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Five Diamondbacks make top 100 prospects on MLB's list

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There's a solid representation of players from Arizona's farm system, in the latest rankings from MLB, which were announced last night.

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The Diamondbacks had five players listed - that trails only the Twins, Cubs (six apiece) and Royals (seven) in terms of number of prospects. You can check out the full list here, led by the Twins' Byron Buxton, and the Cubs' Kris Bryant. Here are the five young Arizonans who were listed, along with quick hits from the comments, and their rankings when the list was updated in mid-July

#98: Touki Toussaint (was #85)

Our highest pick from the draft last June just manages to hang on to his spot in the list, albeit at a slightly lower position that for his first time of eligibility. "Toussaint might have been the most athletic high school pitcher in the 2014 Draft class. He also might have as much, if not more, upside potential as any in that crop... It might take Toussaint a while to get there, but the payoff could be huge. With patience, the D-backs could have another potential frontline starting pitcher in their system."

#81: Aaron Blair (was #87)

Overtaking Toussaint is Blair, though MLB are still less sold than John B, who currently has Blair as our top prospect.  MLB.com reckon we will see him at some point this season: "Scouts like how quickly Blair works and he goes right after hitters. As effective as Blair was at missing bats in 2014, he also didn't hurt himself with walks. Blair shouldn't need too much more seasoning in the Minor Leagues and could be called upon to help out the big league rotation in the near future. He could develop into a very solid and durable middle-of-the-rotation type starter."

#80: Jake Lamb (was #98)

The man currently without a position moves up in the rankings, and is again the Diamondbacks' only position player in the top 100. "As a pro, Lamb has greatly altered his approach at the plate and smoothed out his swing. That has allowed him to hit for both average and tap into his considerable power more consistently.  Lamb has a very strong arm and good hands and will be able to stay at third base defensively long term." But does he have a future with the Diamondbacks, given Yasmany Tomas has apparently been anointed at that position?

#39: Braden Shipley (was #47)

Shipley continues to rise up the list - at this point last season, he was only ranked #79. Not bad for someone who didn't start pitching until he was a sophomore in college! "Wiry and very athletic, Shipley has the chance to have three above-average to plus pitches, all of which he commands well from a clean and repeatable delivery... Shipley's combination of stuff, delivery and athleticism make it easy to see him in a big league rotation in the near future. If it all keeps clicking, he could be a No. 2 or very good No. 3 starter for a long time."

#15: Archie Bradley (was #12)

Remember when Bradley was the top pitching prospect in all baseball? He was #5 overall 12 months ago, but a disappointing season, in part due to injury, has led to him losing that spot. He'll need to prove he has moved past that in 2015. "After missing nearly two months because of a flexor strain in his right elbow, Bradley returned with less velocity and less bite on his stuff for the rest of the season. In the AFL, though, his fastball had bounced back into the mid 90s... His command remains an issue, though health might help him gain some more consistency with his delivery."