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AZ Snake Pit 6 hours ago
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #37: Keynan Middleton

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #37: Keynan Middleton

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Poor health largely derailed this reliever’s season Voting breakdown Overview Rating: 3.28 2022 stats: 18 G, 17.0 IP, 16 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 5 HR, 3 BB, 15 SO, 5.29 EEA, 5.88 FIP, -0.6 bWAR Date of birth: September 12, 1993 (29 years old) 2022 earnings: Minor-league contract 2023 status: Removed from 40-man roster earlier this month, cleared waivers and opted for free agency. 2022 review Keynan Middleton was one of the more experienced players signed to a minor-league contract last winter. Over five seasons, he had...
AZ Snake Pit 12 hours ago
Four-Team Players

Four-Team Players

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Sergio Alcantara is one of them. Introduction. In November the Diamondbacks DFA’d Sergio Alcantara, who is now a free agent. I noticed that he played for 4 teams and had more than 500 career PAs. In 2022 there were 95 batters who in their careers played on 4-or-more teams and had at least 500 career PAs. Let’s look at their characteristics. Were they older than average? The average age of all players in the Majors ranged from 26.4 for the Guardians to 30.7 for the Mets. The Diamondbacks average age was 28.6 per Statistica data...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 28, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #38 Luis Frías

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #38 Luis Frías

Photo by Chris Coduto/ A lot of heat led to many explosions...from the batter’s box. Overview Rating: 3.19 (wow, someone gave a 9 here...) 2022 stats: 15 G, 17.0 IP, 10.59 ERA, 5.41 FIP, 2.353 WHIP, 0.82 SO/BB, 39 ERA+ Date of birth: May 23, 1998 (24 years old) 2022 earnings: $165,378 (via Spotrac) - prorated league minimum 2023 status: On 40-man roster, pre-arb eligible, 1 MiLB options left. Introduction A 2015 international amateur signing for $50,000, Frías was originally signed as a 3B, according to his MLB’s transaction page. “I hated...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 28, 2022
The Diamondbacks’ worst contracts: Introduction and honorable mentions

The Diamondbacks’ worst contracts: Introduction and honorable mentions

Photo by Evan Hurd/Sygma/Sygma via Let’s pick at the scab of some forgettable deals by Arizona Arizona have made their share of mistakes in the free-agent and associated markets over the years. We were debating exactly where the Madison Bumgarner signing ranked on that list of desert follies, and I decided to dig through history and see where exactly Mad Bum might rank. To come up with an objective measure, I looked purely at the cost of the contract and the production over its length. I didn’t care whether the player was here or dealt elsewhere, or any value...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 27, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #39 Tyler Holton

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #39 Tyler Holton

D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports He must’ve been bad if we don’t remember him, but he wasn’t bad at all, just…forgotten? Overview Rating: 3.17 2022 stats: 10 G, 9.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 1.111 WHIP, 3.00 SO/BB, 139 ERA+ Date of birth: June 13, 1996 (26 years old) 2022 earnings: $138,456 (via Spotrac) - prorated league minimum 2023 status: On 40-man roster, pre-arb eligible, 2 MiLB options left. Introduction Florida native Tyler Holton was a bit of a gamble pick with high upside in 2018 by Mike Hazen. The biggest “get” in day two...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 27, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Game of the Year: Nominations open

2022 Diamondbacks Game of the Year: Nominations open

Photo by Chris Coduto/ Twenty-three more candidates than last season! Good games fall into a variety of categories. Here are a few candidates from each of the potential list, but feel free to make your pitch for any others! I’ll link over to the SnakePit recap for each game, so you can refresh your memory. The usual rules apply, which for those of you with short memories, is as follows: Go to the comments section. If your choice is already mentioned there, give it a “rec”. If your choice is NOT mentioned, provide the player’s name and date and make your...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 26, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #40 Jake Hager

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #40 Jake Hager

Photo by Norm Hall/ A great guy. Overview Rating: 3.09 2022 stats: 28 G, 59 AB, .240/.345/.280, 82 OPS+, -0.1 bWAR Date of birth: March 4, 1993 (29 years old) 2022 earnings: $215,376 (via Spotrac) 2023 status: Outrighted to Reno on November 3, 2022 and now free agent. Introduction I did last year’s player review of Jake Hager as well, so I feel pretty solid about the introduction I gave back then. If you don’t wish to click and read back: 2011 draft pick out of Nevada by the Rays, never achieved the level prospect watchers thought he could...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 26, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Single-Game Performance of the Year: Gallen dominates Dodgers

2022 Diamondbacks Single-Game Performance of the Year: Gallen dominates Dodgers

Photo by Harry How/ Our ace’s aciest appearance of 2022. Here’s to many more! The voting Not particularly close in the end, with Zac Gallen’s 13 strikeout performance notching a clear majority of the votes, even after having to tidy up a couple of duplicate entries. It’s the second win for Gallen, who had previously taken this title in 2020, with a not entirely different performance, also coming against the Dodgers on a September night in Los Angeles. Here’s how the two starts stack up for Gallen: 9/2/20: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 97...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 25, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #41 J.B. Wendelken

