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Continuing the Snake Pit evaluations of the 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks.

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations 
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc. 
  • Health and other mitigating factors 
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Zeke Spruill - RHP

  • DOB: 9/11/1989
  • 2014 salary: Minimum
  • 2014 performance: 6 G, 22.2 IP, 14:4 K:BB, 3.57 ERA, 1-1 record, 106 ERA+
  • 2014 value: 0.1 bWAR, 0.4 fWAR

Zeke Spruill was almost a non-factor for the 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks. He lists as one of the very few pitchers to make only one start in a season for the team. He lost that game 4-2 after pitching 5.1 innings of 3 earner run ball. By nearly any measure, Spruill's biggest contribution to the team was as emergency organizational filler. When the 25-man roster was in dire need of an extra arm to fill it out, Spruill hopped a plane from Reno and filled in. Unlike many of his peers, Spruill did at least manage to put up positive WAR in 2014.