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Updated: 2017-11-22T19:30:02-05:00

 



2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: # 15, Andrew Chafin

2017-11-22T19:30:02-05:00

He’s great! He sucks! He’s great again! Oh, volatility - thy name is relief pitching... Date of birth: June 17, 1990 2017 line: 71 games, 51.1 IP, 3.51, 61:21 K:BB 2017 value: 1.0 bWAR 2017 salary: league minimum SnakePit rating: 6.95 2017 analysis Andrew Chafin had a stellar rookie campaign in 2015, posting a 2.76 ERA over 75 innings for the D-backs. With a FIP of 3.35 that year, some regression was perhaps expected. But the following season, his ERA ballooned to 6.75 - even as his FIP dropped by half a run, to 2.84 - thanks to a meaty .375 batting average on balls in play. Which Chafin would turn up this season? The answer was more or less the 2015 version: his FIP was almost the same (3.39) and the ERA was more than three runs better than last year, at 3.51. Andrew led the team in appearances, with 71, and was particularly tough on left-handers, holding them to a .565 OPS - 227 points below what righties did. src="https://www.mlb.com/video/share/chafin-gets-out-of-jam/c-1803534383" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> As the year wore on, Chafin was used more as a LOOGY. Of his final 21 games, including a trio in the post-season, only three involved 3+ outs. He became less a weapon, more a left-handed scalpel - particularly against Charlie Blackmon of Colorado. The K above was the first of five battles between the two, including three consecutive nights (Sep 11-13), where Andrew came in from the bullpen to face Blackmon, retired him and exited. The last was perhaps the most vital. Chafin relieved Zack Greinke in the wild-card game with the tying run at the plate, and got Blackmon to fly out to A.J. Pollock in center, prompting the reaction at top. I wonder if the switch to this role was perhaps in response to a bit of fatigue? Chafin was stellar up until the All-Star break: he had a 1.80 ERA in the first-half, with 40 strikeouts and only 10 walks over 30 innings of work. But from after the break through the end of August, there was a bump in the road, with his ERA being six. While a hefty BABIP (.391) likely played a role there, Andrew’s peripherals were also weaker, with a K:BB ratio of only 13:10 in fifteen innings during this time. However, he then finished strong again there, having a K:BB of 8:1 in September. But as ever, it’s hard to tell how much of this variation is simply that bane of relief analysis: volatility. He also managed to crack a tooth during a game, breaking a crown because he was chewing his gum too hard. He said, “I just gave up a double so I was a little bitter so I probably chomped my gum a little harder than normal. It was a tooth I had a root canal on and fillings, then we put a crown on top of it. so once you grind it all the way down and put a crown on it there ain’t much there. It’s like a little stir stick straw thing holding my tooth together... I went back in the dugout and smiled and everybody said, ‘What happened?’ They said, ‘You’re a hillbilly, teeth falling out and all that stuff.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s about right.’” 2018 prospects Chafin is one of the few players who seems, health permitting, to be guaranteed a spot in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen next year. With the potential loss of Jorge De La Rosa to free agency, Andrew seems likely to become the team’s primary left-handed reliever. He will be eligible for arbitration next year for the first time, but his price should still be very reasonable - MLB Trade Rumors estimate Chafin’s 2018 salary at $1.2 million. It will be interesting to see how much the team uses him in short spurts of one or two batters. Over his career, rather than just last season, there has been quite a significant platoon split:vs. RHB: 2.02 K:BB, .254/.340/.375 = .715 OPSvs. LHB: 2.64 K:BB, .201/.281/.270 = .552 OPSwhich would suggest it’s probably best to use him in a role that sees a lot of left-handed batters. His favorite chew-toy, Blackmon, may not be around so much in 2018, as he’s a free-agent (and “Getti[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #1: Right field

