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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #9: 3/3 @ Mariners

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Eight games into spring training, let’s look at the players on both sides of the game, who have made an impression (good or bad) out of the gate.

Hitters (min 12 PA)

  • Christian Walker: 6-for-12, 2 DBL, HR, 8 RBI, 1.450 OPS
  • Domingo Leyba: 4-for-12, DBL, HR, RBI, 1.095 OPS
  • Yasmany Tomas: 5-for-11, DBL, 5 RBI, 1.045 OPS

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  • Socrates Brito: 3-for-17, DBL, RBI, .402 OPS
  • Rob Refsnyder: 2-for-14, 2 BB, RBI, .393 OPS
  • Kelby Tomlinson: 0-for-10, 2 BB, .167 OPS

Interesting that all the players at both ends of the spectrum are “fringey” ones, who might or might not make it onto the Opening Day roster, so these performances might well have a significant impact on their chances. Walker has certainly done nothing to hurt his hopes, especially in comparison to Jake Lamb (1-for-7, .476 OPS). [In case you’re wondering: Paul Goldschmidt with the Cardinals is 2-for-9 with a double and three walks, for a .929 OPS] Leyba and Tomas are also making their cases for bench spots. At the other end, predictions that Tomlinson would make the Opening Day roster seem to be on rocky ground, going by his performance so far, while Brito and Refsnyder both need to step up their games.

Pitching (min 2 IP)

  • Nick Green: 5 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, K:BB 3:2
  • Taylor Widener: 4 IP, 2 H, 0.00 ERA, K:BB 3:2
  • Mark Rzepczynski: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0.00 ERA. K:BB 3:0

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  • Troy Scribner: 2 IP, 4 H, 22.50 ERA, K:BB 3:2
  • Joel Payamps: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 10.80 ERA, K:BB 2:1
  • Jimmie Sherfy: 3 IP, 5 H, 9.00 ERA, K:BB 1:2

The minimum innings required saves a lot of known D-backs from appearing on this list, including Zack Godley (0.1 IP, 81 ERA), Greg Holland (0.2 IP, 40.50 ERA) and T.J. McFarland (0.2 IP, 27 ERA). We’ll see this afternoon whether Godley’s second outing goes better than his first. Rule 5 pick Green is doing his best to be “Nick who sticks,” while Widener and [copy...paste] Rzepczynski have enhanced their chances with good starts. Scribner does not appear to be any better than last season; Payamps is very much a work in prospect, so I’m not too bothered by his showing. However, Sherfy was expected by many to claim a bullpen spot: more walks than strikeouts isn’t how you’d normally go about that....

This game is on Arizona Sports Radio 98.7 FM, or if you’re eligible and have MLB.tv, you can watch the Seattle feed.