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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Diamondbacks’ young players ‘work in progress’ jumping up from minors

A really nice article about the jump from AAA to MLB.

But the biggest factor might be the information. Major league clubs have staffs dedicated to producing scouting reports for their pitchers to follow, and they are able to identify hitters’ weaknesses and generate plans of attack better than anything hitters have seen in the minors. Combine that information with the talent to execute and hitters are often overwhelmed.

jimfurtado Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:08 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: diamondbacks, player development, prospects

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   1. Jack Sommers Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:02 PM (#6081331)
The Josh Rojas comments about using pitches he's GOOD at hitting as decoy's was one of the most interesting parts of this article.

Nick Piecoro is a hidden gem. He's an excellent writer and story teller, but also a very intelligent analyst. It's not all that common a combination. His work is often buried because the Diamondbacks don't draw much attention.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:33 PM (#6081339)
good story.

Braves CF phenom Michael Harris - who turned 21 in March - arrived just before this 10-game winning streak and has a 111 OPS+ with 2 SB (many more to come) in 49 PA before today's 1-for-4 with a ribby.

he just reached AA this year for the first time, but he raked in 196 PA to the tune of .878 OPS. I think smart teams like the Braves have a better sense of when a kid might be ready (no one knows for sure). they bat him 9th, and he knows he can handle CF fine and has big-league speed, so not a ton of pressure, either.

Carroll, mentioned above, has a 1.072 OPS in AA - he turned 21 last August. he also plays CF, and has 19 SB already.

that seems like a nice combo - young, CF, and speedy.

if you're a corner INF or OF and your skill is light-tower power, you might get overmatched quickly and thus contribute nothing unless you are hitting circuit clouts.
   3. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: June 12, 2022 at 07:29 PM (#6081417)
Carroll's Steamer projection is pretty impressive. .246/.327/.455, 116 wRC+ for a 21-year-old that hasn't played above AA.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:13 PM (#6081421)
Watching Alek Thomas this weekend, he looked great in CF and didn’t look overmatched at the plate. I see a star in the making based on a 3 game sample size, that is.
   5. Jack Sommers Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:54 PM (#6081429)
Thomas SO% under 17%, well below league avg 22.1%

He has a BIG leg kick. Think Mel Ott. Will be interesting to see if that gets tamped down or if he sticks with it.

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