Just over one year ago, a struggling Tony Sipp left the D-backs with no real left-handed option in the bullpen, prompting a trade for Joe Thatcher. Now, even with Thatcher gone, the D-backs appear to have several. It’s far from a sure thing that the D-backs will carry two lefties in their 2015 Opening Day bullpen, and unless the …
On Monday, the Diamondbacks beat the Giants 6-2 at Chase Field. The game was rare not just in that the D-backs won, but that it featured the top two pitch framing pitcher-catcher batteries in MLB this season. Using at least 1,000 “pitch framing chances” as defined by Baseball Prospectus, the tandem of Ryan Vogelsong and Buster Posey is tops in …
It’s early in the process of free agency. So early, in fact, that nothing concrete can really be done yet as the playoffs haven’t even started. Speculation is always in season, however, and now’s just as good a time as any to discuss who the Diamondbacks might pursue in free agency this winter.
Now, I’m not a fan of throwing …Continue Reading →
As the first installment of the Inside the ‘Zona Minor League Seasons in Review feature, let’s take a look at the Missoula Osprey of the rookie level Frontier League. As you’ll see below, the team had some ups and downs, but also had some notable prospects, including Touki Toussaint, Justin Williams, Sergio Alcantara and others. Here’s a …Continue Reading →
With the minor league season officially ending yesterday (albeit with a Diamondbacks affiliate on the losing end of a championship-deciding game five), Inside the ‘Zona will be taking an in-depth look at each of the organization’s seven minor league affiliates. Through this process, we’ll discuss each team’s season, uncover the top prospects on each squad and showcase the notable performances …Continue Reading →
Last Wednesday, Nick Piecoro posted an excellent, excellent piece on where the D-backs are headed in terms of incorporating analytics into their baseball operations department. And as much as we’d like to reserve judgment on where the club is headed in building its new front office, it may be that the writing is already on the wall.
From Piecoro’s piece:…Continue Reading →
When (former!) GM Kevin Towers moved struggling starter Ian Kennedy before the trade deadline in 2013, he obtained a player that filled a need in a contending team’s bullpen: Joe Thatcher. But Matt Stites also came over in the trade to Arizona to even out the value in the trade, and so far, his 6.11 ERA in 28 innings …Continue Reading →
Venezuela was a key source of talent for the Diamondbacks not too long ago, with Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra, and now Ender Inciarte coming up through the system after signing as amateurs (David Peralta has a different kind of story). More recently, the D-backs have wholly failed to make a strong push for international free agents. Consider …Continue Reading →
Ender Inciarte hit leadoff for the Diamondbacks last night. That’s probably not surprising because on the season, he’s hit in the leadoff spot 58 times. If you told me before the season that Ender Inciarte was going to be the team’s leadoff man for over a third of Arizona’s games, I’d have said you were crazy. Either that or the …Continue Reading →
As I’m sure you’re aware, Kevin Towers was fired last week. Then he wasn’t fired. In a somewhat confusing set of events, Towers was relieved of his GM duties, then offered a different position within the organization. So his firing may just be a demotion, or it might be a firing. Everyone’s confused, but then again, this is the Arizona …Continue Reading →
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- Is Eury De la Rosa’s Recent Success for Real?
- Montero and Miley: A Match Made in Pitch Framing Heaven
- D-backs Have Free Agent Options, Limited Flexibility in 2015
- Missoula Osprey: Season in Review
- Minor League Seasons in Review: a Brief Primer
- Roundup: D-backs Veering in Wrong Direction in GM Search?
- Command Lapses Could Rule Matt Stites Out for 2015 Bullpen
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