SnakeBytes 6/7: Fresh Blood

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Fresh off the 1st two rounds of the 2013 MLB Draft, the Dbacks head home for a quick 3-game series against the Giants after splitting the 4-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Kirk Gibson talks inning minimum, Scouting Director Ray Montgomery talks his newly acquired arms, and Patrick Corbin talks about his mind-set going into his start against the Giants.

Quotables

We need around 100 [pitches] from him, no matter what... I didn't have a choice. It happened quick. You wouldn't expect it to get away from him -- but it did. You don't ever want to leave anybody in that long.

- Kirk Gibson

I don't know that there's any organization in baseball that ever feels like 'We're good on the mound, we don't need anybody. So to add these two guys behind what we already have in the (Patrick) Corbins, the (Wade) Mileys, the (Tyler) Skaggs, the (David) Holmbergs, the (Andrew) Chafins, the Bradleys ... yeah, I'm excited about it.

-- Ray Montgomery

I think no matter how I go out there and throw, whether it's a bad game or a good game, I try to stay levelheaded. Just try to be myself and do what I've done to get to this point and try to improve from start to start and make sure I'm ready for each start.

-- Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks News

Kennedy hit early, often in D-backs' loss to Cards | mlb.com
Gibson was hoping Kennedy (3-4) could eat up some innings and help out a beleaguered bullpen that needed 12 relief appearances over the previous three games of the four-game set. Instead, Kennedy gave up a career-worst eight runs in a disastrous fourth inning. Matt Adams smashed a three-run homer and Daniel Descalso added a two-run shot as 11 hitters came to the plate and the Cardinals bolted to a 12-2 lead. The usually efficient Kennedy needed 50 pitches to get out of the frame. He also threw wide of second base on a potential double-play ball that could have ended the inning.

D-backs add two power arms on draft's first day | foxsportsarizona.com
Much like they did in 2011, the Diamondbacks finished the first day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday with a pair of power arms in the fold, albeit with a bit less hype. The D-backs landed Nevada right-hander Braden Shipley in the first round with the No. 15 overall pick before taking Marshall righty Aaron Blair at No. 36 overall in the compensation round.

Corbin looks to keep up winning ways vs. Giants | MLB.com
Following a remarkable franchise-best streak of nine consecutive outings to start the season pitching at least six innings and allowing two runs or fewer, Patrick Corbin has suddenly looked human his last two times on the mound.

D-backs glad to grab Shipley with 15th pick | dbacks.com: News
As the early picks started being made Thursday night, D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery turned to special assistant Bob Gebhard with a question. "Geez, do you think this guy is going to get to us?" Montgomery asked. This guy was Braden Shipley, a right-handed junior at the University of Nevada, who had been projected to be gone by the time the D-backs pick at No. 15 rolled around.

D-backs stick with athleticism to wrap Day 1 | dbacks.com
After taking Braden Shipley with their first-round pick, the D-backs selected right-hander Aaron Blair out of Marshall University with their Competitive Balance pick (36th overall), and then chose outfielder Justin Willliams out of Terrebonne High School in Houma, La. with their second-round pick (52nd overall).

Shipley at 15 a ‘pleasant surprise’; Kennedy struggles; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders
The draft gurus in the media are about as dialed in as anyone could be. They’re probably about as well-connected — if not more so — than most of the people who were sitting in the actual war rooms when the draft was underway tonight. And so it’s not entirely inconsequential that Baseball America’s Jim Callis had Braden Shipley going eighth overall to the Kansas City Royals in his final mock draft on Thursday. Or that ESPN’s Keith Law had Shipley going sixth to the Miami Marlins, the same landing spot that MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo predicted.

This Week in Baseball

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Two kinda questional missed calls on one play

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Puig hits a grand slam. 4/10 on the flip.

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