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|
|Infielders (8)||Bats/Throws||Age||2007 Team(s)|
|Outfielders (8)||Bats/Throws||Age||2007 Team(s)|
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