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Diamondbacks' depth generates buzz03/21/2006 7:05 PM ET
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Anyone following the Diamondbacks this spring has heard those in the organization talk about the amount of talented young prospects it has, but the praise is not just coming from within. Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis recently wrote that the fact that Arizona had six players out of the first 32 in the magazine's recent list of the Top 100 prospects in baseball was "unprecedented" since the publication began compiling the lists in 1990. Justin Upton (2), Stephen Drew (5), Conor Jackson (17), Carlos Quentin (20), Chris Young (23) and Carlos Gonzalez (32), all signed and developed under the watch of vice president of scouting, Mike Rizzo, were the players named. In doing further research, Callis could find just four other years out of the last 35-plus in which a franchise came close to the number of talented hitters in its system -- the A's (1967), the Pirates (1969), Dodgers (1971) and Red Sox (1972). All four of those teams either won or participated in a World Series within a few years thereafter. "That's a long way of saying that I can't come up with a farm system that had as many highly regarded position players as Arizona has right now," Callis wrote. "If the Diamondbacks can come up with some pitching, they should be battling the Dodgers for National League West supremacy for years to come."
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