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FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 5

FutureBacks Power Rankings: 2nd Half - Week 5

With just hours to go before the July 31st trade deadline, there haven't been any blockbuster deals for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The one trade brought over a prospect with a broken hand to the desert, so he's not likely to debut on these Power Rankings anytime soon. Meanwhile, the biggest jump this week comes from a pitcher who has allowed three hits over his past two starts.

Cesar Valdez threw a nine inning shutout on Friday, allowing just one hit on a hard line drive that took a bad hop.  "If he's got a shutout going into the 9th, you'd give him 110 [pitches], but no more than that," his pitching coach, Wellington Cepeda, told us earlier in the season.  It turns out that Valdez only needed 90 pitches for this shutout, his second complete game of the season...

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