As of right now, the present is bleak for the Arizona Diamondbacks. There’s some solid players with the likes of Gallen, Marte, and Carson Kelly but it’s evident that another horrid year of Dbacks baseball is upon us. However, I wanted to look at the positive side of things! Today I wanted to start a series looking at the top dbacks prospects starting with our first round pick, outfielder Corbin Carroll.
The Background Check
Corbin Carroll, the 16th pick of the 2019 draft, is an outfielder for our minor league affiliate, now a part of our A+ team in Hillsboro. He’s always been a hit for average guy at least in the minors, as he put up .299/.409/.487 triple slash in his first season in the minors, along with 2HR, 7 triples, 9 doubles, and 18 stolen bags, at the stature of 5”10, 165lbs. He was at that time a complete package and Dbacks fans were ready to see what was next of a guy who was finally going to be a first round pick that panned out for us. However that never came as the Minor League season was cancelled in 2020 for the same reason everything else was cancelled. Even after taking a lot of time off, he came to play this year in A+ ball, and boy did he impress.
2021 (Post Covid Baseball)
In 2021, albeit a very small sample size, the kid from Lakeside, Seattle was scorching hot. He had only 23 abs before an unfortunate injury to end his season, but he was hitting .435 with 2 home runs, 5 rbis, and 3 stolen bases with a 1.465 OPS. Yes, that is a very, very small sample size but he’s explosive to watch and his the prowess to get on base efficiently, and should be a .300+ hitter the second he finds his footing in the majors.
The only real knock is his size but he has a good glove and has the batting prowess that makes me very excited to see him play in the majors in the future.
“Carroll has all the qualities scouts look for when projecting a player as a plus hitter. He has an advanced approach and controls the zone well, showing the ability to make adjustments and excellent swing decisions at a young age. Carroll makes consistent hard contact and drives the ball to all fields from the left side of the plate. The strength Carroll has added since signing has already helped him unlock more power, and some D-backs club officials felt that he showed as much raw power as any player at the team’s alternate site. He may always have more of a hit-over-power profile, but there’s enough pop in Carroll’s left-handed bat to project him for double-digit home runs in the big leagues.”-MLB.com
I’m excited for our number one prospect, who’s ETA to make the bigs is in 2023. He doesn’t have a significant flaw and if we still have all of our prospects and Ketel Marte at that time, he’d be a lethal leadoff spot. Can’t wait three years down the line. For now, time to watch more pain, especially when we face Shohei Ohtani on Friday.