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Snake Bytes 3/4: We Got A Winner!

Snake Bytes 3/4: We Got A Winner!

The Diamondbacks turn it up in their 1st win of Spring Training Diamondbacks News: Diamondbacks 9 - Cleveland 4 11 hits produced 9 runs in what was an exciting start to Spring for some of the newer and backup position players on the Dbacks. O.G. 1st baseman Christian Walker started things off by smashing a 400 foot ding-dong over the centerfield wall to give the team a 2 run lead in the top of 1st inning - it was majestic, even over radio. Luke Weaver started the game and aside from a couple of hits early in the bottom of the 1st (one of them an infield single) Luke Weaver...
Pavin Smith's Diamondbacks debut last year positions him to capitalize on opportunities

Pavin Smith's Diamondbacks debut last year positions him to capitalize on opportunities

Pavin Smith has added power, versatility since being drafted by the Diamondbacks, improvements that have positioned him to compete for playing time.       
AZ Snake Pit 16 hours ago
Diamondbacks 9, Indians 4: First win of spring

Diamondbacks 9, Indians 4: First win of spring

The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK The Arizona offense finally showed up Record: 1-3. Five-inning record: 1-3 Ah, there it is. I was beginning to think the team would go winless for all of 2021. But that is not to be, the team pounding out eleven hits and four walks in this afternoon’s seven-inning contest in Goodyear. That included Arizona’s second and third home-runs of spring. coming off the bats of Christian Walker and Domingo Leyba. The former came in the first inning, a two-run shot, and the Indians never came closer than that the rest of the way. The D-backs...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro out after testing positive for COVID-19

Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro will likely be gone from camp for at least 10 days after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.      
AZ Snake Pit 18 hours ago
Diamondbacks 2021 Non-Roster Invitees, Part 3: Outfield options

Diamondbacks 2021 Non-Roster Invitees, Part 3: Outfield options

Photo by Ralph Freso/ With Kole Calhoun having knee surgery today, seems an appropriate point to look at possible replacements. We previously have noted the lack of “pure” outfielders in camp for the D-backs this year. Between the 40-man roster and the non-roster invitees, when camp opened the team site listed only seven outfielders - for comparison, that’s the same as the number of catchers the team has in camp. Things haven’t improved since, with the news yesterday that one of those seven, Kole Calhoun, is undergoing knee surgery today, and will likely not be...
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Snake Bytes: 3/3 - A Less Than Inspiring Day

Snake Bytes: 3/3 - A Less Than Inspiring Day

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Tuesday’s developments did little to inspire confidences in this team moving forward. Diamondbacks News San Diego 7, Arizona 2 Arizona surrendered a grand slam and a run-scoring double-steal against the division rival Padres in a game that was over mostly before it ever began. Caleb Smith Gets First Look at Tatís I learned don’t throw Tatís a fastball. - Caleb Smith This tweet from Jeff Wiser pretty much says all that needs to be said. Pretty sure that's not where you want to throw a 90mph fastball to Fernando Tatis, Jr. with...
AZ Snake Pit Mar 2, 2021
Calling Pitches

Calling Pitches

Carson Kelly and Riley Smith after successful pitch calling. | Photo by Ralph Freso/ Let’s explore the catcher’s role in pitch calling. Catchers have many responsibilities. One responsibility is calling each pitch. That process includes communication between the pitcher and catcher about which pitch to throw. As a fan, measures of how well pitches are called do not seem to exist. Exploring pitch calling was like exploring a foreign country. Although I didn’t know the territory, there were several prominent landmarks. Let’s visit three...
AZ Snake Pit Mar 2, 2021
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 7: Tattooed by Tatis

