Despite trading right-hander Trevor Bauer, the organization’s top-overall draft pick in 2011, to the Cleveland Indians in mid-December as part of a three-team, nine-player deal, the Arizona Diamondbacks still boast one of the best farm systems in the game.
After netting countless high-ceiling pitching prospects over the last two seasons, mostly via the draft, they ultimately unloaded Bauer (one of the more highly regarded arms in the game) to acquire shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Reds. Although I can’t say I necessarily agree with the move in principal, it did address their greatest deficiency.
Without Bauer, a pair of young pitching prospects in left-hander Tyler Skaggs—who made six big league starts last season—and 20-year-old Archie Bradley, highlight the Diamondbacks’ system. Both players have the potential to headline the team's starting rotation in a matter of years.
Beyond that, the organization boasts a healthy mix of high-upside position prospects in Adam Eaton—a big-time sleeper headed into the 2013 season—Matt Davidson, Gregorius, Chris Owings and Stryker Trahan. They also have several intriguing, young left-handers in David Holmberg and Andrew Chafin.
Here’s a look at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top 10 prospects.