D-backs Instructional League Rosters: Hitters

The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected 20 position players for their Fall Instructional League roster. Workouts begin September 18th and the first of nine games against the Colorado Rockies' Instructional League squad will take place on the 25th.

Audo Vicente, manager of the Missoula Osprey this season, will lead a group of talented young players in the 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks Instructional League as their field manager.  After a week of workouts from September 18-24, camps and day games (11 AM local) will take place on alternating days at the training  complex, located at 3600 South Country Club Road in Tucson.  The league will culminate in a 1 PM battle between the Diamondbacks and Rockies squads at Chase Field on October 11th.

Instructs are particularly useful for prospects who need more experience.  To that end, the Diamondbacks are sending nine of their 2008 position player draft picks to the Instructional League.  They have included four switch hitters, who tend to need extra developmental time in order to hone two separate swings.  Perhaps the most intriguing position player selection is Antonio Sepulveda, a 16-year old switch-hitter out of the Dominican Republic who displayed extraordinary knowledge of the strike zone this year.

Sean Coughlin, Ed Easley, Reynaldo Navarro, and Tyrell Worthington each return to the Instructional League after participating last fall.  Navarro and Worthington are raw, toolsy prospects from the 2007 draft who still have much to learn about the game of baseball.  Coughlin and Easley will serve as tutors both to Ryan Babineau and Rossmel Perez, who have little experience calling pitches, and to the 20 young pitchers invited to the Instructional League.

Here are the 20 position players who will participate in the Arizona Diamondbacks Fall Instructional League:

Catchers (4) Bats/Throws Age 2007 Team(s)
Sean Coughlin L/R 23 South Bend
Ed Easley R/R 22 Visalia
Rossmel Perez S/R 19 Missoula
Ryan Babineau R/R 21 Yakima
Infielders (8) Bats/Throws Age 2007 Team(s)
David Cooper L/R 23 Yakima
Jacob Elmore R/R 21 Missoula
Nelson Gomez R/R 21 Missoula
Raywilly Gomez R/R 18 DSL
Kyle Greene L/R 22 Missoula
Reynaldo Navarro S/R 18 Missoula
Justin Parker R/R 21 Yakima
Antonio Sepulveda S/R 16 DSL
Outfielders (8) Bats/Throws Age 2007 Team(s)
Isaias Asencio R/R 20 Missoula
Collin Cowgill R/L 22 Yakima/SB
Alberto Diaz R/R 20 Missoula
Ollie Linton L/L 22 Missoula/SB
Alfredo Marte R/R 19 Yakima
Bobby Stone L/L 18 Missoula
Ryne White L/L 21 Missoula/SB
Tyrell Worthington R/R 20 Missoula

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