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Diamondbacks pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt delivers a pitch for the Reno Aces.

In 2019, Brandon Pfaadt worked primarily as a reliever at Bellarmine, a then-Division II university in Louisville, Kentucky. Entering 2023, he is widely viewed as the best overall pitching prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, and he could break into the big leagues as soon as Opening Day. “He just keeps getting better and better,” Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield said. “First year we’re like, oh man, this guy’s kind of interesting. He can throw strikes, has a pretty good changeup. The next year, it’s like, alright, now he’s throwing harder and the breaking ball’s getting better and…you know, Amarillo is not an easy place to pitch and he does just fine there. Then he goes to Triple A, which has…

Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield watches during a select training camp for Diamondbacks minor-league players at Salt River Fields.

From the addition of No. 2 overall pick Druw Jones to the rapid rise of top shortstop prospect Jordan Lawlar, 2022 was another solid year for an Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system that remains widely regarded as one of the 10 best in baseball. With the minor league season officially complete, it is time to look back on what transpired. I...

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