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Diamondbacks Top 60 Prospects: Off-season Update

With all the off-season moves mostly completed it's time to publish my most recent Top 60 prospect list. A new feature to the list is my personal rating system which assigns a number from 1-100 for each prospect. Also included in this update is a projection for what level that player will start the season in 2013.

Tyler Skaggs rates as the Dbacks top prospect heading into 2013
Tyler Skaggs rates as the Dbacks top prospect heading into 2013

Anyone in our system that still maintains rookie status is eligible for the list. We have some new arrivals on the list due to the off-season acquisitions, notably Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed. I also did a little shuffling of the Top 20 but nothing too dramatic. Here is the new rating system and it is essentially broken down into blocks of 10 with a description of each block.

Tyler Skaggs still gets our top spot with Archie Bradley and Adam Eaton a close second and third. After seeing Skaggs for a period in the majors last year it was tempting to drop him down a couple of spots with some doubt creeping in on his ceiling. The strength of the system is clearly in starting pitching, shortstop and catcher. It wasn't much more than a year ago that catcher and shortstop were two of the weaker position groups in our system and that has been corrected due to recent acquisitions and drafts. Center field is also a strength with Eaton slated to be our starter and some young prospects at the lower levels.

Prospect Rating System
90-100 Outstanding prospect. All-Star potential.
80-89 Very good prospect. Potential feature player with above-average production.
70-79 Solid prospect. Has a chance of becoming a starting ML player.
60-69 Good prospect. Has a fair chance of making it to the majors.
50-59 Average prospect. Can make it to the majors with further development.
40-49 Borderline prospect. Can’t be written off yet but odds are against.
30-39 Poor prospect. Long shot to make the majors.

Rank Prospect Pos Proj Level
1 Tyler Skaggs LHP AAA 94
2 Archie Bradley RHP High A 93
3 Adam Eaton OF Majors 92
4 Matt Davidson 3B AAA 90
5 Didi Gregorius SS AAA 90
6 David Holmberg LHP AA 89
7 Chris Owings SS AA 87
8 Stryker Trahan C Rookie 85
9 Michael Perez C Low A 84
10 Anthony Meo RHP AA 83
11 Andrew Chafin LHP AA 80
12 A.J. Pollock OF AAA 79
13 Chase Anderson RHP AAA 78
14 Alfredo Marte OF AAA 76
15 Nick Ahmed SS High A 74
16 Fidel Pena C High A 71
17 Jose Munoz SS Low A 70
18 Jonathan Griffin 1B AA 69
19 Keon Broxton OF AA 68
20 Jake Lamb 3B High A 68
21 Alex Glenn OF Low A 68
22 Zeke Spruill RHP AAA 67
23 Matt Gorgen RHP AAA 65
24 Evan Marshall RHP AAA 65
25 Starling Peralta RHP Majors 64
26 Jake Barrett RHP High A 63
27 Gerson Montilla 2B AA 62
28 Cody Wheeler LHP Low A 60
29 Evan Marzilli OF Low A 59
30 Andrew Velazquez SS/2B Low A 58
31 Michael Bolsinger RHP AAA 56
32 Charles Brewer RHP AAA 54
33 Michael Freeman SS AA 53
34 Felipe Perez RHP Rookie 51
35 Ben Eckels RHP Rookie 50
36 Ronnie Freeman C High A 48
37 Brandon Drury 3B Low A 47
38 Daniel Watts LHP Low A 47
39 Lars Anderson 1B AAA 46
40 David Nick 2B AAA 46
41 Chuck Taylor OF Rookie 45
42 Derek Eitel RHP AA 43
43 Erick Leal RHP Rookie 42
44 Alexander Carreras LHP Low A 40
45 Wagner Mateo OF High A 39
46 Andrew Barbosa LHP Low A 38
47 Pedro Ruiz 2B/SS Low A 38
48 Blake Perry RHP High A 37
49 Jose Martinez RHP Rookie 37
50 Kevin Medrano 2B Low A 36
51 Breland Almadova OF Low A 35
52 Tyler Bortnick INF AAA 34
53 Brian Billigen OF Low A 32
54 Raul Garcia SS Rookie 31
55 Taylor Siemens LHP AA 30
56 Daniel Poma OF Low A 30
57 Yazy Arbelo 1B AA 30
58 Tyler Green RHP High A 30
59 Seth Simmons RHP High A 30
60 Kyle Winkler RHP AA 30