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Observations from the Diamondbacks’ first full squad workout

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A brief recap of what I saw from the team’s first practice this Spring.

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Today, the Diamondbacks had their first squad workout with the pitchers and position players. Jack Sommers and I both attended the workout, which included live hitting, batting practice, cage work, and defensive drills.

  • Josh Rojas was doing infield drills at 2B: Changing his number to 10, the versatile infielder who played the outfield last year as a necessity saw more action at 2B when the team was doing infield drills on bunts.
  • Ketel Marte’s back seems fine: One of the topics that Jack and I were discussing was Ketel Marte’s back injury that ended his season. The two players that came up in regards to back injuries negatively affecting careers included Todd Helton and Don Mattingly. As we were discussing this, Marte proceeded to launch 3 tape measure home runs from the right side in BP. If that’s an early indication, his back looks healthy.
  • Zac Gallen may be better than we initially thought: Jack got a chance to get a close view of Gallen’s stuff from a vantage point behind the wall behind the catcher. When Gallen finished his bullpen, he walked over to me and commented that Gallen had absolutely filthy stuff. I believe Gallen will wind up being the best starting pitcher from this year’s rotation.
  • Don’t sleep on Josh Green: I’m not so much sure about how much stock to put in batter vs. pitcher match-ups this early in camp, but I watched Josh Green induce some terrible swings from Daulton Varsho, Trayce Thompson, and Andy Young. Green rose like helium last year from non-prospect to the low 20s in which he handled High A and AA in his first full year in the organization so it was nice to see him off to a good start.
  • Pavin Smith has good hands for a 1B: One of the last drills I saw was Tony Perezchica was working with the first basemen. The four players doing the drill were Yasmany Tomas, Kevin Cron, Pavin Smith, and Travis Snider. They were all kneeling on the grass while TP was hitting them balls. Of the four players, Smith had the best hands and the least amount of difficulty catching the ball. I’ve always thought his glove plays well at the position, the question about him is more about the upside with his bat and if it profiles well enough to be an regular 1B.
  • Corbin Martin is throwing: It’s been about 7 months since Martin underwent Tommy John surgery and I saw Martin playing catch on a backfield with Silvino Bracho. Both pitchers are recovering from their respective surgeries and when I passed through they were about 75 feet apart. This is all speculation on my part, but it appears that Martin’s recovery timetable might be closer to 12 than 15 months. It will be more important when he starts throwing bullpens, which could start in the next couple months.