In January, Baseball America ranked the Arizona Diamondbacks' top 10 prospects, releasing "best tool" predictions such as best hitter for average, best athlete, etc. As the season turns the page to mid-April, each top prospect has either risen or fallen based on early season's returns.
Here is how they look for Week 2, the number in parenthesis representing the player's preseason rank:
1. (2) Archie Bradley (RHP)
In Class-A Visalia over his two 2013 starts, Archie Bradley has maintained a 0.00 ERA while holding the opposition to a .184 batting average in 11.2 innings of work. His strikeout total is 19, while he has allowed just three walks.
Bradley is developing into a fine young ballplayer, confirming he very well could find his way to the big league club at some point during the next few seasons.
2. (1) Tyler Skaggs (LHP)
In two starts with Triple-A Reno, Tyler Skaggs surrendered nine earned runs in just 8.1 IP, allowing his opponents a .533 batting average.
The good news, if indeed this is a silver lining, is that Skaggs' first start against Colorado Springs was nearly flawless—a four-hit shutout performance over six innings of work. On the other hand, Skaggs did allow all nine earned runs during appearance No. 2, an absolutely disaster game versus Sacramento during which the River Cats batted to a .533 average to tag Skaggs with the loss.
The sample size is small, and there is still much hope to be had, but the 2.1 innings of nine-run ball—an ERA of 34.71—does play a role.
3. (5) Didi Gregorius (SS)
Gregorius has absolutely raked in his last few games, batting 8-for-14 (.571) during Reno's weekend series against Sacramento. With a 2013 OPS of 1.195, Gregorius holds a prominent spot in the PCL, his performance since Triple-A Opening Day—11-for-26 (.423), two home runs, 2 RBI and 19 total bases—causing much clamor for his status to soon improve from the present "rehab assignment."
One word of caution to management: Gregorius is batting just .100 with runners on, but .625—OPS of 1.792—with the bases empty. Lead...off...
4. (4) Matt Davidson (3B)
Over eight games thus far, Matt Davidson is 10-for-30 (.333 batting average) with two home runs, six RBI and 16 total bases. He has also walked seven times to his nine strikeouts, generating a sizzling OPS of .993.
At present, Davidson is one of the best healthy position prospects in the Diamondbacks organization.
5. (7) Chris Owings (SS)
After a 4-for-4 performance against Sacramento on Sunday, Chris Owings raised his PCL batting average to .404 and OPS to .994, compiling 21 hits and 29 total bases in 52 at-bats.
Owings' Triple-A debut has been absolutely impressive, and he has made Reno his own, clubbing two doubles and a triple with a .714 batting average and 1.733 OPS while at home. Add to that another two doubles and a triple while on the road and Owings has clearly impressed his Triple-A counterparts.
6. (3) Adam Eaton (OF)
How can you fault an outfielder who is injured? Adam Eaton drops to sixth simply by virtue of principal of the "now," though Gregorius, Davidson and Owings have clearly impressed.
7. (10) A.J. Pollock (CF)
Speaking of Eaton, fellow prospect outfielder A.J. Pollock has taken over Eaton's position during Adam's injury, faring reasonably well in the process.
Through 10 games and 32 at-bats with the MLB Diamondbacks in 2013, Pollock has slugged his way to an .875 OPS, producing two homers and four doubles on the strength of nine hits. Yes, he broke out against the cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh Pirates, but even the black and yellow is an MLB ballclub.
Pollock is holding down the fort just fine.
8. (6) David Holmberg (LHP)
With a 1.80 ERA—two ER through 10.0 IP—David Holmberg has gotten off to a fiery start, though he has walked six while striking out eight and allowed an opposing batting average of .270. Nonetheless, Holmberg is a mainstay in Double-A Mobile, though the BayBears offense has treated him like Clayton Kershaw, providing no run support.
Thus far into 2013, Holmberg has suffered two no-decisions.
9. (9) Andrew Chafin (LHP)
Andrew Chafin has had a rough start to 2013 with Visalia. Coming off of a 6-6, 4.93 ERA performance with the Rawhide in 2012, Chafin has put up a 1-1 record with a 5.52 ERA, giving up eight walks to 19 strikeouts in 14.2 innings of work.
10. (10) Stryker Trahan (C)
Stryker Trahan has not played a regular-season game since 2012's Arizona Rookie League stint, mainly because that particular league along with Single-A short has not started its 2013 season yet. Nonetheless, hopes are high for the young catcher who, behind MLB All-Star Miguel Montero, is in no rush to get to the show.
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