Sept. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (37) throws during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks Willing to Trade Top Prospect Tyler Skaggs

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Currently sitting atop the National League West with one of the better farm systems in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks are loving life. But that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to trade some of those elite prospects.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks are open to trading starting pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs, assuming the right deal comes along.

Per Olney:

There is a perception among other teams that the Diamondbacks are willing to deal Skaggs in the right trade — far from untouchable.

What the ‘right trade’ might be is unknown, though, it would need to be of some heavy value. The 21 year old Skaggs was ranked as the #10 prospect coming into the season by, the #12 by Baseball America.

The former Santa Monica high school graduate split time between Double-A and Triple-A last year, succeeding in both stops (he also had a small cup of coffee with the Diamondbacks). This year he’s split time between Triple-A and the Majors, making a few spot starts at the big league level. The results haven’t exactly been pretty, but that hasn’t taken away opposing teams lusting for Skaggs who still believe he is one of the better starting pitcher prospects in baseball.

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