The FutureBacks.com Top 50: #25-#21

The FutureBacks.com Top 50: #25-#21

After months of interviews, evaluations, discussion and hand wringing, we've done the Santa Claus thing, made the list,checked it twice, then reevaluated, discussed some more, and done some more hand wringing...then there were cuts and trades. Now here we are, the Top 25, and wouldn't you know, the Dodgers have already snaked two of our future Snakes. Regardless...here they are #25-#21.

#25--Danny Muegge

Name Top 50 Prospect Profile: Danny Muegge
Position Pitcher
Age 23
Bats Left
Throws Right
'04 Club Lo-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League)

Relieved in 2003 at Yakima, started in '04 with the Silverhawks.  Led the team with 14 wins.  Fastball is upper 80s with better than average control, but inconsistent location within the strike zone.  Had a deceptive delivery for a 6'5" pitcher, and a tight curveball, so might be better suited for the bullpen at upper levels, but the Diamondbacks were going to give him a shot at starting, and see how he fared next season in Hi-A Lancaster.  What the Dodgers will do with him on the other hand is yet to be seen, as he is part of the deal that will bring Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks.

#24--Clint Goocher

Name Top 50 Prospect Profile: Clint Goocher
Position Pitcher
Age 22
Bats Left
Throws Left
'04 Club Hi A Lancaster JetHawks/ AA El Paso Diablos ( Texas League)

Goocher was taken in the 31st round of the 2002 draft and looks to be the steal of the century.  He doesn't impress the radar gun, but he throws strikes and has at least an average curveball.  When you're left handed that'll take you a long way.  According to FutureBacks.com's David Merchant, command is the name of the game for Goocher,

"He walks out there to warm up and you just think he's going to get crushed.  Then guys get there and they just look off balance.  When he makes mistakes it's down and away, and just never seems to get hit that hard, but he's got to be perfect all the time because he just doesn't throw hard enough to get it by anybody."

#23--Dioner Navarro

Name Top 50 Prospect Profile: Dioner Navarro
Position Catcher
Age 20
Bats Both
Throws Right
'04 Club New York Yankees (MLB), Triple-A Columbus Clippers (International League), Double-A Trenton Thunder (Eastern League)

You gotta give the Dodgers credit.  Three of the four players shipped to the Dodgers in the Shawn Green trade would have landed in our Top 50, two of them in the Top 25.  Joining Danny Muegge is Dioner Navarro.  By far the best player to come to Arizona in the Randy Johnson trade, Navarro is a switching hitting catcher with developing power, the ability to hit for average, and excellent instincts behind the plate.  While the Diamondbacks are very happy with the development of Koyie Hill and Chris Snyder, Navarro is the best of the three, and he's younger than both.  The Diamondbacks will find out right away, as Navarro is expected to split time with former Diamondbacks Brent Mayne at the big league level right away. 

#22--Alex Frazier

Name Top 50 Prospect Profile: Alex Frazier
Position Outfielder
Age 24
Bats Right
Throws Right
'04 Club Lo-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League)

A low round draft pick with equally low expectations, Frazier had a monster 2004, forcing the Diamondbacks, and everybody else, to take notice.  Frazier needs to make more contact, but considering how quickly Frazier turned his numbers around (he upped his average 50 points last season, stole 20 more bases, and doubled his home runs in 2004), it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility that he could turn his strike out numbers around just as quickly.  Though the Diamondbacks outfield is crowded, Frazier helps provide the organizational depth that has the D'Backs organization so highly ranked.  Watch for Frazier to start becoming a sought after commodity if '05 looks like '04.

#21--Garrett Mock

Name Top 50 Prospect Profile: Garrett Mock
Position Pitcher
Age 21
Bats Right
Throws Right
'04 Clubs Short Season A Yakima Bears (Northwest League), Lo-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League)

A big strong kid with a big game pitcher's mentality, Mock pitched only five games at Short Season Yakima before getting promoted to Lo-A where he was impressive.  The Diamondbacks have made it clear that Mock, who came out of the University of Houston, can move as fast as he's able, and could be a member of the Diamondbacks as early as '06 if he pitches to his capabilities.

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