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2011 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2011-articles/april/ Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:17:37 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diamondbacks Send Hester to Orioles to Complete Reynolds Trade http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/diamondbacks-send-hester-to-orioles-to-complete-reynolds-trade.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/diamondbacks-send-hester-to-orioles-to-complete-reynolds-trade.html The Diamondbacks sent Catcher John Hester to the Baltimore Orioles to complete last year's Mark Reynolds trade. Hester, 27, had excellent numbers for Reno in the Pacific Coast League in 2009 and 2010, but had not played very well in the majors, either offensively or defensively.

Minors

Year AVG OBP SLG HR RBI BB K
2008 (AA) .268 .302 .474 11 49 16 78
2009 (AAA) .328 .375 .535 9 66 22 65
2010 (AAA) .370 .440 .667 7 29 16 26
2011 (AAA) .263 .326 .421 1 5 4 6


Majors

Year AVG OBP SLG HR RBI BB K
2009 (NL) .250 .300 .429 1 4 2 7
2010 (NL) .211 .292 .347 2 7 11 32


Aside from the poor hitting with the Diamondbacks, Hester was doomed by poor defensive results in the Majors. In 2010, he only threw out 3 of 24 base stealers (12.5%), and allowed 21 Wild Pitches and 4 Passed Balls in 239.1 Innings (1 every 9.56 Innings). In comparison, Miguel Montero, not known as a great defensive catcher himself, only allowed 36 Wild Pitches and 6 Passed Balls in 658.1 Innings (1 every 15.67 Innings).

Hester had also been passed on the AAA depth chart by Konrad Schmidt, who is hitting .380/.415/.580 this year, and would be the player called up if a replacement was needed for Montero or Henry Blanco. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:47:24 +0000
2011 MLB All Star Ballot is out - Which Diamondbacks Have a Chance? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/2011-mlb-all-star-ballot-is-out-which-diamondbacks-have-a-chance.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/2011-mlb-all-star-ballot-is-out-which-diamondbacks-have-a-chance.html The 2011 Major League Baseball All Star ballot was released on Tuesday, and eight Diamondbacks are on the ballot. Which Diamondbacks have a realistic opportunity for the 2011 All Star team?  I think Justin Upton has the best chance to make the All Star roster, followed by Stephen Drew and Miguel Montero. Chris Young has a chance too, while Kelly Johnson could be an option if he starts hitting like he did last year. The three other Diamondbacks on the ballot - Gerardo Parra, Melvin Mora, and Juan Miranda - probably have no chance to be All Stars in 2011.  Here is a closer look at the ballot.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Wed, 27 Apr 2011 05:10:10 +0000
Reviewing the Diamondbacks after 20 Games http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/reviewing-the-diamondbacks-after-20-games.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/reviewing-the-diamondbacks-after-20-games.html After a disappointing three game sweep in Shea Stadium, the Diamondbacks stand at 8-12 after their first twenty games.  The team ranks 4th in Runs Scored per game with 4.8 RS/G, but is last in ERA at 5.16 (and has allowed 5.75 RA/G).  Unlike last season, the bullpen (3.97 ERA) has been better than the starters (5.85 ERA), but neither has been particularly good overall. In this article, we'll take a look at the team's performance position-by-position through the first twenty games.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:12:11 +0000
Bullpen's Stellar Work Helps Diamondbacks Get Back to .500 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/bullpens-stellar-work-helps-diamondbacks-get-back-to-500.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/bullpens-stellar-work-helps-diamondbacks-get-back-to-500.html The Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen contributed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief behind starter Ian Kennedy on Wednesday night, helping the Diamondbacks get back to .500 at 8-8.  This continued a remarkable streak by the bullpen in which they have only allowed 1 run over the last 23 innings. Starting with the last 4.1 IP in the 15-5 blowout loss to the Cardinals on April 13th, the Diamondbacks' bullpen performance has been outstanding.

Date IP ER Results
13-Apr 4.1 0
15-Apr 3.0 0
16-Apr 2.1 0
17-Apr 6.2 1 Win
19-Apr 3.0 0 2 Holds, 1 Save
20-Apr 3.2 0 3 Holds, 1 Save
Total 23.0 1 1 Win, 5 Holds, 2 Svs

The 1 ER in 23 IP gives them an ERA of 0.39 during that stretch. It has been a group effort - Closer J.J. Putz and set-up man David Hernandez have each thrown 4 scoreless IP each, but also contributing have been Juan Gutierrez (4.2 IP), Esmerling Vasquez (5 iP, 1 ER), Sam Demel (2 IP), Josh Collmenter (2 IP), and Joe Paterson (1.1 IP).  The bullpen's ERA for the year is now down to a solid 4.19, and the team as a whole has a 3.38 ERA over the last seven days.

