Continuing with our previews of the Diamondbacks' minor league affliates: Today we're looking at the Dbacks' AA affliate, the Mobile BayBears. The recent draft that restocked the lower levels of the minors has yet to help Mobile, but the BayBears do have some quality pitching prospects, along with a few good hitters. After the jump I'll go over the players on the BayBears' roster.
Wes Roemer: 13IP, 2.08 ERA, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11ks. A great start for Roemer, who has put up above average numbers since being drafted with the 50th pick in the 2007 draft. Roemer is repeating AA after being promoted mid-season last year. Roemer can touch 94 MPH on occasion, but he generally works in the 89-91MPH range, where his fastball has better movement. John Sickels gave Roemer a C+ grade.
All but one of Mobile's bullpen are returns from last season. Mobile's relief corps consists of Leyson Septimo, Bryan Henry, Kyler Newby, Reid Mahon, Roque Mercedes, and Jeff Dietz. Bryan Henry is the newcomer.
Jeff Dietz: An undrafted free agent out signed out of Brown University, Dietz posted a 142 ERA+ in 66IP for Hi-A Visalia, but struggled to the tune of a 44 ERA+ upon being promoted to Mobile. Dietz has a deceptive sidearm delivery, along with good stuff. He's still raw, and may need to develop another pitch to attack left handed pitching. For a guy who's flown under the radar, he's worth keeping an eye on.
I'll only go over the infield quickly, as it's pretty barren when it comes to actual prospects. Returning from last year are Bryan Byrne and Ricardo Sosa, who'll man first and third, respectively. Handling shortstop is Taylor Harbin, and at second, we have Jacob Elmore. Gerson Montilla and Jake Wald are reserves.
Bryan Byrne: Repeating AA this year, the 26 year old is now overshadowed by a bevy of 1st base prospects in the Diamondbacks farm system. In AAA we have Brandon Allen and Jeff Bailey. In HI-A we have Ryan Wheeler and Paul Goldschmidt (and possibly Marc Krauss, if he proves he can't handle LF). In South Bend there's Bobby Borchering and Matt Davidson, who although are 3rd basemen, may end up at first. Basically, Byrne really doesn't have much of future in the Diamondbacks farm system.
Ricardo Sosa: A Cuban refugee, Ricardo Sosa signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He lead the BayBears last year in homeruns and RBIS with 12 and 71, respectively. With the additions of Bobby Borchering, Matt Davidson, and Matt Helm, Sosa is overshadowed as a prospect. At 26 he's also old for a prospect. He has gotten off to a hot start with a 1.167 OPS, all though it's only in 3 ABS.
Evan Frey: After a disappointing season last year for Mobile where he posted a 686 OPS, Frey will be repeating AA this year. Frey is a hard-nosed, speedy, and excellent defensive outfielder who's known for his hustle. He's the kind of player you like to root for. After an excellent 2008 where he posted an 818 OPS in Mid-A and an 800 OPS in HI-A, Frey disappointed last year in Mobile, hitting 267/348/338. Even though he stole 31 bases last year, he was caught stealing 14 times, a 69 percent success rate. Frey needs to have a rebound season to regain his status as a prospect. Through the first 8 games, he's hitting 382/432/471 (13 for 34) with a double, triple, and two stolen bases(2-2 SB/CS)
Mobile has a lot of good pitching with Wes Roemer, Barry Enright, Tom Layne, Patrick Mcananey, Bryan Shaw, Leyson Septimo, Roque Mercedes, Reid Mahon, and Kyler Newby. They don't have a lot of quality offensive prospects, but they do have a few average prospects in Konrad Schmidt, Collin Cowgill, Evan Frey, Ollie Linton, Taylor Harbin, and Jacob Elmore.