While teams such as the Mets, Cardinals, and Marlins have canceled their Instructional Leagues for financial reasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks have expanded theirs. Part of the reason is the club's commitment to developing its own players. Another is that the D-backs had a position-player heavy draft with a lot of extra picks at the top.
They nabbed four of the class's top position player prospects over the first 41 picks in Bobby Borchering, A.J. Pollock, Matt Davidson, and Chris Owings. They selected 11 position players in the first 10 rounds. Of those 11, only Marc Krauss will not appear in the Instructional League, as he is recovering from an ankle injury. 14th-rounder Brent Greer and 18th-rounder Roidany Aguila round out the dozen position players from this year's draft class that appear on the roster.
In addition to these 25 players, veteran Conor Jackson is working out with the Instructs squad. The D-backs had hoped that Jackson, sidelined since early May with Valley Fever, could play against tougher competition in the Arizona Fall League in order to get back into playing shape for 2010. The league held fast on their rule against veterans appearing in the AFL, however, so Jackson will get some work in with the kids.
This will be the second Instructional League attended by Rossmel Perez, Raywilly Gomez, Antonio Sepulveda, Collin Cowgill, Alfredo Marte, and Bobby Stone. It is the third D-backs Instructs camp that Reynaldo Navarro and Tyrell Worthington have attended.
A seemingly experienced group overall, Tyson Van Winkle is the only one of the five catchers on the squad who has had his 20th birthday. Rossmel Perez may be the most experienced catcher overall, as he has been in the organization for four seasons and started for full-season South Bend, leading them to the playoffs. Perez will be counted on to help guide the young Latino pitchers during Instructs while Van Winkle will help foster the English-speaking contingent.
|Catchers (5)||Bats/Throws||Age||2009 Team(s)|
|Jae Yun Kim||R/R||19||Missoula|
|Rossmel Perez||S/R||19||South Bend|
|Tyson Van Winkle||R/R||21||Yakima/South Bend|
|Infielders (10)||Bats/Throws||Age||2009 Team(s)|
|Reynaldo Navarro||S/R||18||South Bend|
|Ryan Wheeler||L/R||21||Yakima/South Bend|
|Outfielders (10)||Bats/Throws||Age||2009 Team(s)|
|Alfredo Marte||R/R||20||South Bend|
|A.J. Pollock||R/R||21||South Bend|
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