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Snake Bytes 3/19: Young Players Impressing

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Yoan Lopez, Brandon Drury, and Nick Ahmed all entered Spring Training as players expected to "get exposure" before being sent to their eventual places within the minor league system. While it remains unlikely that they will all make the 25-man roster, they are not making it easy to send them down.

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Lopez Shines as Diamondbacks Best Rockies

The Diamondbacks downed the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night in a game started by Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed two runs on four hits and a walk across four innings while striking out four.  He was relieved by Yoan Lopez, who probably had his best outing to date, allowing one hit and one walk across three scoreless frames. In the battle for third base, Lamb and Tomás both contributed two hits to the victory. Both candidates had their "short-coming" highlighted as Tomás picked up his second fielding error of the spring, while Lamb stuck out twice in the game.

Despite Obstacles, Diamondbacks to Remain Active in Venezuela

The Seattle Mariners have closed their academy in Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy has been directed to cut its in-countr presence. Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro has openly attacked the U.S. with his rhetoric. Despite all this, De Jon Watson is firm that the Diamondbacks are not going to change their ways, and will remain active in Venezuela in an attempt to find and recruit young talent.

Roster Remains in Flux

This Sunday will mark the second round of spring cuts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The young players fighting for roles on the team are not making the choices easy.

Hudson: "Arm feels good."

Recovering right-hander tossed two more scoreless innings on Wedneday afternoon and reported that his arm felt good. The two-time Tommy John recoveree is still in the mix for a rotation slot as the second round of roster cuts nears.

Collmenter Answering the Call

Katelyn Niemiec speaks to Josh Collmentere and the Arizona Diamondbacks about Collmenter's new role as the leader of the pitching staff.

Diamondbacks Looking to Avoid Slowing Drury's Growth

Chip Hale was reminded by Tony La Russa of how Felipe Alou used to aggressively promote some of his young, talented stars. Brandon Drury is trying to build a case with his Spring Training work that the team might be best served letting him stick around.

Vegas Likes Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt ranks among the leaders in a fair number of proposition categories for the 2015 season, including holding 15/2 odds (5th overall) to win the NL MVP.

La Russa Tries to Drum up Excitement

In an interview with Doug and Wolf, Diamondbacks CBO, Tony La Russa likened the 2015 Diamondbacks to his first-ever playoff team, the 1983 Chicago White Sox.