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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morosi: Scout’s honor: The discovery of David Peralta

Searching for grit mostly just turns up dirt, but it can occasionally unearth a gem.

Chris Carminucci, the Arizona Diamondbacks’™ coordinator of independent league scouting… is why the fourth-place Diamondbacks can claim one of the best stories in baseball this season: David Peralta, the effervescent 27-year-old rookie outfielder from Venezuela…

Peralta, who made his major-league debut June 1, is now the Diamondbacks’€™ everyday right fielder and No. 3 hitter… Peralta’€™s .793 OPS ranks among the top 30 major-league outfielders who have at least 250 plate appearances this year… Peralta’€™s pro baseball career began as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system. He was released in 2009 after two shoulder surgeries, having never made it out of rookie ball. But Peralta went home to Venezuela, transformed himself into a position player and returned to the U.S. in 2011… As the ‘12 season wore on, two of Carminucci’€™s contacts with a rival team in the American Association €—Laredo Lemurs manager Pete Incaviglia and pitching coach Bill Bryk Jr.—€” reaffirmed his original assessment of Peralta: He’€™s a good ‘€˜A’™ ball player if you need one... “€œHe was calling me every three or four days: ‘€˜I was 2 for 3 with a double. I went 3 for 4,’ ” Carminucci remembered… Finally a roster spot opened at Class A Visalia, and the Diamondbacks purchased Peralta’€™s contract. He had his second chance at affiliated ball—and responded with a .346 batting average in 51 games…

Added to the roster for a spring game because the Diamondbacks needed an extra outfielder, Peralta grounded a single up the middle and hustled to second on a momentary bobble by the center fielder… That one play in spring training stood out in our GM’s eyes, and it stuck with him all year.” [said Carminucci]...

In contrast to massive amateur scouting departments that cost upwards of $4 million per year—€” before signing bonuses—€” only a handful of major-league organizations employ a full-time independent league scout like Carminucci.

Perhaps more of them should.

The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks, independent leagues, scouting

Friday, August 15, 2014

Diamondbacks Acquire Brett Jackson From Cubs

Yes, the wrong Cubs’ Jackson had “swing-and-miss tendencies”...

The Diamondbacks have acquired former first-round pick and top prospect Brett Jackson from the Cubs in exchange for minor league reliever Blake Cooper… Jackson had been claimed off waivers prior to the trade’s completion.

Jackson, 26, rated as one of the game’s top 100 prospects from 2010-12, according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (he topped out at No. 32 on BA’s list and No. 44 on BP’s list)... However, Jackson’s swing-and-miss tendencies caused his stock to plummet, as a problem he looked to have eliminated at the Double-A level resurfaced in Triple-A and still has yet to be corrected. Jackson was batting just .210/.298/.348 with a 37.3 percent strikeout rate for Triple-A Iowa this season and will look to deliver on some of his once sky-high potential in a new organization.

The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: blake cooper, brett jackson, cubs, diamondbacks, trades, transactions

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Pouliot: Just Fire Kirk Gibson Already

On Saturday, the Diamondbacks flat-out embarrassed themselves. Because of their mentality, it was a given that they’d seek revenge after Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game. There was nothing intentional about that pitch, something Goldschmidt himself acknowledged. But the Diamondbacks were going to drill Andrew McCutchen last night regardless.

No, what was pathetic about the whole incident was that the Diamondbacks did nothing the first three times McCutchen was up. They waited until they were down 5-1 in the ninth, then they had Randall Delgado throw a 95-mph fastball at the small of McCutchen’s back. A little higher, and a team with no postseason aspirations might have had a huge effect on a team aiming to play in October.

It was a true act of cowardice from baseball’s most ludicrous tough guys.

MLB will suspend Delgado for the incident, but what it really needs to do is go after the director. Delgado was following orders. Gibson orchestrated things. An uncommonly long suspension would serve him right.

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Paul Goldschmidt has fractured left hand, goes on DL

PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks’ dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.

Goldschmidt, who finished as the runner-up in the National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list, and there was no word on how long he is expected to be sidelined.

Well, time to play for that number 1 pick.  %$#& !!!

shoewizard Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, injury

Friday, August 01, 2014

Diamondbacks call up former elite prospect Andy Marte

He better not do anything, 2010 is when I released him.

Once upon a time Andy Marte was one of the best prospects in baseball… But wait, his story may not be over quite yet. Marte is now 30 years old and has spent this season playing at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks, who just called him up to the majors for his first big-league action since 2010.

Marte was having a great season at Triple-A, hitting .330 with 13 homers and an .898 OPS in 102 games.

