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2007 Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects

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2007 Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects

  1. Justin Upton, OF, Grade A- (He was coasting this year but should improve)
  2. Chris Young, OF, B+ (Should do everything except hit for average)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Grade B+ (Weak plate discipline prevents A- grade)
  4. Miguel Montero, C, B+ (solid all-around catching prospect)
  5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B, B (Hits for average and fields well)
  6. Micah Owings, RHP, B (solid all-around pitching prospect)
  7. Brett Anderson, LHP, B (polished high school lefty should move quickly)
  8. Gerardo Parra, OF, B (not as much power as Gonzalez, but more speed and polish)
  9. Dustin Nippert, RHP, B- (Seems nervous in the majors)
  10. Brooks Brown, RHP, B- (Another solid all-around pitching prospect)
  11. Cyle Hankerd, OF, B- (very strong bat, but where does he fit?)
  12. Mark Reynolds, UT, C+ (good power, utility glove, Mark Bellhorn type?)
  13. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, C+ (Good speed)
  14. Chris Carter, 1B, C+ (very strong bat, but where does he fit?)
  15. Matt Torra, RHP, C+ (Pitched well in August recovering from labrum surgery)
  16. Hector Ambriz, RHP, C+ (yet another solid all-around pitching prospect)
  17. Javier Brito, 1B, C+ (see Chris Carter)
  18. Alberto Gonzalez, SS, C+ (good glove)
  19. Steven Jackson, RHP, C+ (excellent season in Double-A following mechanical rebuild)
  20. Ross Ohlendorf, RHP, C+ (sleeper who throws strikes)
Others of Interest: Brian Barden, 3B: Dallas Buck, RHP; Osbek Castillo, RHP; Pedro Ciriaco, SS; Jamie D'Antonia, 1B; Ryan Doherty, RHP; Kyler Newby, RHP; Cesar Nicolas, 1B; Jailen Peguero, RHP; Tony Pena, RHP; Chris Rahl, OF; Danny Richar, 2B; Greg Smith, LHP, Dan Stange, RHP; Bryan Thompson, RHP.

The Diamondbacks in One Sentence: Graduation to the majors of guys like Drew, Jackson, and Quentin hurt upper-level system depth, but there is still plenty of talent in this system, and they have a proven ability to recharge quickly.

Max Scherzer is a Grade B or B+, haven't decided yet. When/If he signs, he would slot in at Number Five.

Note: Remember that ALL GRADES ARE PRELIMINARY. There is a lot of slack in the B-/C+/C range and players may move up and down depending on how my thinking progresses. Feel free to make comments, point out sleepers I may have missed, etc. Note that there is only a limited amount of space in the book, and the max I can do is 35-36 players per team.

And, as always, there is the helpful reminder to Buy My Book, which will lay out reports for all these guys (and more) in detail.