What is a Top Prospect? How do you make it on the FutureBacks 50? To put it simply, you need to be able to make the Bigs. It takes a rare combination of talent, work ethic, and smarts to make it to The Show. The 50 players on the FutureBacks 50 are not next year's team, some are as far as three, four, or even five years away. Last year though 12 different players on the FutureBacks 50 saw time in the bigs, including Stephen Drew, Carlos Quentin, Scott Hairston, and Florida Marlins Rookie of the Year candidate Dan Uggla.
At FutureBacks.com we talk to the scouts, we talk to the coaches, the players, the front office personnel and we go to the games. We watch mechanics, swings, work ethic, drive, smarts, baserunning, footwork and myriad other factors. We huddle, we talk, we argue, and we fight for the guys we believe in.
And finally, we rank. The FutureBacks 50 is the definitive list of the top prospects in the D'Backs organization. These are, to put it bluntly, your Future D'Backs. Over the next two months we'll have features on every player here, as well as a few that didn't make the list due to age, injury, or 'just missing.' The D'Backs have a new stadium (at least in name), new colors and logos, and these are the guys who will be taking us into this new generation of D'Backs baseball.
Owings and Montero
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