Arizona Diamondbacks Best Players of All Time

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are an exciting Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, AZ. Since their founding in 1998 they have been a competitive force within the NL West division and have consistently brought thrilling baseball to fans of all ages. Fans can cheer on the D-Backs at their home stadium Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks organization is committed to providing its players with top notch resources for success both on and off the field – making it one of the best teams in MLB.

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1. Curt Schilling


Curt Schilling Career

  • 6× All-Star (1997–1999, 2001, 2002, 2004), 3× World Series champion (2001, 2004, 2007), World Series MVP (2001), NLCS MVP (1993), Roberto Clemente Award (2001), 2× MLB wins leader (2001, 2004), 2× NL strikeout leader (1997, 1998), Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame, Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who enjoyed successful stints with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Curt Schilling was born in Anchorage, Alaska on November 14th, 1966. Curt's MLB career began in 1988 with the Baltimore Orioles and he went on to play for Boston Red Sox from 2004-2007 before retiring at age 36 due to an ankle injury sustained during his final season with Arizona Diamondbacks.

Curt holds records for most strikeouts (3116) and wins (216) amongst American Leaguers in history as well as fourth-place overall finishes among all pitchers since 1900 (.556). His ERA of 3.46 also places him fifth all time behind only Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson.

After his retirement from professional baseball, Curt has started up two businesses: 38 Degrees North LLC which produces outdoor apparel products such as hats, coats & gloves.

While The Sports Hub Network broadcasts live sporting events including baseball games online via its website/mobile app combination television service that offers over 50 channels devoted exclusively to sports programming.

2. Luis Gonzalez

Left fielder

Luis Gonzalez Career

  • 5× All-Star (1999, 2001–2003, 2005), World Series champion (2001), Silver Slugger Award (2001), Arizona Diamondbacks No. 20 retired

Luis Gonzalez was a left fielder for the Houston Astros and Florida Marlins. He had an impressive batting average of .283, as well as 2,591 hits in his career.

Gonzalez also threw right-handed but only played one inning in the MLB due to injury. Luis Gonzalez retired after 2008 season with 1,715 total strikeouts over 11 seasons in the MLB.

Luis Gonzalez was a five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He began his career as a shortstop before moving to first base in 1995. Gonzalez led the majors in home runs four times, including a record-breaking 54 in 2001.

After playing for Houston, Chicago, and again Houston from 1997 to 1998, he signed with the Detroit Tigers where he played until 2006. 

In 2007, Gonzalez joined the Los Angeles Dodgers and won another NL West division title that season before being traded to Florida Marlins later that year for minor league pitcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

It was considered one of baseball's biggest trades ever at the time because of who was involved (Gonzalez had three years remaining on his contract).

On January 7th of this year (2018), Luis Gonzalez announced his retirement after 17 seasons in professional baseball following an injury-plagued 2018 campaign where he hit just .246/.351/.401 with 10 home runs over 277 plate appearances while splitting time between Miami and Los Angeles Dodger Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City Blue Thunder.

3. Randy Johnson


Randy Johnson Career

  • 10× All-Star (1990, 1993–1995, 1997, 1999–2002, 2004), World Series champion (2001), 5× Cy Young Award (1995, 1999–2002), World Series MVP (2001), Triple Crown (2002), MLB wins leader (2002), 4× ERA leader (1995, 1999, 2001, 2002), 9× Strikeout leader (1992–1995, 1999–2002, 2004), Pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004, Pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 1990, Arizona Diamondbacks No. 51 retired, Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

Randy Johnson was an MLB pitcher for 20 seasons, and is one of only two pitchers in history to win over 3,000 games. He won three Cy Young Awards and had a record-setting strikeout total of 4,875.

After his retirement from baseball in 2009, he started working as a commentator on broadcasts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history. He was a 10-time All-Star and won five Cy Young Awards, including three consecutively from 1999 to 2002.

In 2001, he led the Diamondbacks to their first World Series title. Johnson also holds numerous records, such as most strikeouts (9,192) and lowest ERA (2.93). On May 18th 2004, he threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – an achievement that still stands today. 

Johnson retired after the 2006 season with 2,834 career strikeouts and a record 449 complete games in his 11 seasons on earth; at 44 years old this makes him one of oldest pitchers ever to retire undefeated.

4. Paul Goldschmidt

First baseman

Paul Goldschmidt Career

  • 7× All-Star (2013–2018, 2022), All-MLB First Team (2022), NL MVP (2022), 4× Gold Glove Award (2013, 2015, 2017, 2021), 5× Silver Slugger Award (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022), 2× NL Hank Aaron Award (2013, 2022), NL home run leader (2013), NL RBI leader (2013)

Goldschmidt is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft and played for them until he was traded to St.

Louis Cardinals in 2019. Goldschmidt has amassed over 2,000 hits and is one of only six players with at least 500 home runs and 1,500 RBIs during his career. He finished second in MVP voting in 2018 behind Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after hitting .295 with 315 homers and 1,042 RBIs that season alone.

Goldsch Schmidt's father played semi-professional baseball before becoming a coach for Paul's minor league teams early on in his career. In January 2020 he announced his retirement from professional baseball after 18 seasons playing professionally.

 Paul Goldschmidt is a well-known and respected player in the MLB. He has been an All-Star multiple times and won many awards, including MVP in 2022.

Goldschmidt was born in Arizona but grew up playing baseball in his home country of Curacao. After being drafted by the Diamondbacks, he made his MLB debut in 2011 and has since had a successful career. 

In 2018, Goldschmidt led the NL with 145 stolen bases while also hitting 33 home runs to win his fifth Silver Slugger Award. He will be hoping to continue this level of performance into 2019 when he joins the St Louis Cardinals as their new first baseman.

5. Brandon Webb


Brandon Webb Career

  • 3× All-Star (2006–2008), NL Cy Young Award (2006), 2× NL wins leader (2006, 2008)

Brandon Webb is a former pitcher in the MLB. He made his debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003 and played until 2008. Webb was known for his control and ability to strike out batters.

In 2008, he had one of the worst seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks, posting an ERA of 5.10 After leaving baseball, Webb began coaching at a high school in Kentucky before being hired by Texas Tech as their new pitching coach.

Brandon Webb was a dominant pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 to 2009. He won three All-Star games and two Cy Young Awards during his time in Phoenix. 

Brandon Webb is one of only six pitchers in baseball history to win at least 20 games four times, joining Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax.

In 2008, Webb became the first pitcher in MLB history to allow fewer than 200 hits in a season while also recording 100 or more strikeouts – an accomplishment he repeated in 2009. 

