After going hitter-heavy in the 2009 draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks went pitching crazy last summer, taking mound men with their first eight selections. Of the seven that signed, four were 18-years old and two were only 20. This increased Arizona's stock of raw pitchers with good potential who are difficult to rank this early in their development. Here are profiles of 10 such hurlers.
February 5, 2011
These Yakima Bears posted a winning record for the first time since 2003 and made the postseason for the first time since 2000 behind aggressive baserunning and a shutdown bullpen. Unfortunately, the outstanding season came to an abrupt end when the Bears got swept in the Northwest League playoffs. Full analysis and FutureBacks.com Awards inside.
October 10, 2010
The Arizona Diamondbacks came to terms with draft picks Blake Perry, Tyler Green, and Ty Linton this week just prior to the draft pick signing deadline. Those three players have joined the Missoula Osprey and created a ripple effect across the D-backs' minor league rosters, which are also being shuffled to align for postseason runs and September callups.
August 19, 2010
The Yakima Bears began their 2010 season last night with a 7-0 shutout of the Boise Hawks, perhaps signaling a reversal of their recent fortunes. The Arizona Diamondbacks' Short Season affiliate has played 40 games below .500 combined over the past two seasons. Can this year's roster bring winning baseball back to southern Washington?
June 19, 2010