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D-backs rookies get all dressed up

Fresh off a series win over the Rockies, the Diamondbacks on Sunday night made their way to San Diego to take on the Padres. But the team's rookies didn't abide by the usual travel dress code. It was rookie dress up day, an annual tradition. Arizona's 10 rookies (yes, 10!) donned eye-catching costumes: leopard print, French maid, baby, Jazzerciser. From left to right...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
15 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs rookies get hazed on “Rookie Dress Up Day”

Yep, this is happening. #Dbacks Rookie Dress Up Day. pic.twitter.com/ENGc9wOMh2 — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 1, 2014   This is hilarious. Wrong on many levels, but hilarious nonetheless. Diamondbacks veterans dressed up the rookies for the annual “Rookie Dress Up Day” today. Some of the rookies look humiliated, but others look like they are having fun with it...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
15 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs system still well-stocked with pitching talent

PHOENIX -- These days, a look at the top prospects in the Diamondbacks' system starts in the majors leagues. Under normal circumstances, young players such as David Peralta, Ender Inciarte, Didi Gregorius, Nick Ahmed, Chase Anderson, Evan Marshall and Matt Stites might still be in the minor leagues. At most, a few would have moved up.  This has not been a normal year, of course...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

With Marshall and Stites, future is now in D-backs bullpen

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks weren't waving the white flag 2014, but when they designated for assignment struggling former closer J.J. Putz for assignment on June 20 it signaled the start of a new era. "As far as the relief pitching goes, we decided to move on in that area and (go with) some of the kids in the minor leagues where our depth is," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

What to watch: D-backs vs. Giants, 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona

The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series tonight with the National League West division leader San Francisco Giants as Paul Goldschmidt looks to continue his success against Tim Lincecum. Here€'s what to watch for on FOX Sport Arizona’s broadcast, coverage beginning with Diamondbacks Live! at 6 p.m., as Josh Collmenter (4-4, 4.05 ERA) squares off against Tim Lincecum...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks send Tony Campana back to minors day after game-winning hit

(Matt Kartozian, USA Today Sports)   I’m sure this wasn’t what Tony Campana was expecting the morning after winning the game with a walk-off single for the Diamondbacks the night before. Campana was sent to AAA-Reno on June 19th and the Diamondbacks called up right-handed reliever Matt Stites. Campana was hitting only .150 at the big-league level this year, with a .164 on-base...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Campana sent back to minors shortly after game-winner

PHOENIX -- A big league hero one night, a minor leaguer the next. So it goes in baseball sometimes. Before the euphoria had even worn off from Tony Campana's game-winning hit Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks outfielder was on his way back to the minors, returned to Triple-A Reno when the D-backs selected the contract of reliever Matt Stites, who is making his first trip to the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Steamer Projects: Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects

At the end of last week, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It goes without saying that, in composing such a list, Hulet has considered the overall future value those prospects might be expected to provide either to the D-backs or whatever other organizations to which they might someday belong. What...
Via Fangraphs
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Daily Friar 8.2.13

The weekend that most people have been looking forward to is upon us. The Yankees are in town to take on your Padres and it should be a pretty good series (I hope). The Padres are coming off a winning series against the Reds and have a day off as well, so maybe they will be well rested to take on the Yankees. Of course surrounding the Yankees is the talk of Mariano Rivera and his...
Via Friarhood
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Everybody is a winner in the Ian Kennedy trade

Despite the fact that some fans seem to think Ian Kennedy had no value and that the Diamondbacks were lucky to get anything more than a used jock strap and a bucket of balls for him, the truth is, the Diamondbacks and the Padres both benefited immensely from today’s trade.
Via One is the Loneliest Number
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

By trading Ian Kennedy for a trio of gumps, the Diamondbacks quit and squandered venom today

In a remarkably poor decision, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in exchange for Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites and a compensatory draft pick. Set to receive a $4.27 million raise this winter via arbitration, the 28-year-old Kennedy (3-8, 5.23 ERA) has badly struggled on the hill throughout 2013. Nevertheless, despite losing three...
Via Sports by Colin
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Great Moments in Padres Trade Deadline History: Ian Kennedy Edition