2017-11-22T15:00:02-05:00

How to replace the irreplaceable? The area of biggest concern for the Diamondbacks is right field, with an average score of 7.25. Over 60% of respondents rated this area as an eight or higher, with more than a quarter (28.4%) giving it a ten out of ten score. There’s no doubt: J.D. Martinez’s power bat from the second-half, is going to be missed. 2017 starters David Peralta 74 J.D. Martinez 60 Chris Owings 23 Jeremy Hazelbaker 2 Gregor Blanco 2 Chris Herrmann 1 Production 2.0 bWAR above average at the position (7th in MLB) .308/.366/.583 = .949 OPS, 44 HR, 119 RBI 2018 depth chart David Peralta Jeremy Hazelbaker Chris Owings ???? As talked about on Monday, right field may or may not be a specific problem which gets addresed this winter. Even outside of Mr. Martinez, the others who played there this year didn’t do badly. They put up a collective .311 average, with 15 home-runs and 54 RBI in 472 plate-appearances, and the vast majority of those should be back next season. The problem is basically this: we have two credible everyday outfielders, in Peralta and A.J. Pollock, and need at least one more. The bat of Yasmany Tomas might be good enough for the third spot - the first set of projections (Marcel) have him at .265/.313/.467, for an OPS of .780. But can his defense reach the heights of mediocre? Rather than re-hashing all the discussion about the outfield from two days ago, I thought it might be more interesting to do a deeper dive into the defensive side of things. In particular, to look at how the Diamondbacks’ outfield defense has varied over time, and what we might expect next year. To do that, I used Ultimate Zone Rating, which is available through Fangraphs, and looked at the figures for Arizona, at each of the three outfield positions. Data for these is available since 2002 and is shown below. A block to the left of the middle means the position was below league-average defensively. To the right = above average. The size of the block indicates how far. You can see how things have changed since the heights of 2013, when the outfield combined for 42.0 UZR. It was nine more than the next-best defense in the National League, and is a figure which hasn’t been matched since (the 2016 Cubs, at 40.5, have come the closest). That season, we had Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock and Cody Ross manning the turf. Three years later, the D-backs were 67.6 runs worse in their outfield defense, finishing 2016 at a UZR of -25.6, last in the league. Pollock was broken, while Tomas was giving it the old college try in left - he and two players with no outfield experience (Brandon Drury and Owings) finished #1, 2 and 4 in outfield innings. Yeah. Not hard to see why it was a defensive disaster, and set the bar staggeringly low for this season. And it was better, though was the first time since 2003 that all three outfield positions were below average - albeit only just, right field finishing the year with a UZR of -0.2 (hence it’s barely visible on the chart). And it would likely have been in positive, except for Martinez, who was at -2.2 in little more than 500 innings. While he may not have made many mistakes, being charged with two errors, his arm was weak and his range questionable. Having Peralta there should be much better, and over his career, David has been a better fielder in right. He rates a UZR per 150 games of +3.9 there, compared to -3.8 for left-field (though his 2017 splits were better in LF; it is also worth remembering he’s a converted pitcher, with relatively less experience than most outfielders his age). A full season of Pollock would also be an improvement: he was +0.5, and as in right, one player was negative enough to drop the entire position below average for Arizona. In center, perhaps surprisingly, that was Blanco and his -1.9 UZR. But it shouldn’t be a shock, as he was below average there in 2015 (-3.5) and 2016 (-1.6) too. src="https://www.mlb.com/video/share/polancos-rbi-double/c-1380800283" style="border: 0[...]



