On Friday, we asked you to rank the 40-man roster along with the 16 non-roster invitees to spring training, and every day between now and the eve of Opening Day, we’ll have a profile of one of those Diamondbacks.
D minus 56: Kristopher Negron
- Date of birth: February 1, 1986
- Ht/Wt: 6’0”, 194 lbs
- Position: Utility
- Status: Non-roster invitee
- Bats/Throws: R/R
- 2016 MLB numbers: Did not play
- SnakePit Rating: 2.43 [pattern of votes below]
Someone had to come last. And in our poll, that person is Kristopher Negron. Originally a 7th-round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2007, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in August 2009 for Alex Gonzalez and cash. Negron made his major-league debut with the Reds in June 2012, and played in a total of 96 games for them between then and the end of the 2015 season, when he became a free-agent. He spent all of 2016 in the Cubs’ minor-league organization, batting .256/.308/.403 over 117 games for the AAA affiliate in Iowa, but became a free-agent again in November, signing with Arizona a week later.
Negron’s position flexibility is his main attribute. He may have started in barely fifty games (56, to be precise), but has already done so at every position on the diamond bar pitcher and catcher. In the minors last year, he started at first, second, third and in left-field, so will likely be a similar Swiss Army knife for the Reno Aces this season. You can follow him on Twitter at @KNegs17, which is where the picture below comes from: