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2012 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2012-articles/june/ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:55:29 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb My Picks for the 2012 All Star Game Rosters http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/my-picks-for-the-2012-all-star-game-rosters.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/my-picks-for-the-2012-all-star-game-rosters.html The rosters for the 2012 All Star Game will be announced on Sunday, July 1. As usual, the rosters will include fan voting for the starters as well as player voting and manager selections for the reserves. Here are the details for the 34 player roster composition:

Fan Voting (9 in AL, 8 in NL): Fans will vote for the starting lineup
Player Voting (16 Players): Players will vote for 1 player at each position, plus 8 pitchers (5 starters, 3 relievers)
Manager Selections: (8 in AL, 9 in NL): Each All Star Game Manager will complete the roster up to a total of 33, including at least one from each team
Last Spot (1): The fans will pick one final player from a set of five, based on choices from the Managers and the Commissioner's Office.

I think two Diamondbacks are in excellent position to make the All Star team, and a third D-Back is probably deserving. First, Aaron Hill is now batting .302/.363/.520 through Friday's games, with 11 HR and 38 RBI, and very good defense at second base. Yesterday, Hill became the first player to hit for the cycle twice in season in 80 years, and he did it twice within two weeks.  Dan Uggla was leading the latest fan voting, but Hill should also make the team, perhaps along with Brandon Phillips.

Second, Wade Miley has a 2.09 ERA, which is lower than every starter in the NL other than the injured Brandon Beachy. There are many deserving NL Starting pitchers, but I think Miley will be named to the NL All Star team on Sunday. The third Diamondback should be 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who is now batting .299/.375/.532 with 11 HR and 35 RBI. His numbers are the second best in the NL after Joey Votto, who should easily win the fan vote. But the second spot is voted on by the players, and it's not clear if Goldschmidt's hot hitting over the last month will be enough to win a spot over players like Corey Hart, Freddie Freeman, or Adam LaRoche. But on merit, he deserves to be the #2 First Baseman.

Given the constraints of the selection process, here are my picks for the National League and American League Rosters (Starters are listed first, based on expected results from fan voting).
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:04:03 +0000
Patrick Corbin and Stephen Drew Join the Diamondbacks http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/patrick-corbin-and-stephen-drew-join-the-diamondbacks.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/patrick-corbin-and-stephen-drew-join-the-diamondbacks.html With Daniel Hudson leaving Tuesday's game with an elbow injury, the Diamondbacks have called up LHP Patrick Corbin to join the Major League rotation. Corbin tweeted on Wednesday morning that he was on a plane to Atlanta with Trevor Bauer to join the Major League club. With Joe Saunders also on the Disabled List, the Diamondbacks will go with Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Bauer, and Corbin until at least July 2nd, which is the earliest that Saunders can come back. Bauer will make his first start on Thursday against the Braves, and Corbin will probably take Hudson's place in the rotation. Corbin had made five starts with the Diamondbacks earlier in the year, going 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA. After returning to AAA Reno, Corbin had gone 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA, and an excellent 33K/12BB in 37.1 IP.

Edit: Gibson said that Collmenter would get the start on Sunday against the Brewers, and that Corbin would begin in long relief.

Stephen Drew is also expected to join the Diamondbacks in Atlanta on Wednesday, after completing a 20-day rehab assignment between AAA Reno and AA Mobile.  Drew had a batting line of .244/.367/.463 during his rehab, including a double, triple, and two home runs. He drew 8 walks while only striking out 7 times, and handled 41 chances in the field without an error. He had played in three consecutive games twice while in AAA, but Manager Kirk Gibson has said that he may take it slow with Drew initially. Current shortstops Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald are expected to see more time at 3B when Drew returns, and 3B Josh Bell is expected to return to AAA.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:47:10 +0000
Diamondbacks Player Updates - Notes on Saunders, Bauer, Drew, Owings, and More http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/diamondbacks-player-updates-notes-on-saunders-bauer-drew-owings-and-more.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/diamondbacks-player-updates-notes-on-saunders-bauer-drew-owings-and-more.html The Diamondbacks are having an excellent month of June, going 14-7 for the month, and moving from 11.5 Games Behind the Dodgers on May 22 to within 5.5 Games on June 25. And things should get even more interesting this week, as the team is expected to add RHP Trevor Bauer and SS Stephen Drew over the next few days.  Here is a quick recap of the roster shuffling happening at both the Major League and Minor League levels.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:53:13 +0000
2012 Diamondbacks Draft Picks - Where Are They Playing? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/2012-diamondbacks-draft-picks-where-are-they-playing.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/2012-diamondbacks-draft-picks-where-are-they-playing.html The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed 32 of their 40 picks from the 2012 June draft, and all 32 are now playing in the Diamondbacks' Minor League system. Of the 32 players, one is playing for South Bend in the Midwest League, 3rd Round Pick RHP Jake Barrett. 13 players were assigned to the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League, 7 are with the Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League, and 11 are playing for the Diamondbacks' affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. The team's first two picks, C Stryker Trahan and SS/3B Jose Munoz, were assigned to the Arizona Rookie League. In general, the top college draftees were sent to Yakima, the lower drafted college players went to Missoula, and the high schoolers went to the Rookie League team. Here is the breakdown for each club:
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:30:02 +0000
Mobile Bay Bears' Batters Dominate the Southern League Leaderboards http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/mobile-bay-bears-batters-dominate-the-southern-league-leaderboards.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/mobile-bay-bears-batters-dominate-the-southern-league-leaderboards.html The first half of the Southern League season ended on Sunday, with the Mobile Bay Bears winning the Southern Division with a 40-30 record. Individually, three players on the Bay Bears are dominating the offensive leader boards for the league - Marc Krauss, Matt Davidson, and Alfredo Marte. In terms of On-Base + Slugging Percentage (OPS), those three players rank #1, 2, and 3 in the league (minimum 150 PA).

