When the 2015 regular season opened for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the plan was for outfielder Ender Inciarte to divide playing time in left field with David Peralta. However, with a torrid hitting streak to start the season, Inciarte has proven to be a sparkplug for this team. He has gone 13 for 32 for .406 average through the first nine games. Inciarte’s speed on the bases and surprising outfield play, including a strong arm, have all been an added bonus.
Inciarte knows he has been given a big opportunity, and, with his fast start to the season, only needs to remain consistent to see regular playing time. If he can remain consistent at the plate and his defense continues to improve it would be hard to platoon him with just Peralta. Manager Chip Hale would look to make Inciarte a regular in the starting line-up and use him in all three outfield spots.
Inciarte signed as an international free agent with the Diamondbacks in 2008, at the age of 17, and was assigned to their Rookie affiliates for that season. He spent the next three seasons in the minors. In 2012 the Philadelphia Phillies selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 Draft. He competed for a spot with the Phillies as a backup outfielder and made their 2013 opening day roster. He only played in one game for the Phillies before being designated for assignment. Continue reading AZ Diamondbacks Outfielder Ender Inciarte
Today going to talk about the NL West or should I call it the rebuild division? Kind of odd to call a division that holds the current World Champs in the Giants and one of the co-favorites of the 2015 season in the Dodgers a rebuilding division. But to me that is clearly where the other teams in the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Padres find their organizations. Be that as it may, we will look at each squad for this off season game plan.
When you break down the Diamond Backs you do not see a lot of clear cut core assets to build around in this rebuild. The good news is the few future assets the D-Backs have are very high end in Paul Goldschmidt (under team control the next 5 seasons), Archie Bradley (one of the top 10 prospects in all of MLB according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com), Patrick Corbin (coming back from Tommy John surgery after missing all of 2014) & the #1 overall pick in the upcoming 2015 MLB draft. The D-Backs also have three other young arms in their system that are considered top prospects of which Braden Shipley is the best. Both Bradley and Shipley could see Arizona in the summer time come 2015.
Then the Diamondbacks have a number of players who have talent and could be considered part of the next core for the D-Backs or they may not be good enough to cut the mustard. Continue reading NL West Off Season Outlook
Well the 2014 MLB season ended last night with a very dramatic Game 7 with the Giants prevailing 3-2. It was an all old school and all time World Series performance by Madison Bumgarner. For people who saw Koufax and Bob Gibson pitch it brought back memories of what those guys use to do in the Fall Classic. But believe it or not today October 30th kicks off the off-season so we are off and running with it.
Today I start my first off season article and we kick off focusing in on this winter’s free agent class of hitters. I am not going to list every free agent hitter in my article just the key free agent hitters. My list is broken down by position and then in alphabetical order. In addition any ages given per player will be their age come opening day 2015. Also when I mention whether or not a team will give a qualifying offer to a player the amount set for such offers is 15.3 Million for the 2015 season on a 1 year deal. Also keep in mind players given qualifying offers if that player leaves his old team and signs with a new club, his previous club will get the new club’s 1st round draft pick in the upcoming 2015 draft. However if the club that signs the player with a qualifying offer has a top 10 pick in the upcoming 2015 MLB Draft then that club would have to surrender their 2nd round pick in this upcoming draft. Either way it’s a heavy price. With that lets’ take a look at the key hitters in this winters free agent class.
The 2015 Free Agent Hitters Class is nothing to write home about it. In fact that is the overall statement regarding the entire free agent class this off season. Having said that there are a number of hitters in this years class that can help teams going forward. However what is the financial commitment as well as potential draft pick compensation on each player? Let’s break it down. Continue reading Breaking Down the 2015 MLB Free Agent Class – The Hitters