Instructional League Starts--Full Roster


Posted Sep 19, 2006


The Instructional League is where the best of the youngsters come to improve their game. With at least seven coaches, including the Diamondbacks roving hitting instructor, pitching coaches, infield and outfield coordinators joining Double-A Manager Bill Plummer and Triple-A Manager Chip Hale, the brightest among the D'Backs prospects get all the personal attention they can possibly handle.

WHO TO WATCH:

Left hander Brett Anderson was the Diamondbacks second round pick in the 2006 draft, but he signed late, as he struggled with the decision to go pro, or go play for his father, the head coach at Oklahoma State University.  He has been called the most mature high school pitcher to come out in the last ten years, and the D'Backs are anxious to see what they got with their #2 pick.

Matt Torra was a first round pick in 2005, but has spent most of his pro career in Tucson rehabbing an injury the D'Backs knew about before they drafted him.  After a couple of appearances this season, the Instructional League is going to be the D'Backs first real opportunity to work with him.

That same year (2005) the Diamondbacks took a little known kid out of Great Bridge High School named Justin Upton.  Optimists saw Upton rocketing through the system, and because of it his very solid season at Lo-A South Bend was regarded as a disappointment to some.  The Diamondbacks knew better and are anxious to work with the youngster, who has the tools to be a Gold Glove center fielder, though at times he struggled in his first season as captain of the outfield this year.

Angel Rocha missed most of this season after testing positive for a banned substance, but the D'Backs thought he was a high quality arm without the juice, and because he saw a limited work load during the season they want to see if he's still got it.

The college kids are coming down to Tucson in pairs.  Former Oregon State Beavers Dallas Buck and Shea McFeeley, former Georgia Bulldogs Brooks Brown and Joey Side, and two South Alabama Jaguars, Chase Christianson and Tyler Jones should make the question of, 'Who stays in who's room?' easier to figure out.

PITCHERS             [19] AGE POS SCHOOL DRAFT 06 CLUB W-L-S / ERA
ANDERSON, BRETT 18 SP HS 06- 2ND NA NA
BECK, CHAD 21 RP LOUSNA-LAFYT 06- 14TH YAKIMA 1-5-0 / 6.25
BROWN, BROOKS 21 RP GEORGIA 06- 1s YAKIMA 0-2-0 / 3.42
BUCK, DALLAS 21 RP OREGON ST 06- 3RD NA NA
CHRISTIANSON, CHASE 21 RP SOUTH ALABAMA 06- 8TH YAKIMA 1-4-3 / 3.20
DOHERTY, RYAN 22 RP NOTRE DAME 05- FA SOUTH BEND 9-1-5 / 2.59
EVANS, CODY 23 SP CAL ST LNG BCH 05- 10TH SOUTH BEND 5-7-0 / 3.02
GUERRERO, HIPPOLITO 23 RP D.R. 00- FA LANCASTER 3-4-0 / 7.44
NEIGHBORGALL, JASON 22 RP GEORGIA TECH 05- 3RD MISSOULA 0-2-0 / 23.00
NORBERTO, JORDAN 19 SP D.R. 04- FA MISSOULA 3-2-0 / 3.09
PEREZ, JORGE 22 RP D.R. 05- FA YAK/MISS 1-1-7 / 5.18
ROCHA, ANGEL 21 SP D.R. 02- FA NA NA
ROSEN, MARK 22 RP HS 02- 5TH LANCASTER 2-4-2 / 5.13
STANGE, DANIEL 20 RP UC-RIVERSIDE 06- 7TH MISSOULA 5-2-13 / 4.25
THOMPSON, BRYANT 21 RP PENSCLA,FL  JC 06- 4TH YAKIMA 0-3-2 / 3.20
TORRA, MATT 22 SP UMASS-AMHERST 05- 1s SOUTH BEND 0-1-0 /  1.80
VALDEZ, CESAR 21 SP D.R. 05- FA YAKIMA 7-5-0 / 3.15
VASQUEZ, ESMERLING 22 SP D.R. 03- FA LANCASTER 4-9-0 / 5.89
ZAVADA, CLAY 21 RP S. ILL-EDWDSVILE 06- 30TH MISSOULA 2-3-2 / 3.10
CATCHERS      [ 4 ] AGE POS SCHOOL DRAFT 06 CLUB AVG/HR/RBI
BRASHEAR, JUSTIN 21 C MISSISSIPPI 06- 44TH MISS/YAK .215/9/24
CURRERI, FRANK 23 C UMASS 04- 41ST SOUTH BEND .285/6/38
HESTER, JOHN 23 C STANFORD 06- 13TH MISSOULA .266/5/37
MERCADO, ORLANDO 21 C HS 03- 6TH SOUTH BEND .247/11/58
INFIELDERS       [ 8 ] AGE POS SCHOOL DRAFT 06 CLUB AVG/HR/RBI
BONIFACIO, EMILIO 21 2B D.R. 01- FA LANCASTER .321/7/50
BURGESS, BRANDON 23 1B/3B/OF SONOMA ST 04- 6TH LANCASTER .265/26/84
CIRIACO, PEDRO 21 SS D.R. 03- FA SOUTH BEND .264/2/32
FIE, ANDREW 18 3B/1B HS 06- 12TH MISSOULA .262/6/31
MCFEELEY, SHEA 22 3B/1B OREGON ST 06- 28TH MISSOULA .257/5/37
MENA, STEVE 21 3B/OF/2B S. FLORIDA CC 04- FA SOUTH BEND .264/8/47
OXENDINE, MATT 22 2B/SS N. FLORIDA 06- 15TH MISSOULA .248/2/30
SHARPE, BLAKE 22 2B/SS USC 06- 16TH YAKIMA .272/2/27
OUTFIELDERS   [ 6 ] AGE POS SCHOOL DRAFT 06 CLUB AVG/HR/RBI
JONES, TYLER 22 CF S. ALABAMA 06- 19TH MISSOULA .287/4/17
PARRA, GERARDO 19 RF VZ 04- FA MISSOULA .332/4/43
ROMAN, EDWIN 21 OF HS 04- 20TH YAKIMA .249/4/20
SEPTIMO, LEYSON 21 RF D.R. 03- FA SOUTH BEND .251/6/51
SIDE, JOEY 22 OF GEORGIA 06- 6TH YAKIMA .267/2/20
UPTON, JUSTIN 19 CF HS 05- 1ST SOUTH BEND .263/12/66


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