The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 11:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: andy marte, diamondbacks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Brewers acquire outfielder Gerardo Parra from D-backs

gerardo parra
@88_gparra

Les’t go @Brewers

The Brewers like [Gerardo] Parra’s defense at all three outfield positions and his left-handed bat, so they parted with a pair of Minor League prospects to pry him from the D-backs on Thursday, about two hours before the non-waiver Trade Deadline…

Headed to Arizona in the Parra trade was Double-A Huntsville outfielder Mitch Haniger, who was ranked No. 8 on MLB.com’s list of the top Brewers prospects before the deal, plus 20-year-old left-hander Anthony Banda, who was drafted by the D-backs in 2011 but did not sign. The Brewers took Banda in the 10th round of the Draft the following season…

Parra, who is batting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 104 games this season, has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining after this season. The 27-year-old has started mostly in right field this year, but Ryan Braun is a fixture there for the Brewers, Carlos Gomez is entrenched in center field and Davis is playing his first full Major League season in left. Ideally, Parra will spell each of those starters while providing insurance against injuries for Gomez, who has battled a back issue of late, and Braun, who has managed thumb, back and rib cage ailments at various times this year…

Parra is earning $4.85 million this season and would see that salary rise for 2015 if the Brewers go through arbitration with him.


Yankees land infielders Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at Deadline

Welcome to succeeding Derek Jeter, Stephen Drew. Hope you survive the experience!

With the Red Sox taking part in a full-scale roster makeover on Thursday, the Yankees took the opportunity to get in on the action and upgrade their infield, completing their first trade with Boston since 1997.

Stephen Drew will suit up in Fenway’s visitors’ clubhouse when the American League East rivals meet on Friday evening, having been acquired by the Yankees in exchange for infielder Kelly Johnson.

The Yankees weren’t done bolstering their infield there, however. Veteran utility man Martin Prado is also headed to the Bronx, with the Yankees sending the D-backs catching prospect Peter O’Brien—ranked No. 9 among Yanks prospects by MLB.com before the deal—and a player to be named or cash…

Drew has played only shortstop during his nine-year Major League career, but that is expected to change with Derek Jeter installed at the position for his final big league season; Drew could take over at second base for Brian Roberts…

The Yankees announced a smaller addition in the hours leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, claiming right-hander Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays…

The Yankees unconditionally released infielder Scott Sizemore, who was with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eric Chavez Retires

Eric Chavez. Including 123 OPS+ from 2012-2014! (648 PA)

Third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, effective immediately, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link)...

He’s battled knee trouble this season and also has a long history of back issues as well.

The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, diamondbacks, eric chavez, transactions, yankees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)...

Competitive Balance Round A

  Marlins
  Rockies
  Cardinals
  Brewers
  Padres
  Indians

Competitive Balance Round B

  Reds
  Athletics
  Mariners
  Twins
  Orioles
  Diamondbacks

As MLB.com’s Jim Callis explained earlier in the week, teams that have one of the 10 smallest markets or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds (Round A) or between the second and third rounds (Round B).

Its about time the Cardinals got some help to become more competitive.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FSAZ: D-backs cut off McCarthy’s cutter controversy

McCarthy [digs] in.

Brandon McCarthy has two quality starts since joining the New York Yankees and he credits a return to the cut fastball, a pitch he said the Diamondbacks did not want him to throw.

After a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, McCarthy said his expanded arsenal made the difference. He threw about 20 cutters while giving up one run and six hits in six innings.

“It’s something I know that I need to be successful,” McCarthy said. “It was something I didn’t totally agree with.”

The D-backs would not be drawn into the discussion.

“Yeah, well, I wish him well,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said when McCarthy’s comments were relayed Monday. “People handle things different ways. The way I’ll handle it, let’s just say it was all my fault, OK?”

Greg Franklin Posted: July 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yankees

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dave Cameron: 2014 Trade Value: The Top 10

7. Salvador Perez

If there’s one piece of feedback I got more clearly than any other last year, it was that I was too low on Salvador Perez. I had one friend in the game tell me should have been in the top five, and I had him at 36. My bad, Kansas City. Consider this a mea culpa.

Perez might not yet be the best catcher in baseball, but there are a lot of people convinced that he’s going to be in the near future. He’s basically a power spike away from being Jonathan Lucroy, only he’s four years younger than Milwaukee’s backstop, and at a point where many catchers are still honing their craft in the minors. And while framing metrics don’t love him the same way they do Lucroy, his defensive reputation is still stellar, as he shuts down the running game as well as anyone.

And then there’s the contract. Because the Royals locked up Perez after just 39 big league games, he’s set to make $2 million each of the next two years, and then they have team options for three additional years at $4 million, $5 million, and $6 million respectively. It’s $19 million over five seasons, or an average of $4 million per year. The best catcher in the American league is signed to the kind of deal you give a decent middle reliever.

Perez doesn’t even have to get any better to be one of the biggest steals in baseball. If he does improve, though, he might eventually challenge for the top spot on this list.

