding range, actions and hands to go with a strong arm.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.