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Dbacks 2016 Top 60 Prospects: Preseason Edition

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After all the off-season moves and the loss of a number of favored prospects, it's time to take a look at what our system looks like as the season is about to start. I've included my projected minor league landing spots for all of them but many will be wrong and we'll learn all that soon enough.

Braden Shipley still tops the list as he did in our off season lists. His second half performance was plenty to get excited about and let's hope he can pick up where he left off. He still needs some polish and refinement and hopefully we won't have any major injuries in our starting rotation that might force him into service a little sooner than necessary.

I've got Jamie Westbrook in the 2nd spot which many may debate, but it's no secret what I think of him as a prospect and his ability to hit Southern League pitching will go a long way toward demonstrating which opinions were best. I have Brandon Drury right behind him as he looks ready to play at the major league level if he can find any at bats there. Socrates Brito comes in behind Drury and the same holds true for him. He looks ready but will he find enough playing time to show what he can do.

A host of pitchers fill in the number 5 through 11 spots and you can probably mix and match their order to your personal preferences. We've got youngsters we haven't seen much of yet in Alex Young and Taylor Clarke. There's 19-year-old Cody Reed who has shown some talent and will now proceed to full-season ball to see what kind of inning log he can manage. We've got Cuban bonus baby Yoan Lopez who hasn't shown much of anything yet. Plus a quality reliever in Silvino Bracho and former Brewer Tyler Wagner.

The overall depth and talent of our system isn't in the best shape it's ever been. We've got a bunch of middle infielders, most of whom haven't hit much other than Westbrook. Overall the system is probably strongest on the pitching front with about 4-6 guys who have the ability to go all the way if they can keep progressing. That includes young Brad Keller who really broke out last year. Now we'll see what he can do in a hitters league.

There's some interesting guys throughout the system but almost all of them have one kind of shortcoming or another that will likely mean their ceilings lie before the major leagues. Guys like Gabby Guerrero, Jose Martinez, Kevin Cron, Matt Railey, Austin Byler and Victor Reyes. So here's my pre-season Top 60. Enjoy.

Rank Prospect Pos 2016 Level Proj Age Comments
1 Braden Shipley RHP Reno 24 2016 2nd half says almost ready
2 Jamie Westbrook 2B Mobile 20 Can he do the same in AA?
3 Brandon Drury 3B Dbacks 23 Battling for a roster spot
4 Socrates Brito OF Dbacks 23 On everyone's breakout list
5 Cody Reed LHP Kane County 19 Time for full season ball test
6 Alex Young LHP Visalia 22 Didn't learn much last season
7 Silvino Bracho RHP Dbacks 23 Ready for ML job
8 Taylor Clarke RHP Visalia 22 Didn't learn much last season
9 Yoan Lopez RHP Mobile 23 Has stuff, can he progress?
10 Tyler Wagner RHP Reno 25 Knocking on the door
11 Brad Keller RHP Visalia 20 Breakout season
12 Peter O'Brien OF Reno 25 Trying to get on roster
13 Marcus Wilson OF Kane County 19 Still figuring things out
14 Ryan Burr RHP Visalia 21 Plenty good in debut
15 Matt Railey OF Hillsboro 21 Will drug suspension derail?
16 Oscar Hernandez C Dbacks 22 Needs playing time
17 Jake Barrett RHP Reno 24 ST numbers encouraging
18 Zack Godley RHP Reno 25 Looks like AAAA pitcher
19 Gabby Guerrero OF Reno 22 Free-swinger like his dad
20 Wei-Chieh Huang RHP Kane County 21 Hype engine seems a little heavy
21 Austin Byler OF Kane County 23 Can rake but drug suspension
22 Jose Martinez RHP Kane County 22 Year removed from elbow surgery
23 Jose Herrera C Missoula 19 Ready for next step
24 Anthony Banda LHP Mobile 22 Progressing nicely
25 Domingo Leyba 2B Visalia 20 Not much bat yet
26 Breckin Williams RHP Kane County 22 Next year will tell more
27 Zach Borenstein OF Reno 25 Can hit, but aging out?
28 Dawel Lugo SS Visalia 21 Another light hitting MI
29 Carlos Hernandez RHP Kane County 21 Very nice season
30 Kevin Cron 1B Mobile 23 Showed off real power
31 Zac Curtis LHP Visalia 23 Dominant but needs bigger test
32 Sergio Alcantara SS Kane County 19 Struggling to find any offense
33 Jeferson Mejia RHP Kane County 21 Going the wrong way
34 Jared Miller RHP Kane County 22 Hit some bumps but still ok
35 Jack Reinheimer SS Reno 23 Good glove, okay bat
36 Joey Krehbiel RHP Mobile 23 Still something to like here
37 Luke Lowery C Kane County 22 Nice first season
38 Daniel Gibson LHP Reno 23 Loogy can't be ignored
39 Colin Bray OF Visalia 22 Showing some skills
40 Victor Reyes OF Kane County 21 No power, not enough speed
41 Adam Miller RHP Reno 26 Performance is there
42 Sean Jamieson SS Reno 27 Productive but blocked
43 Jason Morozowski OF Missoula 21 Showed some ability
44 Keith Hessler LHP Reno 25 Hanging around because he's lefty
45 Evan Marzilli OF Reno 25 Not quite enough stick
46 Henry Castillo 2B/3B Visalia 21 Outperforming others
47 Mitch Haniger OF Mobile 25 Not getting org respect
48 Tyler Mark RHP Hillsboro 21 Don't know much yet
49 Todd Glaesmann OF Reno 25 Can hit but enough?
50 Ethan Elias RHP Visalia 22 Worth another look
51 Joe Munoz 3B Kane County 22 Not really advancing
52 Matt McPhearson OF Missoula 21 Can't steal first
53 Matt Koch RHP Mobile 25 Fringe prospect
54 Stryker Trahan C South Bend 21 Two steps back, one forward
55 Josh Taylor LHP Visalia 23 Needs to show more
56 Will Locante LHP Mobile 25 Chance slipping away
57 Mason McCullough RHP Mobile 22 Big arm needs harnessing
58 Ismael Pena OF AZL 19 Needs to start earning bonus
59 Nick Sarianides RHP Visalia 26 Very good but age?
60 Jimmie Sherfy RHP Mobile 24 Found his ceiling?