BUT WHO IS #6????


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Rosenthal: Yankees acquire RHP McCarthy from D-backs

The New York Yankees have acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, FOX Sports 1 Insider Ken Rosenthal reports.

The benefit for the Yankees here seems fairly obvious. I’m a bit more quizzical about the Diamondbacks’ perspective - maybe they were primarily motivated by a desire to unload McCarthy’s salary, and plan to stick Nuno into the LHRP slot just vacated by Thatcher?


Saturday, July 05, 2014

Diamondbacks send Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana to the Angels

The Diamondbacks’ are on the verge of making the first of what could be many trades this month, agreeing to a deal that will send left-hander Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels.

In exchange, the Diamondbacks are receiving a pair of minor leaguers, right-handed reliever Joey Krehbiel and outfielder Zach Borenstein.

I know it’s not a trolling article about sabermetrics from an old fogey sportswriter, but we need to fill the front page with something, and I guess actual baseball transactions make as much sense as anything.


Sunday, June 01, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock exits game with fractured hand after being hit by pitch | dbacks.com: News

Well that sucks.

D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock left Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Reds in the eighth inning with a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks, injuries

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

D-backs’ GM Kevin Towers: ‘I don’t want to be a pseudo-GM’

For Towers, right now it’s business as usual and he’s hoping his duties and responsibilities don’t change much.

“I certainly don’t want to be a pseudo-GM,” he said. “The front office role will be new to him and I’m hoping I can help him too, like the daily calendar and what’s important in June and July. These are some of the good players in our system—no different from what Jerry Dipoto did for me in my first year here.

“I’m hoping that we help one another and as we get to talk that he’ll have the confidence in the very near future to let me run the club as I have been but everything will go through him and be shared with him. You’d like to think that our vision and everything is on the same page.”

shoewizard Posted: May 21, 2014 at 07:29 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, general managers

Saturday, May 17, 2014

MLB.com: D-backs name La Russa chief baseball officer

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have appointed 2014 Hall of Fame inductee and 53-year baseball veteran Tony La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer, as announced by D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. La Russa will report to Hall and oversee the entire Baseball Operations department.

La Russa will be introduced today by Hall and D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick at a 2 p.m. Arizona/Pacific time news conference in the Chase Field interview room.

Swedish Chef Posted: May 17, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, front office, tony la russa

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Phils ask for Oliver Perez to remove ‘distracting’ undershirt

Oliver’s armpit ain’t here to stay.

Left-hander Oliver Perez was brought in to open the eighth inning and face lefty hitters Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. After Utley flied out, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg came out of the dugout to complain to plate umpire Mark Wegner about a problem with the sleeves of the pitcher’s red, long-sleeved undershirt.

“Noticed it from the dugout. It was just flopping,” Sandberg said afterward. “There was a lot of movement there with the delivery. It was fairly obvious with that much movement on it that it would be distracting.”

The four umpires met and Wegner told Perez to remove the shirt, which had slits in each sleeve. On the way to the dugout, he dropped the ball, flipped his glove to the ground and began disrobing, returning to pitch without a shirt beneath his white D-backs jersey.

Howard singled and Perez was removed from the game for right-hander Brad Zeigler.

“[The umpire] said that one sleeve was longer than the other and he had a little tear in it,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “There was nothing we could do about it. The rule says it’s supposed to be the same length, the same color. And it can’t be flapping. I have a pretty good idea whose call that was in the other dugout and it wasn’t Sandberg.”

When asked if he was talking about Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, Gibson respnded: “You figure it out!”

Repoz Posted: April 26, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, phillies

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Morosi: Diamondbacks’ growing gloom might mean doom for manager or GM

Grit ain’t grocery
Eggs ain’t poultry
And Kirk Gibson ain’t the man

The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to lead the league in grit. Purportedly, that was the rationale behind the Justin Upton trade two offseasons ago. The swashbuckling leadership team of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson wanted their guys to play hard, drill opposing hitters when necessary and teach Yasiel Puig a few lessons in major league decorum.

Now they have the worst record in baseball, 5-18. With a 9-2 loss to the nearly-as-woeful Cubs on Tuesday, Arizona dropped to 1-4 on a road trip that could determine the fates of Towers and/or Gibson. And if the Diamondbacks are resolved to save their bosses’ jobs, they aren’t playing—or even talking—like it.

...McCarthy, a nine-year veteran, said he had played on bad teams before. Each seemed to have some positivity and “rays of hope,” he said.

As for the ‘14 Diamondbacks . . .

“This is different,” McCarthy said somberly.

Chavez’s statements were perhaps even more damning.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest with you,” Chavez said. “I’ve been on teams that weren’t very good, but at least I felt like we were competitive. So, it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

“It definitely wasn’t what we anticipated. We had a couple pitchers [ace Patrick Corbin and reliever David Hernandez] go down early, which was disheartening. But everybody’s had injuries. This is about as bad of a start as anybody could imagine.”

