Randall Delgado was dominant, Brandon Drury continued to be hot at the plate, and A.J. Pollock continued to show he is ready to pick up where he left off before injury in 2014.
It's not just the front office that is excited about Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomás. Even his fellow teammates are taking notice of his approach and are excited to be working with him.
With as long as Montero was in a Diamondbacks uniform, it still feel somewhat strange for some to see anyone else behind the plate, or a different uniform on his back. Yet 2015 will start a new era of catching for both Arizona and Montero, as the Diamondbacks look to develop a new young catcher, and Montero enjoys catching John Lester.
Will Tomás make the adjustment to hitting big league pitching? More importantly, will he make the positional adjustment to playing the hot corner? Will Jake Lamb find some more plate discipline? Can he cut down on that prolific strikeout rate of his? So far all of these questions have been leaning towards the positive side of the spectrum, making the competition for which player starts the season as the Diamondbacks starting third baseman a very heated one, and also a very fun one to watch - and not just for fans, since as many as nine other players' futures ride on the outcome.
Going into Wednesday's game against the Angels, Jake Lamb was hitting a mere .214. Usually one would expect such a poor batting average to work against a young player trying to force his way onto the 25-man roster. With Jake Lam though, the Diamondbacks are just fine with what they are seeing. Not only is the young left-handed hitter still exhibiting a power stroke (hitting two out of the park in that Angels game), but more importantly is what he has done with his strikeout rate. So far this spring, Jake Lamb, known for his ~30% strikeout rate at the plate, has managed to strike out zero times.
Here is a memo for all those still deciding on who should be in the Diamondbacks starting rotation:
Randall Delgado: 5 IP / 1 H / 0 R /0 BB / 7 K
Just in case anyone wants to discount the talent Delgado has faced due to it still being Spring Training, Delgado struck out Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and David Freese in three consecutive at-bats to finish off his afternoon on Wednesday.
Though it would seem that this injury pushes the team towards returning Hernandez to the Tampa Ba Rays, the timetable for the surgery and recovery could actually work in favour of the team retaining him.
As part of a charity gimmick, Will Ferrell will be putting on a Diamondbacks uniform and playing a position for an inning. The position has yet to be announced, but the decision will also be dictated by what other teams decide to do with Ferrell. You see, he'll be playing an inning on the field for ten different teams in the Cactus League today, playing a different position each time.