Zack Godley had the entire arsenal working on Tuesday. Though it was a ‘B’ game against minor leaguers, the right-hander allowed only two hits and struck out eight while throwing only an efficient 69 pitches.
After a couple of season of ranking poorly, minor league successes and a strong draft have Arizona’s farm moving in the right direction.
The Diamondbacks’ top OF prospect sits down with MLB Pipeline.
“Hopefully, the guys are a year better and a year more experienced. That’ll be a natural evolution as to being a little bit better against anybody.” - Torey Lovullo
Last season, it was the team’s inability to stay strong against left-handed pitching that resulted in Arizona going out and grabbing J.D. Martinez. This year, the team has more internal options available to them, including relying on the natural development of two lineup stalwarts.
It seems Torey Lovullo really likes David Peralta’s combination of bat and speed at the top of the lineup.
Dan Bickley looks at the most important contributor to the Diamondbacks’ recent run of success.
He’s unassuming and understated, reliable like the family dog. He isn’t jaded or jealous, never dwelling on missing MVP trophies and money left on the table. He can be so boring that Archie Bradley called him a nerd, in the best possible context.
But Goldschmidt is more than the face of the Diamondbacks’ franchise. He is their rock. And his dependability could shine brighter than ever in the coming months, anchoring a franchise evolving as fast as the sport.
Jake Arrieta finally signed and is headed to Philadelphia on a 3-year/$75 million contract. Or is it a 2-year/$55 million pact. It could be a 5-year/$125 million deal. For the first time, but almost certainly not the last, a player contract including an opt-out clause has protections for the team as well, allowing them to void the opt-out by guaranteeing extra years.