We would expect a “gritty” team to come from behind and win. The Diamondbacks haven’t. They’ve won only two games this season in which they trailed—and one was way back on April 1. In fact, the Diamondbacks are 1-15 when the opposition scores first. What happened to the steadfastness they displayed last year, when, according to STATS LLC, they ranked fifth in all of baseball with 42 comeback wins?

Repoz Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks running out of supersized corn dogs - ESPN

$25. $25. $25. $25.

Sales of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ $25 corn dog have been so brisk that the team’s concessionaires can’t wait for a week-long road trip that starts Friday so that they can prep enough to be ready for the team’s April 11-13 homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are selling the D-Bat—an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon and served with fries—for $25.
The 18-inch corn dog, called the D-Bat, is stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon and is served with a side of fries.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, food

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Opening Series leaves a lasting impression

Mainly a puff piece, but I figure we should have some sort of place to discuss it in retrospect and discuss future possibilities for non-WBC MLB international ventures.

...
This trip is over now, but MLB’s international adventures will continue. The details and itineraries of the next excursions have yet to be mapped out. There’s a whole world out there, and much of it is as intrigued by baseball as it is in Taiwan or China or Japan or, as it turns out, Down Under.

So cheers, Australia, and no worries. Major League Baseball will be back.

Gamingboy Posted: March 23, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, international

Saturday, March 22, 2014

GIF: Mark Trumbo in left field is going about as well as expected

Joe Bonham had better range.

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are opening the 2014 regular season in Australia on Saturday, which means Mark Trumbo is playing his first game with his new team. Arizona acquired him in a trade with the Angels over the winter.

Because Paul Goldschmidt is entrenched at first base, Trumbo will play left field full-time for the D-Backs. He played there briefly a few years ago, only 75 games plus one more in the minors. His inexperience showed on Scott Van Slyke’s second inning double:

...Missed it by that much. To make things worse, Trumbo grounded out to end the first inning with two men on base. Not the best first impression.

Repoz Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bellone: The curious hitting of Didi Gregorius

According to Kevin Towers, Didi is now a prepubescent Derek Jeter.

Last season, against left-handed pitching, Didi hit .200/.267/.245. Quite simply, terrible. Especially compared to his very respectable .275/.359/.429 against righties. It is when you look at his splits against starters versus relievers, though, when things get interesting. Against left-handed starters, the young shortstop hit .261/.354/.333. So, wait. He hit sixty-one points higher against left-handed starters than lefties as a whole? Yes, he did. In fact, he was actually slightly better against southpaw starters than right-handed ones. He hit for more power against right-handers - all seven of his home runs - but otherwise he only hit .250/.326/.382. If managers look at Gregorius and think about platooning him against lefties, perhaps they should think again.

So the question becomes, how could a player hit seventy-five points worse against lefties last year, while hitting sixty-one points higher against such pitchers as starters? The only explanation: he must have had absolutely no success against left-handed relievers.

Baseball-Reference categorizes pitchers into three different types: power, pitchers who are in the top third of the league in strikeouts plus walks; finesse, pitchers in the bottom third in strikeouts plus walks; and avg p/f, somewhere in between. Looking deeper into Gregorius numbers last year, and we see that he struggled the most against finesse pitchers. Which is strange because teams usually stack their power arms in the bullpen. And we just got done saying that Didi’s struggles against lefties are isolated to the bullpen.

JE (Jason) Posted: March 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

OMNICHATTER for Opening Series Games in Australia

4:00 AM- Dodgers (Kershaw) “at” Diamondbacks (Miley)

10 PM-Dodgers (Ryu) “at” Diamondbacks (Cahill)

Both games on MLB Network and also, I believe, the local RSNs.


(All times Eastern)

Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 172 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, omnichatter

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LA Times: Andre Ethier irritated by questions about Sydney playing surface

It just wouldn’t be spring without a grumpy ‘Dre.

SYDNEY, Australia—As much as bombastic Dodgers President Stan Kasten tries to convince people otherwise, it’s clear not all of his players like the idea of starting their season on the other side of the world.


Working out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday turned the usually affable Andre Ethier into the moody Andre Ethier of years past. Without the slightest trace of a smile, a clearly irritated Ethier sarcastically recited the company line.

“Glad to be here,” Ethier said. “Fun trip. This is a good time. Great for baseball. Good for Australia. Happy to be here, guys.”


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Patrick Corbin tears UCL, could miss 2014 Diamondbacks season

An MRI on Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin’s left elbow showed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Sunday, and it appears he could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Even if he doesn’t need surgery, Corbin likely won’t be pitching anytime soon, a crushing blow for a team with designs on contending in the National League West.


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