GOTC - Arizona Diamondbacks Top 15 Prospects



Anthony Meo
Date of Birth: 
February 19, 1990
Height/Weight: 6’2″/185 lbs
Acquired: 2nd round of the 2011 draft
2013 Stats:
2013232 Teams2 LgsAA-A+ARI15.1676.83298558.05648448471391091.7768.
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Generated 1/22/2014.

: Meo makes it onto this list because he was ranked in the Top 10 by Jonathan Mayo despite a very disappointing year that saw him demoted from Double-A in 2013. He can still hit 94 mph on the radar gun as a starter but it’s looking like the D-backs are going to put him in the bullpen (or at least that’s where he ended up in Visalia). With a decent slider and no other pitches, he projects to a bullpen arm anyways. The control was obviously a big problem last year and if it’s a mechanical flaw that can’t be fixed quickly, Meo will be nowhere near this list next year.
2014 Prognosis: Back to Double-A Mobile for another shot.


Justin Williams – OF
Date of Birth: 
August 20, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’2″/215 lbs
Acquired: 2nd round of the 2013 draft
2013 Stats:
2013173 Teams3 LgsRk-AARI512242083273180137011144.351.397.452.849
201317South BendMIDWAARI31193100000022.
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Generated 1/22/2014.

: I think that a lot of prospect writers are holding back on ranking Williams who had an outstanding professional debut as a 17 year old in three minor leagues. He showed some excellent contact ability and limited strikeouts to under 20% overall and displayed quite a lot of gap power that scouts think will translate into “over-the-fence” power as he matures. While, of course, he could improve his walk rate, the fact that he already has a solid season under his belt going into his Age-18 season is pretty impressive.
2014 Prognosis: Seeing how well Williams took to the professional game in 2013, the Diamondbacks could easily give him an aggressive assignment and have him play in South Bend in 2014.


Matt Stites – RHP
Date of Birth: 
May 28, 1990
Height/Weight: 5’11″/170 lbs
Acquired: Traded from the San Diego Padres on July 31, 2013 with Joe Thatcherfor Ian Kennedy; Drafted in the 17th round of the 2011 draft by San Diego
2013 Stats:
201323San AntonioTLAASDP22.5002.0846221452.037161268151110.8656.
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Generated 1/22/2014.

: Stites is showing a lot of polish as a closer and could very well make a big impression in 2014. He’s got a low-to-mid 90s fastball with a slider that scouts think can be above average to go along with a potentially average changeup. Baseball America rates his control the best in the system.
2014 Prognosis: With a strong season in Double-A, Stites earned a non-roster invite to spring training. He’ll likely start the season in Triple-A.

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