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A Walk Down Prospect Memory Lane...

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John Sickels's 2006 top 50 hitting prospect rankings. Look at all those Diamondbacks... Interesting to note that the best of the Dbacks prospects at the time was considered to be Carlos Quentin (by Sickels at least). And it's amazing that Justin Upton was given such a high ranking immediately after the draft. Ah, the benefits of having a #1 draft pick. Hopefully our #3 and #7 picks this year will show just as much promise.

Keith Law Ranks D-Backs Farm System 13th

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"13. Arizona Diamondbacks I admit to liking this system more than most, but I loved their 2009 draft haul and several of those players had strong full-season debuts. Jarrod Parker's promising return in instructional league -- with velocity as good as ever and improved lower-body strength -- is also a factor in putting them in the top half of farm systems, given that he's their one impact prospect who might see the majors this year."

D-Backs, Montero avoid arbitration

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"The Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million deal. The contract comes in $100,000 above the midpoint of the numbers the sides filed for a potential arbitration hearing. The club filed at $2.8 million and Montero countered at $3.4 million. "Obviously I don’t want to go to arbitration," Montero said. "This is a good deal and I’m happy with it."" The agreement leaves just Kelly Johnson to be settled with, among the 2011 Diamondbacks.

GM: Diamondbacks will try pitcher Owings at first base in spring - Big League Stew - MLB - Yahoo! Sports

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"Using the bat makes a lot of sense for Owings, who has — shall we say — struggled on the mound after being pretty good as a rookie in 2007 and in the first part of 2008 with the D-backs. He has a 5.11 career ERA in 410 innings. By contrast, it's Owings' bat that has always attracted more attention. Owings has a career line of .293/.323/.538 with nine homers in 198 plate appearances." ---------------------------------------------- interesting......

MLB.com Top 50

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And the prospect rankings continue to trickle in. MLB.com ranks prospects through scouting surveys, sort of like an AP poll. The fact that it's scouting oriented could possibly explain why Shelby Miller and Jacob Turner have such incredibly high rankings. Our own Jarrod Parker (who scouts love quite a bit more than sabres) is ranked 29th. And Tyler Skaggs barely missed the cut at 52nd.

Tucson Padres

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The Tucson Padres have unveiled their logo (which I like). Their first home game at Tucson Electric Park will be on April 15 vs Salt Lake City. Their first series against Reno doesnt come until June 13-16 at Reno. The first time Reno will visit Tucson is July 4-6 (which I wonder if that is intentional). I am going to try and go to every Reno game, or most anyway. Terry Kennedy will manage the team, with Bob Skube as hitting coach and Steve Webber pitching coach.

Micah is BACK!!!

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Yeah! Micah Owings signed a minor league to come back to the desert! I don't care who you are you have to be excited for this. Rumors are he'll get some time at first as well.

D-Backs showing interest in Tigers' Galarraga

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"The Diamondbacks are showing strong interest in Tigers pitcher Armanda Galarraga, a right-hander who could fit at the back of their rotation. The clubs are said to be exchanging names in trade talks; minor league right-hander Kevin Eichhorn has been discussed. A source said a deal isn't expected to occur until sometime next week."