Baseball is a grind. Teams can fall into rutes that ultimately end their season. One bad month and the downhill plunge is quick and brutal for a fanbase. Unlike other sports, baseball allows you to turn things around almost over night. A bad season just means that there is no pressure going into the next season. The Baltimore Orioles are the most recent example of an organization that seemed like they were years away from competing and all of a sudden they are a team that ascended to contention. They built a great core of young stars and found their niche by building their bullpen. But who is next?
The Diamondbacks’ decline has not been extremely long. In 2019 the Dbacks finished 2nd in the NL West winning 85 games. Arizona then began a subtle decline finishing 2020 ten games under .500 following that disappointment up with a 110 loss season in 2021.
The Dbacks 2022 had very low expectations in a stacked NL West. They have not been the disaster that was 2021, currently sitting 8 games under .500 but have shown signs of life throughout the year. With no playoff appearance in sight Arizona has given a glimpse into the future with the call up of top prospects, outfielders Alek Thomas, Corbin Carroll and pitchers Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson.
Arizona has four of the top 100 prospects in major league baseball with Carroll, Thomas, shortstop Jordan Lawler and pitcher Blake Walston. In total Arizona had a farm system ranked in the top five heading into 2022, the emergence of Jake McCarthy and Stone Garrett have improved the depth of the outfield which has allowed them to move potential star Ketel Marte to 2B.
Christian Walker, had a breakout season in 2022 and will be the staple in the middle of the lineup to work around. Zac Gallen has emerged as the ace of the staff and Joe Mantiply was an all-star in 2022. Arizona has built a strong core of position players to build the future. They will need to add a few starters to help Gallen, Madison Bumgarner and Merrill Kelly. With the young offensive core and hopefully the emergence of some young starters, Arizona could be a competitor in 2023.