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B/R Final 2022 Prospect Rank: 8
The Arizona Diamondbacks have an enviable abundance of young outfield talent, with Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy, Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll all seeing MLB action in 2022.
There’s a good chance one of those outfielders is traded in the coming weeks, but it won’t be Carroll, who has been deemed “off-limits” in trade talks by the D-backs, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The 22-year-old had one of the best seasons of any minor leaguer in 2022, hitting .307/.425/.611 with 22 doubles, 24 home runs, 62 RBI, 89 runs scored and 31 steals in 36 attempts. He then continued to impress in his first MLB action, posting a 133 OPS+ with 15 extra-base hits and 1.2 WAR in 32 games.
It’s fair to wonder how much of the over-the-fence power he showed in some hitter-friendly stops in the minors will translate to the next level, but his elite hit tool, advanced approach and top-of-the-scale speed make him a perfect fit for the leadoff spot in the lineup.