11:51 AM EST, Wed December 07, 2022
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Snake Bytes, 12/7: No luck of the draw for Arizona

Snake Bytes, 12/7: No luck of the draw for Arizona

Photo by Andy Marlin/ for NHLI Team news [Arizona Sports] D-backs fall 1 spot in inaugural MLB Draft Lottery, get No. 12 overall pick in 2023 - The D-backs, who had the 11th-worst record in the league last season at 74-88, dropped one spot and received the No. 12 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. Arizona had a 1.4% shot at moving up to No. 1 and a 12.5% chance at sneaking into a top-six pick, while retaining the No. 11 pick was a 54.9% probability. Unfortunately, luck didn’t seem to be on the Diamondbacks’ side in San Diego. [AZ Central] Sources: Arizona...
15 hours ago
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #30: Pavin Smith

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #30: Pavin Smith

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ How the mighty are fallen... Voting breakdown Overview Rating: 3.81 2022 stats: 75 G, 227 PA, .220/ .300/.367, 9 HR, 33 RBI, .667 OPS, 89 OPS+, 0.4 bWAR Date of birth: February 6, 1996 (26 years old) 2022 earnings: prorated league minimum 2023 status: On 40-man roster, Pre-Arb Eligible, 2 MiLB options remaining. 2022 review In his rookie campaign of 2021, Pavin Smith had proved to be a decent everyday bat, posting a line of .267/.328/.404 for an OPS of .732 (98 OPS+) across 145 games. He’d also shown positional...
21 hours ago
Mark Melancon Could Surprise Fans

Mark Melancon Could Surprise Fans

Mark Melancon and Carson Kelly celebrate win against Astros. | Photo by Carmen Mandato/ He is a strong bounce-back candidate. This AZ Snake Pit 2022 Review powerfully captured fan disappointment. One brave comment raised a small glimmer of hope for 2023: “Mark Melancon really has me split between my two personalities. One personality says every word spent on this man is a word too much. The other personality thinks this 2023 Melancon is a typical bounce-back guy, the kind of signing Hazen has always realized. The combination of both personalities is probably who I...
Dec 6, 2022
Snake Bytes, 12/6: Hot stove warming nicely

Snake Bytes, 12/6: Hot stove warming nicely

Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Some big moves took place. Just not by the Diamondbacks. Another day, another place for Winter Meeting chit-chat, rumors and - if we are very lucky - maybe some actual moves made by the Diamondbacks. But if all else fails, there’s the first ever MLB draft lottery tonight! Woo-hoo! Diamondbacks rumors #DBacks among the most serious Xander Bogaerts suitors, as I mentioned today on @MLBNetwork. Bogaerts made his @MLB debut with the #RedSox while Mike Hazen was a top executive in Boston.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December...
Dec 5, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #31 Sean Poppen

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #31 Sean Poppen

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports No graduation honours in Arizona. Overview Rating: 3.67 2022 stats: 29 G, 28.2 IP, 4.40 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 1.360 WHIP, 1.83 SO/BB, 93 ERA+ Date of birth: March 15, 1994 (28 years old) 2022 earnings: $406,026 (via Spotrac) - prorated league minimum 2023 status: Claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on December 2nd, 2022. Introduction In last year’s review of Sean Poppen, Jim McLennan already summarised Sean Poppen’s flight to the desert. He was a 19th-round pick by the Twins and picked off waivers by the...
Dec 5, 2022
The Diamondbacks’ Worst Contracts: #12, Matt Mantei

The Diamondbacks’ Worst Contracts: #12, Matt Mantei

Photo by Jeff Gross/ Paying big bucks for an oft-injured closer didn’t work. Who could possibly have known? Date signed: January 2001 Length: four years (2001-04) Cost at time: $22 million Adjusted 2022 cost: $51.06 million Production: 1.5 bWAR Negative value: $39.06 million How the player got there Matt Mantei came to the D-backs as the result of a trade with the Marlins in July 1999. Arizona sent Vladimir Núñez, Brad Penny and a player to be named later (Abraham Nunez - no relation) to Florida, and got the closer they needed in exchange. The D-backs had gone...
Dec 5, 2022
Snake Bytes, 12/5: Winter meetings start

Snake Bytes, 12/5: Winter meetings start

Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Will anything of note happen in San Diego? Nothing particularly of D-backs relevance to note, but please feel free to use this thread as a dumping ground for any related rumors and/or genera chit-chat. While we’re here... [AZ Central] Diamondbacks still ‘very much looking to add’ to bullpen after Miguel Castro signing - The Arizona Diamondbacks have added a pair of hard-throwing relievers over the past three weeks, most recently signing right-hander Miguel Castro on Friday, but general manager Mike Hazen said he is still...
Dec 4, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #32 Tyler Gilbert