Rank Player Team Age OPS
1 Marc Krauss MOB 24 .914
2 Matt Davidson MOB 21 .912
3 Alfredo Marte MOB 23 .912
4 Nick Franklin WTN 21 .896
5 Kywong Kang MTG 24 .880

In Slugging Percentage, Marte has the lead with Davidson and Krauss close behind.

Rank Player Team Age SLG
1 Alfredo Marte MOB 23 .557
2 Matt Davidson MOB 21 .532
3 Jos. Dunigan WTN 26 .531
4 Marc Krauss MOB 24 .515
5 Kyeong Kang MTG 24 .506

Davidson leads the Southern League in Home Runs with 15, with Marte #2 and Krauss #4.

Rank Player Team Age HR
1 Matt Davidson MOB 21 15
2 Alfredo Marte MOB 23 13
3 Jos. Dunigan WTN 26 12
4 Marc Krauss MOB 24 10
5 3 Players Tied 9

In Runs Batted In, those same three Bay Bears rank #2, #4, and #5 in the league.

Rank Player Team Age RBI
1 Justin Bour KNX 24 52
2 Alfredo Marte MOB 23 45
3 Hunter Morris HVL 23 45
4 Marc Krauss MOB 24 42
5 Matt Davidson MOB 21 40

Krauss leads the league in Runs Scored, with Davidson ranking second.

Rank Player Team Age Runs
1 Marc Krauss MOB 24 46
2 Matt Davidson MOB 21 41
3 Josh Prince HVL 24 40
4 Tyler Saladino BIR 24 39
5 Blake Smith CNG 24 38

Davidson leads the Southern League in Total Bases, with Krauss and Marte in the 4th and 5th positions.

Rank Player Team Age TB
1 Matt Davidson MOB 21 132
2 Hunter Morris HVL 23 120
3 Corey Smith BIR 30 119
4 Marc Krauss MOB 24 118
5 Alfredo Marte MOB 23 118

Krauss is also #2 in the Southern League with a .399 OBP, and Krauss is 4th in the league in Walks, with Davidson #5. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:39:47 +0000
Stephen Drew Goes 2-4 for AAA Reno, Starting his 3rd Straight Game http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/stephen-drew-goes-2-4-for-aaa-reno-starting-his-3rd-straight-game.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/stephen-drew-goes-2-4-for-aaa-reno-starting-his-3rd-straight-game.html Stephen Drew's rehab assignment with AAA Reno is going well, as Drew started his third consecutive game at shortstop for the Aces on Saturday. Drew went 2-4 with a walk, and scored from first base on a triple by A.J. Pollock. Drew has now played in six games for Reno over ten days, batting .292/.346/.542, with 1 HR and 2 RBI. He also has 2 walks and 3 strikeouts, as well as a double and a triple.

Defensively, Drew has made all of the plays at shortstop, handling 25 chances without an error, and participating in four double plays. Assuming that Drew feels no ill effects from playing in three straight games, it shouldn't be much longer until he finds himself back on the Arizona roster, most likely taking a spot from 3B Josh Bell. The maximum time that he can stay on his rehab assignment is 20 days, which would take him to June 27, but it looks like Drew might be ready sooner than that. 3B Geoff Blum also began a rehab assignment in AAA on Saturday.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Sun, 17 Jun 2012 06:46:47 +0000
Diamondbacks' Pitching Coming Back Strong in June http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/diamondbacks-pitching-coming-back-in-june.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/diamondbacks-pitching-coming-back-in-june.html After a disappointing month of May, the Diamondbacks' pitching staff has pitched much better in the month of June, helping lead the team to a 9-4 record this month.  As a group, the staff has a 3.08 ERA in June, and the starters have been even better, with an ERA of 2.99.

Here are the overall pitching staff numbers by month in 2012:

Month W L ERA FIP WHIP SO/9 BB/9 HR/9
April/March 12 11 4.10 4.21 1.313 7.2 3.0 1.1
May 11 17 4.21 3.97 1.363 6.6 2.8 0.9
June 9 4 3.08 2.54 1.114 8.1 1.8 0.4
2012 Totals 32 32 3.94 3.76 1.294 7.1 2.7 0.9

Not only has the staff ERA dropped by a full run in June, but their peripheral stats have shown an even bigger improvement, as the strikeouts have jumped up to 8.1K/9, while the walks and home runs have both dropped, leading to a Fielding Independent ERA (FIP) of 2.54.