A free agent after the 2009 season, Webb signed with the San Diego Padres but suffered a setback that ended his career prematurely just shy of 300 innings pitched (299).

6. David Peralta


David Peralta Career

  • Silver Slugger Award (2018), Gold Glove Award (2019)

David Peralta is a left-handed outfielder who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Peralta made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on June 1, 2014 and has since played for Boston, Milwaukee, and Arizona.

He has also spent time with Team Venezuela in international competition. In 2017, Peralta led all outfielders in WAR (wins above replacement) with 5.0 and finished 3rd among all NL players behind only David Ortiz and Giancarlo Stanton in home runs hit that season (25).

In 2018, he set career highs across the board offensively including batting average (.291), on-base percentage (.401), slugging percentage (.583), OPS (1.048), doubles (26), homers (29) and walks (78). 

On December 12th, 2018 he signed a three year/$42 million contract extension with Arizona through 2021 which includes an option for 2022.

7. Ketel Marte


Ketel Marte Career

  • NL triples leader (2018), All Star (2019)

Ketel Marte is a highly talented and speedy infielder/outfielder who debuted with the Seattle Mariners in 2015. He has had success with the Diamondbacks, hitting over .270 in 2017 while playing an important role on their playoff team.

Ketel Marte will be an intriguing prospect to watch as he continues to develop his skills at the MLB level. Ketel Marte is a Venezuelan-born outfielder with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. 

He made his MLB debut in 2015, and has since accumulated 82 home runs and 338 RBIs over 431 games played.

Ketel Marte was named to the NL triples leaderboard in 2018, becoming just the second player ever (after Jose Reyes) to lead both leagues in that category during one season. 

In 2019, Ketel Marte became an all-star for the first time, earning recognition as part of Baseball's most elite players at Coors Field in Denver.

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8. Zack Greinke


Zack Greinke Career

  • 6× All-Star (2009, 2014, 2015, 2017–2019), All-MLB Second Team (2019), AL Cy Young Award (2009), 6× Gold Glove Award (2014–2019), 2× Silver Slugger Award (2013, 2019), 2× MLB ERA leader (2009, 2015)

Zack Greinke is a free agent pitcher who has spent his entire MLB career with the Kansas City Royals. In 2016, he led the Diamondbacks to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.

He was born on October 21, 1983 in Orlando, Florida and attended Westminster Christian Academy where he starred as both a pitcher and hitter. 

After playing college baseball at UCLA, Greinke made his MLB debut for the Royals in 2004 and quickly established himself as one of the best pitchers in the league.

Over 13 seasons with KC, Greinke went 223–141 with 3.42 ERA while averaging 217 innings per season. His success culminated in him being traded to Arizona during the 2017 season.

where he enjoyed arguably his best year yet by leading D-Backs to their first postseason appearance since 2011 which they eventually lost to Houston Astros in 5 games.

9. Steve Finley

Steve Finley Career

  • 2× All-Star (1997, 2000), World Series champion (2001), 5× Gold Glove Award (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004)

Steve Finley is one of the most prolific hitters in MLB history, amassing over 2,500 hits and a .271 batting average. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1989 and played for them until he was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 2001.

In his ten years with Colorado, Steve Finley won three NL MVP Awards and two World Series Championships. After retiring from baseball at the end of 2007, Steve started broadcasting games for TBS alongside former teammate Tim Lincecum on "Sunday Night Baseball".

In August 2010, it was announced that Finley had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, but has since made a full recovery thanks to aggressive treatment Steve Finley was a powerful and prolific hitter who had a long career in the majors.

He won multiple awards, including five Gold Glove Awards and two All-Star appearances. Finley retired after playing for the San Francisco Giants in 2006.

10. Justin Upton


Justin Upton Career

  • 4× All-Star (2009, 2011, 2015, 2017), 3× Silver Slugger Award (2011, 2014, 2017)

Upton was drafted in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Upton has played for six teams during his career, most notably with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels.

In 2018, Upton became a free agent and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Upton is known for his speed on offense and defense and has won two Silver Sluggers Award (2009, 2010) as well as a Gold Glove Award (2010).

He will be 36 years old at the end of next season and may be nearing the end of his career; however, he still shows great potential to contribute offensively in 2019 and beyond. Upton had a successful four-year run with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning three Silver Slugger Awards.

Upton was traded to Atlanta in 2013 and hit well for them over the next two seasons, before being dealt to San Diego in 2015. 

He has continued his good play with the Padres and Detroit Tigers over the past two years, respectively. In 2017 he signed a free agent contract with the Angels, where he will remain through 2021 season.

11. A. J. Pollock

Center fielder

A. J. Pollock Career

  • All-Star (2015), World Series champion (2020), Gold Glove Award (2015)

Pollock was a prolific hitter in the majors for over six seasons, averaging at least 27 home runs and 140 RBIs. He became a free agent after the 2017 season and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pollock is known more for his power than his batting average - he has only had two seasons with an above-average batting average (2012, 2016). Pollock's speed is another asset; he recorded 70 stolen bases in six seasons in the majors.

Pollock will be 34 years old when next season starts, so there may be diminishing returns to his performance as time goes on - although no one knows for sure what might happen given that he has yet to hit 30 years of age. A. J. Pollock is an all-star first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was a gold glove award recipient in 2015.

He played collegiately at Alabama where he helped lead his team to national championships in 2012 and 2013, earning SEC MVP honors both seasons. In 2014, Pollock was drafted by the Diamondbacks with the fifth overall pick of that year's MLB draft. 

A .J.'s excellent batting skills have led him to be one of the most popular players on his team, as well as one of baseball's top young hitters..

AJ has been known to steal bases frequently throughout his career; through 2018, he ranks second among all active players with 122 steals (behind only Andrelton Simmons).

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12. Matt Williams

Matt Williams Career

  • 5× All-Star (1990, 1994–1996, 1999), World Series champion (2001), 4× Gold Glove Award (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997), 4× Silver Slugger Award (1990, 1993, 1994, 1997), NL home run leader (1994), NL RBI leader (1990), NL Manager of the Year (2014), San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame

Williams played third base for the San Francisco Giants from 1987-2003 and was a 3-time All-Star. He spent five seasons as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, posting a record of 361-269 (.561).

Williams is currently an MLB Third Base Coach with the Washington Nationals. Matt married his wife Sherry in 1995 and they have two children - daughter Reese (born 1998) and son Ryder (born 2000). 

