D-backs Instructional League Roster: Hitters

The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected 25 position players for their Fall Instructional League roster, an increase of 20% from last year's total. These are some of the best young position player prospects in the system. Workouts have already begun and the first game against Thursday, September 24.

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)
Roidany Aguila R/R 18 Missoula/Yakima
Raywilly Gomez R/R 19 Missoula
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)
Bobby Borchering S/R 18 Missoula
Matt Davidson R/R 18 Yakima
Paul Goldschmidt R/R 22 Missoula
Brent Greer R/R 21 Yakima
Raul Navarro R/R 17 DSL
Reynaldo Navarro S/R 18 South Bend
David Nick R/R 19 Missoula
Chris Owings R/R 18 Missoula
Antonio Sepulveda S/R 17 Missoula
Ryan Wheeler L/R 21 Yakima/South Bend
Outfielders (10) Bats/Throws Age 2009 Team(s)
Keon Broxton R/R 19 Missoula
Collin Cowgill R/L 23 Visalia
Matt Helm R/R 19 Missoula
Ender Inciate L/L 18 Missoula
Jose Jose L/L 19 DSL
Alfredo Marte R/R 20 South Bend
A.J. Pollock R/R 21 South Bend
Bobby Stone L/L 19 Missoula
Tyrell Worthington R/R 21 Missoula
Henry Zaballa R/R 19 Missoula

View the Pitchers Roster here

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