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #32 Tyler Gilbert

Photo by Kelsey Grant/ Mr. No Hitter is still looking for sustained success. Rating: 3.61 Age: 29 by Opening Day 2022 Stats: 0-3, 5.24 ERA, 1.252 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 77 ERA+ 2022 Earnings: $700,000 (via Spotrac) 2023 Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible Randy Johnson. Edwin Jackson. Tyler Gilbert. One of these things is not like the other. And yet, all three have made indelible marks on the Diamondbacks franchise. Of course, I’m talking about the fact that all three players were drafted after the third round. Wait, that can’t be right. *Checks notes*....
Dec 4, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Rookie of the Year: Nominations open

2022 Diamondbacks Rookie of the Year: Nominations open

Photo by Kayla Wolf/ A positive richness of choices. I’m not even going to say a word about the possibilities here: I’m going to leave that up to you folk in the comments. I will simply stick to listing the potential candidates. So here are the 12 position players and 7 pitchers to appear for the Diamondbacks this year, who qualified as rookies (according to Baseball Reference anyway). I’ve listed them in descending order of the number of games in which they appears for the position players, and innings for the pitchers. The link for each category goes to a chart...
Dec 3, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #33: Noé Ramirez

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #33: Noé Ramirez

Photo by Christian Petersen/ How man “Oh, Noé!” puns can I work into this review? Voting breakdown Overview Rating: 3.61 2022 stats: 55 G, 50.0 IP, 45 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 9 HR, 26 BB, 51 SO, 5.22 ERA, 5.15 FIP, -0.8 bWAR Date of birth: December 22, 1989 (32 years old) 2022 earnings: $1.25 million 2023 status: Designated for assignment on September 1, and released on September 3. 2022 review Noé Ramirez had joined the Diamondbacks in May 2021. He had been designated for assignment by the Angels, and had enough service time to be able to refuse...
Dec 3, 2022
Rapsodo Interview.

Rapsodo Interview.

View of Rapsodo cameras, which use radar and rapid-image-capturing to provide instant data. | Set Number: X162530 TK1 On Tuesday October 27, 2022 at 1900 EST, Makakilo and I got to sit down with Brian Page and Brittany Zoet of Rapsodo in St Louis, Missouri. They graciously answered all the questions we could come up with over the course of the next 45-60 minutes. They followed up with additional information. We sincerely and heartily thank them for taking the time to talk with us. I speak for myself and Mak when I say that it was exciting, enlightening, and also...
Dec 3, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Game of the Year - 8/29: 7-run deficit? No problem!

2022 Diamondbacks Game of the Year - 8/29: 7-run deficit? No problem!

Photo by Christian Petersen/ As signature games go, this one certainly went. It was initially quite a close contest, but in the end, the biggest comeback in team history pulled away down the stretch, to stand at 49% of votes as I write. Oh, and it was also the major-league debut of Corbin Carroll. Welcome to the bigs, young man. The opening sentence of my recap at the time proved thoroughly prophetic: “This is certainly going to be a contender for Game of the Year.” But as it quickly notes, you would have got very long odds against that in the top of...
Dec 2, 2022
2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #34 Jose Herrera

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #34 Jose Herrera

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Longest presence in the Diamondbacks organisation of all players. Overview Rating: 3.57 2022 stats: 47 G, 111 AB, .189/.250/.207, 33 OPS+, -0.3 bWAR Date of birth: February 24, 1997 (25 years old) 2022 earnings: $480,750 (via Spotrac) - prorated league minimum 2023 status: On 40-man roster, Pre-Arb Eligible, 2 MiLB options remaining. Introduction In one aspect Jose Herrera is a dinosaur: signed on July 8th, 2013, with over 9 years he is currently the player with most years in the Diamondbacks’ organisation. “I am...
Dec 2, 2022
Kyle Lewis On Being a Diamondback

Kyle Lewis On Being a Diamondback

Eventually we’ll get a photo of him in his new colors. But until then... | Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports The newest Snake in the Outfield answered questions for the press This morning, Kyle Lewis very nicely sat down with Arizona Diamondbacks’ press to answer questions via Zoom call. Recently traded from Seattle to Arizona for Cooper Hummel, Kyle Lewis met some of the reporters who will be writing about his exploits from now on. There was no preamble, so I’ll get straight to the good stuff! First up was a question about his initial reaction to the trade and how...
Dec 2, 2022
Miguel Castro to sign for Diamondbacks

Miguel Castro to sign for Diamondbacks

Photo by Duane Burleson/ It’s a power arm for the bullpen, albeit one not without risk Robert Murray of FanSided Tweets that the Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement with right-handed reliever Miguel Castro. He reports that the contract is for one year at $3.5 million, but Jon Heyman says this “includes incentives and option”. The latter is presumably for the 2024 season, but I have not yet heard whether it’s a team, player or mutual option. There’s no denying Castro’s potential, and he certainly provides a power arm. His fastball last year out of the...