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One more guy: Arizona Diamondbacks

It’s organization preview time again. Monday was day one of a 30-day stretch, with a detailed look at one team’s farm system each day. And this year, for the first time ever on MLB.com, we’ve got ranked Top 10 lists for each team!

Today, we started with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Obviously, each team has way more than 10 prospects, so here on B3, I’m going to try andPollock.jpg write up “one more guy” from each system. It might be the guy who’d be No. 11 or it just might be another intriguing prospect of some sort. Today’s One More Guy (OMG) is…

A.J. Pollock, OF: Pollock, Arizona’s first-round pick from 2009 out of Notre Dame, is on a few other Top 10 lists, and he wasn’t far off of mine. He missed all of 2010 with a fractured elbow suffered in Spring Training a year ago. He did come back in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .313/.389/.406 while going a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen-base attempts in 16 games.

He’s got a good bat and a solid approach at the plate. He runs pretty well and his baseball instincts allow his solid-average tools to play up. There are some who see him as a 4th outfielder, rather than an every-day guy, when all is said and done, but without much pro experience under his belt, it’s a little difficult to make that determination just yet. His 2011 season, which could begin in Double-A, will help determine that.

Debuts aplenty

I love the time right after the Draft. Not only do we have the College World Series and the Cape Cod League going on for those wanting to continue to follow amateur ball. And all those draftees start signing and start embarking on professional careers.

We’ve already talked a bunch about No. 10 pick Drew Storen. He’s now pitched twice for the Hagerstown Suns.

Joining him among the first-rounders to play is No. 4 pick Tony Sanchez. He made his debut over the weekend for short-season State College and I got to talk to him this morning about it. I have to say I was very impressed with how he carried himself, at least in our conversation. Here’s the story that came out of that interview: First-round pick Sanchez makes debut.

And there’s more to come:

No. 24 pick Randal Grichuk is slated to be in the lineup for the rookie-level Arizona League Angels tonight.
No. 26 pick Eric Arnett will pitch for Helena, the Brewers’ affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League on Wednesday.
No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler is in Tri-City, the Rockies’ club in the short-season Northwest League.

And how about this for fate. No. 17 pick A.J. Pollock has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks. He’ll have a physical in Arizona tomorrow (Tuesday), sign his contract and then be assigned to… that’s right, South Bend. In case you’ve forgotten, Pollock played his college ball at Notre Dame, which, if you didn’t know, is in South Bend. I wonder if he got to keep his college digs for the rest of the summer.

More tomorrow, including answering an email question about the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.

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