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Peter O'Brien | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Diamondbacks catching prospect Peter O'Brien played the outfield in a minor league game for the second straight day Thursday.
O'Brien has had major issues this month in throwing the ball back to the pitcher, so the Diamondbacks are going to keep him away from the catcher position for the time being. "I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said. The D'Backs were reluctant over the winter to pursue an upgrade at catcher mainly because they believed O'Brien would be ready to take over at the position in short order. Obviously, they didn't envision the 24-year-old developing a case of the yips. O'Brien was re-assigned to minor league camp earlier this week. Mar 27 - 8:30 AM

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Diamondbacks reassigned C Peter O'Brien, INFs Danny Worth, Nick Evans, Danny Dorn and Jamie Romak and RHPs Jake Barrett and J.C. Ramirez to minor league camp.

O'Brien has far and away the most offensive potential of all the Diamondbacks catching options in camp, there are serious questions about his defensive ability behind the plate though. The 24-year-old slashed .271/.316/.594 with 34 homers and 74 RBI in 106 minor league games at High-A and Double-A in 2014.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 22 - 10:12 PM

Diamondbacks catching prospect Peter O'Brien is struggling with his return throws to pitchers.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, there were more than a half-dozen return tosses that went wild Sunday in a "B" game. And the same thing happened in a Cactus League game Friday. It sounds like a case of the yips, though O'Brien does not carry a good defensive reputation overall. "I've been working on it," the powerful 24-year-old said Monday. "Getting it under control and making sure I keep the tempo of the game up and keep working from there."
Mar 16 - 11:48 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday of Peter O'Brien that he's "seen nothing that shows he can't be a frontline catcher in the big leagues."

"He's caught, he's blocked, he's received the ball well and he's thrown well," Hale added. Most scouts seem to think O'Brien won't be a long-term catcher, but the D'Backs have been adamant about him staying behind the plate. The 24-year-old is intriguing because of his power and could become the team's catcher sooner rather than later.
Mar 8 - 8:58 AM

Peter O'Brien went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a win over the Rockies Wednesday.

O'Brien is a highly touted catching prospect, and he got off on the right foot Wednesday. His RBI single in the sixth inning got the Diamondbacks on the board, and he finished with two hits on the day. With the D'backs trading away Miguel Montero over the winter, it's not out of the question that the 24-year-old could break camp with the club. His defense is still a work in progress but O'Brien slammed 34 homers in the minors last season, so his power potential is undeniable.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

According to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, Peter O'Brien's batting practice sessions have become must-see events for players and executives in Diamondbacks camp.

O'Brien slugged 34 home runs in 106 games last season between High-A and Double-A. There are major questions about his defense behind the plate, but his offensive potential could guide him quickly up the Diamondbacks' shaky catching depth chart. O'Brien was acquired from the Yankees last July in the Martin Prado trade. He appears poised to make his MLB debut at some point in 2015.
Feb 25 - 4:44 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Tuesday that the club views prospect Peter O'Brien as their catcher of the future.

Stewart also revealed that he expects O'Brien to reach the majors at some point next season. It's interesting to hear, as the general feeling among scouts is that O'Brien's poor defense wouldn't allow him to stick behind the plate. Apparently the D'Backs are willing to live with some defensive struggles in order to get O'Brien's power into the lineup. The 24-year-old slugged 34 homers between High- and Double-A in 2014, though he hit just .271 with a .316 OBP and 111/21 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:47:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquire C Peter O’Brien and either a player to be named later or cash from the Yankees for 3B Martin Prado.

O'Brien, recently named New York's No. 9 prospect by MLB.com, has blasted an impressive 33 home runs this season on the farm. So why isn't he ranked higher? Firstly, O'Brien's pitch recognition must improve -- he has a ridiculous .555 slugging percentage at Double-A, and a sickly .296 OPS. Will he be able to make consistent contact against the world's best pitchers? He's also is a poor defensive catcher who doesn't have the speed to project into the outfield, meaning first base is his only realistic option if the receiving doesn't improve ASAP.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Yankees prospect catcher went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

O'Brien has 33 home runs for the season, and has hit .245/.296/.555 over 72 games with Double-A Trenton. His power is very much real, but he struggles with off-speed pitches and rarely walks. His batting average decreased by nearly 80 points with the move from High-A to Double-A, and it is unlikely that he will have any success in the major leagues without a substantial improvement.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien went 2-for-3 with two home runs, a walk, and a hit by pitch for Double-A Trenton on Monday.