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #41 J.B. Wendelken

Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via The curious case of the stinker sinker. Overview Rating: 2.93 2022 stats: 29 G, 29.0 IP, 5.28 ERA, 5.01 FIP, 1.345 WHIP, 1.50 SO/BB, 77 ERA+ Date of birth: March 24, 1993 (29 years old) 2022 earnings: $835,000 (via Spotrac) 2023 status: Free Agent (released on October 13, 2022 after being designated for assignment on July 5). Introduction Let me use some parts from last year’s review on J.B. Wendelken from Michael McDermott, so we don’t have to repeat ourselves: Jeffrey Benjamin “J.B.” Wendelken...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 24, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #42 Edwin Uceta

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #42 Edwin Uceta

Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/ A minor league depth arm, Uceta saw Dbacks playing time five different times in 2022, with worrying results. Overview Rating: 2.81 2022 Stats: 10G, 5.82 ERA, 4.52 FIP, 1.235 WHIP, 6.9:3.7 K:BB Date of Birth: 01/09/1998 (24 at time of publishing) 2022 Salary: League Minimum 2023 Status: On 40-man roster 2022 In Review DFA’d by the Dodgers at the end of the 2021 season, they quickly plucked Edwin Uceta from waivers and added him to the stable of available pitchers. Despite being primarily a starter throughout his minor league career,...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 23, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #43: Ian Kennedy

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #43: Ian Kennedy

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Overview Rating: 2.70 2022 stats: 50.1 innings pitched in 57 games. He had a 4-7 record with a 5.36 ERA, WHIP of 1.57 and FIP of 5.58. He gave up 10 hits per 9 innings and 2 home runs per 9 innings. He had almost a 2-1 strikeout/walk ratio. Date of birth: December 19, 1984. He will turn 38 in a little more than 3 weeks 2022 salary: $4,750,000 2023 status: Dbacks declined Kennedy’s 2023 option, valued at $4,000,000 on November 8th. They will pay a $250,000 buyout. It is hard for me to see him pitching next year. I am...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 23, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Single-Game Performance of the Year: The Ballot

2022 Diamondbacks Single-Game Performance of the Year: The Ballot

Photo by Norm Hall/ Honorable mention: Zac Gallen’s streak. After a good, robust discussion in the nomination thread, here are the five finalists. Typically, the split has been two starting pitching, one relief pitching, and two offense, but it appears nobody could even be bothered to mention anyone from the bullpen. Given their overall performance this year, I find myself at peace with that decision. We had three starting pitching performances nominated which turned red, so we can fit all of those onto the ballot instead. There’s also the one offensive performance...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 22, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #44 Yonny Hernandez

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #44 Yonny Hernandez

The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK Here was Yonny. Overview Rating: 2.69 2022 stats: 12 G, 28 AB, .083/.154/.083, -29 OPS+, 0.0 bWAR Date of birth: May 4, 1998 (24 years old) 2022 earnings: $146,148 (via Spotrac) 2023 status: DFA’d by the Diamondbacks in November 2022, claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s. Introduction I couldn’t find any information about whether Yonny Hernandez was considered an interesting prospect in the 2014 MLB international signings class, so I guess he wasn’t, but he got a nice signing bonus of $200,000 from the Texas...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 22, 2022
Who Will Play Shortstop for the Diamondbacks?

Who Will Play Shortstop for the Diamondbacks?

Nick Ahmed tags the runner. | Photo by Norm Hall/ Returning are Nick Ahmed & Geraldo Perdomo. Possible promotions are Blaze Alexander & Jordan Lawlar. Top Level View. Perhaps the Diamondbacks’ second biggest need is to improve at shortstop. Their negative 1.3 Wins Above Average (WAA) ranked 26th in the Majors. Last season, Geraldo Perdomo was the primary shortstop (81% of shortstop PAs) due to injuries to Nick Ahmed (9% of shortstop PAs). Sergio Alcantara had 8% of shortstop PAs. The good news for future seasons is that the Diamondbacks have two promising shortstops...
AZ Snake Pit Nov 22, 2022
Snake Bytes, 11/22: Let the circling commence...

Snake Bytes, 11/22: Let the circling commence...

Photo by: Francois Gohier/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via There's a lot of interest in Arizona's outfielders. Team news [Blue Jays Nation] Useless Trade Speculation: Vol. 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks Edition - Toronto need a left-handed CF. "Most desirable is 22-year-old top prospect Corbin Carroll. In the mid-season Top 100 at Baseball America, he was No. 5 overall... The beauty of it is, on the same list where Carroll was No. 5, Gabby Moreno was No. 3. Some of the commentary seems to be cooling on Moreno’s trade value but it’s really unlikely that talent...

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