Matt enjoys spending time with family, golfing, fishing, biking and skiing when he's not coaching or playing baseball professionally Matt Williams is a former player and manager for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018 after winning three World Series titles as a player with the Giants (2002, 2003, 2007). In his managerial career, he has led teams to two more championships - with Washington in 2016 and Kia Tigers in 2020.

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13. Ian Kennedy


Ian Kennedy Career

  • NL wins leader (2011)

Kennedy, 38 in December of 2016, is a veteran pitcher who has played for the Yankees and Royals. Kennedy's MLB stats show that he has had success with 104 wins and 113 losses as a starter but his ERA is higher than average at 4.14.

One saving grace for Kennedy in his career are his strikeouts which amount to 1,754 over 754 innings pitched- an impressive number. 

Now free agent after spending 6 seasons with the Royals where he made 66 saves - Ian Kennedy will be looking for another chance to win games on the big stage or maybe pitch somewhere else entirely. 

Ian Kennedy has had a successful MLB career with the New York Yankees (2007-2009), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010-2013), San Diego Padres (2013-2015) and Kansas City Royals (2016-2020).

Ian was born in California on October 9, 1985. He played college baseball at Pepperdine University where he won two National College Baseball Writers Association Division I Player of the Year Awards as well as being an All American selection twice. 

In his first season with Kansas City in 2016, he became just the fourth pitcher ever to win 20 games and post a sub 3 ERA for three consecutive seasons. Ian's contract with Arizona runs until 2020 and it is speculated that he may retire after this season due to injury concerns – but who knows what will happen next.

14. Miguel Montero


Miguel Montero Career

  • 2× All-Star (2011, 2014), World Series champion (2016)

Montero was drafted in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006 and played for them until he was traded to Washington at the trade deadline in 2013.

Montero has appeared in over 1000 games during his career, batting .272 with 126 home runs and 590 RBIs. 

At catcher, Montero is well-known for being a strong defensive player who makes difficult plays look easy. He won a Gold Glove Award in 2009 as well as two Silver Slugger Awards (2008 & 2011).

On April 5th 2018, Montero announced that he would be retiring from professional baseball after 18 seasons playing professionally across six different teams including three stints with the Nationals organization from 2012-2018 where he won. 

National League MVP Award in 2017 while also leading Washington to their first ever National League Championship Series appearance.

15. Dan Haren


Dan Haren Career

  • Win–loss record: 153–131
  • Earned run average: 3.75
  • Strikeouts: 2,013
  • 3× All-Star (2007–2009)

Dan Haren is a pitcher who has spent his entire MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2015, he made his final appearance for the Chicago Cubs and pitched to a 5-4 record in 14 appearances overall.

His best years as a pitcher came during the 2006 and 2007 seasons when he compiled an ERA of 2.93 and 2.70 respectively, while averaging over 190 strikeouts per season between those two campaigns (with only 68 walks).

However, injuries have taken their toll on Haren throughout his career - most notably an Achilles tendon tear that occurred in 2011 which cost him almost all of 2012 as well as much of 2013/14 due to rehabilitation efforts.

This ultimately led to him being released by St Louis at the end of September 2014 after spending parts of 11 seasons with them (and having also played for Anaheim from 2005-09).

Since retiring from baseball following that 2015 season, Haren has been working both as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest alongside analyst. 

Tim McCarver and co-hosting The Dan Haren Show podcast opposite former big league player Jamey Wright although whether or not he will continue pitching remains up in the air.

16. Stephen Drew


Stephen Drew Career

  • World Series champion (2013)

Drew was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. He made his MLB debut with Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 and played there until he was traded to Washington Nationals on July 25, 2017.

Drew has spent most of his career playing shortstop for both Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals but he also played at second base for Arizona Diamondbacks. 

In total, Drew has appeared in 1,068 games (1st place among all shortstops with 970) and accumulated a .293 batting average along with 127 home runs and 739 RBIs during his 13-year career in MLB.(stats according to Baseball Reference).

Stephen is married to actress Radha Mitchell who starred alongside him as Dr Suzan Lewis on HBO’s series “The Leftovers” from 2014-2018 which concluded its final season this year.(source: Wikipedia).

17. Mark Reynolds


Mark Reynolds

Reynolds was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 6th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Reynolds made his MLB debut with Arizona in 2007 and played for them until he was traded to Colorado in 2019.

Reynolds is a third baseman and first baseman, but has also played center field on occasion. Injuries have been an issue for Reynolds throughout his career - most notably a torn ACL that forced him to miss almost all of 2009 season - but he has bounced back each time.

Reynolds has hit .236/.328/.473 with 139 home runs and 723 RBIs in 975 games over 17 seasons in the majors, making him one of Colorado's all-time great hitters (he ranks second behind only Nolan Arenado). 

Reynolds has played for six different teams in his career, but is most notably associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Reynolds enjoyed a successful run in Arizona, ranking fifth all time in home runs and sixth overall in RBIs while playing on their team from 2007-2010. After being traded to Baltimore Orioles midway through the 2011 season, Reynolds struggled mightily and was released after just two seasons with the club. 

He bounced back quickly however, signing with Cleveland Indians where he spent three productive seasons before joining New York Yankees following another trade during the 2013 offseason.

With an average of over 30 homers per season throughout his career, Reynolds currently holds five of MLB's fifteen longest homer streaks (2012-2017). 

Known for his powerful swing that generates plenty of long balls each year - sometimes to controversial effect - Reynolds remains one of baseball's biggest attractions regardless of which team he plays for next season or beyond.

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18. Chris Young


Chris Young Career

  • All-Star (2010)

Chris Young played in MLB for ten seasons, most notably with the Boston Red Sox. In 2017, he hit .269/.330/.470 with 27 home runs and 87 RBIs in 150 games.

On July 3, 2018, Young announced his retirement from baseball after 10 years of playing professionally. Young played in the majors for 6 seasons and had a respectable batting average.

He also hit 191 home runs and ran 590 times before being released by the Oakland Athletics in 2013. After playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, Young signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2018 where he is currently playing professional baseball.

19. Patrick Corbin


Patrick Corbin Career

  • 2× All-Star (2013, 2018), World Series champion (2019)

Patrick Corbin was born in Clay, New York on July 19th, 1989. He made his MLB debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and has been with the team ever since.

Patrick Corbin is a left-handed pitcher and bats left-handed. He throws from the left side and has had success throughout his career thus far, including winning two Cy Young Awards (2018 & 2019).

Patrick Corbin is a talented pitcher who has excelled in the Majors. Corbin has an impressive win-loss record and ERA, but he's not without his flaws. He was part of the Diamondbacks' championship team in 2019, and he'll continue to be a key player for Washington this season.