How to have an Arizona Diamondbacks Thanksgiving and Black Friday

2017-11-22T10:00:04-05:00

Fandom doesn’t just run from April to October, y’know... Thanksgiving Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day when you get together with the family, stuff your face with horrendous amounts of food, and get into fights about politics. But there is an alternative. For if you want to slink away, or are just slumped on the sofa with your phone, Fox Sports Arizona have you covered. There were many reasons for Arizona Diamondbacks fans to be thankful this year. A National League Wild Card win and one of the most exciting games in team history. The NL's Manager of the Year. An NL MVP finalist. 24 more wins than 2016. 13-game winning streak. A four-home-run game. 44 comeback victories. And, a postseason appearance for the first time in six years just to name a few. They’ll all be covered tomorrow, where there will be a Thanksgiving menu to feast on, as Fox Sports Arizona presents a 15-hour D-backs programming marathon beginning at 9 am, and running all day through to midnight. It features some of the best 2017 had to offer, including five of the season's top games, the debut of a season review show called "#OurSeason: D-backs 2017" and encore presentations of the most popular D-backs shows produced by the network's Original Programming department. Here’s the schedule. 9:00 am - #DbacksGiveBack show 9:30 am - D-backs Driven In - Andrew Chafin & Zack Godley 10:00 am - Opening Day win vs. San Francisco 12:00 pm - April 30 vs. Colorado walk-off victory 2:00 pm - Season in review show debut - #OurSeason: D-backs 2017 2:30 pm - Mark Grace Storytime Theater 3:00 pm - May 31 at Pittsburgh 14-inning victory 5:00 pm - D-backs Driven In - David Peralta 5:30 pm - Best of Local Nine 6:00 pm - #OurSeason: D-backs 2017 6:30 pm - J.D. Martinez 4 HR game - Sept. 4 at Los Angeles 8:30 pm - NL Wild Card clincher - Sept 24 vs. Miami 10:30 pm - Wild Card Clinch postgame show replay 11:30 pm - #OurSeason: D-backs 2017 Black Friday The Team Shop at Chase Field will offer several discounts for fans this Friday and will have extended hours on Black Friday, being open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 50-percent off 2017 Postseason gear Purchase a reusable bag for $50 and fill with selected product in store Spend $19 in store and receive a 2016 batting practice cap for 98 cents Spend $50 in store and receive a D-backs Christmas ornament First chance to purchase D-backs 20th Anniversary season gear In addition, while parents shop, kids ages 6-14 can take part in an all-day D-backs Baseball Academy baseball and softball camp at Chase Field, hosted by the D-backs Baseball Academy. The camp lasts six hours (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and includes a T-shirt, cap, box lunch and free ticket to a 2018 D-backs home game. For more information and to register, visit dbacks.com/academy. The Team Shop will also offer various other discounts and promotions throughout the month of December, as follows: $5 Fridays - select products will be available for only $5 Sale Saturdays - fans can find sales in various categories throughout the store (men’s, women’s, youth, etc.) December 2 – Select Youth Apparel 40-percent off. On that day, from 3-5 pm there will be a Baxter Party. where fans will be able to get complimentary holiday photos taken with Baxter dressed as Santa. [Or not. “Not” works too...] December 9 – Select Headwear 40-percent off December 16 – Select Men’s Apparel 40-percent off December 23 – Select Women’s Apparel 40-percent off Baxter’s Holiday Magic Scratch Off – spend $100 and receive a scratch off ticket for prizes such as up to 50-percent off a future purchase, $500 shopping spree, bobblehead and replica jersey, redeemable in January and February. SnakePit Shirts If you’ve been thinking about getting one of those as a Christmas present - whether for you or someone else! - we’ve got news on these as well. From Thursday through to Monday, the entire BreakingT store is 25% off, and they have dropped the threshold for free shipping down to $50. There are also two n[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #2: Relief pitching

