Daulton Varsho is headed to the big leagues. The Arizona Diamondbacks will call up their top catching prospect, as reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
D-Backs top catching prospect Daulton Varsho being called up— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2020
In a corresponding move, first baseman Kevin Cron was taken off the active 30-man roster and moved to the D-backs’ alternate training site at Salt River Fields.
Varsho, 24, hit .301 with 18 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 58 RBIs and a .899 OPS in 108 games with Double-A Jackson last year. He ranks MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 D-backs prospect and No. 75 overall on their Top 100 list. He was also named a 2019 mid-season All-Star with the Generals.
The son of former MLB outfielder Gary Varsho, Daulton shares his dad’s supreme power and athleticism. He started four games in center field last season and the D-backs experimented with his defensive versatility during the intrasquad scrimmages.
Varsho reportedly was going to start the 2020 season in either Double-A Jackson or Triple-A Reno. The cancellation of Minor League Baseball gives him a chance to develop in the major leagues during the shortened year.
Arizona has built a deep farm system with plenty of young talent, and Varsho will be one of the system’s most prized possessions to don the Sedona red this season.