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Now signed, Jarvis enjoying D-backs camp

July 14, 2020

Though he’s already been working out at the team’s Salt River Fields complex for almost two weeks, D-backs first-round Draft pick Bryce Jarvis’ formal signing of his contract took place Tuesday afternoon. As with everything in this COVID-19 world, it was not a typical signing. With his family back in

D-backs land NDSU football commit (source)

July 2, 2020

The D-backs have reportedly agreed to terms with Dominic Gonnella, an undrafted free agent who is committed to North Dakota State University in the fall, for a $20,000 bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo. The club has not confirmed the deal. Gonnella was a two-sport star at Bloomingdale (Fla.)

D-backs agree to deal with top pick Bryce Jarvis

June 29, 2020

PHOENIX -- The D-backs announced the signing of this year’s first-round pick, Bryce Jarvis, just in time to include the former Duke right-hander on their initial 60-man summer camp roster. Jarvis, who was selected with the No. 18 overall pick, signed for $2.65 million, which was under the slot value

Everything to know about D-backs' 2020 Draft

June 12, 2020

PHOENIX -- With an extremely limited high school baseball season and a truncated college one, the D-backs relied more heavily on a player’s history rather than recent performance in making their five selections in the 2020 MLB Draft. The result was three college right-handers, a high school lefty and a

Another 2 pitchers drafted by D-backs on Day 2

Arizona adds prep lefty Norris, college righty Pfaadt among 3 picks
June 12, 2020

PHOENIX -- Pitching turned out to be the theme of the D-backs' 2020 MLB Draft, as they selected hurlers with four of their five picks, including a pair on Thursday’s second and final day. After picking a pair of college right-handers (Bryce Jarvis and Slade Cecconi) on Day 1 of

Drafted at No. 18, Jarvis 'thrilled' to join D-backs

Duke right-hander is son of former Arizona pitcher, scout
June 11, 2020

PHOENIX -- Right-hander Bryce Jarvis, selected by the D-backs with the No. 18 pick in Wednesday’s MLB Draft, could become the second member of his family to pitch in the big leagues for Arizona. Jarvis’ father, Kevin, pitched for 10 different teams over 12 years in the Majors, including making

D-backs add more pitching, draft Cecconi at 33

June 10, 2020

PHOENIX -- The D-backs dipped into the college pitching ranks for the second time Wednesday night when they selected right-hander Slade Cecconi from the University of Miami with their Competitive Balance Round A pick (No. 33 overall) in the MLB Draft. With their first pick of the night, the D-backs

Who has D-backs' attention in MLB Draft?

June 10, 2020

This is Deric Ladnier’s 30th year in professional baseball, so it’s safe to say that he has seen a lot over the years, but the D-backs director of amateur scouting has never had to deal with anything like what he’s facing this year. The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has brought baseball

The D-backs' all-time best international signings

May 6, 2020

From the very start of the franchise in the 1990s, the D-backs have been aggressive in their search for talent across the globe. The pursuits have paid off in big ways via key contributors on the club's World Series-winning team in 2001 as well as each of its National League

Duplantier tells story behind his debut on Stack'd

May 4, 2020

When Jon Duplantier came up through the Minor League system, D-backs officials talked about not only his physical talent, but also his cerebral approach on the mound. Duplantier’s smarts as well as his engaging personality and sense of humor were on full display when he appeared on “Stack’d,” an original

A look at the D-backs' farm system entering '20

April 2, 2020

While results have been mixed for the D-backs at the Major League level in recent years, a rapid turnaround of the organization’s farm system could soon make the franchise a perennial contender. The D-backs’ system was among the most improved in baseball in 2019, as shrewd trading combined with an

30 prospects we'll be talking about in 2022

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 28, 2020

Right now, all baseball fans can do is look ahead to the future. We decided to take that to the extreme by looking two years down the road at which prospects we expect to be big names in 2022. The fact that 14 of the Top 20 players on MLB

D-backs infielder Leyba suspended 80 games

March 6, 2020

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Leyba will commence at the

Here are the D-backs' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

March 5, 2020

The D-backs transformed what was once a barren farm system into one of the more exciting and talked-about systems in the game in 2019 -- and did so while being competitive at the Major League level as they remained in the postseason race well into September and finished with a

Filthiest secondary pitches among top prospects

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 27, 2020

Feel to spin. Deception. Missing bats. Generating weak contact. These are all terms used in describing pitchers’ secondary stuff. Whether it’s a curveball, slider, changeup or occasionally something like a splitter or cutter, these are the offerings a pitcher often uses to put away hitters. And a lot of pitching

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

The best outfield trio in the Minors is ...

February 13, 2020

The most common question we're getting at MLB Pipeline -- and we're getting it multiple times a day -- is when we'll unveil our new organization Top 30 Prospects lists. I can't give a specific date yet, but I can say it will be in the next couple of weeks.

These prospects have the best fastballs

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 11, 2020

Perhaps nothing gets a ballpark buzzing more than a long home run or a sizzling fastball. Scoreboards display velocity so fans can marvel at how hard flamethrowers deliver their heat. The current king of big league fastballers is Jordan Hicks, who threw the 23 fastest pitches in MLB last year

Here is each team's fastest prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 6, 2020

Think fast! That’s what we’re doing this week at MLB Pipeline. We assure this will be a quick read. That’s because we’re looking at the fastest players in each organization. This isn’t just a list of top prospects, as many organizations have speedsters who might not have other tools that

10 teams with prospects for blockbuster trades

December 3, 2019

It’s been a relatively quiet trade market so far, with only a few notable deals having transpired since the completion of the postseason. But as teams continue to assess their roster ahead of 2020 and weigh which free agents might fit their budget, it shouldn’t be long until things pick

D-backs protect 4 prospects from Rule 5 Draft

Widener, Young added to 40-man roster with Smith, Mathisen
November 20, 2019

PHOENIX -- In order to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, the D-backs added four players to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, selecting the contracts of right-handers Riley Smith and Taylor Widener and infielders Wyatt Mathisen and Andy Young. Widener and Young were the only two players on

This is the state of the D-backs' farm system

November 11, 2019

The D-backs may have come up short this past season in their quest to win their first World Series title since 2001, but it still proved a productive year for the organization from top to bottom. Under general manager Mike Hazen, Arizona was able to win 85 games and remain

Get to know D-backs RHP prospect Widener

November 4, 2019

Every fall, D-backs pitching prospect Taylor Widener has a yearly retreat. He packs up his bag and heads off to a small sea island called Edisto, located within Charleston County in South Carolina. After nine-and-a-half months of lifting weights, working out, going over scouting reports and hurling fastballs, the venture

Inbox: Who will take the mound in 2020?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from D-backs fans
October 29, 2019

What do you think our 2020 Opening Day starting rotation will be? -- Brendan N., Mesa, Ariz. This is a great question, Brendan, because it helps me preview an upcoming story on what the projected 2020 Opening Day roster will look like. Stay tuned for that. As for the starting

D-backs Arizona Fall League updates

October 26, 2019

Seven D-backs prospects are playing for the Salt River Rafters in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: First baseman Seth Beer (No. 4, MLB No. 96), shortstop Geraldo Perdomo (No. 7), outfielder Jake McCarthy (No. 28), left-hander Miguel Aguilar, right-hander Matt Brill, right-hander Emilio Vargas and left-hander Cody Reed.