2017-11-21T19:00:02-05:00

No area of the team is likely to change as much, between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. With an average score of 7.21, the bullpen was just four-hundredths of a point short of being the area of biggest concern. [If you’ve been following this series, you’ll be able to figure out what #1 is, by a process of elimination!] But with 52.7% scoring this eight or above, it’s definitely seen as a pressing matter for GM Mike Hazen 2017 relievers Andrew Chafin 71 appearances Jorge De La Rosa 66 Archie Bradley 63 Fernando Rodney 61 J.J. Hoover 52 T.J. McFarland 42 Jake Barrett 28 Tom Wilhelmsen 27 David Hernandez 26 Randall Delgado 21 Silvino Bracho 21 Jimmie Sherfy 11 Rubby De La Rosa 9 Braden Shipley 7 Anthony Banda 4 Daniel Descalso (!) 2 Zack Godley 1 Patrick Corbin 1 Matt Koch 1 Production 2.4 bWAR above average at the position (4th in MLB) 499.2 IP, 27-18, 3.78 ERA, 494:189 K:BB 2018 depth chart Archie Bradley Andrew Chafin Randall Delgado Jake Barrett Jimmie Sherfy Jared Miller T.J. McFarland J.J. Hoover Silvino Bracho Braden Shipley Considering how well the bullpen performed this year, with the fourth-best bWAR above average in all baseball, it’s perhaps a bit surprising to see it viewed as an area of such worry. But there will be a lot of roster churn from how the team ended up. Of the six “true” relievers who appeared for the Diamondbacks in the post-season [so, excluding Godley and Robbie Ray], we’ve lost half of them - Rodney, J. De La Rosa and Hernandez - to free-agency. With question-marks also over the performance of Hoover and McFarland, as well as potentially the role of Bradley, plus Miller and Sherfy being largely untested at the major-league level, the outlook is clearly unclear, as it were. Rebuilding the bullpen has already been announced as one of the team’s goals this off-season, Mike Hazen saying, “We’re going to have to put it together some how, some way. There could be a variety of different ways to do that depending on what happens in the trade market and as we start to have conversations.” Bradley, Chafin and Sherfy appear likely to be inked in to slots, health permitting. The early rumblings suggest that Archie won’t be granted his wish to return to a starting role. But will he take over from Rodney as closer,. or will he remain in an extended set-up role, capable of getting more than three outs? Indeed, speaking of Rodney, Jon Heyman of Fanrag reported over the weekend that the team “is open to bringing back Fernando Rodney”. I would still be highly doubtful: the only supporting quote is Hazen saying, “He did a great job for us,” which while true, is some way from the Arrow returning [“He did a great job for us,” would also apply, say, to J.D. Martinez...] Rodney’s stock-piling of those shiny 39 saves this year will put him in line for a nice pay-day elsewhere. I think the D-backs are more likely to go the same way as they did last winter: look for a pitcher who may have closer experience, yet did not finish 2017 in that role for some reason. There is also the question - as at virtually every other position on the field - of money. Due to that, rather than bringing in a veteran at higher cost, the team may opt to go for one of the young prospects as closer. Sherfy looked great in the regular season, not allowing a run in his first 11 major-league appearances, but then gave up four runs on five hits in one post-season frame over two games during the NLDS. Which one will we get in 2018? Miller is another prospect whose arrival is eagerly anticipated. Though we’ve seen previous bullpen arms put up similarly great strikeout numbers in the minors, only to struggle in the major leagues, e.g. Bracho and Enrique Burgos. If I had to predict, it would be a mixture of approaches. I think we will see young arms like Sherfy and Miller given every opportunity to claim spots in spring training. But, as with the likes of Hoover and McF[...]