Edit: After Thursday's game with the Reds, the Bullpen has now allowed only one run in its last 25.2 IP. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:13:17 +0000
After Two Weeks, Some Bright Spots for the Diamondbacks http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/after-two-weeks-some-bright-spots-for-the-diamondbacks.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/after-two-weeks-some-bright-spots-for-the-diamondbacks.html After the first two weeks of the season, the Diamondbacks are 6-8, 5.5 games behind the first place Colorado Rockies. But despite the so-so record, there are several bright spots for the team, both offensively and on the pitching staff.

On offense, the Diamondbacks have scored 5.36 Runs/Game, good for 5th in the league, and well ahead of last year's 4.40 Runs/Game.  The team also ranks 6th in OBP (.325), 4th in SLG (.416), and 4th in OPS (.780). The team's offense has benefited from playing 9 of the first 14 games in hitter-friendly, plus a couple in Coors Field. But even after considering park effects, the Diamondbacks rank 4th in the league in OPS+ at 104. At home, the team has hit an excellent .283/.351/.453, and on the road, a respectable .265/.328/.409.  The most impressive part of the offense has been the team's performance with Runners in Scoring Position, where they have a league-leading .894 OPS (.299/.369/.524).  And, for what it's worth, the team ranks eighth in the NL in strikeouts per game at 7.21K/G.

At first glance, the pitching has been poor, ranking last in the NL with a 5.55 ERA. But there are many signs of improvement from last year. On an individual level, closer J.J. Putz and set-up man David Hernandez have been perfect so far, and a huge improvement over the Diamondbacks' late inning pitchers in 2010.  The ERAs of the rest of the team do not look as impressive, but the underlying skills have been solid. The Diamondbacks' pitchers have struck out 7.88 batters per 9 innings (4th in the NL), and have only walked 3.3 per 9 IP (10th in the NL).  

Unfortunately, the pitchers have had the opposite performance of the hitters with Runners in Scoring Position, allowing batters to hit .309/.399/.520, and giving the team a league-low LOB% of 66.1%.  The Home Runs allowed have been a problem (1.41 HR/9), but putting those K, BB, and HR rates together leads to a FIP of 4.51, more than one run lower than the actual ERA. The pitchers have allowed Home Runs on a league-high 13.5% of their fly balls. The team's xFIP, which assumes a league-average HR/FB rate, is 3.84, 7th best in the league. Since xFIP has been shown to be a better predictor of future ERA than both ERA and FIP, at least there is some reason for optimism with the pitching staff.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 19 Apr 2011 03:21:32 +0000
Assembling a Diamondbacks Roster Only from Signed Draft Picks http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/assembling-a-diamondbacks-roster-only-from-signed-draft-picks.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/assembling-a-diamondbacks-roster-only-from-signed-draft-picks.html What kind of team would the Diamondbacks have right now if they only rostered players that they signed from the June Amateur Draft?  On offense, the team would be very good, led by current players Justin Upton and Stephen Drew, and would include former Diamondbacks such as Dan Uggla (ATL), Mark Reynolds (BAL), and Carlos Quentin (CHA).  The starting pitching would also be decent, with Brett Anderson (OAK) and Max Scherzer (DET) leading the way. The weakest area would probably be the bullpen, where Sergio Santos (CHA) and Jason Bulger (LAA) are the best options.  Here is how I would construct the 25-Man Roster, using only players drafted and signed by the Diamondbacks (Note that this excludes draft picks that were drafted but did not sign with the Diamondbacks, like Ian Kinsler. This roster also does not include international free agents, such as Miguel Montero).

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:40:08 +0000
Jarrod Parker Struggles with Command in AA Debut http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/jarrod-parker-struggles-with-command-in-aa-debut.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/jarrod-parker-struggles-with-command-in-aa-debut.html Jarrod Parker made his debut for AA Mobile on Monday afternoon, starting against the Carolina Mudcats. The good news is that Parker had good velocity on his fastball and good movement on his changeup, as tweeted by Ben Badler of Baseball America. The bad news is that Parker really struggled with his command, giving up 3 walks and hitting two batters in 3.2 IP. His final stat line was pretty ugly:

