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Snake Bytes 3/21: Roster Coming Into Sharper Focus

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The Diamondbacks made a number of moves over the last 48 hours that have served to bring the team’s likely opening day roster into clearer focus.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

More Roster Moves for Arizona

Covered here in the Pit yesterday, the Diamondbacks have parted ways with Anthony Bastardo and reassigned Neftali Feliz and Anthony Recker, among other roster moves. The team still has 35 players in camp, but not many questions left about who is going to make the cut.

2018 Positional Power Rankings

Fangraphs has begun its annual ranking of position strengths by team. Unsurprisingly, Arizona ranks near the top at first base and next to last at catcher.

Minor League Teams Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Three teams from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system have adopted new identities for the 2018 season, including new colours, logos, and team names. The move is part of an initiative to celebrate the local Hispanic and Latino communities which are such a big part of today’s game.

2018 Projected Strength of Schedule

Despite finishing with 93 wins and taking the first wild card berth, the Arizona Diamondbacks are projected to have the third-easiest schedule in the NL in 2018.

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