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Diamondbacks News

Luis Gonzalez critical of D-Backs on television broadcast (azcentral.com)

“For me, watching from the outside — I don’t know a lot what’s going on in the clubhouse — I just don’t see the sense of urgency from a lot of these players,” Gonzalez said. “The comfort factor for me: Everybody feels really comfortable. There’s not, like, ‘Somebody may take my job behind me.’

“A lot of times when you’re not playing well, you may lose that opportunity, you may lose your job. I just don’t see that sense of urgency from guys.”

Merrill Kelly helps D-Backs avoid sweep in win over Padres (azcentral.com)

The outing was the latest sharp performance by Kelly, who a day earlier was cited by pitching coach Brent Strom as having been worthy of All-Star consideration. Kelly, who allowed just one run, worked into the seventh inning for the fourth consecutive outing and the fifth time in his past six starts.

Merrill Kelly mows down Padres as D-backs end their losing streak (arizonasports.com)

At the All Star break, Kelly leads the team in innings pitched, wins, quality starts and is tied with Madison Bumgarner in games started.

Merrill Kelly strong in D-backs’ win over Padres (mlb.com)

“He’s locked in,” Lovullo said. “He’s had a great year. He’s thrown all his pitches, and he’s been following a great game plan.”

Diamondbacks Open To Discussing Christian Walker In Trade Talks - MLB Trade Rumors

Walker represents perhaps a middle ground between veterans under short-term control and what Arizona considers its core players. Walker is a veteran in own right, playing in his age-31 season, and yet he is still only in his first year of arbitration eligibility. After agreeing to a $2.6MM salary for 2022, Walker is arb-controlled through the 2024 campaign.

D-backs injuries and roster moves (mlb.com)

Kennedy is expected to pitch in an Arizona Complex League game on July 16.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Druw Jones selection lauded in MLB draft grades (azcentral.com)

AZ Central wraps up all grades given by other websites on the D-Backs draft picks.

The Draft

This site will be full with draft reports and reviews from our Minor league and draft specialists, so let us stick to the rest of the news.

2022 MLB Draft grades: Pirates, Mets, Orioles nail early picks; Rangers reach for Kumar Rocker - CBSSports.com

Jones came into the summer ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 1 prospect in the class. He was the preferred choice of the industry sources who spoke to CBS Sports, too. The Diamondbacks, then, have to be pleased to land him at No. 2. A fully actualized Jones could feature five plus or better tools, including a good glove in center field. Grade: A

2022 MLB Draft: Rangers agree to below-slot $5.2 million deal with No. 3 pick Kumar Rocker, per report - CBSSports.com

Rangers surprised with picking Kumar Rocker, but it looks like pure strategy since they are reportedly signing the pitcher underslot to spend some more on their lower round picks, after they had to forfeit their 2nd and 3rd round picks of this year’s draft after the singings of Semien and Seager.

2022 MLB Draft winners and losers: Sons of big leaguers go early; teams stay away from pitchers - CBSSports.com

A couple of interesting and debatable takes from the draft per CBS Sports.

2022 MLB Draft: Day One Recap | FanGraphs Baseball

FanGraphs gives us their opinion on the FV rankings of each draft pick, categorized per team.

Around The MLB

Angels’ Mike Trout (back) out for MLB All-Star Game; Freddie Freeman gives host Dodgers their 6th All-Star (espn.com)

Trout is yet another player that won’t participate in the ASG. Would be interesting to see what the original announced players were and who end up on the rosters. These final days so many players were substituted that it looks like basically no one really cares about this game no more.

Nationals To Entertain Trade Offers For Juan Soto After He Rejects $440MM Offer - MLB Trade Rumors

$440MM could have been enough...hadn’t the Nationals backloaded their contract offer. That was so vile, Juan Soto decided to reject the offer. I mean, jeez, of course, what were the Nationals thinking???

MLB Makes Counterproposal To MLBPA On International Draft - MLB Trade Rumors

Bonus caps, signings caps...give us your opinion on what you think is the best offer here.

Across The Pacific

All-Star game returns after three years with sweet goodbye to Lee Dae-ho (Korea)

Former Cardinals pitcher Kim, starter for one side, came on to the field to bow and apologize to the Kia Tigers fans after Socrates Brito was forced to miss out the All-Star Game with a broken nose after taking a pitch from Kim to the face.

Individual players celebrated in their own way, including former major-leaguer Nick Martini who played with the Chicago Cubs last year wearing a Superman cape and drinking a martini before his at-bat.

Rakuten Monkeys Win 2022 First Half Season Title - CPBL STATS

On July 10, in front of 12,529 fans, the Rakuten Monkeys won the 2022 CPBL first-half season title by defeating the Dragons 10-2. This is the Monkeys’ 14th half-season championship in their franchise history.

After clinching the first-half season title, the Rakuten Monkeys now have a guaranteed placement in the 2022 CPBL Postseason. Whether they will be in the five-game Playoff Series or go straight to the seven-game Taiwan Series is still yet to be determined.