FanGraphs this January called Jonny DeLuca a “modern fifth outfielder.” Is that all he can be, a utility bat, pinch runner, occasional starter against a lefty?
Category Archives: NL West
Carson Ragsdale, RHP, SF
Ready to take a leap of faith? Come on in and meet Carson Ragsdale.
Victor Lizarraga, RHP, SD
What were you doing at age 18? Victor Lizarraga was facing batters four years his senior. How’d he do?
Jackson Wolf, LHP, SD
Sometimes it all comes together. Sometimes the command needs work. Meet Jackson Wolf.
Diego Cartaya, C, LAD
Ready to break your heart with another good catcher prospect? Meet Diego Cartaya.
Jordan Lawlar, SS, ARI
When I was on the PitcherList On The Farm podcast (OTF 38) in September, 2022, I was asked who could be the #1 prospect in 2023. I said it would probably be a guy named Jordan. Meet the second of them, Jordan Lawlar.
Miguel Vargas, 1B/3B/OF, LAD
Miguel Vargas came up to the majors and hit .175/.200/.255, so he stinks, right? Not so fast there, Sparky.
Zac Veen, OF, COL
As I write this, Zac Veen is hitting .362/.457/.466 in the Arizona Fall League. Is this for real?
Ryne Nelson, RHP, ARI
With the news that Ryne Nelson will start for the Diamondbacks on Monday, let’s see who the team is getting.
Nick Swiney, LHP, SF
What do you do if you don’t have velocity on your fastball? You do what Nick Swiney does.
Mason Black, RHP, SF
Mason Black was a 3rd-rounder in 2021 who got off to a hot start in 2022. How’s he done since?
Aeverson Arteaga, SS, SF
If you heard me on PitcherList’s March 28th episode of the On the Farm podcast, you know host LaMar Gibson really likes Aeverson Arteaga. So what do I think of him?
Tirso Ornelas, OF, SD
After a lost 2019 where he bottomed out in skill, and a lost 2020 to a pandemic, how much did Tirso Ornelas look forward to 2021? Glad you asked…
Joshua Mears, OF, SD
Joshua Mears is known for one thing, and something else — Joshua Mears is known for a couple of things along with — among the things Joshua Mears is known for are power, on-base ability, and uh, those strikeouts. Oh, and a little speed too. He draws walks, did I mention that?
Justin Yurchak, 1B, LAD
One of the best hitters in the minor leagues gets ignored by the scouts. What gives?
Brandon Pfaadt *, RHP, ARI
Sometimes you see minor league numbers so good, you do a double-take. So that’s what you do: look a second time, and then you get a more realistic view of the prospect. Meet Brandon Pfaadt (just don’t pronounce the ‘P’ and you’ll say it right.)
Elehuris Montero *, 1B/3B, COL
One of the prospects brought over in the Arenado trade, Elehuris Montero has stepped up in a big way in 2021. Can we trust the numbers?
Matt Frisbee, RHP, SF
Another pop-up prospect, Matt Frisbee help throw a combined no hitter early in the season, and that got him some press. What can we tell of this hurler who is now 24 year old and has never been high on scout’s lists?
Luis Matos, OF, SF
[This is the second of an occasional series of players I will analyze in the offseason simply because they are being ranked highly by Top Lists in the industry, yet they have little track record. ‘What are the rankers seeing?’ is the question I will try to answer.]
Kristian Robinson, OF, ARI
[This is the first of an occasional series of players I will analyze in the offseason simply because they are being ranked highly by Top Lists in the industry, yet they have little track record. ‘What are the rankers seeing?’ is the question I will try to answer.] Robinson was already on industry Top 30Continue reading “Kristian Robinson, OF, ARI”
Antonio Santos *, RHP, COL
After never rising above Double-A, Antonio Santos has reached the big leagues this shortened season. In two games so far (as I write this), he has been hit hard. What do his minor league numbers tell us to expect in the future?
Keury Mella *, RHP, ARI
Keury Mella has been getting a taste of the major leagues for the past four years. Now that he is up again, let’s get to know Mr. Mella.
Sam Hilliard *, OF, COL
Only playing about every other day, Sam Hilliard has started out 5-for-28 slow. What do his minor league numbers tell us he is capable of?
Humberto Mejía*, RHP, ARI
Not a top prospect, and has never pitched above High-A ball, but the Marlins (now with the Diamondbacks) need an arm, and here comes Humberto Mejía to start for them at least once.
Dustin May *, RHP, LAD
In honor of his great start this year, let’s see where Dustin May came from. You don’t need me to tell you he was a great prospect, but I’m going to tell you that anyway.