2010 D-backs Instructs: Position Players

The Arizona Diamondbacks Fall Instructional League kicks off Monday. Twenty-three position players have been invited to camp, including top prospects Chris Owings and A.J. Pollock, both of whom are recovering from injuries. A full analysis of the position player roster appears inside.

CATCHERS  (5) Pos B/T HT WT Age Acquired 2010
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
INFIELDERS  (9) Pos B/T HT WT Age Acquired 2010
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
OUTFIELDERS  (7) Pos B/T HT WT Age Acquired 2010
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
REHAB  (2) Pos B/T HT WT Age Acquired 2010
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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