Top 50 Diamondbacks Prospects - Revised

As you know, the dynamic of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization changed dramatically just days after the FutureBacks Fifty debuted in December. Thanks, Josh Byrnes. As the minor league season begins, we present a revised listing of the Diamondbacks' Top 50 prospects.

Outfielders and pitchers did the most climbing on our rankings, as the Diamondbacks lost two top prospects at each position in the Dan Haren trade.  But while the organization re-stocked their pitching that same day in deals with the Astros and Royals, nothing was done to address the losses to an outfield that had been overcrowded.  Thus, outfielders that would have ranked higher in most organizations are now getting their just due.

We also took into account our offseason discussion with coaches, fellow players, scouts, and front office personnel when compiling these revised rankings.  Also, a player's spring performance and subsequent assignment factored in the evaluation.    

See why these prospects ranked where they did in December by viewing our original list.  We continue counting down the prospects from the top half of December's list, providing background, quotes, and scouting reports for the very best that the Arizona Diamondbacks organization has to offer.

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

Rank (Prev) Pos Player Age
1 (2) RHP Max Scherzer 23
With Carlos Gonzalez gone, Scherzer's the undisputed #1
2 (4) RHP Brooks Brown 22
Begins '08 at Double-A, should finish in Tucson
3 (5) RHP Jarrod Parker 19
Fastball still clocked at 98 in fall and spring
4 (16) OF Gerardo Parra 20
Whoops. Batted .667 in big league camp and homered opening day
5 (9) RHP Hector Ambriz 23
Made a few mistakes in big league camp, but otherwise impressive
6 (11) OF Cyle Hankerd 23
Path to bigs is much clearer now
7 (8) SS Mark Hallberg 22
Should put up stellar numbers in Cal League; 3 hits in debut
8 (12) RHP Barry Enright 22
Oaks' opening day starter; coaches and teammates rave about him
9 (13) 2B Taylor Harbin 22
Will play some shortstop at South Bend
10 (14) RHP Wes Roemer 21
California boy begins with Visalia but may not stay long
11 (15) 2B Emilio Bonifacio 22
Did not display improved plate approach this spring
12 (NR) RHP Billy Buckner 24
Rough spring, inconsistent career puts him relatively low on our list
13 (17) 3B Clayton Conner 21
Two errors on opening day for SB cleanup hitter
14 (18) RHP Esmerling Vasquez 24
Shoulder is progressing well through rehab
15 (19) 1B Javier Brito 25
His bat could help the D-Backs this year
16 (20) SS Reynaldo Navarro 18
Learned to switch hit during the offseason
17 (21) OF Tyrell Worthington 19
Raw kid begins 2008 in extended spring training
18 (30) RHP Matt Torra 23
Stuff is finally where it was pre-surgery
19 (23) OF Alexander Romero 23
Shocked Diamondbacks Nation by making the 25-man roster
20 (NR) RHP Juan Gutierrez 24
Did little to live up to his hype this spring
21 (22) C Ed Easley 22
Skips South Bend and will get lots of PT in Visalia
22 (26) RHP Matt Green 25
Showed good command of killer slider this spring
23 (27) RHP Reid Mahon 24
Fanned Geovanny Soto in only batter faced in big league camp
24 (24) RHP Cesar Valdez 23
Hurdled by a few stuff/upside pitchers in our rankings
25 (25) 3B Jamie D'Antona 25
2 hits, 3 RBI opening day after unimpressive spring training
26 (29) C John Hester 24
Two base knocks in Double-A debut
27 (34) LHP Forrest Cory 23
Very few southpaws remain; Cory is the most accomplished
28 (31) C Wilkin Castillo 22
Struggled on offense and defense in big league camp
29 (28) 1B Bryan Byrne 23
Did not start opening day in Mobile
30 (36) OF Chris Rahl 23
Invite to big league camp was vote of confidence
31 (33) RHP Bryan Augenstein 21
Harder fastball and sharper curve than he displayed at Florida
32 (40) LHP Scott Maine 22
Arguably the best southpaw left in the organization
33 (32) 3B Brandon Burgess 25
Maybe move him back to a thinner outfield?
34 (35) SS Pedro Ciriaco 22
Stagnant due to repeat of Hi-A Visalia
35 (44) RHP Tony Barnette 24
Skips Hi-A after stellar season in South Bend
36 (37) RHP Kyler Newby 23
Stuck in Visalia despite impressive end to 2007
37 (38) RHP Josh Collmenter 22
CMU alumnus should be a hit in South Bend
38 (41) 1B Brad Miller 24
Could hit 30 homers, drive in 100 with Oaks
39 (39) RHP Matt Elliott 23
Repeating Double-A to begin 2008
40 (42) RHP Sean Morgan 21
4th rounder begins year in extended spring training
41 (49) C Frank Curreri 25
Will see more time at 1B to increase versatility
42 (47) RHP Emiliano Fruto 23
2.57 ERA in seven innings during big league camp
43 (45) RHP Evan Scribner 22
Remains in South Bend as swingman; future probably in pen
44 (46) OF Joey Side 24
Tweaked his groin; should be healthy soon
45 (48) RHP Adam Howard 24
Has now pitched for every Diamondbacks affiliate
46 (50) OF Daniel Perales 23
Banged up knee doesn't appear serious
47 (NR) OF Evan Frey 21
Ranked 5th in NW League in AVG; future leadoff hitter?
48 (NR) C Orlando Mercado 23
Moves up with Josh Ford out for the year
49 (NR) RHP Bryan Henry 23
Pitches with guile and finesse, but doesn't nibble
50 (NR) RHP Connor Robertson 26
Haren tagalong excelled in spring, then fanned the side in debut

Top 50 and Beyond: Too Old? -

Jailen Peguero, Clint Goocher, Leo Rosales, A. J. Shappi, Peter Clifford

Top 50 and Beyond: Projects -

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

Note: catcher Josh Ford (#43) fell off the list after undergoing Tommy John surgery in January.

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