2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: # 16, Jimmy Sherfy

2017-11-21T15:00:01-05:00

Will Jimmy Sherfy be the D-backs closer? Date of birth: December 27,1991 2017 line: 11 games, 10.2 IP, 0 ERA, 9:2 K:BB 2017 value: 0.6 bWAR 2017 salary: minimum, arbitration starts 2021 SnakePit rating: 6.85 2017 analysis Jimmy Sherfy’s 2016 season was a bump in the road. In July of 2016, he was promoted to AAA Reno. The first month was good. After that a problem emerged – he allowed 4 homers in 11.2 innings (and 15 earned runs). The good news is that he stuck with his routine. In spring of 2017, he said his mindset was 1) stick to his routine every single day, 2) come to the field with purpose, and 3) if there is a bump in the road – “it is what it is” and he will stick with his routine. That is a great mindset for a closer! Please remember his mindset when we talk about his prospects. From 2014 to 2016, his high walk rate reduced his success. He made a great stride forward in pitch control. His 2017 walk rate was low in AAA and the Majors. That stride was the “right stuff” to pitch at the top level! For details, see the following table: In 2017, his pitching was amazing! In Reno, his relief pitching was at the elite level (3.12 ERA, 11.2 SO/9, and 1.8 BB/9). His line was 44 games, 49.0 IP, 3.12 ERA, 61:10 K:BB. In Reno, his HR/9 improved to 1.1 (a 43% improvement from 2016 Reno). On 20 August, he was called up and continued to pitch at the elite level. He did not allow any earned runs! Excellent! He pitched mostly in low leverage situations in the seventh and eighth innings. Twice in the playoffs, he pitched against the Dodgers. The Dodgers scored against him both times. After seeing how the Dodgers hit well against great pitchers in the World Series, these two games did not concern me. Nevertheless, he may not be ready to pitch in high leverage situations. 2018 prospects I am confident that Jimmy Sherfy will be in the Majors and experiencing success for two reasons. First Reason. Sherfy has similarities to a future Hall-of-Fame starting pitcher who is well known for his intense preparation and for being an advanced expert in pitching. Of all the D-back pitchers, Jimmy Sherfy is closest to matching that pitcher’s spin rate and velocity. That starting pitcher is Zack Greinke. In the following scatter chart, I have circled three small groups of pitchers who stand out from the norm. In the bottom right, you see only Sherfy with a close match to Greinke. That gives me confidence in Sherfy! Second Reason. Sherfy has earned the confidence of the coaches and managers. That may be obvious in asking the question, “How often does a rookie pitch in the playoffs?” However, Torey Lovullo’s words show as much confidence as his actions. I am confident he will be part of the D-back bullpen. In 2017 regular season, his zero earned runs was perfect. His 2.03 FIP was fantastic, and better than Archie Bradley’s outstanding 2.61 FIP. His 4.5 SO/BB ratio was elite, although exceeded by Greinke (4.78) and Hernandez (15). Overall, his pitching stats are more than good enough to earn him a spot in the bullpen. The question is what will his role be? One role could be closer. Positives: In the minors he earned a total of 50 saves in the last two seasons. In his first season in the Majors, he pitched well in in the ninth inning (11 outs with zero earned runs). His low walk rate (5.4%) is essential for a closer. In 11 games in the Majors, he earned a save in one game (zero blown saves), and he earned a Goose Egg (a metric proposed by Nate Silver) in another game. As noted earlier, he has the mindset of a closer. In the last four seasons, He has enough endurance to be a closer - 60.2 innings in 2017 and at least 49 innings in each of the last four seasons. Negatives: He may not be ready to pitch in high leverage situations. That thought is based on his allowed runs in two playoff appearances. He lacks closer experien[...]



