With the Cactus League winding down to the last week-and-a-half, the Arizona Diamondbacks roster is starting to take shape.
The Diamondbacks on Sunday assigned catcher Peter O'Brien to minor league camp in their latest roster cut. But it wasn't because of O'Brien's still-developing and sometimes shaky work behind the plate.
So far in spring training, all signs point to an improved season. Through Friday, the D-Backs have the fourth-best record in the Cactus League at 11-7.
In the Cactus League chorus, two sentiments resound above all others — how great Cubs phenom Kris Bryant looks at the plate and how terrible Diamondbacks Cuban import Yasmany Tomas looks in the field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that today's sold-out crowd of 13,507 set the single-game record for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. It is the sixth sellout in a span of a week and the third time a single-game attendance record has been set since March 14. The previous facility record was set yesterday with 13,126 fans at the Rockies vs. Dodgers game.
A few executives around the league have suggested slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo could become available soon because of the Diamondbacks' outfield glut, especially if it is determined Cuban import Yasmany Tomas is better off playing mostly in the outfield. However, Arizona GM Dave Stewart says Trumbo isn't about to be traded.
"We are not moving Trumbo," Stewart said.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale made it seem as if pitcher Rubby De La Rosa is in line to win a rotation spot Sunday, the Arizona Republic reports