It isn't his range that projects Yasmany Tomas to be among the worst for defensive runs saved this season, but rather his arm.
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Expectations are low for the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, and Joe Peta is not convinced they'll clear even that modestly set bar.
Ray's strikeout rate of 11.25 per nine innings s a good barometer of what to expect in 2017.
After looking spotty in his first three spring training appearances, Arizona's ace showed some encouraging steps in his preparation for Opening Day.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Zack Greinke on his spring: "Each start has been just a little better so far."
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Taijuan Walker has a league-leading 21:1 strikeout to walk ratio this spring. His mastery of that category in 2015 was largely the reason I was so high on him entering 2016. Chase Field scares me with him, but I think it's time to move him up a few spots in the rankings.
An injury to Yasmany Tomas could mean more playing time for Gregor Blanco with the Diamondbacks.
Paul Goldschmidt is perfect for such a situation: His baseline hitting ranks third in all of baseball over the past three seasons.
Colombia's strong performance in the WBC reportedly has improved the resume of manager Luis Urueta, a minor league field coordinator for the D-backs.
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Bradley is still just 24, but he needs to throw more strikes to reach that top-of-the-rotation potential he flashed when he was a top-10 prospect.
Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer
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Greinke has not looked good this spring -- his velocity is down and his command is not pinpoint. He's always been a slow starter, but the D-backs can't afford that.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Reymond Fuentes al lado de la cueva boricua. Puerto Rico con ventaja 9-3 tras 8 entradas y a un paso de boleto a San Diego.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Torey Lovullo is managing in Arizona, but his son, Nick, keeps the Lovullo name alive in Red Sox camp. Nick, an infielder, was Boston's 20th-round pick last year out of Holy Cross.
A chat with Twins CF Byron Buxton follows Buster Olney's discussion with Jayson Stark about Zack Greinke's diminished velocity, Gerrit Cole's dominant spring and more. Plus, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer on how the Indians have looked thus far.
Walker's mechanics have changed several times since 2011, as has his repertoire. He has a new delivery yet again this year, and this time it looks "right."
Having impressed in the minors last season, Japanese left-hander Yuhei Nakaushiro is on the fast track to make his major league debut this year.
High expectations are not new for Chris Archer, but to reach his potential he must conquer the one pitch that gives him fits. With a tweak or two, what other pitchers can improve this season?
The veteran right-hander was limited to 33 pitches, but struck out one, walked one and allowed an infield hit in 1 2/3 innings against the Dodgers.
Projections are optimistic regarding Ray, but he could eventually find himself in the bullpen if he doesn't add another pitch. Even so, he's worth the risk for Arizona.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Anthony Rizzo says Paul Goldschmidt is the best 1st baseman in baseball: "He has a down year and still hits .300."
Arizona figures to be shuffling through its middle-infield options to start the season, but it would be nice if switch-hitter Ketel Marte made his presence felt in the shortstop platoon.
Taking a big cut in 2017
For these four teams, 2017 will look a lot different on the field and on the balance sheet. Each team made significant cuts to their payrolls for the upcoming season.