Diamondbacks that could be on the trade block this winter

2017-11-21T13:00:05-05:00

Which players could be on the move when the offseason action heats up next month? The Diamondbacks will be hard-pressed to repeat their success from 2017 and the moves the front office makes in December will go a long way in determining if they will. 2018 will be harder than 2017 with Colorado and San Diego taking major steps forward over the season in addition to the Dodgers being at the top of the National League. Most of the core that fueled the 2017 run will still be in place, but the team has a lot of players from the bullpen going into free agency in addition to slugger J.D. Martinez who is probably moving on to another team. The Diamondbacks have a couple core players on expiring contracts in addition to a logjam in the middle infield that needs to be sorted out. In order to fix issues with the roster, the Diamondbacks may have to let a player go a year early in a trade. These are the players the Diamondbacks could shop in the Winter Meetings: OF AJ Pollock: Pollock’s free agent value is very dependent on him staying healthy, as Pollock hasn’t had a fully healthy season since 2015. Given the Diamondbacks issues in CF, the team really shouldn’t trade Pollock unless they’re starting to rebuild. Pollock hit around league average and played above average defense in center field in 2017, so a healthy 2018 could set up Pollock for a big contract and the Diamondbacks could gain a 3rd round pick in 2019 by placing a qualifying offer on him should he sign with another team. The window to sign Pollock to a long term deal has completely evaporated, so it’s only a matter of what compensation the team will get when he leaves. LHP Patrick Corbin: Like Pollock, Corbin is on the final year of team control and is set to become a free agent after the season. After battling back from Tommy John surgery and growing pains due to coming back from it in 2016, Corbin rebounded in 2017. Corbin was able to provide about 190 innings of slightly above average pitching for the Diamondbacks and was a big part of getting the Diamondbacks out of their midseason malaise with a strong finish to the season. Corbin is not likely a free agent that will command a qualifying offer, which is why trading him makes more sense than it would for Pollock. INF Chris Owings: The Diamondbacks have a logjam in the middle infield with two established veterans in Owings and Nick Ahmed giving way to younger players in Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury in 2017. Owings’ value is in his defensive versatility, where he can hold his own at SS, 2B, and RF. The Diamondbacks could alleviate the logjam in the infield by permanently moving Owings into the outfield, especially considering what the team has in left field. It’s unlikely the team moves Owings, who has battled through shoulder, foot, and hand injuries in his MLB career, this year because his value is at possibly his lowest. It looked like Owings was taking a major step forward offensively, but a horrible July slump and a broken finger ended his season in misery. INF Brandon Drury: Drury is still very much inconsistent at the plate, but his overall production took a step back in Year 2. At the same time, it’s too early to give up on Drury because he’s still the best bat of the Diamondbacks middle infield options and he’s only 25. Drury’s defense got better at 2B as the season progressed, to the point where it shouldn’t steal from his offensive value at all. 2018 could also be a breakout year for him, considering the history of other players on the roster having that breakout season at his current age. I currently have him penciled in as the starting 2B for the 2018 team. RHP Zack Greinke: A lot of this has to do with the major contract he’s signed with the Diamondbacks. In his 2nd year with the team, Greinke was worth every penny as he finished 4th in the NL Cy Young race behind Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. While Greinke[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks 2017-18 off-season issues #3: Left-field

