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  1. Good post. We ranked their farm system #28, but like you said, the # is slightly deflated based upon the lack of prospects close to the major leagues. It should be a higher next season b/c they spent heavily in last season’s draft. Also, the rankings are slightly misleading considering Justin Upton is the same age as most upper-level minor leaguers.

    http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1055

    My concern is their young pitching. I didn’t like the decision to trade Daniel Schlereth to Detroit because it leaves them thin on young relief pitchers. They also gave up Scherzer, which is questionable despite Edwin Jackson having two consecutive solid seasons. Parker is a great talent, but the injury is a concern.

    Baseball America projects a long-term rotation of Haren, Webb, Jackson, Parker, and Kennedy. If all those guys work out, Arizona is in terrific shape. What concerns me is that, besides possibly Brian Augestein, the D’Backs don’t have a pitcher who could immediately step into the rotation if one of those guys cannot perform.

    I agree Arizona has reasonably competent people running their team who will put something together. Am I missing some solid young pitchers, or would the plan be to sign a free agent?

    Comment by Brad O'Neill — March 24, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

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