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Gibson stands out as D-backs pitchers throw BP

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Chip Hale praised the effort from left-hander Daniel Gibson and said the 24-year-old is "shooting for a spot on the team."

Gibson, Josh Collmenter, Rubby De La Rosa, Andrew Chafin, Daniel Hudson, Randall Delgado, Archie Bradley, Brad Ziegler and Yoan Lopez were among the 17 pitchers to throw live batting practice to hitters Friday.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Chip Hale praised the effort from left-hander Daniel Gibson and said the 24-year-old is "shooting for a spot on the team."

Gibson, Josh Collmenter, Rubby De La Rosa, Andrew Chafin, Daniel Hudson, Randall Delgado, Archie Bradley, Brad Ziegler and Yoan Lopez were among the 17 pitchers to throw live batting practice to hitters Friday.

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"We saw a lot of [Gibson] in the [Arizona] Fall League, and he's much better than what we saw in the Fall League," Hale said. "It goes to show you that sometimes, at the end of the year and in those winter leagues, that guys are a little tired and beat up. He's very impressive. He had a great year for us in the Minor Leagues. He's a real bright star for us in the system."

Tweet from @JesseSanchezMLB: Josh Collmenter throwing live BP to Yasmany Tomas & Socrates Brito #Dbacks pic.twitter.com/ldpoKjAtaQ

Gibson went 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 52 innings at Class A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Mobile last season. He struck out 58 batters and walked 21. Gibson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Florida.

Around the horn
• Three Arizona players were ranked among MLB Network's Top 100 Players Right Now! Program Thursday night. D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt ranked sixth, pitcher Zack Greinke ranked 16th and center fielder A.J. Pollock ranked 20th in the annual ranking of the best players in baseball.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB.

 

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