Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/6/12
NASHVILLE The Diamondbacks added an intriguing power arm in the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning, selecting Class A right-hander Starlin Peralta from the Chicago Cubs organization. Peralta, 22, has a fastball that has been clocked in the upper-90 mph range, D-backs director of player development Mike Bell said. Peralta was 5-8 with a 3.44 ERA in Peoria of the Midwest League, and the D-backs got a good look at him through their Midwest League affiliate in South Bend. He has a big arm. We got a lot of good grades on him, Bell said. "You look at his numbers -- they dont jump out at you right away at low A, but hes a guy with a lot of potential, a lot of upside. Bring him to camp and see what he looks like." Peralta, a native of the Dominican Republic drafted at age 17, was a starter in his five years with the Cubs, although if he makes the D-backs, he would add to the bullpen depth. If Peralta does not make the major league roster this spring, the D-backs must offer him back to the Cu...
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