Patrick Corbin is one of the most consistent pitchers in MLB, and he'll continue to make contributions on both sides of the ball for years to come.

20. Craig Counsell

Craig Counsell Career

  • 2× World Series champion (1997, 2001), NLCS MVP (2001), Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor

Craig Counsell is a former MLB infielder and manager. Craig Counsell was born on August 21, 1970 in South Bend, Indiana. Craig Counsell played for the Colorado Rockies from 1995-2011 before joining the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012.

In his career, Craig Counsell has batted .255 with 42 home runs and 390 RBIs in 983 games played. As an infielder, Craig Counsell excelled at making key plays on defense and had a reputation of being one of the best ballplayers at stealing bases (he led all MLB players 3 times).

After playing 11 seasons as a Brewer, he was fired during the 2016 season after posting a record of 73-89 (.440). Since leaving baseball professionally, Craig has served as bench coach for both the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays organizations before taking over as manager of the Chicago White Sox in 2018.

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21. Kevin Ginkel


Ginkel was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginkel made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks on May 5, 2016 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2017, Ginkel pitched to a 3-6 record and 4.64 ERA in 17 starts for Arizona. On July 30th, 2018 it was announced that Kevin had been traded to the Detroit Tigers along with Domingo Santana and Matt LeCroy in exchange for Justin Upton and Adam Eaton In his time with Arizona.

He totaled 78 innings pitched (67 1/3 as a starter) without winning or losing more than three games in any given season Ginkel was drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ginkel made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on August 5, 2019 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In four games played thus far this season, Ginkel has a win-loss record of 4-4 and a 4.32 ERA. 

Kevin is from San Diego and attended Grossmont College where he played college baseball for them before being drafted by Arizona in May 2019.. In 168 career minor league games (134 starts), Ginkel has compiled a record of 61-35 with an ERA of 3.58 and 113 strikeouts over six seasons (2013-19).

Ginkel will compete for a starting role on Arizona's staff next season as they look to build upon their success from last year which saw them make it all the way to Game 7 of The World Series.

22. José Valverde

José Valverde Career

  • 3× All-Star (2007, 2010, 2011), 2× Rolaids Relief Man Award (2007, 2011), Delivery Man of the Year (2011), 3× Saves leader (2007, 2008, 2011)

José Valverde is a 44-year old pitcher who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets in MLB. José Valverde has an impressive record of 191-158 with a 3.81 ERA in his career, making him one of the best pitchers in baseball over that time period.

He was named to 4 All Star Teams during his career, and won 2 World Series titles with the Detroit Tigers (2011) and Los Angeles Angels (2012). José Valverde is known for being able to control the strike zone very well, always pitching within himself instead of trying to do too much on any given outing.

Although he's retired now, there's no doubt that José Valverde will go down as one of the greatest pitchers ever to play professional baseball. José Valverde is one of the most successful relief pitchers in baseball history. José Valverde was a three-time All-Star and two time Rolaids Relief Man Award recipient.

He led the league in saves each year he played from 2007 to 2011, and was also named Delivery Man of the Year in 2011.

23. Aaron Hill


Aaron Hill Career

  • All-Star (2009), 2× Silver Slugger Award (2009, 2012), AL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)

Aaron Hill was a second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2005-2017. He finished with a .287 batting average, 36 home runs and 121 RBI in his career.

In 2009, he won the Gold Glove award at second base after leading all MLB players in fielding percentage (.996). Aaron is married to Kelly Hill and they have two children together - River (born November 8th, 2010) and Lillie Rose (born December 7th, 2013).

The family relocated to San Francisco following the 2017 season where Aaron played for the Giants until retiring at the end of that year.

Aaron Hill is a right-handed batter and fielder who has played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants in his eight-year career.

Hill was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (26th overall) of the 2005 amateur draft and made his Major League debut with them that season. He spent six seasons with Toronto before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. 

In 883 games played, Aaron Hill has compiled a batting average of .266 with 162 home runs and 695 RBIs to his name.

He’s also hit 32 doubles and scored 94 runs – making him one of the most prolific hitters on both sides of the ball in recent memory. A three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2009, 2012, 2013), Hill helped lead Arizona to back-to-back. 

National League West titles during his time there before being traded to Milwaukee at midseason of 2015 – where he would go on to win another NL MVP award as well as an appearance at The World Series later that year against Boston Red Sox.

This past offseason saw Aaron join forces once again with former team San Francisco Giants after spending 2017 playing for Boston Red Sox - helping steer them into their first playoff berth since 2014.

24. Kim Byung-hyun

Kim Byung-hyun Career

  • All-Star (2002), World Series champion (2001)
  • , , Korean name, Hangul: 김병현, Hanja: 金炳賢, Revised Romanization: Gim Byeong-hyeon, McCune–Reischauer: Kim Pyŏng-hyŏn

Kim Byung-hyun was born on January 19, 1979 in Gwangju, South Korea. Kim made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999 and continued to play for them until 2007.

He also played for the Florida Marlins during that time period. In 2012, Kim signed with Nexen Heroes of the KBO league where he spent two seasons before returning to MLB with the Florida Marlins in 2007.

He pitched a total of 54 games over that span, posting a record of 60–54 and an ERA of 4.42. After spending two more years playing out his contract with Florida (2010-2011), Kim returned to South Korea and signed with the Kia Tigers for the 2015 season as a free agent.

As of September 2017, Kim is retired from professional baseball having completed 7 full seasons pitching in North America and 2 stints in Japan.

25. Gerardo Parra


Gerardo Parra Career

  • World Series champion (2019), 2× Gold Glove Award (2011, 2013)

Parra is a left-handed outfielder who played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals from 2009 to 2021. He had a batting average of .275 with 90 home runs over that time period.

Parra was signed by the Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2009, and he made his MLB debut with them later that year. In 2020, he joined the Yomiuri Giants of NPB where he remained until his retirement after the 2021 season.

After retiring from baseball, Parra took up boxing as a hobby and won gold at an international competition in 2018. 

The Diamondbacks infielder has been one of the most consistent players in MLB over the past few years. He's a Gold Glove Award winner, and he's hit for a high batting average as well.

Parra is originally from Venezuela, and he played college baseball at Indiana University before joining the Diamondbacks organization in 2009. In 2014, Parra was traded to Milwaukee where he had another good season batting.

272 with 13 RBIs in just 58 games played. After spending 2015 with Baltimore and 2016–2018 with Colorado, Parra signed a three-year deal with San Francisco Giants this offseason where he will join fellow Venezuelan Brandon Crawford on the team.

