Fortunately, he inherits what is a strong minor league system ready to pump out a new stable of prospects after the previous group reached the NLCS then crashed the last three seasons.
"I think we're going to turn this organization around in a couple of years," third base prospect Matt Davidson told the Arizona Republic . "We talk about how we're the future of the franchise and we want to be that way. We want to turn this organization around."Davidson, a third baseman, took a major leap forward in 2010 while with low-Class A. He's certain to be considered among the top 100 prospects in the game and is fast rising through the system. He's joined by fellow third baseman Bobby Borchering, who profiles more at first.
"It's inspiring to think about it," Borchering (pictured) added. "We're very optimistic about the future we have here, about the talent."
Perhaps more inspiring to pitching coordinator Jeff Pico is the depth behind the top prospects.
"I definitely feel like we're having to make harder decisions coming out of spring training on who's making the club," Pico said. "We have guys who could possibly pitch at a level but we go, 'We're pretty full there.' There's definitely a lot more competition."Along with Borchering and Davidson, Towers has starting pitcher Jarrod Parker who is now healthy after missing all of the 2010 season. His ceiling and talent is so high, however, that Parker is already a candidate to log time in the rotation for the DBacks in 2011. He's an ace in the making. He's joined by outfielder A.J. Pollock and shortstop Chris Owings who could boot Stephen Drew from town down the line. Mark Krauss, Brandon Allen, Tyler Skaggs (acquired in the Dan Haren trade) ... the list goes on.
Arizona has a ways to go at the big-league level to get its house in order, but much of the foundation will come from the minor leagues.
-- Evan Brunell
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