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Cristian Mena’s Future is in the Rotation

Cristian Mena’s Future is in the Rotation

Torey Lovullo | Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Taking a look at our new pitcher Let’s look at a few reasons that I am optimistic that Cristian Mena will be in the Diamondbacks rotation. Pitching Consistency. In the rotation, the top three Diamondbacks pitchers have pitching consistency as a core characteristic. Although Cristian Mena is young and has not yet reached his peak pitching effectiveness, let’s compare his pitching consistency to those pitchers. Quality Starts. In 2023, Mena increased to 133.2 innings pitched. Although innings were less than the...
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Snake Bytes: 2/4 Fletcherless

Snake Bytes: 2/4 Fletcherless

Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK Team News Diamondbacks trade Dominic Fletcher for right-hander Cristian Mena “We felt like it was an opportunity to get a young starting pitcher,” Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen said. “Once they sort of break out and get to the major-league level and play and play well, you have no chance to get them.” Hazen thinks the presence of former Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield in the White Sox front office likely played a part in the deal coming to fruition. Barfield left in September to become an...
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Trades galore: Dominic Fletcher, Prelander Berroa, and Zach DeLoach to the White Sox

Trades galore: Dominic Fletcher, Prelander Berroa, and Zach DeLoach to the White Sox

On the move: Dominic Fletcher is heading to the South Side. | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The South Siders traded Gregory Santos to Seattle and Cristian Mena to Arizona The stove heated up quite a bit on Saturday, when the White Sox made a pair of trades. Reliever Gregory Santos, one of the South Siders’ few positive stories of 2023, will be a Mariner in 2024. In 66 1⁄3 innings, Santos posted a 3.39 ERA, a 2.65 FIP, and a 3.31 xFIP, resulting in 1.6 fWAR last season. Santos gave the White Sox many excellent innings, and Seattle’s bullpen will be stronger as a...
AZ Snake Pit Feb 3, 2024
Diamondbacks trade Dominic Fletcher for RHP Cristian Mena

Diamondbacks trade Dominic Fletcher for RHP Cristian Mena

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Outfield depth for a starting pitcher prospect The Arizona outfield became a little less crowded today, with the news that the D-backs have dealt Dominic Fletcher to the Chicago White Sox, in exchange for starting pitcher Cristian Mena. Fletcher made his MLB debut in April and appeared in 28 games, with an initially impressive line of .301/.350/.441 for a .791 OPS and an OPS+ of 115. However, that was largely the result of an inflated BABIP of .377, and so was certainly unsustainable. For comparison, ZIPS projected Fletcher to hit...

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