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26. Robbie Ray


Robbie Ray Career

  • All-Star (2017), All-MLB First Team (2021), AL Cy Young Award (2021), AL ERA leader (2021), MLB strikeout leader (2021)

Robbie Ray was born on October 1, 1991 in Brentwood, Tennessee. Ray is a pitcher and has played for the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. His MLB debut came in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers where he pitched 21 innings and had a 3-1 record with a 2.85 ERA.

In 2016, Robbie Ray transferred to the Seattle Mariners where he started 27 games and had an 8-11 record with 4 complete games and a 3rd place finish in voting for American League Cy Young Award behind Corey Kluber of Cleveland Indians (won)and Chris Sale of Boston Red Sox (lost).

In 2017, Robbie ray pitched 33 innings for Seattle but only had one win while his ERA rose to 5th best in baseball at 3.98 which led him to being traded midseason to Tampa Bay Rays as part of several deals that brought back three players including. 

Steven Souza Jr who would lead Rays to their first postseason appearance since 2006 Championship season.

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27. Christian Walker

First baseman

Christian Walker Career

  • Gold Glove Award (2022), Fielding Bible Award (2022)

Christian Walker is a 31-year old first baseman who has played in MLB for the Baltimore Orioles. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, but did not sign with them and instead opted to attend college at Virginia Tech.

After three years at Virginia Tech, Walker made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2014 and has since been a part of their roster ever since. Christian Walker hit .

241/.328/.438 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 146 games during his rookie season with Baltimore, showing decent power potential as well as some solid contact skills.

In 2015, he improved upon those numbers somewhat hitting .254/.326/.439 while also slugging 11 homers and driving in 52 runs – both career highs for him offensively.

 Injuries have hampered him throughout much of his career however; he's only appeared in 139 out of 238 possible games due to various injuries over that span (51%).

28. Nick Ahmed


Nick Ahmed Career

  • 2× Gold Glove Award (2018, 2019)

Ahmed was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. Ahmed made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and has since played for Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland.

In 2016, Ahmed won a Silver Slugger Award as part of a stellar season with Oakland that saw him hit .285 with 27 home runs and 101 RBIs. Ahmed is considered one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and is known for his strong throwing arm.

As of 2019, Ahmed signed with Cleveland as a free agent Nick Ahmed is a talented defensive player who has spent his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Ahmed was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft and quickly became an important part of their defense, winning two Gold Glove Awards in 2018 and 2019.

Ahmed is known for his speed on the base paths as well as his strong throwing arm, which makes him very versatile defensively. He will be entering into his fourth season with the Diamondbacks this year and is looking to continue making an impact on both sides of the ball.

29. Miguel Batista

Miguel Batista Career

  • World Series champion (2001)

Miguel Batista had a 102-115 win loss record in his MLB career. He also had an ERA of 4.48, and 1,250 strikeouts. Miguel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992, and made his debut with them that same year.

In 2012 he played for the Atlanta Braves before retiring at the end of that season. He is now a pitching coach for the New York Mets organization Batista was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1st round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Batista made his major league debut with Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 and played for them until 2003. In 2001, Miguel Batista led the Diamondbacks to their first playoff berth since 1998 and a World Series appearance against New York Mets which they lost 3-1 in five games.

After spending two years with Atlanta Braves, he rejoined Pittsburgh Pirates before retiring at seasons end in 2013 as a three time All Star and World Series Champion.

30. Geraldo Perdomo


Geraldo Perdomo

Geraldo Perdomo is a shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. In his rookie season with the D-Backs, he batted .269/.321/.425 with 4 home runs and 30 RBIs in 131 games played.

The following year, 2019, Geraldo had another good season batting .276/.334/.488 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs in 159 games played. At only 23 years old, Perdomo has already established himself as one of the top young players in baseball and looks to continue developing into an elite player over time.

Geraldo Perdomo made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2021. He batted .199 with 5 home runs and 41 RBIs in his rookie season. 

In 2022, he had a better year statistically, batting .266 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs. Since being drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2017, Perdomo has played for them throughout two seasons of minor league baseball before making it to the big leagues full-time this year.

31. Alek Thomas

Alek Thomas

Alek Thomas was born in Tucson, Arizona on April 28, 2000. He attended Fountain Hills High School and played for their baseball team as a right fielder before being drafted by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft.

Thomas made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on May 8, 2022 at age 22. In 73 games during his rookie season, he batted .256 with three home runs and 23 RBIs. 

Alek Thomas is currently playing for the Arizona D-Backs organization and has yet to see significant time in the majors due to injury or poor performance but is considered one of the top young prospects in baseball Alek Thomas was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 12th of 2000.

2. He attended Chaparral High School where he played for the varsity baseball team as a pitcher and first baseman. 3. In his senior year, Alek batted .472 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs while pitching to a 0-2 record with 33 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched. 

He committed to play college baseball at Southern Utah University but instead signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being drafted in the 19th round of the 2019 MLB draft by manager Torey Lovullo.

Thomas made his professional debut in late July of 2019 when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers and earned his first career win by allowing one run over six innings pitched 6. 

Overall, Thomas has appeared in nine games (eight starts) for Tucson this season posting an overall record of 4-3 with a 3.15 ERA including 49 strikeouts over 53 1/3 innings 7/.

32. Pavin Smith


Pavin Smith

Pavin Smith is a 26-year-old first baseman and right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

In 2017, he hit .269 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 137 games played for the Virginia Cavaliers of Division I college baseball.

 Smith has also played in minor league baseball, including appearances with both the Reno Aces (Arizona's AAA affiliate) and Salt Lake Bees (Utah's AA affiliate).

As an amateur player, Smith competed on USA Baseball's U18 national team that won a silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Canada, as well as playing on Team USA at various youth international tournamentsincluding.

The Home Depot Cup where they finished 4th overall in 2015 tournament play behind Cuba, Japan and Australia while posting a 12-1 record against other top American teams such as Team

 Gold from San Diego State University and East Carolina University which featured future major leaguers Austin Meadows (Cincinnati Reds), Cody Bellinger(Los Angeles Dodgers), Joc Pederson(LA Angels)and Stephen Piscotty(St Louis Cardinals).

At 6'0" tall and 220 pounds he is considered to be one of if not THE most physically imposing hitters/infielders available in today's professional game.

A true power hitter who uses all fields equally well to produce hits rather than relying exclusively on pull shots or ground balls into short left field which are typically easier plays than hitting through ball parks like Fenway Park or Wrigley Field.

Where distances between bases can create tougher angles for batted balls to travel thus resulting less opportunity for easy singles when batting second or third base instead of first base.

