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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bradley to get second opinion on shoulder | dbacks.com

It’s never good when this happens.

D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley will have his shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews as the team tries to get to the bottom of the discomfort he experienced during a rehab start Wednesday night.

Bradley was on the DL with what the team said was shoulder tendinitis, and after his first rehab start Wednesday, he once again complained of soreness. Bradley allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three over four innings in that game with GM Dave Stewart in attendance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Virginia Wins First College World Series Title

[bq]Turning Point: Pavin Smith’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth tied the game and gave Virginia momentum it would continue to build on for the rest of the night.
The Hero: Starting on three-days’ rest, Virginia lefty Brandon Waddell gave up two runs in the first but settled down quickly. Waddell ended up working seven innings and didn’t allow another run, holding the Commodores to just four hits.
You Might Have Missed: The CWS ended averaging 8.38 total runs per game, the highest figure of the TD Ameritrade Park era. The final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium (and with the old bats) in 2010 averaged 9.6 runs per game[/bq]


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mental approach raises Goldschmidt’s game | dbacks.com

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” ~ Yogi Berra

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Sunday, June 21, 2015

D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves | MLB.com

Another nice trade for John Hart.

The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bronson arroyo, diamondbacks, phil gosselin, touki toussaint, trades

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Paul Goldschmidt Dinger Test | FanGraphs Baseball

The wonder of Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 reminders that long extensions for young players are still risky

Jedd Gyorko

He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.

Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball last year, hitting .210/.280/.333. He’s hitting .210 again this year, and he’s doing it with even less power. There was a glimmer of hope last year, as Gyorko got relatively hot after the All-Star break, but he lost his job to Cory Spangenberg this season and was banished to the minors again. He’s 26 now, and he’s been a .220-or-worse hitter for almost two calendar years now. He’ll make $13 million in 2019, which is an absolutely stunning amount for a player struggling this mightily.

Even when the problem with a pitcher is hard to diagnose, like with Cahill and Romero, there’s still an element of assumed risk that’s easy to understand because pitchers are supposed to be fragile and mercurial. Gyorko reminds us that hitters can be just as weird, and considering how far removed we are from the version the Padres thought they were locking up, it looks like the problem had more to do with poor evaluation and overreacting to a fast start. It’s the new front office regime that has to pay for it, too.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Forgot About A.J. (Pollock) | FanGraphs Baseball

A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.

The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know about him yet. But Pollock certainly deserves strong consideration. He has been among the game’s elite for more than just this season, and he plays a really fun brand of baseball — he doesn’t do anything poorly, and he does several things well. Those types of players are fun to watch. Hopefully this will be the last time the voters can say that they forgot about A.J.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
...

That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked second-to-last in the AL. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Seattle reporters Trumbo will split time between designated hitter and a corner outfield spot.

The idea that he would be moved wasn’t a total shock to Trumbo.

“You start to hear things and whatnot,” he said. “You do your best to block it out. If there’s rumors of things happening, then there’s probably some ounce of truth to some of it at least.”

Nuño also filled an obvious need for the Mariners, who lost starter James Paxton to a finger injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The team also has been without right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma since late April. Nuño said he was told he’d be in the Seattle rotation, a welcome development for him after he was unable to crack the starting five in Arizona this year.

....

Arizona also acquired Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero. Reinheimer is an infielder without much of an offensive track record, although Stewart said top scout Mike Russell believes the 22-year-old could be “a front-line shortstop.”

The real get could be Guerrero, a 21-year-old outfielder and the nephew of former big-league great Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Mariners’ system before the trade, and although he’s started slowly in his first taste of Double-A

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Confusion within the Diamondbacks? Prospect Peter O’Brien’s position still undetermined

On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.

This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........

Then on Monday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart sounded bothered by the chain of events. He said he hadn’t spoken to O’Brien and that the organization had not made a decision about his future position.

“That was a conversation he had with Phil Nevin,” Stewart said. “We’ve been accommodating to him all spring training and out of spring training.
“We’re never going to let a player dictate to us what he wants to do. We’ll sit down and, as a group, discuss and talk about what we should be doing and what the best direction is for a player. We’re never going to let a player tell us what he’s going to do and what he’s not going to do.”

Oh Brother…what a mess.

shoewizard Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL | dbacks.com

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Diamondbacks draft: ‘Dynamic’ Dansby Swanson could be pick at No. 1

Swanson hit .333/.411/.475 with 27 doubles and three homers in 282 at-bats as a sophomore; he was at .350/.438/.654 with 21 doubles and 13 homers entering NCAA Regional play. Last year, he took home College World Series MVP honors as Vanderbilt won its first men’s title of any kind in school history.

