The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Diamondbacks trying to trade Aaron Hill

The Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly are trying to find a trade partner for infielder Aaron Hill.According to CBS Sports, the D-backs are shopping Hill, who has played second and third base for them over the past five years.After posting an impressive first full season in Arizona in 2012, in which he hit .302/.360/.522 with 26 home runs and 85 RBI, Hill has been on a steady decline...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks have shipped out their most recent top picks, improving the MLB rotation but at the same time leaving the farm a little thin at the top. I would have definitely considered Dansby Swanson in the first tier, and Touki Toussaint would have been my top prospect among the more distant ETAs. What's done is done, and there are still some solid if not elite pieces in...
Via Razzball
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching rates as strength of D-backs' farm system

Last week, Jeff Wiser at Inside the 'Zona came out with his comprehensive look at the Diamondbacks' top 30 minor league prospects. Today, it's Fangraphs' Dan Farnsworth who breaks down the D-backs' farm system. Rather than a top 30, Farnsworth breaks his down according to scouting grade -- eight players listed at 50-plus, 12 at 45-plus, six at 40-plus (for a total of 26), plus additional...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitchers, infielders head D-backs' top prospect list

Jeff Wiser over at Inside the 'Zona has put together an exhaustive listing of the Diamondbacks top 30 minor-league prospects. You'll see a number of these prospect list published during the off-season, but since Jeff's focus is zeroed in year-round entirely on the D-backs, it's worthy of our attention. We'll tease you here with the top 10, but you'll need to click on the links below...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks impact prospects in 2016

Which prospects are going to make a difference for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016? Whether or not it’s a realistic goal, the team will be aiming for the playoffs, which isn’t surprising considering that’s been the strategy since 2011. The D’Backs will obviously receive contributions from usual stars Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollock, and Patrick Corbin, just to name a few...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Drury 1 on 1: Compete every at-bat

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Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3: Wait, That Chris Heisey?

Mid-day day games mean we’re all at work, so you get a Chad-ish recap from me today. Clayton Kershaw was struggling a bit with his command today (which makes his 9 strikeouts and 1 walk more hilarious).The Diamondbacks managed to score three runs off of him in five innings, including a Brandon Drury (?) home run. Kershaw was removed after five innings, and the TV cameras showed...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs minor league report: Hillsboro 1 win away from title

Hillsboro moved one victory away from a second consecutive Northwest League championship with a 2-1 victory over Tri-City on Thursday night. Outfielder Luis Veras was in the middle of both runs for the Hops. In the second inning, he tripled to center field and scored the game's first run on a single by Alexis Olmeda. Then with one out in the eighth, after the Dust Devils had evened...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rosters Expand From Foster’s Oil Can To Forty Ounce

As we always do about this time!  *beat drops, Grey does the worm, Grey's iPhone alarm goes off, time to put more money in the meter*  Damn, how long was I worming for?  September 1st hits and teams expand their rosters to the Four-Oh.  Now pour some extra bullpen guys out for all the dead moments between pitcher changes.  So, what does this mean for all of us, fantasy baseballers...
Via Razzball
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks call up Drury, Burgos, Stites as rosters expand

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitchers Enrique Burgos and Matt Stites and infielder Brandon Drury from Triple-A Reno as major-league rosters expanded on Tuesday. Burgos, 24, has appeared in 22 games over two stints with the D-backs this season, going 1-2 with 2 saves, a 5.14 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21 innings. He has gone 0-1 with 11 saves and a 3.70 ERA in 25 outings...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Drury makes major-league debut

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Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks recall 3 minor leaguers

DENVER (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitchers Enrique Burgos and Matt Stites and infielder Brandon Drury from Triple-A Reno. Drury will make his major league debut at third base and bat seventh in Tuesday's first game against the Colorado Rockies. Drury, 23, combined to hit .303 with 40 doubles, five home runs, 61 RBIs and 65 runs scored in 130 games with Reno...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects to Watch Out For

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t a terrible team – they’re just a mediocre one. And in the brutal National League West, that’s not much of a consolation. The Diamondbacks are stuck in the same division as the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the free-spending and division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, and a San Diego Padres team that tried – and failed...
Via Baseball Essential
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs minor league report: Dansby Swanson hits first home run

No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson hit his first professional home run on Thursday night, belting a three-run blast in the eighth inning of Hillsboro's 5-3 loss to Boise. The home run was Swanson's only hit in four at-bats. He's now hitting .172 in seven games for the Hops, with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI. Swanson , whose start in professional ball was delayed after...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Smokies Drop BayBears, But Aces Trump I-Cubs at Riverview

Jake Hannemann ripped an RBI triple and a single, walked, and scored a run, and Jeimer Candelario stroked a single and a solo home run and drove-in another run with a 3-1 GO, leading the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) to a 6-4 victory over the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks AA affiliate) on Field #5, and Justin Marks tossed four shutout innings with six strikeouts,...
Via Cub Reporter
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs add Drury, four others to roster

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks took care of some necessary business Thursday by adding infielder Brandon Drury and four others to set their 40-man roster. Drury, outfielder Socrates Brito, left-hander Will Locante and right-handers Kevin Munson and A.J. Schugel were added to the roster, a procedural move that keeps them with the D-backs rather than expose them to the Rule 5...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs farmhands find major success in minor-league playoffs

PHOENIX -- The tree appeared a bit disheveled this season, but the root system is strong. The Diamondbacks have not not had the season they wanted, and part of the fallout will include a new position for general manager Kevin Towers should he remain in the organization. Part of Towers' legacy, however, will include a farm system that is deep in prospects and enjoying unprecedented...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs' Banda making strong first impression

PHOENIX -- Class-A left-hander Anthony Banda was the least experienced player the Diamondbacks received at the July 31 deadline, but he may have made the most headway since his arrival.  Banda -- pronounced BOND-a -- struck out 10 without a walk in a 12-2 victory for low-A South Bend on Thursday, extending a strong run that began in his two months with Wisconsin, the Brewers' affiliate...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: NL West Prospects

Each weekday during the minor-league season, FanGraphs is providing a status update on multiple rookie-eligible players. This particular Prospect Watch feature will focus on prospect notes from around the minors — focusing on both top prospects and sleepers. Arizona Diamondbacks Recently, I wrote about the Diamondbacks’ intriguing third base prospect Brandon Drury. He’s not the […]
Via Fangraphs
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Drury, Bedrosian, Giles

Each weekday during the minor-league season, FanGraphs is providing a status update on multiple rookie-eligible players. Note that Age denotes the relevant prospect’s baseball age (i.e. as of July 1st of the current year); Top-15, the prospect’s place on Marc Hulet’s preseason organizational list; and Top-100, that same prospect’s rank on Hulet’s overall top-100 list...
Via Fangraphs
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Anderson, Drury win D-backs' monthly minor league honors

The Diamondbacks on Friday named Double-A Mobile pitcher Chase Anderson and Single-A Advanced Visalia infielder Brandon Drury the organization's minor league pitcher and player of the month, respectively, for April. Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, went 3-2 with a 0.85 ERA and 31 strikeouts in five starts in April for the BayBears. He enters May carrying an active scoreless...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects

The Arizona Diamondbacks have two elite starting pitchers in their farm system, followed by solid infield and relief pitching depth. General Manager Kevin Towers has made multiple trades involving prospects over the past few seasons, and his actions have taken a toll on the volume of quality minor leaguers in the organization. However, Towers has shrewdly traded for overlooked players...
Via Batting Leadoff
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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