33. Zac Gallen


Zac Gallen

Zac Gallen is a young pitcher who has been in the majors for only two seasons, but he's already made an impact. He pitched well for Arizona last year and was traded to Miami this offseason.

Gallen relies on his fastball and slider to get hitters out, but he also throws some changeups and curveballs into the mix. His arsenal looks good so far, and he should be able to help any team that signs him.

Zac Gallen is still relatively new to professional baseball, so there's room for improvement - especially with his control. However, overall he seems like a promising pitcher who can contribute right away if given the chance.

Zac Gallen may not have had as much success as some other pitchers in recent years, but don't let that fool you; he has skills that could make him successful in the future if put into the correct situation." 

Zac is still learning how to pitch," Diamondbacks pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said recently about their 23-year-old hurler from Somerdale Nj., "And I think it’s important because we see potential here." 

 Gallen signed with Miami Marlins as an undrafted free agent following three collegiate seasons at Southern Mississippi where won 21 games while throwing 191 1/3 innings over 2 seasons (2017 & 2018).

The 6'0" 210 pound lefty finished 4th among NCAA Division I starters with 175 strikeouts while walking just 49 batters across 119 appearances between 2017 & 2018 (.235 opponents batting average) including postseason play helping lead Golden Eagles upset #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 3-1 in 2017. 

College World Series Championship game before falling 7-4 against Texas A&M Aggiesin semifinals of same event one week later (#11 ranked USAToday/#9 ESPNU Overall). 

 Selected by Diamondbacks organization out of high school after being drafted 31st overall by Houston Astros in 2013 amateur draft signed for $800K bonus ($160K above slot value).

attended Southern Miss University ( Hattiesburg, MS ) went 13 – 0 w/a 1 save record en route winning Sun Belt Conference championship …led conference winners w/151 strikeouts over 120 innings pitched.

Posted 8 quality starts allowing just 18 hits over 16 outings vs LHP (.143 opponent batting average) compared to 11 QS allowing 44 H R / 26 ER allowed vs RHP Finished strong going undefeated thru 5 SBC games.

34. Jay Bell

Jay Bell Career

  • 2× All-Star (1993, 1999), World Series champion (2001), Gold Glove Award (1993), Silver Slugger Award (1993)

Jay Bell was a shortstop and second baseman in the MLB for 13 seasons. He had a .259 batting average with 143 home runs and 721 RBIs in 1,349 games played.

Bell also threw right-handed, which made him attractive to teams as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter. In 2003, he was traded to the New York Mets where he finished his career playing third base until 2004 when he retired at age 36 due to injury concerns.

Jay Bell is currently an analyst for Fox Sports Ohio covering Cleveland Indians baseball and other sports events in that area of the country. 

Jay Bell was a versatile and productive outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks over a 14-year career.

A two-time All-Star selection, he finished his career with 449 home runs and 1,859 RBIs. He won three Gold Gloves (1993, 1998, 2001) as well as a Silver Slugger Award in 1993. 

Bell also had success in the playoffs – he helped lead the Pirates to their first World Series championship in 1992 and played an instrumental role in the Royals’ dynasty run of 1997–2002 seasons that ended with back-to-back Fall Classic appearances.

35. Luis Frias

Luis Frías is a 24-year old pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was ranked as the No. 65 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline in 2017. Frias made his professional debut with the Rome Braves in 2016, posting a 2-1 record and 3.91 ERA over 36 innings pitched.

The D'Backs acquired Frias from the Braves during the 2018 trade deadline, and he has since made three starts for them, compiling an 0-1 record and 5.72 ERA over 20 innings pitched (21 appearances overall). 

Frias throws right-handed while batting lefty, making him an unusual pitcher/batter combination on defense but one that he feels comfortable playing nonetheless; he was also drafted out of high school as a catcher before converting to pitching professionally at age 18 due to shoulder problems caused by catching too much football." 

Luis Frías still has some development ahead of him but projects as having above average strikeout potential along with good control thanks to his strong command of four pitches: fastball, changeup, slider and curveball.

36. Jake McCarthy


Jake McCarthy was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The left-handed hitter played college baseball at Clemson University and hit .322 with 118 RBIs in 121 games as a junior.

McCarthy made his professional debut with the rookie-level Missoula Ospreys, batting .294/.344/.478 with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 42 games. He spent all of 2018 with Double-A Jackson Suns where he batted .271/.331/.449 with 14 HR and 58 RBIs en route to being named a midseason All-Star for the D'Backs organization.

In 2019, Jake McCarthy began the season at Triple-A Reno Aces before getting called up to join Arizona on May 25th after starting pitcher Zack Godley was placed on the disabled list due to fatigue caused from pitching through an entire 162-game schedule last year.

Through 76 plate appearances with Arizona, Jake has hit .282 (30/103) with seven doubles, three triples, four homers & 11 RBI's helping lead Tucson past El Paso 5–1 yesterday afternoon.

McCarthy recorded his 1st career multi homer game on July 15th @ Tacoma hitting 2nd & 3rd inning solo shots off LHP Josh James.#Dbacks — Sports Illustrated  July 16, 2019.

37. Josh Rojas


Josh Rojas is a 26-year-old infielder and outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2013 amateur draft.

Rojas has played in nine games this season, batting .286 with one home run and four RBIs. Injuries have hampered his development throughout his career, but he is hoping to turn things around with a new organization and fresh start.

Rojas attended Glendale Community College before being drafted by Arizona, where he played in three minor league seasons from 2013 to 2015. The Venezuelan native hopes to make an impact at the major league level soon and show what he can do on both sides of the ball..

He has been compared most notably to Oakland A's second baseman Jed Lowrie due to their offensive abilities as well as defensive capabilities at second base or third base.

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38. Corbin Carroll

Corbin Carroll is an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 2. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft. 3. Carroll has played in just over 100 games as a professional, but he has shown potential with his bat and speed on defense.

4. Carroll will likely continue to make progress as a hitter while improving his defensive abilities at third base and center field in future seasons Corbin Carroll made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022. He finished the season with a batting average of .260 and four home runs.

Carroll also drove in 14 runs during his rookie campaign. The outfielder is currently playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he has been since 2022.

39. Madison Bumgarner


Madison Bumgarner Career

  • 4× All-Star (2013–2016), 3× World Series champion (2010, 2012, 2014), World Series MVP (2014), NLCS MVP (2014), 2× Silver Slugger Award (2014, 2015), Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (2014), AP Athlete of the Year (2014), , MLB records, , 0.25 career World Series ERA, 52, +, 2⁄3 innings pitched, single postseason (2014), 2 grand slams by a pitcher in a single season (tied with Tony Cloninger)

Madison Bumgarner is a 33-year-old pitcher who has played for the San Francisco Giants since 2009. In his MLB career, Bumgarner has won 134 games and lost 121 while averaging 3.42 ERA and striking out 2,060 batters in 2260 innings pitched.

