MLB Rumors: Diamondbacks to Call Up Top Prospect This Season

It appears to be a matter of when, not if, for the promotion of the number-three ranked prospect in all of baseball this season. 

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen suggested on Thursday that Corbin Carroll's MLB debut will occur at some point before the end of the season. 
Hazen did note that he wants Carroll to be as ready as possible for major league competition, as Carroll is a player who's rapidly risen the ranks of the minor league system in just 135 games. 

However, he's done nothing but dominate. In 86 games this season, the twenty-one-year-old has slashed an absurd .315/.429/.620, with 22 home runs, 58 RBIs, 85 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. He's incredible. 

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There is incentive for the D-Backs to call up Carroll this season. The MLB's new collective bargaining agreement says that if a player is on the Opening Day roster and goes on to win Rookie of the Year, his team is awarded a draft pick at the end of the first round. 

Of course, Carroll would still be eligible to win the award next year if he doesn't get too many at-bats this season. According to MLB rules, a player is considered a rookie unless he has exceeded 130 at-bats, or 45 total days on an active MLB roster.  

In addition, giving him a taste of MLB action this season would be even more beneficial to Carroll at having success next year in the majors, and improving his chances at winning Rookie of the Year. 

Again, it's just a matter of when, not if, Corbin Carroll gets the call to the big leagues. 
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