Peter O'brien Newsbeat
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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].”
Monday, March 23, 2015
In MLB if you are smarter than everybody else, you get a chance to prove it. Or not.
But — unprovoked — both Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart begin conversations by saying the D’backs will be better than critics are claiming, citing positional and starting depth and a credo to play hard and fundamentally well.
So is the chorus wrong, or are Arizona officials delusional about the roster in general and Tomas — who they still say can play third in the majors — in specific?
Stewart says because he is in his first year on the job, “I am looking at everything at arm’s length and not falling in love with the players just because they are our players.”
Nevertheless, Tomas represents the first huge outlay of the LaRussa/Stewart regime — the $68.5 million the second most given any Cuban import. The 24-year-old was mainly an outfielder in his homeland and there was strong sport-wide dubiety when Arizona said it would try to make him a third baseman. The doubt has only magnified with games, as scouts say Tomas lacks soft hands and he is too bulky to handle the position.
“Bobby Bonilla was the third baseman on a championship team and he was big,” Stewart said. “I already think [Tomas] is an average third baseman and he is such a hard worker that I think he can be better than average.”
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Catching prospect Peter O’Brien rapped out a pair of hits in three at-bats and also played well behind the plate.
“The most important thing for us—we know he is going to swing the bat and do some damage—we’re really watching that catching,” Hale said. “I asked the umpire at one point how he felt with him in front of him and he said he did a good job and was showing him the ball well. He did a good job with the pitchers. This guy has really, really improved behind the plate. He’s bilingual, which is great with our staff, he helps out a lot of guys. He’s a really, really good teammate.”
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
From what I saw in AFL games, O’Brien has a long way to go to become a major league catcher.
After saying last week the Diamondbacks would be comfortable going into the season with their current catchers if a better option didn’t present itself, General Manager Dave Stewart took it a step further Tuesday, saying the club will not make an addition, in large part because of the development of prospect Peter O’Brien.
“I’ve decided that I’m not going to pursue another catcher,” Stewart said. “I talked with my people and my coaching staff. They believe that O’Brien is going to be around sooner than later. If that does happen, there’s no need to go out and get another guy.
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