Thank you for joining me again this week for Dynasty Directives Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects article!
I will take a look at the Arizona organization and then provide some insights for Dynasty league purposes.
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Dynasty Directives Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects
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Buddy Kennedy, MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, 2B/3B, 23 yrs 8 mo
Currently, Arizona has one of the more attractive prospect situations both from a talent and also an opportunity perspective. Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, and Jordan Lawlar are the obvious targets. The attention is absolutely justified. Past those three players, there will certainly be more contributors from this organization. At this point in time, one such player is Buddy Kennedy.
Buddy Kennedy is seemingly a bit unknown at the moment as a non-highly touted member of the Arizonadimondbacks. Kennedy was a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, and he now finds himself playing third base for Arizona. In a very small sample, he is hitting .300 in ten ABs with a walk and a Grand Slam giving him an OBP of .364 and an OPS of 1.164.
Buddy Kennedy's first Major League home run is a grand slam on Father's Day with his dad in the stands watching! pic.twitter.com/ihwe8QGAdT
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 19, 2022
Buddy Kennedy’s first MLB home run was a grand slam on Father’s Day
After the game, his dad got soaked in a Gatorade bath by Alek Thomas 🤣
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) June 20, 2022
The biggest thing here is that he should be available in nearly every league, aside from perhaps the deepest of 30-team leagues. Even in those instances, it likely would not require with you to part with too much in a trade.
Again, I'm a proponent of proximity, and while the Diamondbacks may not currently be an elite organization, they appear to believe in Buddy Kennedy. He is doing his part so far to warrant that trust.
I would say take a chance and get him on your roster now if there is room for him.
Alek Thomas, MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, OF, 22 yrs 2 mo
Now onto a very well-known prospect in the Diamondbacks organization: Alek Thomas.
Thomas has done basically everything you could ask for from a 22-year-old professional baseball player at this point. Perhaps a lack of elite power caps his upside in shallower dynasty formats.
Other than using that against him, it is really hard to find very many flaws. This looks like the type of player that could be on your team for a very long time. Acquire him now for any reasonable price.
It’s a 10-game hit streak for Alek Thomas! pic.twitter.com/MHzNQfRxAj
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) June 19, 2022
Drey Jameson, AAA Reno Aces, SP, 24 yrs 10 mo
Drey Jameson is not having the best season of his career so far. That being said historically this is someone who has shown the requisite skills to put himself on a path to being given the chance to prove himself with the big club. It has gotten him to AAA at the age of 24.
It is likely this is a player that isn't rostered in any league shallower than 30 teams. If he is rostered the acquisition price should certainly be low at this point. We will see where Drey takes his career from here, but I do believe he will still end up clearing this last hurdle in AAA to get his chance with the Diamondbacks.
Corbin Carroll, AA Amarillo Sod Poodles, OF, 21 yrs 10 mo
There really isn't much to say that you probably haven't already read about Corbin Carroll. It would appear he has the makings of being a top-25 player overall sooner rather than later. Given his ability to make consistent contact, with elite speed and enough power to at least threaten 25 HRs. This is truly a five-tool player. Corbin Carroll and Alek Thomas would appear to be cornerstones in the Diamondbacks outfield.
That said, I wouldn't necessarily be looking to overextend myself in a trade to acquire him, but I would say he is worth his already high market value.
Anyone else miss Corbin Carroll 💣’s? Because we did! Lucky for us, he gave us one tonight! pic.twitter.com/JiTtHuF29c
— Prospects Live (@ProspectsLive) April 9, 2022
Blake Walston, AA Amarillo Sod Poodles, SP, 20 yrs 11 mo
Blake Walston would appear to be the Diamondbacks' pitching prospect with the highest ceiling. Being a left-handed starting pitcher with potentially elite swing-and-miss stuff, he could blossom into the elite starting pitcher the D-Backs are looking for to pair with Zac Gallen.
That being said, there are still a vast array of potential outcomes with his profile. Walston needs to work on refining his command and control in order to accomplish more consistent results. He will certainly need to rein in his repertoire in order to face MLB hitters, but the ceiling is sky-high here.
Bryce Jarvis, AA Amarillo Sod Poodles, SP, 24 yrs 6 mo
Bryce Jarvis (a 2020 first-rounder from Duke 🎥) boasts a four-pitch mix headlined by a mid-90s fastball and a plus changeup
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 17, 2022
Bryce Jarvis currently projects to be one of the higher-floor and projectable arms in the minor leagues. He carries a deep four-pitch mix with a four-seam fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider. All of these grade as at least plus pitches.
Pitching prospects are very volatile as a whole ,so while I do like Jarvis in general, I'm hesitant to invest in pitching prospects, especially those not currently showing themselves to be dominant. I do think Jarvis will get his chance with Arizona in time, but I'm wary of making him a priority at this time.
Deyvison De Los Santos, Low-A Visalia Rawhide, 3B, 19 yrs
Q: What are you hearing from scouts so far on @Dbacks Deyvison De Los Santos?
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) April 28, 2022
Deyvison De Los Santos was initially a bit of an unheralded international signing from the Dominican Republic in 2019. The early returns are very promising across two seasons, including a stay in Rookie Ball, followed by Low-A Visalia, and then repeating the level this season. His career slash is a .289 batting average, .348 OBP, and .475 slugging percentage.
It is still early and he still has much tougher competition to prove himself against, but his production has been very promising for someone who is still a teenager. He also plays 3B currently but even if he moves to first base he would be a fantasy asset given his current trajectory.
Jordan Lawlar, Rookie Ball ACL Diamondbacks, SS, 19 yrs 11 m0
Let us finish off with the highest-touted prospect, aside from Carroll, from a tools perspective. Lawlar has electric bat speed and is also a very athletic player in general with plus speed on the base paths. He also plays a premium position in Shortstop. At 6' 2" and 190 lbs as an almost 20-year-old, he has a very projectable frame to build some additional power given his naturally athletic attributes.
Some people believe Lawlar might be the best player from this previous draft class. Arizona was fortunate to be able to select him with the sixth-overall selection in the 2021 draft.
Try and stop Jordan Lawlar, you can’t pic.twitter.com/ZJKBjOzjW8
— Prospects Live (@ProspectsLive) April 18, 2022
Acquire Jordan Lawlar where you can, as it does seem likely that he contributes in a very meaningful way for Arizona in time. Just be wary of trading away too much to acquire him as you're likely at least a couple of seasons away from seeing any return from him with the Diamondbacks.
This is an Arizona Diamondbacks organization that is going to have some openings on the big league club in the near future. With plenty of talented prospects in this organization, I would be looking to invest especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Seeing as offensive progression is often more linearm we are less likely to have our hearts broken rostering players like Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, Jordan Lawlar, Buddy Kennedy, and even Deyvison De Los Santos.
That being said, there are several talented pitchers in the organization to keep an eye on. I would just recommend making the offensive players a priority as I think there is a much higher guarantee of return.
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