Three D-backs named in MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects of 2019
Jan 27, 2019, 10:35 AM
MLB Pipeline released its top 100 prospects of 2019 Saturday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks found three of their own in that list as well as one more in the top 10 prospects per position category.
SS Jazz Chisholm — 60th
The 20-year-old from the Bahamas was highest D-back on the top 100 list, placing as the 60th best prospect of 2019 and the eighth best shortstop.
Chisholm, who signed for only $200,000, was limited to only 29 games his first season after suffering a torn right meniscus.
RHP Jon Duplantier — 73rd
The right-hander was the highest ranked D-back pitcher.
Following a shoulder injury and elbow soreness, he lead the Minors in ERA (1.39) while pitching across two levels and attending the Futures Game in his first full season.
In 2018, he was shutdown after right biceps tendinitis limited him to just 67 innings in Double-A.
However, the 24-year-old was able to impress in the Arizona Fall League.
RHP Taylor Widener — 83rd
The 24-year-old was final D-back in the top 100 list.
Widener was acquired in a three-team trade in February that sent Brandon Drury to New York.
In his second full season, Widener led the Double-A Southern League in strikeouts (176) and WHIP (1.03) and was second in ERA (2.75).
Although Varsho didn’t make the top 100, he is ranked as the eighth best prospect at the catcher position.
Drafted 68th overall by the D-backs in 2017, he led the short-season Northwest League in OPS (.902) before having surgery to repair a broken right hamate bone.
He also impressed in the Arizona Fall League following his return to the diamond.