Baseball players go through slumps. You never know when they’ll arise, but they’re part of the game. And when this happens, the question you have to ask is whether it’s a case of bad luck, bad mechanics or a bad approach. Sometimes a player is just not getting the breaks while other times something is mechanically or strategically wrong. Chris

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When Archie Bradley was announced as part of the Opening Day rotation, everyone was elated. Here’s a kid who’s been the face of the player development system for the better part of four years in a time when the Diamondbacks’ prospect landscape was somewhat devoid of star power. After all, trading Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Adam Eaton can …

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Paul Goldschmidt had an OPS over 1.000 entering Sunday’s game, and after a walk and a home run in 5 plate appearances, he left it with an OPS of 1.088. That’s extremely good; 5 bombs in two weeks puts Goldy on a pace for 65, and what is “normal” for Goldy might be a pace of 3 per two weeks. …

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With a grand total of 7.1 innings pitched since June of 2012, Daniel Hudson does not have a large body of work in his current incarnation out of the bullpen. But even if there isn’t enough to do much with Hudson’s results — there is some clear evidence that he’s going about his business very differently. Whether it’s sustainable is …

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Having too many starting-caliber players is a good problem to have — especially in the outfield. This time last year, the four-way traffic jam of Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier was a well-publicized example, especially since the team had one of the best “fourth” outfielders in baseball already in Scott Van Slyke. As …

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Triple-A is often a holding pen for guys who are on the 40-man roster but not the active one. They’re the contingency guys, the emergency call-ups who’ve seen The Show before and can make a spot start on a moment’s notice. There are plenty of veterans there, too, waiting for one last crack at the majors before hanging up the …

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The BayBears have been a force to be reckoned with in the Southern League since 2011. They’ve won two league titles and made the playoff consistently since that time, and with this roster, they’re definitely looking like heavy favorites to take the crown again. How long this core of players remains together is unknown, but they’re loaded with elite talent. …

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It’s hardly a secret, but Visalia is a disorienting place to play. It’s notorious for warping statistical outcomes and any time a batter’s performance exceeds expectations or a pitcher’s performance disappoints, it’s common to say, “well, hey, it was at Visalia.” In fact, the entire California League is brutal on pitchers and rewards hitters like no other.

That’s not a …

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The minor league season is underway, at least for all of the full season affiliates. That means that the future of the franchise is already in action and we’re already taking notes with an eye on the D-backs of tomorrow. The biggest story line is that Touki Toussaint, the team’s number one draft selection last June was not assigned …

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The D-backs bullpen looks like a really good bullpen — it let up just two earned runs (shame on you, Evan Marshall!) through the first five games before allowing four more yesterday. And that looks super fortunate, because the bullpen has already had to contribute 24.2 innings in six — that’s more than 4 innings per game.

The bright …

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With innings under his belt, Randall Delgado has a career ERA of 4.23 as a starter, and 4.34 as a reliever. It’s not a ton of relief innings — just 66.1, compared to 257.1 as a starter — but it’s not like the results tell us that he’s been a significantly better reliever than starter so far in his career.…

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On Tuesday, Rubby De La Rosa started for the Diamondbacks. It was Arizona’s second game of the season. That made De La Rosa the D-backs’ number two starter, kind of. At least that’s how people thought of it, and when they did, a lot of them said, “hey, Rubby De La Rosa is our number two?” to which others responded, …

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In addition to having some positional flexibility and not being an automatic out at the plate, most fourth outfielders have some kind of “special sauce” that can be particularly useful at particular times, such as great baserunning, being able to hit either righties or lefties particularly well, having some “pop,” or offering not just adequate but very good defense. Some …

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The news of the Trevor Cahill trade and the insertion Archie Bradley was surely surprising. But the news that Nick Ahmed was going to start over Aaron Hill, shifting Chris Owings to second base, was perhaps even more of a shock. And not a bad shock necessarily as Ahmed had a fantastic spring, but a shock nonetheless. The transition …

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