Jake Lamb‘s promotion to the bigs was not entirely unexpected, but it wasn’t ever the public plan; after all, Lamb had taken some time to adjust to new levels in the minors in the past, and he had spent a grand total of five games with Triple-A Reno. Despite a home run on Saturday, Lamb hasn’t exactly hit the …

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Since arriving in Arizona, Vidal Nuno has been a pleasant surprise. In nine starts, he has posted a 3.54 ERA, 3.81 FIP, and 7.1 K/9. They’re nothing to write home about, but these statistics are that of a middle of the rotation starter. Upon his arrival, Nuno was pegged as a back-end starter at best. He throws a four-seam fastball …

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The D-backs have recently stated that they’re after an outfielder and starting pitching this winter (that sounds familiar). But if no outfielder is brought into the fold and injuries aren’t a problem, the D-backs would enter spring training with a five-man outfield of players they’ve already used this season. A.J. Pollock would lead the pack, almost certainly starting every day …

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With just 126.1 innings under his belt this season, one wouldn’t necessarily think that the D-backs have started to count Chase Anderson‘s innings. But with just 88 innings last year and a career innings high of 104, Anderson could be shut down after just 2 or 3 more starts. Unless, of course, he only gets through six outs like …

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Back in late June, I delivered a list of players to watch in the Dominican Summer League for the Diamondbacks. Based largely on hype and bonus size, I keyed in on those who were expected to be the team’s best players. Nearly two months later, we have over 60 games to look at and it’s a great time, before the …

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Who’s Steering This Ship?

On August 19, 2014 By

It’s no secret, Tony La Russa came into a unique situation when he joined the Diamondbacks in May. Brought in to oversee several elements of the organization, including the alignment of the minor leagues, approving major league deals and presumably evaluating the job done by General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson. That’s a pretty tall order considering …

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It’s not unusual for a team to pass many of its eligible players through revocable waivers in August, and for the Cubs, who may face a pretty serious 40-man roster crunch in the offseason, 26-year-old outfielder Brett Jackson was among the players waived. With the second-highest priority (2nd-worst record in the Cubs’ league), the D-backs claimed Jackson, then completing a …

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Don’t Share Trade Secrets

On August 18, 2014 By

Another trade deadline has passed. As you probably already know, the D-backs shipped off a few players, including Gerardo Parra, Martin Prado, and Brandon McCarthy. Throughout the Kevin Towers era, there have been mixed results on the trade front. There have been good trades: Towers acquired Aaron Hill and Brad Ziegler in two separate, successful deals. But …

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