Brandon Pfaadt

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt walks off the mound at Globe Life Field after an underwhelming major league debut.

After months of anticipation dating back to last season, highly-touted Diamondbacks pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt made his major league debut on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. Suffice it to say it went as poorly as anyone could have imagined. In 4 2/3 innings of work, Pfaadt allowed seven runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. More batters…

Brandon Pfaadt delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in a spring training game at Salt River Fields.

With only 10 Cactus League games in the books, it is too early to declare a winner for the Diamondbacks’ fifth starting rotation spot. But, based on the numbers, two youngsters have already separated themselves: right-handed flamethrower Drey Jameson and top pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt. In two starts, Jameson has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one…

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.…

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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