D-backs assistant GM: No timeline for top prospect Corbin Carroll

Jun 23, 2022, 4:09 PM

Outfielder Corbin Carroll #2 of the Amarillo Sod Poodles runs to second base during the game agains...

Outfielder Corbin Carroll #2 of the Amarillo Sod Poodles runs to second base during the game against the Frisco RoughRiders at HODGETOWN Stadium on June 12, 2022 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

(Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have already seen impacts from their prospect call-ups this season.

Center fielder Alek Thomas has been a staple defensively and in the batting order since getting selected on May 8. Infielder Buddy Kennedy came up just last week and hit a monstrous grand slam in a win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

So, who’s next?

Amiel Sawdaye, D-backs senior vice president and assistant general manager, said most likely the team will work with players who have already been up like Seth Beer and Jake McCarthy.

“I think we’ll see a lot of the group of players that we’ve had go in and out,” Sawdaye told Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke on Tuesday.

“I never say never with anything … sometimes it’s just going back down to Reno, catching your breath and working on some mechanical changes, like we’ve done with Beer. We sent McCarthy out last week, but I think you’ll see some of those guys come back at some point and hopefully impact and help us win ballgames.”

Sawdaye noted that players rarely come up and stay up in the majors, oftentimes needing to head back to the minors to make adjustments.

Beer hit a walk-off home run on Opening Day and was Arizona’s most productive hitter over the first two weeks of the season. He struggled to maintain that success in late April and early May, leading to his option. McCarthy started the year on the MLB roster and has been optioned twice.

McCarthy has especially obliterated Triple-A pitching with an OPS of 1.208 in 86 at-bats.

In terms of players getting their first call-ups like Thomas and Kennedy, Sawdaye is regularly asked about top prospect Corbin Carroll.

The assistant GM said he did not want to put a timeline on Carroll, noting the 21-year-old still has some hurdles to overcome.

“The good thing for us is we have some impact players in the outfield that need to play every day, and Corbin still has some development that he needs to continue to focus on,” Sawdaye said.

“But I think we take it step by step. The next step for Corbin will be when he goes to Triple-A and then we’ll see what he does there.”

Arizona’s current starting outfield from left to right is David Peralta, Thomas and Daulton Varsho with Jordan Luplow as a platoon against left-handed pitching. Peralta, Thomas and Varsho all bat left-handed, as does Carroll.

Sawdaye mentioned that if the D-backs are in a playoff race down the stretch and Carroll proves to be the best option for them, the door is not shut on his selection.

Carroll is batting .318 with 16 home runs in Double-A Amarillo this year.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and General Manager Mike Hazen celebrate in the Chase Fi...

Dan Bickley

GM Hazen, manager Lovullo can enjoy mutual catharsis following D-backs winning season

With one always battling for his job and the other who supported his wife while she was battling cancer, the great season must be catharsis.

5 hours ago

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff delivers during the first inning of a baseball ...

Wills Rice

Brewers’ Corbin Burnes to start Game 1 vs. Diamondbacks, Brandon Woodruff out for series

Milwaukee announced that ace Corbin Burnes will start Game 1 on Tuesday, while Brandon Woodruff will miss the series due to a shoulder injury.

7 hours ago

Presented By...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Bickley Blast: Why Arizona fans should be optimistic after weekend of Cardinals, Diamondbacks losses

It was a weekend of losses for sports teams across the Valley, including Team U.S.A. in the Ryder Cup, but Dan Bickley explains why Arizona sports fans should be optimistic heading into a new week. Video: Felisa Cárdenas/Arizona Sports Presented By

11 hours ago

Geraldo Perdomo #2 and Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after scoring on a doub...

John Guzzon

The D-backs’ Grateful Goners: The injured, traded or released players that contributed in 2023

With the D-backs clinching a wild card appearance, let us not forget who got them to the precipice of a playoff appearance.

12 hours ago

Corbin Burnes...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks-Brewers wild card preview: Pitching made Milwaukee a contender

The Diamondbacks had success early this season against the Brewers' pitching staff, but Milwaukee has since been very tough to hit.

13 hours ago

Brandon Pfaadt...

Tyler Drake

D-backs’ Brandon Pfaadt starting Game 1 of NL Wild Card vs. Brewers

The Diamondbacks are turning to starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt for Game 1 of the team's NL Wild Card Series against the Brewers on Tuesday.

1 day ago

D-backs assistant GM: No timeline for top prospect Corbin Carroll