Will Matt's luck finally change? He turns 32 in February, and has yet to reach the majors after 10 years in the minors. Apparently, "among active pitchers who’ve never been to the majors, Buschmann is the reigning strikeout leader.," and his wife is ESPN Sportscenter anchor. Sara Walsh. Buschmann spent most of that minor-league time in the Padres' organization, but bounced around between the Rays', Reds' and Orioles' Triple-A affiliate last year, trying to find a route to the majors. It didn't happen in 2015, so he'll try his luck with Arizona this year. He also has some interesting ideas on what the game might look like in 2045.
Cisnero is a member of the Tommy John rehab club, so can get together with our many alumni and compare scars at Salt River. He went under the knife in mid-May 2014, and as a result, only tossed a handful of innings in the minors last year. He worked in the Dominican Winter League for a bit. He has decent strikeout numbers in the majors, having fanned 46 in 48.1 innings, and threw as hard as 97 mph back then, but it's anybody guess as to how well he will be able to pitch again after the surgery. His 19 games in the DWL resulted in 24 strikeouts over 19 innings; however, there were also 14 walks.
We mentioned Matt Koch as being obtained from the Mets for Addison Reed - but, wait! There's more! For Kock represents the other half of the rich harvest we reaped in return for Reed. Players! With an actual pulse! And functioning limbs, sometimes as many as "several"! Bit of a surprise to see Diaz get an invite, since he hasn't pitched at all above High-A, and wasn't that impressive there, going 5-13 between the two organizations, with an ERA of 4.75 and a fairly pedestrian K:BB rate of 113:63 in 136.1 innings. According to John Sickels, he lack consistency and "hasn't yet learned to pitch effectively on days when he is without his best stuff."
The son of 1990 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, he was part of a trade for another Cy Young winner, Roy Halladay, going from the Phillies to the Blue Jays in 2009. He debuted for them the next year, but he also had to undergo the ol' Tommy John in June 2012 - it was the second of his career, Drabek previously having gone through in 2007, while in the minors. Fangraphs weren't exactly optimistic about Kyle's chances to rejuvenate his career, despite moving from the rotation to the bullpen, Fun fact: he wore #4 with the Blue Jays, one of the few pitchers with a single-digit number. Don't think we've ever had one, but it would currently be available from the Diamondbacks.
Is TJ now required for pitchers? Fleck is another, having had it in 2010, which probably caused him to go undrafted, the D-backs signing him out of the Cape Cod league. The reliever's stock has risen since, player development director Mike Bell saying last winter, "He's a legitimate big-league option moving forward." Fleck missed the first month of 2015, but put up a 3.46 ERA for the Aces over 52 innings, with a K:BB ratio of 66:24, behind an impressive fastball/slider combo. Bell called Fleck, "a power right-handed pitcher with a swing-and-miss slider. When he's able to command those two pitches, he's pretty dominant." Wouldn't be surprised if we see him in the bigs this season.
Safe to say Lopez will have been as happy as anyone to see the calendar turn from 2015 to 2016, after a turbulent first year in pro-ball which included an unscheduled absence from the team, intermittent issues with blisters + his elbow, and hitting Dansby Swanson in the face with a fastball, resulting in 14 stitches and a concussion for the #1 overall draft pick. On or off the field, the starter, who turned 23 earlier this month, didn't look like the player Arizona hoped to get when they paid an $8 million signing bonus, and close to the same in luxury tax penalties. Things can surely only be better for Lopez in 2016. We can but hope so, anyway.
Not to be confused - as the auto-linker tried to do - with the other Adam Miller pitching as a reliever in the minors, this one has perhaps the liveliest arm in the D-backs farm system, hitting triple digits and capping out at 101 mph. That helped him fan 63 in 56.1 innings for Mobile this year. Adam is kinda old, now being 26; that's in part because he spent two years on a church mission in Mexico, and so was 23½ when we picked him in the 20th round of the 2013 draft. He has made quick work of climbing up through the ranks since: 2015 saw him add a slider to that fastball, and he's another one who we might see called up for the D-backs bullpen at some point this season.