"He's very similar to Goldy [Paul Goldschmidt] when you look at his numbers in the minor leagues. Not saying he's going to be Goldy, but it's power to all fields, it's a guy that's going to hit for an average and it's a guy that's always wanted to catch."
- Kevin Towers on Peter O'brien
Soon after Gerardo Parra was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, he rang up teammate Martin Prado. Parra had only ever known one organization in his professional career, and Prado was quick to tell his friend and countryman that he knew how he felt.
Major League Baseball's trade deadline made big headlines. There was drama, blockbuster deals and an arms race between those for vying for the ring. The Diamondbacks weren't playing that game.
Playing in his first game since a beanball from Reds starter Johnny Cueto fractured his right hand, A.J. Pollock was hit on the hand again. A little rest has gone a long way for starter Chase Anderson. Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed have played a combined 254 games in the Major Leagues and have already made an impact on the D-backs infield.
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded away two prominent players -- in separate deals -- ahead of Thursday's deadline, and general manager Kevin Towers sounded very enthused Friday about the prospect, catcher Peter O'Brien, who was acquired in the second of those moves.
Goldschmidt -- who has a .300 average with 19 home runs, an NL-leading 39 doubles and 69 RBI on the season -- played all 28 of Arizona's scheduled games in the month of July. Not to mention, he also traveled to Minneapolis as a member of the National League All-Star team during the built-in midsummer break.
San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, an operation that likely will end his season.