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Who are the best Hispanic players in D-backs history?

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Today's Lineups

Mookie Betts - RF Tim Locastro - CF
Corey Seager - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Chris Taylor - DH Christian Walker - 1B
Cody Bellinger - 1B Eduardo Escobar - DH
Max Muncy - 3B Josh Rojas - 2B
A.J. Pollock - CF Wyatt Mathisen - 3B
Will Smith - C Daulton Varsho - LF
Gavin Lux - 2B Carson Kelly - C
Enrique Hernandez - LF Jon Jay - RF
Clayton Kershaw - LHP Taylor Clarke - RHP

The unexpected loss of Ketel Marte to the injured list with a wrist injury is probably not quite how the D-backs wanted to start Hispanic Heritage Night. But I thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at who are the best Hispanic players in team history. For the purposes of this, I’m defining Hispanic as players from Latin America, and “best” as total bWAR for their time in Arizona. Don’t @ me. Here are the top ten.

  1. Miguel Montero, Venezuela (13.6 bWAR)
  2. Ketel Marte, Dominican Republic (13.5)
  3. David Peralta, Venezuela (13.3)
  4. Miguel Batista, Dominican Republic (11.6)
  5. Gerardo Parra, Venezuela (10.8)
  6. Ender Inciarte, Venezuela (8.3)
  7. Omar Daal, Venezuela (6.8)
  8. Jean Segura, Dominican Republic (6.4)
  9. Jose Valverde, Dominican Republic (5.6)
  10. Erubiel Durazo, Mexico (4.3)

Venezuela and the Dominican Republic dominate the list, to perhaps a quite surprising extent. No Cubans (hold the obvious jokes, please), Puerto Ricans or Panamanians made the list, and Mexico barely scraped in. If you’re curious the best non-Hispanic “foreigners” were Byung-Hyun Kim (8.3 bWAR) among pitchers, and on the position player side, Jamaica-born Devon White (3.8).

Eduardo Escobar pre-game audio

Eduardo Escobar was named the club’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the second consecutive season. Eduardo spoke about his desire to help other people, and what motivates him. No matter his struggles on the field or in life that he may have , he is always grateful for the blessings of being a major leaguer. His humble and impoverished beginnings keep him centered and always looking to help others.

Torey Lovullo pre-game audio

  • Ketel Marte: Went on IL with left wrist inflammation. See front page for story.
  • Merrill Kelly: As reported last night by Nick Piecoro, Kelly required Thoracic Outlet Surgery. That was performed this morning by Dr. Gregory Peal, and per Torey the operation was a success and Merrill is doing well.
  • Youth Movement: Ketel’s injury presents additional opportunity for some of the younger players to get playing time over the final 16 games. He said he’s excited to see these guys play more. “We have great depth in player development. Getting these guys some meaningful at bats right now is getting them closer to what they’re going to become for us in the future.. You can see since the 1st of this month we’ve ramped up a couple of guys in certain situations so we can get those kinds types of looks. It’s been fun for us to watch and we’ve watched a couple guys improve and that’s really what the name of the game right now.”
  • Reasons/Theories to what’s happened to club the last few weeks? “Yeah, I do, several of which I don’t really want to bring up or talk about right now…….”I don’t want to speak wildly on that topic” Spoke about frustration a lot, not playing to expectations.
  • On 3 straight years slumping badly in September: I asked them about his role as manager in teaching, communicating and helping players avoid such deep slumps. He acknowledged the last three Septembers. “Sometimes it hurts to look at certain things that I’ve said or done, maybe it hasn’t had the best results. I can guarantee you one thing I’m not going to sit still and point fingers at anybody else for something I am completely responsible.” I encourage you to listen to his full answer on the audio.