Starters W L ERA FIP WHIP SO/9 BB/9 HR/9
April/March 10 6 3.84 4.11 1.273 6.9 2.9 1.0
May 7 14 4.69 4.13 1.43 6.2 2.7 1.0
June 8 4 2.99 2.52 1.076 7.6 1.5 0.4

Leading the way for the starters in June has been Trevor Cahill (0.77 ERA in 23.1 IP), but the team has also received good starts from Wade Miley (2.35 ERA in 23.0 IP) and Joe Saunders (2.84 in 12.2 IP). The bullpen has also pitched very well in June, led by closer J.J. Putz (0.00 ERA in 3 IP), Josh Collmenter (0.00 in 5.1 IP) and Bryan Shaw (1.80 ERA in 5.0 IP).

Relievers W L ERA FIP WHIP SO/9 BB/9 HR/9
April/March 2 5 4.66 4.42 1.40 7.9 3.2 1.4
May 4 3 3.20 3.62 1.22 7.7 3.2 0.8
June 1 0 3.38 2.60 1.24 9.5 2.7 0.3

For the year as a whole, the Diamondbacks have lowered their ERA down to 3.94 (7th in the NL), with an ERA+ of 107 (6th in the NL).

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:18:13 +0000
2012 Diamondbacks Draft Notes http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/2012-diamondbacks-draft-notes.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/2012-diamondbacks-draft-notes.html The Diamondbacks have already signed 9 of their first 11 picks from the 2012 June draft, and 30 out of 40 overall. Here are some notes on the team's top selections.

1. (26) Stryker Trahan, C/OF, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, LA, Slot: $1.7M (BA #27, ESPN #24)
Signed: $1.7M
A high school QB, Trahan is an excellent athlete who has good power, runs well, and has a strong throwing arm. His receiving behind the plate needs some work, but his bat and arm are expected to be good enough for a move to a corner OF spot, if needed. Trahan also rates highly for his toughness and leadership. If he can stick behind the plate, he has some real star potential. Trahan signed for $1.7M, and took batting practice with the Diamondbacks last weekend. He is expected to train in the Diamondbacks' facilities at Salt River Fields through September.

2. (90) Joe Munoz, 3B/SS, Los Altos HS, Hacienca Heights, CA, Slot: $540K (BA #252)
Signed: $520,500
It was a little surprising to see Munoz drafted in Round 2, as most had him as a 4th-6th round selection. He has some decent offensive potential, but has not had very good results this spring. Defensively, there are questions about his agility and footwork, so he will probably move from SS to 3B. At 6-3, 185 lbs, he does have a lot of tools, but he is probably a long way from the Majors.

3. (120) Jake Barrett, RHP, Arizona State, Slot: $392,900 (BA #64, ESPN #97)
Signed: $392,900
2012 Stats (ASU) - 2-4, 11 Saves, 1.62 ERA, 33.1 IP, 21H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 36K, 1 HRA, .179 OBA
Barrett has very good stuff, with a fastball in the mid 90s and a hard breaking slider. He has had a history of elbow injuries, which forced ASU to convert him to a reliever last season. He had an excellent season for ASU, striking out 36 in 33.1 IP while walking only 9, with a 1.62 ERA. Often compared to pitchers like Heath Bell and Jonathan Brozton, he should be able to help at the Major League level quickly. Barrett should begin his pro career at Low Class A South Bend in the Midwest League.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:57:34 +0000
Latest Draft Rumors Have CF Lewis Brinson Going to the Diamondbacks http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/latest-draft-rumors-have-lewis-brinson-going-to-the-diamondbacks.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/june/latest-draft-rumors-have-lewis-brinson-going-to-the-diamondbacks.html Two mock drafts out on Monday Morning, from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, have the Diamondbacks selecting OF Lewis Brinson in the first round of today's draft. Brinson is a 6-4, 185 lb centerfielder from Coral Gables HS in Florida with outstanding tools, but is considered a little raw at the plate. He is considered an intelligent and hard-working player, and scouts love his makeup. Defensively, Brinson takes long, easy strides in the outfield, and while his jumps and routes still need some work, his raw speed while the ball is in the air helps him cover a lot of ground.  Most scouts feel that he will be a plus defender in CF, with an above-average Major League arm.

Brinson finished his Senior Year in high school with a .382/.506/.721 line, with 4 HR in 68 AB, with 14 BB and 17K, and went 10/12 in stolen base attempts. He has excellent power, winning the Home Run Derby at the Under-Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field, defeating projected Top 3 pick Byron Buxton. But the problem has been his contact rate, as his long swing and erratic mechanics have led to too many swings and misses. Despite that, many scouts think Brinson has the highest upside of any player in the draft besides Buxton. Brinson has been compared to Major League outfielders Cameron Maybin and Dexter Fowler, and has committed to the University of Florida. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:06:09 +0000