Outside of baseball, Bumgarner is also a successful entrepreneur with investments in businesses such as Airbnb and Uber Eats. He was born on August 1, 1989 in Hickory, North Carolina to parents of Jamaican descent who later moved to California when Madison was young.

As a youth player growing up in California's Bay Area region (near San Jose), he initially starred at quarterback before converting to pitching late in high school after being noticed by then-Giants scout John Barrése Jr.

After two years at Santa Clara University where he helped lead the Broncos to their first NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearance since 1991 as well as an MVP award during his junior season, Bumgarner made himself available for selection by the Giants following his collegiate graduation early into the 2008 season.

40. Joe Mantiply

Joe Mantiply Career

  • All-Star (2022)

Joe Mantiply made his MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers in September of 2016. Joe Mantiply is a right-handed pitcher who has played for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers over the years.

Mantiply pitched to a 2-5 record and 3.93 ERA in 16 starts for the Detroit Tigers last season, while also appearing in 5 relief appearances. In 2015, Mantiply spent time split between Arizona and Detroit, pitching to a 4-6 record and 4.24 ERA in 25 games (18 starts).

Mantiply was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school but did not sign with them due to an injury sustained during his senior year of prep baseball at Danville High School Mantiply is a left-handed pitcher who has played for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

Mantiply was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB draft. In 2019, Mantiply was traded to the New York Yankees where he made his debut that season. 

Joe Mantiply has had a few successful seasons with both teams, winning three games and losing eight over his four years in league play thus far.

41. Merrill Kelly


Merrill Kelly Career

  • Korean Series champion (2018)

Merrill Kelly made his MLB debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 1, 2019. Merrill is a right-handed pitcher and bats from the left side of the plate.

He has played in Korea (the KBO) before making his MLB debut with SK Wyverns in 2015. After two seasons with the Diamondbacks, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in August of 2020 but was released by them less than 2 months later after an unsuccessful stint there as well.

In early October of 2020, he signed with the San Francisco Giants but only appeared in one game that season - being relegated back to Triple-A Fresno afterwards where he currently resides playing for their affiliate ballclub, Oakland A's. 

Merrill was diagnosed with testicular cancer late 2018 and underwent surgery shortly thereafter which successfully removed all traces of it.

42. Orlando Hudson

Orlando Hudson Career

  • 2× All-Star (2007, 2009), 4× Gold Glove Award (2005–2007, 2009)

Hudson was a switch hitter and threw right. He made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and played for them until 2012. In total, Hudson batted .273 with 93 home runs and 542 RBI in 11 seasons in the majors.

After leaving the White Sox, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2013 season but did not appear in a game for them either that year or 2014 before retiring at age 36. Orlando Hudson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft.

He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays in 2002 and then played for short stints with both the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2003) and Dunedin Blue Jays (2004). 

In 2005, Orlando Hudson had a breakout season as he hit .285/.354/.527 with 22 home runs and 96 RBI in 137 games between Double-A Buffalo, Triple-A Las Vegas, and Toronto.

After hitting 24 homers in 2006, Orlando Hudson won his first Gold Glove Award at second base while also appearing on an All-Star team for the first time. 

In 2007, Orlando Hudson led all Major League second basemen in assists (92), putouts (1,070), range factor/9 innings (.847), defensive runs saved (41), fielding percentage (.992), double plays turned (101) and WAR(wins above replacement)/162 games (.11).

This stellar season earned him 3rd place MVP votes behind teammate Alex Rodriguez and Houston’s Jeff Bagwell among American voters despite playing half of his games outside of North America due to World Baseball Classic competition for Team USA that year. 

Over 2008–2010 he bounced around various teams including Arizona Diamondbacks (), Los Angeles Dodgers (), Minnesota Twins.

But it was during 2011 when things really started to click offensively as he hit 34 home runs while batting over .300 across three different organizations.

San Diego Padres (), Chicago White Sox () , finally ending up back with Toronto where he finished out his contract after leading them to their fourth straight playoff appearance before being traded to LA Dodgers late last year.

43. Corbin Martin


Corbin Martin made his MLB debut in 2017 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a fastball that can reach up to 97 miles per hour and an excellent slider.

In 2016, Martin was named to the All-Star Futures Game and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting behind Kris Bryant. The Diamondbacks selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Texas Christian University where he starred as both a pitcher and hitter.

Martin is married to model Briana Scurry and they have two sons together Martin was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Houston Astros. 

He made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats, where he posted a 2.02 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. In 2019, Martin was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks, where he had a 3-4 record with an ERA of 4.26 and 59 strikeouts over 73 innings pitched.

With Arizona's AAA affiliate, the Reno Aces, Martin is 5-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings pitched this season.

44. Carson Kelly


Carson Kelly

Carson Kelly is a catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Diamondbacks and made his debut with them in 2017.

In 2018, he led all major league catchers with 190 hits and 67 RBIs while also ranking second in home runs (15) and batting average (.293). 

In 2019, Carson Kelly again led all major league catchers in hit total (197), slugging percentage (.527), fielding percentage (.989) and OPS (1.135).

He has been named to several All-Star teams both at catcher (2017, 2018) and first base (2019). On October 26th 2021, he signed a 5 year extension worth $80 million making him one of richest players on the Diamondbacks roster when it expires Carson Kelly was drafted by the Cardinals in 2016 and made his MLB debut with them that season.

Kelly is a utility player who can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base and catcher. He has been mostly successful at the plate, posting a batting average of .223 over two seasons with St Louis. 

In addition to his offensive ability, Kelly also contributes defensively by playing all three outfield positions and getting plenty of assists on defense.

The Diamondbacks acquired him this offseason in a trade with the Cardinals and he is expected to help fill some gaps for Arizona on their roster offensively and defensively.

45. Drey Jameson


Drey Jameson is a 25-year old pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2017 MLB draft.

Previously, he played college baseball at Indiana University Bloomington where he won three consecutive Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Awards and helped lead his team to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 2016 and 2017.

In 2018, Drey made his major league debut with Arizona and went 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 14 games (11 starts). 

He has an impressive arsenal which includes a fastball that can reach speeds up to 97 mph, as well as an offspeed pitch that's particularly effective against lefties (.289 batting average against them over 116 pitches thrown). 

