Diamondbacks minor league camp has ended, players head towards their assignments, and FutureBacks.com provides you with some outstanding photography of some of the biggest names. All photos by Ken Weisenberger.
Major league spring training gets all the press, but with scant few spots having
been open for competition on the opening day roster, the battles in minor
league camp for position in higher affiliates matched the intensity of the
big league version.
(left) enjoyed a cup of coffee in major league camp before joining prospects closer to his own age in minor league camp. Parker is the third best overall prospect
in the Arizona Diamondbacks
organization and will begin the year in South Bend.
(right) will play alongside Parker for the Silver Hawks. Conner ranks as the Diamondbacks' 13th best prospect due to an incredible power ceiling and an improving glove.
A. J. Shappi
pitched into tough luck last year, going 1-7 despite a 3.66 ERA. He once again begins the year in Double-A.
converted from outfielder to pitcher just prior to last fall's Instructional League.
The Visalia left-hander has been clocked near 100 MPH, and will likely rank as a top pitching prospect in the organization in a few months.
collected four hits in 18 spring at bats in major league camp before he joined minor league camp. He ranks 15th among the organization's best prospects,
poised to jump from Triple-A to the majors at any given moment.
Acquired in the Alberto Callaspo
deal this winter, Billy Buckner
(left) struggled to a 7.62 ERA in 13 innings in big league camp. He
nevertheless returned to minor league camp as the 12th ranked Diamondbacks prospect overall.
A.J. Shappi (right) looks in for his sign.
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