The FutureBacks Top 50 Diamondbacks Prospects

The definitive prospect rankings for the Arizona Diamondbacks are here. Last season, 12 players in our top 15 played in the major leagues. How many will make an impact from this year's list? Is Carlos Gonzalez still #1? Where does #9 overall pick Jarrod Parker rank? Who are the sleepers no one else is talking about? The answers are all here.

Many people assume that the Diamondbacks' system has run dry after supplying the 2007 NL West Champions with most of their roster.  If that were true, then why was nearly every team in the Winter Meetings looking to the Arizona Diamondbacks to bolster their own farm systems?

"They're very well-regarded," general manager Josh Byrnes said of his prospects. "Generally, people look at prospects and focus on a couple of guys at the top. I think it's maybe the first time there has been acknowledgement of the quantity of [Diamondbacks] prospects, in sort of a deal-making spirit of just how many players we have who have a chance to be good major league players."

Who are we to argue with Josh Byrnes?  We've ranked fifty prospects here that "have a chance to be good major league players."  We didn't include players with significant major league service time in 2007, nor players who only played in the Dominican Summer League, and we still had more than fifty prospects we wanted to include on the list.

Continue visiting as we provide background and scouting reports for all fifty prospects this winter, counting down from #50 to #1.  We will also provide interviews with many of these players and profile some of the prospects that just missed the cut.

Note: A player's listed age is as of January 1st, 2008

Rank Pos Player Age
1 OF Carlos Gonzalez 22
The subject of trade talks due to OF surplus, not lack of talent
2 RHP Max Scherzer 23
He'd be the #1 prospect in most organizations.  His fastball is unreal
3 LHP Brett Anderson 19
Ever see a 19-year old lefty with such command of plus stuff?
4 RHP Brooks Brown 22
Sinkerball pitcher who's built to succeed in Chase Field
5 RHP Jarrod Parker 19
His fastball is famous, but poise and command made him #9 pick
6 OF Aaron Cunningham 21
Few 21-year olds hit Southern League pitching the way Aaron did
7 1B Chris Carter 21
Was #3 prospect in the Sox organization before the trade
8 SS Mark Hallberg 22
Potent bat is an unexpected bonus from slick defender
9 RHP Hector Ambriz 23
Good fastball with pinpoint control; needs work on secondary pitches
10 LHP Greg Smith 24
Finesse southpaw has best changeup in system
11 OF Cyle Hankerd 22
Recovered from slow start to finish with impressive stat line
12 RHP Barry Enright 21
In 15 pro IP: 17 strikeouts, eight hits, no earned runs (three levels)
13 2B Taylor Harbin 21
Natural SS, but his ability to play 2B let the D-Backs trade Richar
14 RHP Wes Roemer 21
Won't wow you with stuff, but control & intelligence make him special
15 2B Emilio Bonifacio 22
Must make more contact & draw more walks to utilize blazing speed
16 OF Gerardo Parra 20
Many rank him higher; Needs to develop more power, plate patience
17 3B Clayton Conner 21
Compares to Mark Reynolds in terms of both power and defense
18 RHP Esmerling Vasquez 24
Tore labrum on freak play; when healthy, fantastic curve and change
19 1B Javier Brito 24
Dominated a tough league for hitters by leading in BA and OBP
20 SS Reynaldo Navarro 18
Held his own as a 17-year old against players 5-6 years his elder
21 OF Tyrell Worthington 19
The best athlete in the draft dropped to 5th round due to signability
22 C Ed Easley 22
If he can't make it as a catcher, Easley could hit enough to play 3B
23 OF Alexander Romero 23
A.J. Hinch says he's top 20 for sure, but the Twins didn't think so...
24 RHP Cesar Valdez 22
Gets great movement on three pitches, offsetting low velocity
25 3B Jamie D'Antona 25
Ranked #20 before the team failed to protect him in the Rule 5 Draft
26 RHP Matt Green 25
Late bloomer is finally beginning to justify 2nd round selection
27 RHP Reid Mahon 24
Came out of nowhere to rank as D-Backs' top pure reliever
28 1B Bryan Byrne 23
Absolutely fantastic hitter that somehow slides under the radar
29 C John Hester 24
Protects the plate like it's a baby's head, but old for his league
30 RHP Matt Torra 23
Became a fantastic pitcher once he fully recovered from a torn labrum
31 C Wilkin Castillo 22
Great arm, fast for a catcher, still has trouble with selectivity
32 3B Brandon Burgess 24
Converted outfielder has plenty of pop for third base
33 RHP Bryan Augenstein 21
Harder fastball and sharper curve than he displayed at Florida
34 LHP Forrest Cory 23
Overcame great adversity to become system's best lefty specialist
35 SS Pedro Ciriaco 22
Incredible range, arm, and quickness, but still needs to harness it all
36 OF Chris Rahl 23
Talent level lies somewhere between fab '06 and disappointing '07
37 RHP Kyler Newby 22
Back from an elbow injury and looking mighty fine
38 RHP Josh Collmenter 21
Deceptive delivery makes decent stuff incredibly effective
39 RHP Matt Elliott 23
Walking too many right now for a closer without dominant stuff
40 LHP Scott Maine 22
John's brother fanned 20 in 10.1 pro innings, but also issued 12 walks
41 1B Brad Miller 24
Big and strong; Led the organization with 22 homers
42 RHP Sean Morgan 21
Effective slider could be devastating with better command
43 C Josh Ford 23
Good arm & calls a great game, but needs to develop power
44 RHP Tony Barnette 24
Added a curveball; could now shoot through the system
45 RHP Evan Scribner 22
Low draft choice played key role in Silver Hawks' playoff run
46 OF Joey Side 24
Mr. Aggressive keeps wearing out towards the end of the year
47 RHP Emiliano Fruto 23
The D-Backs thought he was worth Chris Carter due to wicked stuff
48 RHP Adam Howard 24
Big righty opened some eyes with brief appearance in Triple-A
49 C Frank Curreri 25
Possibly the best hitting catcher in the system, but old for his level
50 OF Daniel Perales 22
Five-tool player, but none of the tools wow you individually

Top 50 and Beyond: Too Old? -

Jailen Peguero, Bill Murphy, Leo Rosales, A. J. Shappi, Peter Clifford

Top 50 and Beyond: Projects -

Daniel Stange, Dallas Buck, Leyson Septimo, Jason Neighborgall, Alfredo Marte, and Rossmel Perez

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