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Preview, #113: 8/5 vs. Phillies

Two new names in the Diamondbacks’ locker-room tonight.

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Today's Lineups

Cesar Hernandez - 2B Ketel Marte - CF
Rhys Hoskins - 1B David Peralta - LF
Bryce Harper - RF Eduardo Escobar - 2B
J.T. Realmuto - C Christian Walker - 1B
Jean Segura - SS Jake Lamb - 3B
Scott Kingery - 3B Adam Jones - RF
Adam Haseley - LF Nick Ahmed - SS
Vince Velasquez - RHP Carson Kelly - C
Roman Quinn - CF Merrill Kelly - RHP

The news that Zack Godley would be designated for assignment meant there was going to be a move made before the start of the Phillies series. However, it turns out he wasn’t the only one losing his spot on the 25-man roster. For the six-man rotation briefly used by the D-backs is apparently no more, with Taylor Clarke having been optioned back down to Reno. In his place are two new names to Arizona: one, a prospect making his major-league debut, the other a man with parts of three major-league seasons of experience under his belt as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Say hello to the two newest Diamondbacks, Kevin Ginkel and Robby Scott.

Ginkel is an alumni from the University of Arizona, drafted by the D-backs in the 22nd round of the 2016 draft. But he has belied that relatively lowly draft position with some insane numbers, especially on the strikeout front. This year, mostly in AA and AAA, he has fanned 63 batters in just 35.1 innings. That’s 59.4% of his outs coming by the K. Even in the super-bakl arena of the PCL, he has struck out 36 in 16.2 innings - more than half (53.7%) of all batters faced. If he can reproduce anything like that in the majors, he’ll be fun to watch. Though we have seen pitchers post video-game like stats before, only to struggle. Where is Enrique Burgos and his 91 K’s over 78 AAA innings these days? The Yucatan, that’s where.

The other new arrival is Scott, who appeared 73 times for Boston in 2016-18. Most of those came in the 2017 campaign, when he had a 3.79 ERA over 35.2 innings with 31 K’s. He was picked up from the Red Sox by the Reds on waivers last December, then sold on to the D-backs on December 30. He has 55 strikeouts over 44 innings for the Reno Aces, though I’m less impressed by the high number of walks (33), certainly a factor in why his ERA there is 6.95. Though in his defense, the entire Aces’ pitching staff has a 6.56 ERA, so... insert shrug emoticon here. Scott will turn 30 later this month. They seem to have been stretching him a bit lately, with three of his last four outings being two inning stints.

Welcome to them both, and hopefully they’ll be good enough to stick around for a bit!