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As Ready As They Get

"It's a really exciting Triple-A squad," Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes says without a hint of understatement. Byrnes is clearly excited by the potential his Tucson Sidewinders have, but he knows it's a big jump from the Pacific Coast League to the Majors. The Sidewinders have talent to spare. The biggest names are talked about with regularity. We start with what Byrnes calls an outfield that is, "As big league ready as they can be."

The Sidewinders have talent to spare.  The biggest names are talked about with regularity.  Shortstop Stephen Drew, outfielders Carlos Quentin and Chris Young, and pitchers Dustin Nippert and Jeff Bajenaru are about as close to household names in Arizona as a minor leaguer could be.  The reasons for their marquee name value vary, but one common link is that all can play, and all are, at worst...

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