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2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #40: Artie Lewicki

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #40: Artie Lewicki

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ The cycle is complete. Rating: 2.93 Age: 28 2020 Stats: 2G, 3.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.09 FIP, 4.56 xFIP, 2.40 WHIP, 0 bWAR 2020 Salary: $563,500 2021 Status: released and signed 1 year $750,000 guaranteed contract with SK Wyverns of the KBO (South Korea) + $150,000 in incentives Introduction The name Lewicki is a Polish-language name and could refer to “lion” or “left-handed”. It emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of Prussia. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic...
Nov 26, 2020
2020 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year nominees

2020 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year nominees

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Time to vote for the best single-game performance of the year. I went with six in the end; decided to reward Jack for making the only real decent case for any other candidates! So we have two starting pitching performance, one relief appearance and three hitting performances, mostly the ones mentioned in the comments as being worthy of consideration. August 16, Eduardo Escobar - 3-for-4, R, HR, three RBI, +69.3% WP Escobar had a rough start to the season, coming into this contest, over 20 games, he was batting .167 with one home-run and a...
Nov 26, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #41: Hector Rondon

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #41: Hector Rondon

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ He was not the closer we were looking for. Rating: 2.88 Age: 33 2020 Stats: 20 IP, 25 H, 18 R, 17 ER, 6 HR, 11 BB, 23 SO, 7.65 ERA, 6.59 FIP, -0.6 bWAR 2020 Salary: $2.5 million (not pro-rated) 2021 Status: option not exercised ($500K buyout), unrestricted free agent At the time he was signed, this seemed to have the potential to be quite a good move for the Diamondbacks. It looked like another case of Mike Hazen picking up a reliever with experience as a closer, without having to pay current closer prices. Rondon had 92 saves over seven...
Nov 25, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #42: Jon Jay

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #42: Jon Jay

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Has the Sun set on his career ? Rating: 2.80 Age: 35 2020 Stats: 18 G, 57 PA, .160/.211/.240. 21 OPS+, 1 HR, 4 RBI. -0.4 WAR 2020 Salary: $1,500,000 2021 Status: Free Agent Jon Jay, much like the rest of the Diamondbacks, had a year to forget on the field. Brought back for a second stint with the team, he did not get to play much, and when he did, he was not productive. While the aging veteran brings a good clubhouse presence and leadership, and is very active in the community and in charitable activity, it didn’t translate to on field...
Nov 25, 2020
Snake Bytes: 11/25 - Worthless Wednesday

Snake Bytes: 11/25 - Worthless Wednesday

The most unproductive humpday of the year is, unsurprisingly, devoid of new developments to report on. I mean, come on now. Unless you work in tourism or the grocery/fuel industry, does anyone really expect to be productive today? Take control of the company jukebox and start playing some Loverboy. NC Dinos Take Home Awesome SwordAnd the award for most awesome trophy in sports goes to the KBO. The NC Dinos just won the KBO’s World Series. The trophy bestowed upon the NC Dinos was created by their parent company, NC Soft, who created a replica of the Execution Sword, a highly...
Nov 24, 2020
2020 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year nominations open

2020 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year nominations open

Photo by Norm Hall/ From single play to single game... This is always a little tricky, because you’re comparing hitting with pitching, amongst other things. While I’ve separated those two below, I’ve tried to keep it mostly objective, based on particular numbers as mentioned. As before, if there are single-game performances which I missed, and you think are deserving of a nomination, make you case in the comments. You can also tell us which five (or so) of these candidates are most appropriate to make the final ballot, on Thursday. Hitting performances July 31,...
Nov 24, 2020
2020 Player Reviews: #43 Silvino Bracho

2020 Player Reviews: #43 Silvino Bracho

Photo by Ralph Freso/ Just one inning was all Silvino Bracho was able to manage this season. Rating: 2.78 Age: 28 2020 Stats: 0-0, 1 IP, 18.00 ERA/34 ERA+, 2.000 WHIP 2020 Salary: $584,100/216,333(prorated) 2021 Status: Signed a minor league contract with the Giants Introduction Silvino Bracho has had a pretty rough go of things the past several years. His last appearance for the Diamondbacks going into the year was way back in 2018, after having Tommy John surgery in March of 2019. Obviously he missed that whole season, and would have missed the start of this season...
Nov 23, 2020
Defensive Shifts

Defensive Shifts

An infield defensive shift against a left-handed batter. | Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Let’s look at mindset impacts and do shifts improve Diamondback defense. In baseball, fans see many kinds of defensive shifts. Let’s focus on the standard infield shift. Major League Baseball defines an official shift as having at least three of the four infielders positioned on one side of second base at the time of the shift. Why shift? The answer is simple. “The rationale for the shift is pretty intuitive: Both left-handed and right-handed hitters tend to pull about...
Nov 23, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #44: Matt Grace

