|Roidany Aguila||C||R/R||5-10||175||19||2009 - 18th Round (546)||Missoula|
|Kawika Emsley-Pai||C||S/R||5-11||195||22||2010 - 10th Round (301)||Yakima|
|Raywilly Gomez||C||S/R||5-11||170||20||2007 - Free Agent||Yakima|
|Jae-Yun Kim||C||R/R||6-1||185||20||2008 - Free Agent||Missoula|
|Fidel Pena||C||R/R||5-11||165||19||2009 - Free Agent||Missoula|
|Yazy Arbelo||1B||L/R||6-4||220||22||2010 - 26th Round (781)||Yakima|
|Bobby Borchering||3B||S/R||6-3||200||19||2009 - 1st Round (16)||South Bend|
|Matt Davidson||3B||R/R||6-3||225||19||2009 - 1Sup (35)||South Bend|
|Mike Freeman||2B||L/R||6-0||170||23||2010 - 11th Round (331)||Yakima|
|Matt Helm||3B||R/R||6-2||197||20||2009 - 7th Round (216)||South Bend|
|Gerson Montilla||2B||R/R||5-10||168||20||2007 - Free Agent||Visalia|
|Raul Navarro||SS||R/R||5-11||160||18||2009 - Free Agent||Missoula|
|David Nick||2B||R/R||6-2||180||20||2009 - 4th Round (126)||South Bend|
|Zach Walters||SS||L/R||6-3||193||21||2010 - 9th Round (271)||Yakima|
|Keon Broxton||OF||R/R||6-3||190||20||2009 - 3rd Round (95)||South Bend|
|Adam Eaton||OF||L/L||5-9||180||21||2010 - 19th Round (571)||Yakima|
|Justin Hilt||OF||R/R||6-1||205||22||2010 - 36th Round (1081)||Yakima|
|Ty Linton||OF||R/R||6-3||195||19||2010 - 14th Round (421)||UNC|
|Wagner Mateo||OF||L/L||6-2||190||17||2010 - Free Agent||DSL D-backs|
|Westley Moss||OF||R/R||6-2||165||22||2010 - 16th Round (481)||Yakima|
|Roberto Rodriguez||OF||L/L||6-0||156||21||2005 - Free Agent||Missoula|
|Chris Owings||SS||R/R||5-11||175||19||2009 - 1Sup (41)||South Bend|
|A.J. Pollock||OF||R/R||6-2||200||22||2009 - 1st Round (17)||South Bend|
* Age listed as of 9/20/10
The Arizona Diamondbacks are being very cautious with their best prospects these days. A.J. Pollock fractured a part of his right elbow on a freak spring training play, underwent successful surgery, and was expected to be back in action in three months' time. Chris Owings was sidelined with plantar fascilitis in June and figured to be back in the lineup by the end of July. As it turned out, neither one played again this summer, but both will get the chance to catch up this fall. Doubly so for Pollock, who will follow up his Instructional League stint by participating in the Arizona Fall League.
Joining Pollock and Owings as former first-round draft picks reporting to Arizona's fall camp as position players are Bobby Borchering and Matt Davidson. After being engaged in a friendly rivalry as South Bend's two third basemen and two best sluggers for most of the summer, these two will get to compete with one another again as both look to improve their defensive acumen for the second straight fall.
Arguably a first-round talent who fell to the 14th-round this year, Ty Linton will see his first professional action in the next few weeks. Linton was so certain that Arizona would not meet his signing bonus demands that he enrolled at the University of Carolina in mid-June. Two months and seven figures later, the outfielder from Charlotte Christian high school became the highest-paid player from the Diamondbacks' 2010 draft class. Still honing his baseball skills, the two-sport athlete gets to begin his Diamondbacks action in a low-pressure environment.
Two years ago, catcher Jae Yun Kim also got his first experience with the Diamondbacks during Instructs shortly after being signed out of Korea. The backstop's receiving skills are way ahead of his bat at this point, and he will be working to even out that dichotomy in the coming weeks. Raywilly Gomez also had a momentous Instructional League that year, since that is when he began his transition from an error-prone third baseman into a strong-armed catcher. Gomez looks to put the finishing touches on that transition here, and joins Kim as the only two position players back for their third season of Instructs.
There are no big surprises on the position player side of the roster. The first five position players selected by the D-backs in this year's draft - Zach Walters, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Mike Freeman, Ty Linton, and Westley Moss - all appear as expected. Adam Eaton and Yazy Arbelo were later picks, but each was among their league's best players this season and certainly merit having more eyes upon them. Wagner Mateo as the lone position player representing the DSL-Diamondbacks makes sense, as he may be the best D-backs player to participate in the Dominican Summer League since Carlos Gonzalez. Perhaps one roster oddity would be Justin Hilt, who slipped all the way to the 36th round and was merely solid in his pro debut.
Undoubtedly, organizational hitting coordinator Dave Hansen and three of the organization's finest hitting coaches (Yakima's Andy Abad, Visalia's Alan Zinter, and Turner Ward of Mobile) have a wide array of talent with whom to work over the next three weeks.
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