Despite the team’s disastrous 2020 season, the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to improve from last year. Essential to these expectations is the role of its farm system, which has been ranked in the top 10 by analysts like MLB Pipeline. The good news is that there is talent that could easily make the jump from the minors this season, including exciting International prospects.
2021 Arizona Diamondbacks: SS Geraldo Perdomo
Geraldo Perdomo is one of Arizona’s smartest signings; the team obtained Perdomo for only $70,000 from the Dominican Republic in July 2016, and he has steadily become one of the organization’s top prospects.
After climbing up three levels during his American debut, he had an outstanding 2019, where he played a total of 116 games and had a .275/.397/.364 with 21 doubles and a .761 OPS. Perdomo also showed a more mature approach in the box, netting more walks (169) than strikeouts (148), and his 26 stolen bases prove that he can take an important role in run creation.
His highest value comes as a defender, however, where scouts consider him the best in the organization. He has the perfect combination of speed, range, and reliability, especially in high-stakes situations, which is why experts expected him to stay in the big team as a shortstop for the long term, even as a potential backup infielder for the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks.
RHP Luis Frias
A powerful pitcher with a big frame and an imposing presence, Dominican hurler Luis Frias was originally a third baseman when he was signed out of the Dominican League, but he quickly became one of the most dominant throwers in the D-backs farm system.
Frias had a breakout 2019 campaign with Class-A team Kane Country, in which he not only showed a tremendous fastball but also improved greatly on his secondary pitch repertoire, especially with a venomous, 12-to-6 curveball that befuddles right-handers and contrasts with his 98-99 mph four-seamer.
During that year, Frias turned into a strikeout machine, with a total of 101 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. He maintained his ERA below the three-run mark, as he kept his average at 2.83 in 16 starts, and developed a strong third pitch, a split-changeup that registers in the upper 80s and bottoms out as it reaches the plate, which can be used against lefties searching the fence.
The Latino prospect is a starter than can go deep in the game at times, but his fastball velocity and gradually improving control raises the possibility of him joining the bullpen in the near future, even as part of the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks, especially considering the squad’s need for some depth in that department.
OF Wilderd Patiño
Hailed as the D-backs’ breakout prospect for 2021 by MLB Pipeline, Venezuelan outfielder Wilderd Patiño is a potential five-tool player, something that has made the organization pretty excited for the next season.
Patiño had an impressive 2019, where he accumulated a .319/.378/.447 slash line, with 11 extra-base hits and 14 steals. He improved on his swing and showed more power in the fall instructional league, and continues to make great strides as time goes by.
He’s also a menacing base-runner, as he was only caught out four times in his 18 attempts, a testament to his intelligence and instincts. Scouts agree that he needs to refine his overall game a bit, especially in his positioning as a centerfielder, but with such promising potential, the sky is the limit. It is uncertain whether he could be part of the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks, but with a rough season ahead, the team could use a good young bat like him.
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