The name of the game hasn’t changed any - get outs. However, MLB’s new three batter minimum rule has changed expectations for the lefty specialist and his manager.
Torey Lovullo confesses that Mike Leake is approaching a “danger zone” with regard to having enough time to be ready for opening day. The right-handed veteran has yet to see any game activity this spring, recovering from aggravating an old break in his non-throwing wrist which he suffered when chasing after his dog.
Alex Young provided the team with some much-needed innings in 2019 after his mid-season, injury replacement call up. This winter, however, Mike Hazen added considerable depth to the pitching staff. The signings of free agents Madison Bumgarner, Junior Guerra, and Hector Rondon, coupled with the healthy return of Luke Weaver to the rotation has placed Alex Young in the postion of possibly being on the outside looking in once the 26-man roster is finalized. That he thrwos left-handed works in his favor, and could lead to a him securing the final bullpen slot should he not find a way to crack the rotation.
The Baseball 100: #28, Randy Johnson (The Athletic)
The Athletic has been counting down their list of the top 100 players in baseball history. Coming in at #28 is the greatest player to every suit up for the Diamondbacks, Hall of Famer, starting pitcher, Randy Johnson.