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Pipeline names D-backs Prospects of the Year

@SteveGilbertMLB
September 19, 2019

PHOENIX -- After two years of mashing his way through Pacific Coast League pitching, D-backs first baseman Kevin Cron finally got his first taste of the big leagues this year, but he’ll have to wait a little longer to get an extended look. Cron, who has hit 60 homers over

The 12 most impactful Trade Deadline deals

@RichardJustice
September 19, 2019

We would never declare a Trade Deadline winner until the very last out of the World Series. So these rankings are, well, preliminary. However, let’s just say that if the Cubs want to start clearing some trophy space, they’d get no argument from us. There are Trade Deadline acquisitions, and

Marte to have CT scan, may be shut down

MRI on Wednesday showed lower-back inflammation for NL All-Star
@SteveGilbertMLB
September 19, 2019

PHOENIX -- The D-backs kept their slim postseason hopes alive by beating the Marlins, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field, but it looks like they might have to finish out the year without 2019 National League All-Star Ketel Marte. Marte had an MRI on Wednesday that showed inflammation in

Top prospects underway in Arizona Fall League

@JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That process began again on Wednesday night as the 28th season of the AFL got underway with games in Glendale, Mesa

Here's each team's Fall League sleeper prospect

@wboor and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

The Arizona Fall League annually showcases many of baseball's top prospects. Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuña and Keston Hiura have won the last three MVP awards as a prelude to big league success, and other recent participants include Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles. • Arizona Fall League rosters

D-backs Arizona Fall League updates

10:28 PM MST

Seven D-backs prospects are playing for the Salt River Rafters in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: First baseman Seth Beer (No. 4, MLB No. 97), shortstop Geraldo Perdomo (No. 7), outfielder Jake McCarthy (No. 28), left-hander Miguel Aguilar, right-hander Matt Brill, right-hander Matt Peacock, left-hander Cody Reed. Here’s a day-by-day

Marte injured as D-backs fall to Fish in rout

Arizona remains 5 1/2 back in NL Wild Card chase
@SteveGilbertMLB
September 18, 2019

PHOENIX -- Not only did the D-backs lose, 12-6, to the Marlins on Tuesday night at Chase Field, but they had to watch their best player leave the game with an injury. Outfielder Ketel Marte, who has been the D-backs' most productive player this season, doubled in the first and

Final 11 days will make or break these clubs

Indians, Cardinals among clubs with challenging home stretch
@AndrewSimonMLB
September 19, 2019

The postseason chase has reached its most critical stage. With a little more than a week remaining in the regular season, the time has come for contenders to finish strong and punch their tickets to October baseball. For some, the road looks a bit more difficult. That’s because of the

Making a difference with the power of a smile

September 18, 2019

PHOENIX -- When he enters the room, he smiles. Then they smile. Finally, an ordinary morning becomes a true fiesta wherever Eduardo Escobar shows up to one of the many charity events that made him the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee. “It is a true privilege to be nominated

Lamb plays key role in D-backs’ late rally

@SteveGilbertMLB
September 17, 2019

PHOENIX -- It won’t erase all the frustration for the way his season has gone, but for one night, at least, Jake Lamb deserved to feel good. Lamb’s two-out double in the seventh inning drove home three runs as the D-backs rallied to beat the Marlins, 7-5, on Monday night

These players are better than the '19 numbers

@williamfleitch
September 15, 2019

You know who the stars on each team are. You can see it from their stats, from leaderboards, from the jerseys on everyone’s backs in the stands. But that can’t tell you everything. Some guys are more than just their surface stats. So today we look at the players on

Generals win Southern League championship

September 15, 2019

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by D-backs prospects in the Minor Leagues:

D-backs' bats stay in slump; playoff odds take hit

Arizona 5 1/2 games back in race for 2nd NL Wild Card after series loss
@SteveGilbertMLB
September 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- If there was an answer to fix the offense, the D-backs surely would have found it by now. All the hours spent watching video and the extra time hitting in the batting cages would have unearthed something that would explain how the runs have gone missing at a

Looking at some crazy tiebreaker scenarios

@castrovince
September 16, 2019

Life is filled with unanswerable questions: If God made us, then who made God? Is there other life in this or another universe? Are all living beings capable of love? What happens if five or more teams tie in the Wild Card race? Clearly, the last of those questions is

D-backs manage 1 baserunner -- and win

Club is first to accomplish feat in modern era, according to Elias
@SteveGilbertMLB
September 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- From the first day he gets his hands on position players at Spring Training, D-backs first base/baserunning coach Dave McKay begins hammering home a theme: You run hard out of the box, and you run until the other team stops you. Simple? Maybe so, but it’s not something

D-backs, GM Hazen agree on contract extension

@SteveGilbertMLB
September 13, 2019

PHOENIX -- D-backs fans who were worried executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen might be headed to Boston can rest easy. On Friday, Hazen agreed to a contract extension with the D-backs on a deal of an unknown length. The two sides had been negotiating on a new

8 surprising league leaders in this wild year

@williamfleitch
September 14, 2019

Certain stats, like batting average, RBIs and wins, have grown a bit out of fashion, and it’s not difficult to understand why. But I'll confess: I'm a sucker for a baseball leaderboard. Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is the most efficient, effective stat, and Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) tells us more

These 15 prospects boosted their stock this year

@JonathanMayo
September 13, 2019

On Thursday, we took a look at pitchers who boosted their stock with a strong 2019 season. Let’s flip the script and look at hitters. The following group of 15 position players are all currently in the Top 100, though they didn’t all start the year there. All have raised

D-backs' slide continues as chase intensifies

@SteveGilbertMLB
September 14, 2019

PHOENIX -- For a 12-game stretch recently, it did not look like the D-backs could lose. And for the most part, they didn’t -- winning 11 times and clawing to within 1 1/2 games of the second National League Wild Card spot. Then something happened. Last Sunday, they dropped a

Kid bests Major Leaguer to catch foul ball

September 14, 2019

Reds phenom Aristides Aquino met his match on Friday night while chasing down a foul ball at Chase Field. Leading off the bottom of the second inning, D-backs second baseman Wilmer Flores lifted a foul ball down the right-field line. Aquino ranged into foul territory and reached into the stands,

Hungry D-backs trying to do too much

D-backs losing Wild Card pace with 5th straight loss
@ladsonbill24
September 12, 2019

NEW YORK -- There are two weeks to go in the regular season. The D-backs have to start putting runs on the board. If they don’t, they will find themselves out of the Wild Card race. If Thursday was any indication, the D-backs are in trouble. They were pounded by

Jones on future: 'I would love to' come back 

Ray scheduled to make next start vs. Marlins
@ladsonbill24
September 12, 2019

NEW YORK -- D-backs outfielder Adam Jones said recently he has a lot left in the tank and would like to continue playing baseball beyond the 2019 season. He went so far to say he would love to play for Arizona in 2020. “It’s a great place to play,” Jones

Here's each team's top AFL prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 12, 2019

Next week marks the beginning of the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with Opening Day scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. With seven players from every organization comprising six different teams, the AFL is considered a stepping stone en route to the Major Leagues because it offers players a unique chance to