3.2 IP, 6H, 8R (7 ER), 3 BB, 5K, 2 HBP, 1 HR; 81 Pitches - 46 Strikes, 35 Balls

Parker gave up seven runs in his final inning, the 4th. He hit two batters in a row, including one with the bases loaded, and then gave up a grand slam to 1B Mike Costanzo.  Even though Parker was able to throw all of his pitches successfully, the command and stamina will take some time to return, which is to be expected for pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery.  Of the 11 outs recorded, 5 were strikeouts, 3 were ground ball outs (1 DP), and 2 were fly ball outs. Of the five strikeouts that Parker recorded, four were strikeouts swinging. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:29:59 +0000
Arizona Diamondbacks - 2011 Week 1 Recap http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/arizona-diamondbacks-2011-week-1-recap.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/arizona-diamondbacks-2011-week-1-recap.html The Arizona Diamondbacks completed the first week of the season with a 2-3 record, splitting a pair with Colorado and winning only the final game of a three-game series with the Cubs. But despite the losing record, the first week has been encouraging, as the Diamondbacks have pitched much better than last year, and the team has had a good chance to win in all three defeats.  In this article, let's recap some of the Week 1 Developments.

First Base - Juan Miranda has been named the primary starter at 1B, starting 3 of the first 5 games. Manager Kirk Gibson has praised Miranda's plate disciplne and defense, and seems to like having Russell Branyan available to be the team's primary pinch-hitter. Branyan did start one game, and Xavier Nady started when the team faced a left-handed starting pitcher.

Left Field - Gerardo Parra has started all five games in LF, and looks to be the everyday starter for now. He has hit well in both Spring Training and the Regular Season, and is by far the best defensive option in LF.  

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:36:12 +0000
David Holmberg and 2010 Draftees J.R. Bradley and Tyler Green Highlight South Bend Roster http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/david-holmberg-and-2010-draftees-jr-bradley-and-tyler-green-highlight-south-bend-roster.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/david-holmberg-and-2010-draftees-jr-bradley-and-tyler-green-highlight-south-bend-roster.html The 2011 South Bend Silver Hawks, Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Midwest League, will be led an exciting young pitching staff.  Leading the pitchers will be LHP David Holmberg, acquired in the Edwin Jackson trade last summer, and ranked as the team's #12 prospect. Also in the starting rotation will be right-handers J.R. Bradley, the team's second round pick in 2010, and Tyler Green, who was selected in the 8th Round. The position players are highlighted by 19 year old SS Raul Navarro, 2010 9th Round pick Zach Walters, and OF Keon Broxton, who many scouts feel has the best tools in the organization.

Here is the 2011 South Bend Roster:

2011 Opening Day Roster:
SP:  
J.R. Bradley, Tyler Green, Bradin Hagens, David Holmberg, Patrick Schuster, Jeffrey Shields

RP: Michael Bolsinger,  Brian Budrow, Blake Cooper, Eury De La Rosa, Jeremy Erben, Kable Hogben, Dan Taylor

C: Raywilly Gomez, Jhoan Pimentel

IF: Yazy Arbelo, Ramon Castillo, Michael Freeman, Matt Helm, Raul Navarro, Zach Walters

OF: Keon Broxton, Chris Jarrett, Roberto Rodriguez, Bobby Stone

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 05 Apr 2011 02:18:00 +0000
Skaggs, Davidson, Borchering, and Owings Begin Year in Visalia http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/skaggs-davidson-borchering-and-owings-begin-year-in-visalia.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/april/skaggs-davidson-borchering-and-owings-begin-year-in-visalia.html The Diamondbacks have sent 7 of their Top 11 prospects to AA Mobile for the 2011 season, and the other 4 will be in High Class A Visalia of the Carolina League.  Visalia will have #2 LHP Tyler Skaggs, #3 3B Matt Davidson, #4 3B/1B Bobby Borchering, and #6 SS Chris Owings. Other top prospects for Visalia include RHP Chase Anderson (#13), RHP Kevin Munson (#15), and CF Adam Eaton (#25). Skaggs was the key acquisition in the Dan Haren trade last summer, while Davidson and Borchering, both drafted out of high school in 2009, are excellent power hitting prospects. Munson, a relief pitcher, is expected to be on the Fast Track to move quickly through the Minor League system.

Here is the 2011 Visalia Roster:
SP : Chase Anderson, Derek Eitel, Trevor Harden, Tyler Skaggs (L), Eric Smith, Michael Belfiore (Injured)
RP: Cristian Beltre, Victor Capellan, Kevin Munson, Chris Odegaard, Yonata Ortega, Diogenes Rosario, Taylor Sinclair, Adam Worthington 
C: Rossmel Perez, Mark Reed
IF: Bobby Borchering, Matt Davidson, Brent Greer, David Nick, Chris Owings, Raoul Torrez
OF: Adam Eaton, Kyle Greene, Justin Hilt, Jon Mark Owings 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:43:52 +0000