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Snake Bytes 3/5: Rubby Red Redemption

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Yesterday was Rubby De La Rosa’s 30th birthday and second appearance for the Diamondbacks this Spring, The team could desperately use a power arm out of the bullpen. Does he make the cut?

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[AZ Central] Diamondbacks’ Rubby De La Rosa dominates in latest spring outing, but could open season in minors - Rubby De La Rosa was a long shot entering camp to make the team come Opening Day. A spot would need to be cleared for him on the 40 man roster in order to do so. He’s also coming off of his second Tommy John Surgery and just turned 30 years old yesterday. Rubby has been nothing short of dynamic in his two appearances in Spring Training showcasing a promising 98 MPH fastball paired with a slider and changeup. If he keeps this performance up, it might only be a matter of time before we see him back in the Major Leagues.

“Rubby was fantastic,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s good to see him getting back on his feet and throwing as aggressively as he is.”

[D’backs.com] Weaver strong in 3-inning debut for D-backs - Trending with the positive news from yesterday was Luke Weaver’s equally impressive three inning appearance yesterday. It wasn’t technically his first action this Spring Training, he pitched against the Korean national team last week in a backfield game. The former top 100 prospect struck out three batters allowing only two hits and a single run.

“This was the first stadium game, so there was a little adrenaline,” said Weaver, who was part of the D-backs’ return from St. Louis in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. “I was just trying to settle in and settle down a little bit after the first inning. I had to pitch a little bit out of a jam there. I made some good pitches there at the end, but they snuck one by. It happens. Overall, I was excited about the breaking stuff and the way the fastball is coming out. Going into the next one, just kind of turn it up and do a little better next time.”

[Arizona Sports] Greg Holland working into form as D-backs look at bullpen options - A little less promising has been Greg Holland’s start thus far, but manager Torey Lovullo doesn’t appear to be too concerned. The former All Star closer’s velocity is down to 89 MPH currently, and he has allowed two home runs in two appearances so far. Considering that Holland was signed to a Major League contract this offseason, and Lovullo’s track record with veteran relievers, it’s safe to say that Holland would need to struggle significantly to not make the team.

“I know he knows what he’s got to get to,” Lovullo said, adding he wasn’t worried about Holland’s fastball topping out at 89 mph. “There’s no panic in the runs he’s given up or the mistakes he’s making.”

[D’backs.com] D-backs eyeing return to postseason form in ‘19 - There has been significant roster overhaul for the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason. We’ve assumed there would be years in advance due to Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock becoming free agents at the same time. Then came the crushing departure of Paul Goldschmidt. The Snake Pit and other outlets have forecast and discussed this transition period well in advance. However, Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo are not willing to allow this season to be labeled as a closure of a competitive window. Hazen’s refusal to trade away the team’s most valuable Major League chips, outside of Goldschmidt, signal his support of the current players on the roster.

“We’re going to be a good baseball team,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “There are some really good baseball players that are ready to step in and get the job done. We’re going to be a thick lineup that’s going to have the ability to score some runs.”

[Arizona Sports] Whirlwind December brings D-backs pitcher Merrill Kelly back to Arizona - Arizona Sports touched on Merrill Kelly’s Arizona pedigree at the outset of Spring Training. He attended high school in Arizona and played at Arizona State University. Yesterday, they gained more insight on how his deal with the hometown D’backs came to fruition during the weekend of his wedding.

Around the League

[CBS Sports] Giants CEO Larry Baer takes leave of absence after altercation with wife caught on camera - A not so surprising update to Sunday’s news.

[The Ringer] We Got Our Hands on 73,000 Never-Before-Seen MLB Scouting Reports. Here’s What We Learned. - Not much is as humorous as the gift of retrospect in reviewing historic scouting reports. If anything, D’backs fans should read this and temper expectations for the upcoming amateur draft in which the team possesses a substantial amount of early picks.

One Reds scout wasn’t impressed with the player his club had selected with the 44th pick in the 2002 amateur draft, a high school catcher named Joey Votto. “To date has been way out of his element,” his 2002 Votto report read. “Not ready for pro ball.” The scout lamented the lefty’s “long slow uppercut swing”; noted, “Different attitude probably the result of Canadian background”; and concluded, “Not a ML prospect. Expressed love for the game in predraft conversation. He’ll need it.”