The Arizona Fall League is a lot of fun. It’s loaded with top talent, especially on the position player side, and the small crowds give off a sort of intimate feeling with the game. I’ll be checking out the Rafters in person next Friday and taking in the AFL All-Star Game on Saturday, but even then, I’m not overly concerned …

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The Diamondbacks have three young stars. No one misses the first one as Paul Goldschmidt is a top-ten talent in all of baseball. His 2013 co-All Star, Patrick Corbin, is the second one, although he missed all of 2014 after having Tommy John in the spring and the D-backs paid the price. The third star is less obvious to …

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In Episode 3 of The Pool Shot, Jeff and I jammed in a lot of D-backs goodness: the way the pitching staff shapes up for the spring currently, some odds and ends like the Chad Billingsley issue I flagged last week, and a whole bunch on the minor league system. I think I speak for Jeff when I say I’m …

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The D-backs are an interesting team, defensively: in 2013 they were the second-best fielding team in baseball, but in 2014, they were one of the league’s worst in defensive efficiency. We speculated on Episode 2 of The Pool Shot that the D-backs may shift more under new manager Chip Hale. I’d like to take it one step further now, …

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As with the D-backs’ own Trevor Cahill, Chad Billingsley gives us baseball outsiders a great example of how much sense it makes to a pitcher to sign a multi-year deal at salaries approaching market rate, regardless of whether it delays an even bigger potential payday. In Billingsley, we also may have an early test of how the new Dave

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While the Aces were largely an older ball club, they weren’t devoid of talent. Nick Ahmed, Andrew Chafin and the newly-acquired Zach Borenstein joined a group of veterans to lead Reno to the PCL Championship Series where they eventually lost to Omaha in five games. It was a fantastic season for Reno, one in which they scored a ton …

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It was a tale of two seasons for the Mobile BayBears in 2014. They started the season with guys like Jake Lamb, David Peralta and Chase Anderson on the roster, but lost them to the majors as injuries decimated the Diamondbacks. In their wake came guys like Brandon Drury, Aaron Blair and Braden Shipley. There were plenty …

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We broke down the hiring of Chip Hale on the just-released Episode 2 of The Pool Shot, our podcast, but Hale won’t be the only non-player in the dugout next season. It will be mostly familiar faces on Hale’s D-backs coaching staff next season, as Nick Piecoro reported last week. Double-A Mobile manager Andy Green will be the new …

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