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2011 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2011-articles/december/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Jason Kubel Adds a Much Needed LH Bat, But Where Will He Play? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/jason-adds-a-much-needed-lh-bat-but-where-will-he-play.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/jason-adds-a-much-needed-lh-bat-but-where-will-he-play.html In a very surprising move, the Diamondbacks signed OF Jason Kubel to a 2 year, $15M deal with an option for 2014. There is no question that Kubel can hit, but where will he play on the field?

The Diamondbacks seemed set in the outfield, with Justin Upton, Chris Young, and Gerardo Parra returning. This was a very good group defensively, with Parra collecting 12 Outfield Assists and winning a Gold Glove in LF. Parra was a surprise offensively in 2011, posting career highs in AVG (.292), OBP (.357), and SLG (.427). Upton is coming off a .289/.369/.529 season with 31 HR, and will clearly be the starting RF. Chris Young was good defensively in CF, but only hit .236/.331/.420. Paul Goldschmidt was expected to be the starting 1B, coming off a .250/.333/.474 performance since his August call-up, with Lyle Overbay serving as the backup. Now, the Diamondbacks certainly have more options.

There are several possible scenarios that could happen:
1) Kubel becomes the everyday LF, with Gerardo Parra becoming the 4th OF;
2) Kubel starts in LF, with Parra in CF against RHP, with Parra/Young starting against LHP
3) Kubel starts in LF, and Parra takes over in CF, with Chris Young traded;
4) Kubel starts in LF against RHP, with Parra starting against LHP;
5) Kubel platoons with Paul Goldschmidt at 1B;
6) Kubel rotates between 1B and LF, depending on slumps and injuries;
7) Kubel becomes a very expensive pinch hitter and backup at 1B/LF.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:42:58 +0000
What Should the Diamondbacks Expect from Trevor Cahill? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/what-should-the-diamondbacks-expect-from-trevor-cahill.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/what-should-the-diamondbacks-expect-from-trevor-cahill.html The Diamondbacks made a big trade during the Winter Meetings, trading top prospect RHP Jarrod Parker, along with OF Collin Cowgill and RP Ryan Cook, to the Oakland A's for pitchers RHP Trevor Cahill and LHP Craig Breslow. The Diamondbacks are trading a player with a lot of upside in Parker for the more established Major Leaguer in Cahill. But is important to note that while Cahill has already pitched for three years in the Majors, with 96 Games Started and 40 Wins, he is only 8 months older than Parker, who spend most of 2011 in AA Mobile. Cahill is already signed to a reasonable contract through 2015, so the Diamondbacks will be able to keep him for several years. But the big question is - how good is Trevor Cahill, and is he likely to be better than Jarrod Parker during that time?

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Sun, 11 Dec 2011 23:32:25 +0000
Diamondbacks Select RHP Brett Lorin in the Rule 5 Draft http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/diamondbacks-select-rhp-brett-lorin-in-the-rule-5-draft.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2011-articles/december/diamondbacks-select-rhp-brett-lorin-in-the-rule-5-draft.html The Diamondbacks selected 24 year old RHP Brett Lorin with the 25th pick in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, from the Pirates organization. Lorin is a big righthander (6-7, 245) who pitches on a downhill plane. Despite his size, he is not a very hard thrower, usually averaging around 90-91 mph on his fastball, and occasionally getting up to around 94.  Lorin has excellent command with his sinker/slider, gets a lot of ground balls, and does a great job of keeping the ball in the park (26 HR in 341 career minor league IP).  Lorin pitched for Bradenton in the Florida State League (High Class A) in 2011, primarily as a starter.

Brett Lorin (24) -  7-6, 2.84 ERA, 117.1 IP, 7.6K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9, 17 Games Started

Lorin is a Southern California native, pitching for Dana Hills HS and then attending Long Beach State. He was drafted in the 5th Round by the Mariners, and then was traded to the Pirates in mid-2009 as part of the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell for Ronny Cedeno/Jack Clement trade. His career was delayed by hip surgery in 2010, forcing him to restart his career back in Rookie Ball and Low Class A. He came back healthy in 2011, and showed excellent control, with a 5.21 K/BB ratio. Some scouts felt that he may have been too advanced for that league.

Lorin was slated for AA in 2012, so the Majors would be a big jump for him. If he sticks with the Diamondbacks, he would almost certainly be a reliever. But while his command and control are very good, there are questions about whether his stuff is good enough for the Majors. The team may be hoping that he will add a few mph to his fastball by pitching in relief. Long term, most scouts feel that he profiles as a 4th starter. GM Kevin Towers was quoted as saying "There's upside. The numbers were very impressive. We're excited to have him." At the same time, there are reports that the Pirates hope to get Lorin back, since it will be tough for him to make the Diamondbacks' roster.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:22:21 +0000