Diamondbacks Top Pitching Prospect Impressing In Spring Training

Brandon Pfaadt continues to impress in the Cactus League, throwing five scoreless innings over two starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The right-hander has allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six, and his fastball has been clocked as high as 96.8 mph.

Pfaadt, who is the club's top-ranked pitching prospect, has been praised by catcher Carson Kelly for his "unique" four-pitch mix and his ability to attack major-league batters. 

In Saturday's start against the Padres, Pfaadt tossed three scoreless innings and struck out four while allowing just one hit and one walk. While he faces tough competition from Ryne Nelson, Drew Jamison, and Tommy Henry for the fifth spot in Arizona's rotation, Pfaadt's strong showing in spring training may earn him a higher spot on the depth chart.

The twenty-four-year-old is the D-Backs' fourth-ranked prospect.

Last season, at Triple-A Reno, Pfaadt posted a strong 2.63 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, with 74 strikeouts over 61.2 innings and 10 starts. Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports