Minor Adjustments

For a couple of years now we have heard various reporters and publications tout the value of the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. Through great drafting and player development the Diamondbacks have become a deep club with young players who are destined to help the Major League club. During the 2006 season we began to see the fruits of that labor as players such as Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin, Stephen Drew, and Alberto Callespo came to the parent club and made positive contributions. This season we should see additional help from the farm in the likes of center fielder Chris Young and catcher Miguel Montero. While these position players should have a strong impact no only during this season but in seasons to come, fans should not discount the pitchers who are on the horizon ready to make their move to the next step. Names such as Dustin Nippert, Micah Owings, Edgar Gonzalez, Enrique Gonzalez, and Evan MacLane could become regular contributors this season or next either as starting pitchers or in the bullpen. The immediate future looks promising for the Diamondbacks and their young players.

So while positive press from avenues such as Baseball America and Fox Sports proclaim that the Diamondbacks are on the verge of being a perennial powerhouse; the fans are left to look forward to seeing these young players come into the league with some of them destined to become the next team superstar. What may be lost in these discussions is the level of depth that the Diamondbacks have in their farm system. For every Jackson, Quentin, and Drew there are another wave of young players just waiting for their turn. Players such as first round pick Justin Upton, infielder Mark Reynolds, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will soon be ready for the big leagues. At some point the Diamondbacks will be faced with a dilemma of what to do with so many talented resources. This may not be a problem in 2007 but looking forward to 2008 and 2009 there will need to be serious assessments made to determine which players will become the long-term core for this team and which can be used as bargaining chips to fill in holes within the roster or through trades. Life as a Diamondbacks fan is about to get really interesting and really fun. Mark my words now is the time fans should look to secure season tickets to the Diamondbacks. It may not be too much longer before Diamondbacks tickets may become the hottest commodity in the local market. History is about to be made and fans will want to be there to see it begin.

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