[Arizona Sports] MLB Pipeline updates: Diamondbacks with 5 prospects in top 100 - MLB Pipeline released its updated list of top 100 prospects Saturday. Arizona had five players on the list, just one behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Rays. The D-backs are one of eight teams to have five players. Arizona’s top prospects are outfielder Kristian Robinson (No. 43), outfielder Alek Thomas (No. 49), catcher Daulton Varsho (No. 76), middle infielder Geraldo Perdomo (No. 82) and outfielder Corbin Carroll (No. 89). With five players in the top 100, the D-backs matched their total over the prior three seasons combined,
[MLB Trade Rumors] Diamondbacks Interested In Brian Dozier - - The Diamondbacks are one of the teams with interest in free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. If there are other clubs looking at Dozier, their identities are unknown as of now. There’s not necessarily a gaping hole in the Arizona infield either, but that doesn’t mean the veteran Dozier couldn’t carve out a role with the Diamondbacks. Eduardo Escobar looks like the best bet to start at second base on Opening Day, but he could slide over to third—where he played last year—and bump Jake Lamb into a part-time role at first base.
[The Athletic] Mike Trout’s ‘Buddy’: The Diamondbacks prospect with more than 100 WAR in his corner - To the rest of the world, he’s Mike Trout. But the best baseball player in the world is just Mike to Diamondbacks prospect Buddy Kennedy. Their connection is only their high school, the halls of which they never occupied at the same time. In recent offseasons, though, they are regularly in each other’s company. They toil in the same gym, eat at the same diner and hunt from the same deer stand. Kennedy is Trout’s friend and protégé — the latter put their New Jersey town of Millville on the map, and the former is the only other pro ballplayer the school has ever produced. When Trout heard there was another kid at his alma mater who had a shot at being drafted, he took Kennedy under his wing.
[Pitcher List] Player Profiles 2020: Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Pitchers - Despite boasting a rugged squad in July 2019, the Diamondbacks showcase a strong staff entering 2020. The addition of Zac Gallen mid-season paired with an impact signing of Madison Bumgarner and a healthy Luke Weaver creates a formidable top of the rotation, with the volatile but oft-times dominant Robbie Ray finally getting a chance to step back from his need to their de facto “ace”. On the backside, there are some questions. Merrill Kelly and Mike Leake are competing for the final spot in the rotation and neither option seems too pretty. Newly added Junior Guerra is sure to get a share of starts as the season’s obstacles rear their ugly mugs, while Alex Young and Jon Duplantier could make appearances when needed as well.
[AZ Central] Curt Schilling reacts to missing out on Baseball Hall of Fame again - Schilling's exclusion from the Hall of Fame to this point may have more to do with things he said and did online than what he accomplished on the baseball diamond. Schilling was fired from his analyst role at ESPN in 2016 for an anti-transgender post put on his Facebook page. Prior to his firing he had received a suspension in 2015 for sharing a post on Twitter that compared Muslims to the Nazis. It was also in 2016 that Schilling jokingly endorsed the lynching of journalists, which likely put him at odds with some baseball writers that vote for the Hall of Fame.
[ESPN] MLB umpires' union clarifies use of electronics at spring training sites - Hours after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that an electronic strike zone would be used in spring training games, the executive committee of the umpires' union clarified that news, indicating that the electronics would not be used in place of a plate ump's judgment. Rather, as umpires go through their regular spring work, MLB will be operating an electronic zone for nine games in Florida as it continues to refine its system that is expected to be implemented in the years ahead.
[Sports Illustrated] MLB's Rob Manfred talks sign stealing, juiced baseball - Owners want two expansion teams in part because scheduling is far easier with 16-team leagues. But Manfred says baseball will not expand until the Athletics and Rays secure plans for new ballparks—somewhere. “One hundred percent,” he said. “Resolved one way or another. I’m not looking to make news here, but we’ve been at it a long time in both places. We’ve shown some great loyalties to the existing cities. I hope that loyalty pays off by getting something done. But something needs to get done in both places.”
[NY Post] DraftKings user sues MLB over Astros sign-stealing scandal - A DraftKings player filed a class action lawsuit against the MLB and two of its teams on Thursday — accusing them of creating an unfair gambling platform by turning a blind eye to the recently uncovered sign-stealing scandal. Fantasy baseball contests from 2017 — when the Houston Astros first used electronic equipment to steal signs — to 2019, were “tainted by cheating and compromised,” according to lead plaintiff Kristopher Olson. The Manhattan federal court suit argues that because of the cheating, the statistics of Astros players were distorted, altering the outcome of DraftKings fantasy baseball contests involving players from the team.