"The jury is out on Yasmany,. But you do know, I think, those of us who have watched, that this guy has a real good-looking approach at the plate. He's going to be an outstanding hitter. And I really believe that a number of us in the organization believe that he could hit. He could handle himself now. If we were short and he had to play, at the end of the year he would survive. He's got a lot of maturity at the plate. He's got a good-looking swing."
-Tony LaRussa on Yasmany Tomas
Ryan Braun hit his first home run of the spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Friday. Paul Goldschmidt had a pair of opposite-field doubles -- to almost the exact same spot deep in the right-field corner -- and scored twice for Arizona.
The D-backs made three roster moves prior to Friday's Cactus League game against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Outfielder Socrates Brito, infielder Brandon Drury and left-handed pitcher Will Locante were all optioned to Double-A Mobile and sent to the Minor League camp, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart announced.
Tomas, the Cuban slugger who agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal, put his trust in the Diamondbacks as he begins his career, and as he reaches the three-week mark of his first spring training, it is becoming clear those baseball people have decisions to make.
Archie Bradley has faced a bit of a paradox this spring training. The top pitching prospect for the Arizona Diamondbacks was under serious consideration for a rotation spot before last season despite some shaky outings. This spring he's posted better results and has said he feels more confident on the mound, but it sounds like the slew of rotation options the new front office acquired this winter sit squarely ahead of him in the rotation race.
After a harrowing 2014 season, during which he was demoted to the Minor Leagues to fix some mechanical issues in his delivery, Cahill is simply trying to recapture some of the magic of his youth. That quest continued on Friday in Arizona's 5-3 loss to the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Hale hinted that Chase Anderson and Trevor Cahill have a great chance to grab two spots, meaning the battle will be about the fifth spot. At this point Randall Delgado has to be the favorite, but you have to throw in Webster. If he keeps getting a ton of ground balls, he needs to be seriously considered.