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Snake Bytes, 3/5: Competitions Heating Up

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Spring Training is in full swing. Actual games have begun and the competition to make the 25-man roster is heating up.

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Diamondback Digest

Roommates, Trade-mates...Teammates?

Going back to their time in the Atlanta farm system, Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury have been tied together, including in the trade that sent them to Arizona as part of a package for Justin Upton. Now the two prospects are trying to make Arizona's 25-man roster. While the chances seem slim that either will do so coming out of camp, there are plenty of reasons to expect both could be together in Sedona Red by the end of the season.

Related: Drury continues to work on multiple position skills

Catchers Making Their Cases

Tuffy Gosewisch is not going to go quietly into that goodnight. Oscar Hernandez is showing why he is so highly touted defensively, and Peter O'Brien is continuing his development behind the plate while still hitting. Arizona's Chip Hale and the front office are going to have some interesting decisions to make in the very near future.

De La Rosa Sets High Bar

Pitching on his 26th birthday as one of 14 pitchers vying for a rotation spot, Rubby De La Rosa turned in a strong performance, turning up the pressure on the others in competition for a spot in the rotation.

Related: De La Rosa Viewed as Potential Impact Arm

Related: Working on Curveball, De La Rosa Has Diamondbacks' Attention


Diamondback Bullpen Could Be Late

The combination of a crowded field of potential bullpen candidates, along with various arms recovering from injuries or soreness could push the finalization of the ideal bullpen back to some time in April.

Inciarte Out to Prove 2014 No Fluke

Dynamic outfielder, Ender Inciarte is part of a crowded outfield. With Trumbo and Pollock already established as everyday regulars in right and center, Inciarte is looking to make sure he can keep his combination of defense and speed part of the starting lineup over the likes of fellow Venezuelan, David Peralta, and veteran outfielder, Cody Ross.

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Billy Bean's Visit with the New York Mets

Newly appointed MLB Ambassador of Inclusion, Billy Bean, visited and suited up with the New York Mets. It is perhaps the entirely civil but somewhat controversial aftermath that demonstrates exactly why Bean is now travelling about and visiting with teams.

Harper v Strasburg

The former number one overall picks got the chance to face off against each other on Field 4 in training camp Wednesday.