I am now working on the New York Yankees Top 20 prospects list for 2018. The next team in line is the Arizona Diamondbacks, to be followed by the Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox,and the Cincinnati Reds.
Use this thread to discuss the Arizona Diamondbacks system. Possible points for discussion include, but are certainly not limited to:
****The Diamondbacks finished 93-69 in 2017, second place in the National League Western Division. What do you expect for 2018? Do they hover around 90 wins again, do they improve further, or do they fall back?
****Have we seen the best of Jake Lamb?
****Have we seen the best of Robbie Ray?
****Archie Bradley had a great year in relief (1.73 ERA, 79/21 K/BB in 73 innings) but there has been talk recently of moving him back to the starting rotation. What do you think? What is the best way to deploy him going forward?
****How would you use Anthony Banda?
****Pitching is the strength of the system in general, with Banda, Jimmy Sherfy, Taylor Clarke, and Jared Miller ready soon, with Jon Duplantier (the best prospect of the group) not far behind. Who is a possible staff anchor and who is more of a role pitcher five years from now?
****Your plan to develop Pavin Smith?
****As always, feel free to discuss Diamondbacks prospect sleepers or anything else related to the system.