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Skaggs was one of the top pitchers in the minors this season, but could drop to third in his own organization heading into 2012.
Arizona's farm system made gigantic leaps in 2011 and it is now in the upper half of baseball in terms of talent.
Two additions from this past draft certainly helped that. Trevor Bauer, for one, is an immensely talented right-hander, capable of throwing 8-10 different pitches at differing velocities. He put together one of the most impressive seasons ever by a college pitcher in 2011, tossing complete games in each of his final nine starts. His performance easily trumped that of his teammate at UCLA, and eventual No. 1 overall pick, Gerrit Cole.
Bauer signed relatively quickly after being tabbed with the third overall pick and almost forced his way onto the big-league roster, but considering the amount of innings he pitched surpassed that of any other college pitcher, the D-Backs erred on the side of caution and shut him down after he successfully reached Double-A.
Bauer became famous for his quirky pitching exercises, his complicated philosophy on pitching dynamics and most of all, his unorthodox delivery that reminded many scouts and fans of Tim Lincecum. Bauer may not have Lincecum's ceiling, but there's no doubt he's going to be special.
Joining the organization four picks after Bauer was another "can't miss" talent, Archie Bradley. Bradley got little attention after being drafted, but he didn't seem to mind. After all, he seems comfortable playing second fiddle, seeing as how he had to ride shotgun to fellow Oklahoman Dylan Bundy all season long.
As Bundy was racking up 16 and 17-strikeout performances and touching 100 mph, Bradley was quietly tossing two and three-hitters, while consistently sitting in the mid-to-high 90s. In any other year, he could have been a number one pick. Keep in mind too, that it was Bradley, and not Bundy, who led his squad to the state championship.
Unlike Bauer, Bradley has the prototypical pitcher's frame and has the potential to be not only a staff ace, but an innings eater capable of pitching at least 200 innings per season.
And last but not least, the lone "can't miss" prospect who actually began the season as a Diamondback, left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
Skaggs was the darling of the Arizona farm system in 2011, rising from High-A to Double-A, winning league honors and earning a trip to the Futures Game, where he earned the start in his team's home ballpark, along the way.
He was one of the most consistent pitchers in the system, and paced the organization in strikeouts. You could make the case that Skaggs is one of the top three lefties in the game, along with Texas' Martin Perez and Tampa's Matt Moore.