“The thing that is noticeable about Dansby and guys like him who play at that level, is that they rise to another level when things matter,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “When something is on the line or there is a moment, he thrives in it. He’s got an extra gear. … He has that ability in so many different ways.”

Like Garciaparra, Swanson has a unique first name rooted in family tradition; “Dansby” is his mother’s maiden name.

“Both of her brothers either didn’t have kids or they had girls,” Swanson said, “so it’s kind of keeping the name going, I guess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Diamondbacks prospect O’Brien hitting, happy in outfield

It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare | MLB.com

Archie Bradley is one lucky guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Archie Bradley hit in face by 115 MPH Line Drive

Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos.  The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning

shoewizard Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yasmany Tomas a temporary solution at third base for Diamondbacks with Jake Lamb out

Will Tomas have more hits or more misplayed grounders while he fills in for Lamb?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yasmany Tomas makes his first career start with Arizona Diamondbacks

Is he yelling something about bovine or equine feces here?

Aside from a two-base fielding error in the third inning, [Yasmany] Tomas acquitted himself quite well at third base and was even better at the plate in the D-backs’ 7-1 series-opening loss to the Texas Rangers at Chase Field Tuesday night…

Tomas, whom the D-backs signed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in the offseason, singled to right field in the second, grounded out to shortstop in the fourth and legged out an infield hit in the sixth. He also scored the team’s only run…

After an uneventful first inning, he fielded Robinson Chirinos’ ground ball on a short hop and threw across the diamond for the first out in the second—though his throw did pull Paul Goldschmidt into foul territory.

The error came in the third inning.

Tomas’ backhand attempt on a sharply hit ball by Elvis Andrus hit off his glove and carried into left field. Andrus advanced to second, but was left stranded.

Two innings later, there appeared to be some miscommunication between Tomas and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Leonys Martin hit a pop fly by the D-backs’ dugout that Tomas reached out and took away from his teammate.

Tomas’ final fielding chance saw him stationed to the right side of second base as the D-backs employed the shift for Prince Fielder. Tomas grabbed up the ground ball easily and a perfect throw to first retired Fielder for the second out of the sixth inning.

Tomas’ night was done as he was lifted for pinch-runner Cliff Pennington following his last at-bat.

“That was the plan; get him three at-bats,” Hale said. “If we’re tied or ahead, go to more of a defender at that point.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hale keeping tabs on Tomas, O’Brien at Triple-A Reno | dbacks.com

He’ll probably get over the yips. He still won’t be a decent catcher.

“He’s playing the outfield, he’ll play a little first,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said. “I think they are waiting about a month to get him back in there. Just to kind of clear his head and let him get off to a good offensive start.”

O’Brien’s days behind the plate, though, are not necessarily over.

“He had come a long way catching-wise and gained the trust of the pitchers,” Hale said. “I really feel like at some point there could be a chance he’ll get back there again, and it will be a quick [transition].”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, yasmany tomas

Robothal: diamondbacks had nothing to do with fan covering up

Surprised this didnt get linked as well…......actually not surprised

shoewizard Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks call up Cuban OF Yasmany Tomas

This whole thing is working out great.

The Diamondbacks promoted Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas to the big leagues on Wednesday, a surprising move given the glut of position players already on the roster.

Just before Opening Day, the club optioned Tomas to Triple-A Reno, citing a lack of playing time and the desire for him to get regular at-bats to help in his development.

But an injury changed the equation for the Diamondbacks, who decided their need for another hitter in the majors trumped the need for Tomas to get consistent at-bats, particularly at a time when their 40-man roster options were limited.

“He’ll play off the bench for us,” [manager Chip] Hale said. “If there’s a start, we’ll see. I’m not sure.”

Tomas, whom the Diamondbacks signed in the offseason to a six-year, $68.5 million deal, was at the ballpark but not in the starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

After hitting .257 with a .414 slugging in 70 at-bats in spring training, Tomas reported to Reno, where he went 4 for 21 (.190) with one homer and one double in 21 at-bats…

“I think we’re just going to have to play it by ear and see what happens,” General Manager Dave Stewart said. “We’re still trying to develop Yasmany and make sure he gets playing time.

“If he’s just here to hit and doesn’t get much time in the field, then that’s not beneficial to him and we’ll have to explore what our other options are at that time.”

Tomas could be an option in left field, right field or third base. However, Hale has been having trouble finding time for the four outfielders already here and has five infielders he’s been alternating between three spots.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 12:23 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, transactions, yasmany tomas

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