I know, we’re jumping the gun here…but let’s stick with the theme! The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone for the 2013 season, and Ian Kennedy is now a member of the San Diego Padres. Acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Joe Thatcher, AA pitcher Matt Stites, and a Round B Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Rule 4 Draft, Kennedy’s acquisition...
Via Padres Public
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Swap Ian Kennedy Dollar for Bullpen Quarters

Understand that this is the trade deadline, so things are kind of busy. When things are kind of busy, you don’t have time to think about each individual thing in sufficient depth. The analyses you read today should be fine, but maybe they’ll miss some points. Maybe, right here, I’m missing some points. But the Diamondbacks traded Ian Kennedy to the Padres, and as far as Arizona...
Via Fangraphs
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres officially acquire RHP Ian Kennedy from Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres acquired Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for  LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation B draft pick. Stites 23, is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 saves in 46 games with Double-A San Antonio. The Diamondbacks confirmed the trade in a news release Wednesday afternoon, less than two hours before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline.     Kennedy...
Via Tireball.com
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy Finds A Friendlier Home

Ian Kennedy has found a new home in San Diego. The Ian Kennedy trade talks finally ended up materializing into a deal with the Padres. The final details were: Padres receive Kennedy in exchange for Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites, and a compensation pick in the 2014 draft. Kennedy is only piece in the deal that will have a substantial impact on fantasy teams for the rest of the season...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres acquire Ian Kennedy from Diamondbacks

Two NL West teams have made a deal, according to a report. The Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade with the Padres that will send Ian Kennedy to San Diego in exchange for left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher and prospects. Here is a list of the players and where they are going: Diamondbacks: Joe Thatcher, Matthew Stites and a draft pick in 2014 Padres:  Ian Kennedy Thatcher...
Via MLB Injury News
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy to Padres

The San Diego Padres have acquired starting pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever minor-league pitcher Matt Stites and a future draft pick multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN. Kennedy 28 has struggled this season going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts. But the right-hander was a 21-game winner for Arizona in 2011 and went 15-12 last season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Ian Kennedy dealt to Padres for Joe Thatcher

The Arizona Diamondbacks solidified their bullpen at the cost of depleting their major league rotation, sending Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres in exchange for reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league prospect Matt Stites, and a competitive balance draft pick. Kennedy is the biggest name involved in the deal, and while he's not a superstar (contrary to what his 2011 season...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Get Ian Kennedy In Trade With Arizona Diamondbacks

According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the San Diego Padres have reached an agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks in trade that will send statrer Ian Kennedy to the Padres for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, Double-A reliever Matt Stites, and a compensation round B draft pick. Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this season.Thatcher, 31, is 3-1 with...
Via Baseball News Source
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Ian Kennedy for Thatcher and Prospects

SDSN: San Diego Sporting News - San Diego,CA(SDSN)- The Padres have acquired RHP Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks for LHP reliever Joe Thatcher, Double-A reliever Matt Stites, and a compensation round...The post Padres Acquire Ian Kennedy for Thatcher and Prospects appeared first on SDSN: San Diego Sporting News.
Via SDSN: San Diego Sporting News
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Ian Kennedy for Thatcher and Prospects

Via Corey Brock’s twitter account: The #Padres deal with the #Dbacks: Get RHP Ian Kennedy for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites (Double-A) and a draft pick (comp B). Kennedy will be under the Padres control through 2015 with two years of arbitration remaining.  Kennedy’s struggles since 2011 are well documented, 18-20 4.47 ERA, 344 HA allowed in 332.1IP.  Kennedy and Padres...
Via Friarhood
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

MadFriars' Preview: 2013 San Antonio Missions

Synopsis: A very talented staff that keeps the ball down should thrive in the best pitcher's park in the system. If the Missions can hit just a little bit they will be in every game as one through five the starters are as good as any that San Diego has sent to San Antonio in the past. Keep in mind in recent years the Padres have been aggressive in promoting prospects and we...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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