Drey is also known for possessing a strong work ethic both on and off the field - earning him praise from teammates, coaches, and fans alike for being someone who never gives up no matter what situation he finds himself in or how tough it may seem at times.

46. Ryne Nelson

Ryne Nelson is a young pitcher with a lot of potential. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Ryne has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, but he needs to continue working on refining his skills for consistent success.

Ryne is destined for big things if he can stay healthy and improve at his craft. Nelson was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2022 MLB Draft. Nelson made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on September 5th, 2022. 

In his rookie season, Nelson appeared in 11 games and recorded a win-loss record of 1-1 while posting an earned run average of 1.47 and striking out 16 batters.

In 2024, Nelson started 13 games for Arizona and finished with a 4-6 record, 3 save conversions and a 3 ERA before being traded to the Houston Astros in late August 2025 as part of a package that included OF Shane Bieber and pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Alex Colome.

47. Tommy Henry

Tommy Henry is a young pitcher who has been with the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2016. His fastball can hit 97 mph and he also throws a slider and change-up.

Tommy Henry was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline in 2018, making him one of the most highly touted pitchers in the game today.

In 116 innings pitched between rookie ball and A+ ball last year, Henry had an impressive 2.30 ERA while striking out 124 batters. He made his major league debut on July 10th of this year against the Colorado Rockies and ended up pitching 5 innings without allowing a run.

Henry's first career start came on August 15th against Los Angeles Dodgers where he went 6 innings but allowed 3 runs (all earned) which led to his loss that day; however.

It should be noted that Dodger starter Rich Hill took the loss despite going 8 scoreless innings so it was not entirely fair for Henry to receive such criticism - nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how he performs over his next few starts.

48. Mark Melancon


Mark Melancon Career

  • 4× All-Star (2013, 2015, 2016, 2021), NL Reliever of the Year (2015), 2× NL saves leader (2015, 2021)

Melancon is a right-handed pitcher who has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2009, but did not play professionally until 2017 when he joined the Diamondbacks.

Melancon had a successful MLB career with the Yankees from 2009 to 2017, winning 37 games and losing 40 while posting an ERA of 2.94 and striking out 643 batters in 263 innings pitched. 

In 2018, Melancon signed with the Giants and has been one of their most reliable pitchers since then, posting a win-loss record of 36–40 with an ERA of 3.19 over 503 innings pitched (including postseason).

Melancon is married with two young children A relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Mark Melancon has had a long and successful career. He’s been to four All-Star games, won two NL reliever of the year awards, and set multiple records during his time in the majors. 

Melancon was born on December 28th, 1985 in Miami Beach, Florida. After playing high school baseball at Stranahan High School in West Palm Beach, he attended Seton Hall University where he played college ball before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006.

His MLB debut came that same season as part of a late inning blowout win over the Arizona Diamondbacks; however it wasn’t until 2008 when things started to come together for him professionally – that is when he really began making an impact. 

with his stellar pitching performances both out ofthe bullpen and starting games himself. 

In 2013 Melancon signed with the Boston Red Sox – reuniting him once again with manager John Farrell who had originally drafted him back in 2007 while still coaching with the Pirates organization (Farrell would later be named Manager of The Year following their World Series victory).

Between 2014-2017 Mark held down one or more saves each year whilst also posting ERAs below 3each season including 2 seasons under 1 ERA which was amazing considering how hard relief pitchers are typically worked. 

This total consistency led to him receiving yet another contract extension from Boston ahead of 2018 which will keep him there through 2020. 

On July 30th 2019 Melancon made history by becoming just the third player ever to record 10 saves within a single season joining fellow all stars Trevor Hoffman (2002) and Mariano Rivera (2011). 

As well as this incredible achievement it should be noted that throughout this entire campaign he only gave up 4 home runs – something very rare indeed for any pitcher let alone one holding such important save stats.

49. Kyle Nelson

Kyle Nelson

Kyle Nelson was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Kyle made his professional debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2017, going 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 26 innings pitched.

In 2018, Nelson split time between Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile, posting a combined record of 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 146 innings pitched. 

The lefty has spent 2019 season pitching for Triple-A Reno where he is 8-5 with a 4th place finish on Team MVP voting as well as an ERA below 3rd best in all of baseball (2nd).

Kyle Nelson made his MLB debut for the Cleveland Indians in 2020. He has a 2-1 record with a 4.37 ERA and 38 strikeouts so far in his career. 

Kyle is originally from San Diego, California, where he played college baseball for UC Santa Barbara before being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. 

Kyle is currently playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and will likely continue to do so until at least 2022 when he will become eligible for free agency.

50. Seth Beer

First baseman

Seth Beer Career

  • Dick Howser Trophy (2016)

Seth Beer was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Seth made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks on June 3, 2016 against the Colorado Rockies.

In 2018, Beer set a record for most home runs in a single season by an Arizona rookie (25). On July 12th, 2019, Beer hit his 30th career home run and broke Tyrell Jenkins' franchise record for most home runs by a Fayetteville Woodpeckers player (29).

Beer was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Beer made his professional debut with the Kane County Cougars in 2017 and hit .281 with 4 home runs and 41 RBIs in 71 games. 

In 2018, Beer played for both Triple-A Reno and the Diamondbacks, hitting .291 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs between both clubs.

Beer earned a promotion to the Major Leagues on September 10th, 2021 where he started that day at first base againstthe Los Angeles Dodgers. On July 28th, 2022, Beer was traded tothe Tampa Bay Raysfor outfielder Darrell Cecilianiand pitcher Zac Gallen.

According to Baseball Reference*, this trade is considered one of "The Great Trades" of baseball history because it helped two teams reach their ultimate goals: The Rays won a World Series while Ceciliani went on to have an All-Star career as well as win three Gold Gloves*.

51. Tyler Holton

Tyler Holton is a 26-year-old lefty pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft. In 2016, he made his major league debut and went 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 31 appearances (five starts).

In 2017, Holton appeared in 37 games (19 starts) and posted a 10-11 record with 3.90 ERA . He pitched to an 8-6 record with 2 saves and 2 shutouts in 2018 for Arizona before being traded to Milwaukee on July 30th Tyler Holton made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022.

He had a 0-0 record with a 3.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts through his first season in the league. Tyler is originally from San Diego, California, and attended Point Loma Nazarene University where he played baseball for the Padres team before being drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2020.

Final Words

. . . The Arizona Diamondbacks are a very exciting Major League Baseball team and their best players have always been some of the most talented in the league.

They have had many great players over the years, but some of their all-time greatest include Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace and Curt Schilling.

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