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Monday, March 23, 2015

Are D’backs in denial about $68.5M phenom or are harsh scouts wrong? | New York Post

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien, tony la russa, yasmany tomas

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings | dbacks.com

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart says he won’t add a catcher

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Addison Russell, Peter O’Brien, Jason Adam, Blake Taylor talk about their experience being traded | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

While new teammates are nice, there’s one aspect of being traded that can prove particularly tough: what to wear.

“That was a little bit of a process, because we had flown to Colorado Springs, so my truck was at the airport in Omaha,” Adam said. “I left it there for the rest of the season, and I flew straight into New Britain. I got in and watched the rest of the game and was just a normal guy on the team the next day.

“We had been on a five-day road trip and I had in my suitcase just enough clothes for five days. I lived on that for the rest of the year. I actually still am living on it out here in Arizona. I think the people around me might be getting sick of seeing me in the same stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, blake taylor, jason adam, minor leagues, peter o'brien, trades

 

 

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