Top 50 D-backs Prospects for 2012

Ever since 2004, has ranked the best prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Even after losing Jarrod Parker, the club's top prospect three years running, the D-backs have assembled their best group of prospects since the Dan Haren trade of 2007. Who is rising? Who is falling? Who is next? Find out now.

The Diamondbacks' system is best-known for its collection of top-tier pitching talent at this point.  They boast three pitchers ranked among's top 40 prospects and would have had four had they held on to Jarrod Parker.

Where Arizona appears thinner than in recent years is in its depth.  Other than Parker, the organization has shrewdly held on to its premium assets and instead used mid-tier farmhands to acquire major league help.  The likes of Ryan Cook, Kevin Eichhorn, Jordan Norberto, Leyson Septimo, Adam Worthington, and Zach Walters have all been traded away recently.  While these six players are talented and could each get an opportunity in the majors, none of them is likely to become an impact player at the major league level the way that the D-backs' current top 25 prospects or so could.

#5 - Wheeler

While it's fairly obvious who the D-backs' top three prospects are, analysts struggle to find consensus on how to rank those three.  Here at, we see the comparisons between Trevor Bauer and Tim Lincecum as legitimate.  This isn't to take anything away from Tyler Skaggs, whom we had ranked ahead of three-time #1 prospect Jarrod Parker prior to the Trevor Cahill trade.  While Archie Bradley drew gushes of praise in the Fall Instructional League, we need to see how he handles a full professional season before we could even think about ranking him ahead of Bauer or Skaggs.

How the rest of the rankings shake out after those three are even less obvious.  We've always been higher on Ryan Wheeler than other outlets, and in 2012 he will demonstrate why by putting up monster numbers in Triple-A and potentially becoming the Diamondbacks' starting third baseman by season's end.  The pressure is on for him to do so, because Matt Davidson is nipping at his heels despite being nearly three full years younger.  Both A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton are close to big league-ready, but it's hard to see where they might fit in to Arizona's crowded outfield picture.  A host of other pitching prospects that most teams would love to have in their top ranks fall in line behind those two outfield prospects.

Second baseman David Nick made the biggest jump in the rankings by handling himself with aplomb in the Arizona Fall League at the young age of 21.  Patrick Schuster and Eury De La Rosa were among the few pitchers who managed to make significant gains despite the system's influx of new arms by making the transition from Short-Season to Full-Season ball exceptionally well.  Fidel Pena came out of nowhere to do a pretty good Craig Biggio impersonation.

Without further delay, dissect, discuss, and enjoy the 2012 Prospect Rankings.

Notes: Listed age is as of January 1st, 2012. 
NR = Not Ranked in 2011; YR = Designated Young & Raw in 2011;
IE = Ineligible for Ranking in 2011

Rank (Prev) Pos Player Age
1 (IE) RHP Trevor Bauer 20
2 (2) LHP Tyler Skaggs 20
3 (IE) RHP Archie Bradley 19
4 (6) 3B Matt Davidson 20
5 (4) 3B Ryan Wheeler 23
6 (7) OF A.J. Pollock 24
7 (15) OF Adam Eaton 23
8 (9) LHP Patrick Corbin 22
9 (13) LHP David Holmberg 20
10 (8) 1B Bobby Borchering 21
11 (12) LHP Wade Miley 25
12 (16) RHP Charles Brewer 23
13 (3) SS Chris Owings 20
14 (IE) LHP Andrew Chafin 21
15 (19) RHP Kevin Munson 22
16 (IE) RHP Anthony Meo 21
17 (10) OF Marc Krauss 24
18 (IE) RHP Evan Marshall 21
19 (45) 2B David Nick 21
20 (17) OF Keon Broxton 21
21 (YR) RHP Yoimer Camacho 21
22 (29) LHP Patrick Schuster 21
23 (NR) C/2B Fidel Pena 20
24 (22) RHP Chase Anderson 24
25 (34) RHP Yonata Ortega 25
26 (38) C Rossmel Perez 22
27 (IE) RHP Jesse Darrah 21
28 (IE) LHP Taylor Siemens 22
29 (44) LHP Eury De La Rosa 21
30 (YR) RHP J.R. Bradley 19
31 (24) SS Raul Navarro 19
32 (18) RHP Mike Belfiore 23
33 (YR) RHP Tyler Green 20
34 (43) 1B Yazy Arbelo 23
35 (32) RHP Bryan Woodall 25
36 (IE) LHP John Pedrotty 22
37 (YR) C Raywilly Gomez 21
38 (YR) RHP Jeff Shields 21
39 (NR) RHP Mike Bolsinger 23
40 (36) 2B Jake Elmore 24
41 (46) RHP Kable Hogben 21
42 (NR) LHP Keith Hessler 22
43 (NR) OF Alfredo Marte 22
44 (60) RHP Blake Cooper 23
45 (28) LHP Dan Taylor 24
46 (IE) RHP Raymond Hernandez 23
47 (54) OF Ender Inciarte 21
48 (50) RHP Victor Capellan 22
49 (IE) RHP Matt Sample 23
50 (IE) RHP D.J. Johnson 22

Too raw for these rankings, but potentially excellent prospects:

Right-Handed Pitchers Blake Perry, Robby Rowland, and Kyle Winkler; Left-Handed Pitchers Michael Blake, Alexander Carrereas, and Jose Jose; Catcher Michael Perez, Shortstops John Leonard, Ronny Mejias, and Antonio Sepulveda; and Outfielders Justin Bianco, Socrates Brito, Yorman Garcia, Jeremia Gomez, Ty Linton, and Wagner Mateo.

Too old for their level, but could still impact the big leagues:

Right-Handed Pitchers Matt Gorgen, Bryan Henry, Jeremy Erben, Kyler Newby, Wes Roemer, Seth Simmons, Billy Spottiswood, and Daniel Stange; Left-Handed Pitchers Zach Kroenke, Taylor Sinclair, and Cody Wheeler; Catcher Konrad Schmidt, Infielders Mark Hallberg and Taylor Harbin; and outfielders Evan Frey and Ollie Linton.

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