Diamondbacks 2, Padres 7: Tattooed by Tatis

Photo by Ralph Freso/ Is it 2035 yet? Record: 0-3. Five-inning record: 0-3 Three games into spring, the Diamondbacks are winless, and have been outscored by the opposition to the tune of 19-5. Of course, it’s only spring training and is as meaningless as the most meaningless of meaningless things. But when you’ve been staring out the window and waiting for spring for the past five months, you want something more than... [gestures vaguely in the direction of the underwhelming results of the past three days]. However, this was the first time it was an Arizona starter...
Diamondbacks' outfielder Kole Calhoun sent for MRI on inflamed right knee

Diamondbacks' outfielder Kole Calhoun sent for MRI on inflamed right knee

The Diamondbacks are dealing with their first injury of consequence of spring training, a knee issue with outfielder Kole Calhoun.       
AZ Snake Pit Mar 2, 2021
Spring Training Gameday Thread #3: 3/2 vs. Padres

Spring Training Gameday Thread #3: 3/2 vs. Padres

Photo by Ralph Freso/ An early injury concern rears its head for the D-backs Diamondbacks line-up David Peralta, LF Nick Ahmed, SS Ketel Marte, CF Eduardo Escobar, 3B Trayce Thompson, RF Andy Young, DH Daulton Varsho, C Josh Rojas, 2B Wyatt Mathisen, 1B+ Today’s scheduled pitchers: LHP Caleb Smith, LHP Alex Young, RHP Kevin Ginkel, LHP Miguel Aguilar, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Bradley Roney And now, the bad news. In today’s pre-game media session, manager Torey Lovullo said that outfielder Kole Calhoun had had an MRI on his right knee. The results should be known this...
AZ Snake Pit Mar 2, 2021
Snake Bytes 3/2: Merrill Kelly Returns

Snake Bytes 3/2: Merrill Kelly Returns

In his first start since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery, Merrill Kelly struck out five in two innings and allowed a two run home run. Arizona Diamondbacks News [D’backs.com] New hitting drills; Kelly’s spring debut - When Merrill Kelly got up Monday morning, the D-backs right-hander said he felt like a little kid again as he anticipated his first outing of the spring. In a two-inning start during Arizona’s 7-1 loss to Milwaukee, Kelly allowed two runs on one hit (a home run) and a walk while striking out five. It wasn’t just Kelly’s first outing of the spring,...
Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly shows encouraging velocity in return from surgery

Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly shows encouraging velocity in return from surgery

Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly looked like his old self in terms of fastball velocity on Monday afternoon.       
Arizona Diamondbacks rev up batting practice in search of more offense

Arizona Diamondbacks rev up batting practice in search of more offense

The Arizona Diamondbacks believe that ramping up batting practice might help their increase the quality of their at-bats.       
AZ Snake Pit Mar 1, 2021
Diamondbacks 1, Brewers 7: A rough approximation to baseball

Diamondbacks 1, Brewers 7: A rough approximation to baseball

The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK Outs? They’re VASTLY over-rated Record: 0-2. Five inning record: 0-2. Yeah, this is not going to be a particularly detailed account. Why should I bother, when those playing the game chose to make it one which only loosely resembled baseball? Multiple innings were called when fewer than three outs had been recorded, and the contest came to a halt after 71⁄2 innings, as previously arranged. Though, to be honest, this was probably close to a mercy rule as far as the D-backs were concerned. Merrill Kelly’s start was, probably, the...
AZ Snake Pit Mar 1, 2021
Spring Training Gameday Thread #2: 3/1 vs. Brewers

Spring Training Gameday Thread #2: 3/1 vs. Brewers

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Another slightly-less-than-full game for the D-backs today. If anyone in the valley is paying attention... Diamondbacks line-up Stephen Vogt, C Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Christian Walker, 1B Josh VanMeter, 2B Tim Locastro, CF Josh Rojas, SS Andy Young, LF Pavin Smith, RF Wyatt Mathisen, DH+ Merrill Kelly, P STEPHEN VOGT LEAD-OFF HITTER CONFIRMED!!!! Okay, maybe not. If you missed yesterday’s comments by Torey Lovullo, he warned us this was going to happen, using it as an example of why you shouldn’t read too much into line-ups at this point of...

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