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There always seem to be doubts surrounding Paul Goldschmidt.
When he was drafted in the eighth round in 2009 out of unheralded Texas State, he was not immediately considered much of a prospect.
When he drilled 83 homers in his first three minor-league seasons, he was seen as a guy taking advantage of lower-level pitching in hitters-leagues like the California League.
He never played a game at Triple-A before being promoted to Arizona late in 2011, when he hit eight homers in 48 games with the Diamondbacks.
Yet he still wasn’t considered a top-flight fantasy first baseman entering last season. In 2012, he went .286 with 20 homers and 82 RBI while stealing 18 bases.
Those are pretty solid all-around numbers for a first baseman, yet entering this season it seems everyone is questioning if he can repeat those numbers.
So, can he?
Goldschmidt’s power can’t be denied, he has 111 homers in four pro seasons, connecting at every stop along the way, includi...
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The story of Rod Barajas’ missing World Series ring has a happy ending. Barajas, 37, saw his first regular action as a big leaguer with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 — the year the team beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. Even though he only batted .160 in 51 games as a backup catcher that season, Barajas went 2-for-5 with a home run in the thrilling seven-game...
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He wasn't actually injured. That's the good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans. However, there was a brief period of fear and confusion as Wade Miley exited his spring game yesterday a full inning earlier than he was scheduled to.
Nick Piercoro of the Arizona Republic pointed it out on Twitter:
Expected #Dbacks LHP Wade Miley to go three innings but he's out...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. After suffering through a death-by-inches existence for the first seven weeks of 2012, Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz turned lethal. Closers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman were among the top eight finishers for the NL Cy Young award, and had Putz found his mechanics earlier, he might have joined them.
When Putz got back to his normal delivery in late May, he...
Current Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Rod Barajas was a member of the Diamondbacks World Series winning team in 2001. Of course being on that team you get a coveted World Series ring. Barajas got his ring but he lost it four years ago.
Four years later Barajas had the good fortune of recovering his World Series ring.
MLB.com's Steve Gilbert tells the story.
Adam Eaton had four hits and Aaron Hill had three, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Chicago White Sox 11-9 Saturday.
Eric Chavez had three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who piled up six runs and seven hits in the fourth inning. A.J Pollack had a home run and two RBIs.
Chicago's Paul Konerko went 2 for 3. He singled leading off the second against Brandon McCarthy, giving...
So far on the countdown, the only team that I was down on that some have disagreed with is the Milwaukee Brewers. The pitching is going to be a concern and I do see them taking a major step back this season. Really, from here forward, most teams are more evenly matched. However, I have the Diamondbacks next on my list, ranking them #23 on the 30-1 MLB countdown previews.
Khris Davis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, his third straight game with a homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Thursday.
Eric Chavez gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-out home run just to the right of the batters' eye in center field, his first of the spring.
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During the off season, Arizona Diamondbacks fans certainly had their hearts toyed with from the whirlwind of trade talk that constantly surrounded one of their favorite players.
While some of the fans prepared for Justin Upton’s inevitable trade, others held out hope that the outfielder would once again wear sedona red in 2013. When the deal was done and Upton was sent to play...