Good Morning Diamondbacks fans! As Christmas gets closer and closer, the baseball hot stove season is starting to cool down, (except for in San Diego of course). Usually the end of December and into January is very quiet on the news front.
That doesn’t mean the Diamondbacks are done reshaping this team. To what extent the Dbacks are in on top free agent starters James Shields and Max Scherzer is unknown, but we know that G.M. Dave Stewart and his team have had discussions about both starters. The Dbacks are also looking for a catcher.
With that here are your morning links from the Diamondbacks, and around baseball!
Brandon Drury will become a household name in 2015-Bleacher Report
Mike Rosenbaum, the lead prospects writer at Bleacher Report is high on Diamondbacks 3B prospect Brandon Drury. He saw him in the Arizona Fall League, and thinks he will be a household name soon:
"“Overall, Drury profiles as a solid defensive third baseman who hits .300 with 15-20 homers and 30-plus doubles. The Arizona Diamondbacks will want to see what they have in Jake Lamb next season, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Drury in the major leagues by the end of 2015.”"
The Diamondbacks are very high on catcher Peter O’Brien-Baseball America
Here is an article from November that you might have missed from Baseball America. Bill Mitchell was reporting from the Arizona Fall League, and found out just how high the Diamondbacks are on Peter O’Brien who was acquired in the Martin Prado trade.
This quote from Diamondbacks Farm Director Mike Bell tells the whole story:
"“Pete has progressed well,” said Mike Bell, Arizona’s director of player development. “He has soft hands and a strong arm …. We believe he is heading in the right direction. He wants to catch and by all accounts, he has a good feel for pitch calling.”"
Tom Singer of MLB.com talked to Diamondbacks G.M. Dave Stewart about his journey in baseball. There isn’t much Stewart hasn’t done in baseball, and now he is trying to lead the Snakes back to the top.
"“What I’ve always looked for is something to challenge me, something to keep the fire burning,” Stewart said."
Building the Dbacks back into a winner, and might take a while, but Stewart is clearly up for the challenge.
Notes from Around the MLB:
Giants, Yankees, Red Sox Interested in James Shields-FanSided.com
Brewers Interested In Allen Craig-FanSided.com
Phillies say their better without Ryan Howard-That Ball’s Outta Here
There you go! Enjoy your Sunday Dbacks fans!