O'Brien had not hit a home run since June 23, so it was good to see him get back into the swing of things. Despite the power outage, he has hit well as of late, putting up a robust .379/.438/.655 line with one triple and two home runs. O'Brien has been spending most of his time at first base as of late, appearing in a total of 17 games at first base, six games at catcher, and three games at DH over his last 26 games.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 08:41:00 AM

Yankees catching prospect Peter O'Brien went 2-for-4 with two home runs for Double-A Trenton, raising his season line to .266/.308/.602.

Despite O'Brien's power show, he has struggled in Double-A, hitting .228/.277/.543 with six doubles, 15 home runs, and 41 strikeouts in 173 plate appearances. He is tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 15 home runs, but his high strikeout and low walk totals demonstrate his need for a less aggressive approach.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 09:21:00 AM

Yankees prospect catcher Peter O'Brien went 2-for-4 with his 23rd home run of the season for Double-A Trenton on Saturday.

O'Brien's line in the Double-A Eastern League has been pretty brutal, as he is hitting just .242/.286/.568 with 31 strikeouts (22.1%) and seven walks (5.0%) in 140 plate appearances. He's fifth in the Eastern League with 13 home runs, but pitchers have been able to pacify him with better quality pitches. O'Brien's power is real, but he needs substantial work on his approach at the plate if he has a chance to succeed at the major league level.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Yankees catching prospect went 1-for-4 with his minor-league leading 19th home run for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

O'Brien has continued to hit for power since his promotion from High-A Tampa, but his batting average has taken a dive. He is hitting .247/.267/.658 with nine home runs and a .188 BABIP in 18 games for Double-A Trenton. For the season, he has six walks and 45 strikeouts in 194 plate appearances, so he may need to work on his approach before a promotion is a possibility. Primarily, he has been a designated hitter for Trenton, occasionally spelling Gary Sanchez behind the plate and making a few appearances in right field.
Thu, May 29, 2014 09:40:00 AM

Yankees prospect C Peter O'Brien continued to swing a hot bat on Monday for Double-A Trenton, as he was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI.

O'Brien has put up monster numbers since his promotion to Trenton, as the 23-year-old owns a 1.105 OPS with six home runs and 15 RBI through nine games. Between both levels this season, he's batting .313/.338/.720 with 11 doubles, 16 home runs (second in the minor leagues) and 34 RBI over 39 games. However, his 38/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span also suggests the right-hander slugger could be in store for a regression moving forward. As it was the case at High-A Tampa, O'Brien continues to see most of his bats at catcher and designated hitter, though he's also continued to receive occasional playing time in right field.
Tue, May 20, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Yankees catching prospect Peter O'Brien went 2-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

O'Brien has hit four home runs in five games for the Trenton Thunder, and is now hitting .261/.261/.826. He has 14 home runs for the season, which ties him with Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo for the minor league lead. O'Brien has four walks and 34 strikeouts in 2014, but is hitting a combined .311/.338/.711 in 2014. He would be tied for 20th in the Eastern League with four home runs, but he does not have enough at bats to qualify.
Thu, May 15, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tuffy Gosewisch
2Gerald Laird
3Oscar Hernandez
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3Cliff Pennington
3B1Yasmany Tomas
2Jake Lamb
LF1David Peralta
2Cody Ross
3Ender Inciarte
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Josh Collmenter
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Chase Anderson
4Trevor Cahill
5Rubby De La Rosa
6Allen Webster
7Bronson Arroyo
8Patrick Corbin
9Randall Delgado
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Evan Marshall
5Matt Stites
6Matt Reynolds
7Daniel Hudson
8David Hernandez
9Enrique Burgos
10Vidal Nuno
11Andrew Chafin