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews #44: Matt Grace

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports When grandpa Matt tells his grandchildren about his time in the MLB, he’ll probably leave his tenure with the Diamondbacks out. Rating: 2.70 Age: 31 2020 Stats: 3G, 1.0 IP, 54.00 ERA, 18.19 FIP, 10.98 xFIP, 7.00 WHIP, -0.4 bWAR 2020 Salary: $575,000 2021 Status: unrestricted free agent (arb 2 eligible) Introduction When the Washington Nationals celebrated their World Series win in 2019, they did so without Matt Grace. The Nats’ 8th round pick in the 2010 draft was a middle reliever for a couple of years and experienced some...
Nov 23, 2020
Snake Bytes: 11/23 - As The World Turns

Snake Bytes: 11/23 - As The World Turns

Photo by ERIKA SANTELICES/afp/AFP via First the LMP, now COVID gets to the LIDOM. Diamondbacks news [AZ Central] Former D-Backs slugger Kevin Cron on playing in Japan: ‘I might not get this chance again’ I totally missed out on this news, but as Chuck and Jim pointed out in the comments on the review of Kevin Cron, the AAA slugger whose “rights were bought by a Japanese team” signed for the Hiroshima Carp. It will be interesting to see how that pans out, since the team of former Dodger Kenta Maeda plays in the Central League where there is no DH. Around the...
Nov 22, 2020
2020 SnakePit Awards - Play of the Year: Josh Rojas trips “awkwardly”

2020 SnakePit Awards - Play of the Year: Josh Rojas trips “awkwardly”

Sorry, ‘hacks. #NotSorry With almost 85% of the vote, this was one of the largest landslides in the history of the award. Here’s how the results broke down. Any resemblance to a lime-flavored Pacman is purely coincidental. Some slight acknowledgement of Eduardo Escobar’s clutch homer, and Kole Calhoun putting it all on the line, but there’s really only one winner here. So, let’s go to the tape. The play Firstly, I think it’s the sheer speed of the play which is impressive. The ball had an exit velocity off Corey Seager’s bat of 102.4 miles per...
Nov 22, 2020
Satur... Uh, SUNday Sporcle: Steady Starters

Satur... Uh, SUNday Sporcle: Steady Starters

Photo credit should read DARRYL WEBB/AFP via Pushed back a bit, to spread things out. But from relievers to the rotation we go! Last week’s results 64 of you took on the challenge of naming the most regular relievers, and it proved tough. The average score was only 9 out of the 27, for 33%. Only four people managed to reach the two-thirds mark, though one person aced the test getting all 27. The most well-recognized name was that of Archie Bradley, correctly listed on all but three attempts, with Brad Ziegler and Andrew Chafin also being recognized by over 80% of...
Nov 22, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #45 - Robbie Ray

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #45 - Robbie Ray

AP This is the way the stint ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Rating: 2.58 Age: 29 2020 stats (for Arizona): 7G, 31 IP, 7.84 ERA, 43:31 K:BB, 59 ERA+, -0.4 bWAR 2020 salary: $9,430,000 (arbitration 3) 2021 status: signed 1-year/$8 million to return to Toronto Introduction Robbie Ray needs very little introduction around the Pit anymore. The once-prized left-handed starter landed in Arizona in the winter of 2014, the last installment for Arizona of the painful Trevor Bauer saga. He came to Arizona from Detroit when Arizona sent shortstop Didi Gregorius to...
Nov 21, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks reviews: #46, Kevin Cron

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks reviews: #46, Kevin Cron

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Sayonara cron-san. Rating: 1.95 Age: 27 2020 stats: 20 PA, .000/.150/.000 = .150 OPS, -0.4 bWAR 2020 salary: $563,500 (league minimum) 2021 status: released and rights sold to an undisclosed Japanese baseball team in the NPB Introduction Coming into 2020 there were uncertainties on Kevin Cron. Not only about his physical condition (he underwent season ending knee surgery in October 2019 although he was ready for Spring training), but more about where in this roster he could fit in. Ever since trading away Paul Goldschmidt, Mike Hazen was...
Nov 21, 2020
Top prospects added to Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster

Top prospects added to Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster

Photo by Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos via Arizona added several notable prospects to its 40-man roster on Friday, and DFA’d a couple of names from last year too. The Rule 5 Draft has arrived to the MLB offseason, and five prospects were added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster on Friday. Players who signed at the age of 18 or younger must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other MLB organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four...