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Diamondbacks make first cuts of Spring Training | March
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The Diamondbacks made their first cuts of spring training on Monday, with 12 players being sent to Minor League Camp. There were no real surprises in the group: C Konrad Schmidt IF Pedro Ciriaco IF Mark Hallberg OF Collin Cowgill P Daniel Stange P Cesar Valdez P Tom Layne P Kyler Newby P Wes Roemer P Bryan Shaw P Matt Torra P Leyton Septimo Valdez had compiled a 4.78 ERA starting in AAA Reno last year, and was considered a long shot for the #5 slot for the Diamondbacks. Torra and Roemer are both former first-round picks who pitched for AA Mobile in 2009, and are still at least a year or two away. Ciriaco also played for AA Mobile last year, and showed good speed (38 SB) and defense, but needs to improve his .319 OBP and .367 SLG. Shaw and Newby are expected to be in the starting rotation for Mobile, while Schmidt should be the AA starting catcher. Cowgill missed the second half of 2009 at High-A Visalia with a hamstring injury, and should also be in AA in 2010. Leyton Septimo is one of the hardest throwers in the organization, with 69Ks in 56.2 IP for Visalia, but needs to improve on the 44 walks.