2017-11-20T21:00:02-05:00

There’ll be an outfield issue to be fixed this winter. But where? With an average score of 6.30, this was definitely an area of worry - though as we’ll see, the interconnectedness of the outfield positions is definitely a factor. That’s likely why, although 21.2% rated it the highest level of concern, a ten, slightly more than (24.4%) scored it at a three or lower. 2017 starters David Peralta 48 Yasmany Tomas 42 Daniel Descalso 32 Gregor Blanco 18 Chris Herrmann 17 Rey Fuentes 2 Kristopher Negron 2 Jeremy Hazelbaker 1 Production 1.7 bWAR below average at the position (24th in MLB) .239/.317/.373 = .690 OPS, 15 HR, 76 RBI 2018 Depth Chart Yasmany Tomas Rey Fuentes Jeremy Hazelbaker Socrates Brito Virtually every section above illustrates part of the reason for concern here. It was the position we were furthest from a regular occupant this season. We had eight different people start games there, with no-one reaching even one-third of the total. It was our lowest ranked spot around the diamond, and had the lowest OPS of the eight positions - 33 points lower than shortstop, at a place which you generally expect to be one of the more productive. And the person most likely to start there for the Diamondbacks next season is currently our most expensive position player, who has yet to reach even replacement level by bWAR, in any of this three seasons with the team. All told, you could certainly make a strong argument for this being the position at which the Diamondbacks most need to do “something” for 2018. However, the situation here is inextricably linked with the right-field one. Which of these ends up being the problem, will depend heavily on which one ends up not being populated by Peralta. He may have been the most common left fielder this year, but he started significantly more often (74 times) in right field. The number would have been even higher, except he moved to left because of the arrival of J.D. Martinez, who occupied the right corner for the second half of the season. With the likely departure of Mr. Dingers, we’ll see how things re-align themselves. In a vacuum, without any other acquisitions, it’s likely the team would revert to the Opening Day 2017 configuration, with Tomas in left and Peralta in right, flanking A.J. Pollock. That would seem to make left the biggest issue, because of the severe uncertainty as to whether or not Tomas will be able to perform at the major-league level. The repeated proclamations that this would be the year - no, for reals this time! - have so far proven to be entirely unfounded. His bat has been tolerable, with an OPS+ so far of 98. But, the defense... I’ll just leave this video here: src="https://www.mlb.com/video/share/taylor-hammers-triple-to-left/c-1348773483" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> So far, in his first three seasons with the Diamondbacks, Tomas has been worth 2.2 wins below replacement level by bWAR (-1.4 fWAR). There have been worse players over their first three years - Jose Bautista was -2.3 bWAR and Aramis Ramirez -2.8 bWAR, both going on to become All-Stars. But I can’t think of one who has been worse than Tomas, while also being paid $22.5 million. As has been well recorded, that price will only increase from here, with Tomas being due $46 million over the years 2018-2020. Right now, we don’t even know how healthy he will be, with a lingering groin injury eventually requiring surgery in late August. The depth chart behind him currently offers little hope for optimism. Fuentes put up 0.1 bWAR in 64 games, with an OPS+ of 54, while Hazelbaker and Brito both appeared to fall out of favor somehow. The prospect crop, in the shape of Zach Borenstein and Evan Marzilli, has been largely flying under the radar. Borenstein is likely the closest, but it’s hard[...]



Arizona Diamondbacks announce 34-game spring training schedule

2017-11-20T17:00:04-05:00

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Is it spring yet? How about now?

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their 34-game Spring Training schedule, which features 19 home games and three road games at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and two exhibition games at Chase Field. This season will mark the eighth year at the shared Spring Training facility with fellow 2017 Postseason participant Colorado Rockies on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land near Scottsdale.

The D-backs open their 21st Spring Training with D-backs Fan Fest on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Salt River Fields and kick off the spring schedule on Feb. 21 with an exhibition game against Arizona State University at 1:10 p.m. as part of an annual Collegiate Baseball Series. In the first year of the collegiate series in 2015, the D-backs played Arizona State University as part of the series that rotates opponents between Arizona’s three Division I NCAA baseball programs - ASU, University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University (GCU).

The D-backs officially open Cactus League play on Feb. 23 with a road game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields and will host the Cleveland Indians for the first D-backs home game on Feb. 24. The D-backs have 12 games against their National League West rivals with six games against the Colorado Rockies and two games each against the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $13-$40. General admission Banana Boat Lawn seating, which holds 4,000 people, will start at $13, and tickets for 7,000 reserved seats in the seating bowl will start at $24. The D-backs Plan offers tickets for each of their 17 home games at Salt River Fields that range in price from $208-$544. The two exhibition games held at Chase Field are not included in the Spring Training season ticket package but are available in the D-backs’ regular season ticket packages.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and D-backs and Rockies season-ticket holders may purchase season-ticket plans for Spring Training games at Salt River Fields exclusively, between Dec. 14-16. Season-ticket plans for the D-backs’ 17 home games and all 33 Spring Training games at Salt River Fields featuring the D-backs and Rockies, including the D-backs vs. ASU game, will go on sale to the public beginning Dec. 18.

Individual game tickets for all 33 games at Salt River Fields will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Salt River Fields Ticket Office, at dbacks.com/spring or by calling 888.490.0383 or 480.362.WINS (9467).

Below is the full schedule. Games in CAPITALS are “home” games - there are also road games which take place at Salt River Fields, but are considered Rockies’ home games.