Jun 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (19) throws to first base for the final out against the New York Mets in the ninth inning at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
If you are reading this, then chances are you’ve read my Life on the Farm in the last few weeks. If so, you know that I profile the players on the D’backs who are playing with rookie eligibility still. I do this because they are the most likely to be shipped up and down throughout the season and their major league performance is very much a factor.
The Diamondbacks went 4-3 last week and sit at 27-29 overall and in 4th place in the NL West. Believe it or not, they are doing exactly what needs to be done to preserve playoff hopes this season. Any baseball player will tell you the goal until the All-Star break is to be competitive and not give the season away. After the All-Star break is when teams make their moves and create the distance in the standings necessary for the playoffs. Right now, the D’backs are doing that as they are only 4.5 games out of 1st in their division and 4.0 games out of a wildcard birth.
Here is how the rookies fared this week:
Yasmany Tomas, 3B
6 GP, 9-20 with 2 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (.450/.476/.550, 1.026 OPS)
Nick Ahmed, SS
7 GP, 2-17 with 4 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K (.118/.286/.118, .403 OPS)
Jake Lamb, 3B
2 GP, 0-5 with 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.000/.000/.000, .000 OPS)
Archie Bradley, SP
1 GS, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 5 ER (9.00 ERA, 2.20 WHIP)
Placed on DL with Shoulder tendonitis
Andrew Chafin, RP
3 G, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 ER, 2 W (0.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Enrique Burgos, RP
DL – Shoulder tendonitis
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A couple of takeaways from this week include the return of Jake Lamb. His timing is off, but that will come back with a few more at-bats. Andrew Chafin continues to blank teams by giving up hits and striking out few. It’s an interesting tactic, but so far it is working. Archie Bradley joined Enrique Burgos on the DL with should tendonitis. Yasmany Tomas is still making his bid to stay with the big club and continue getting regular playing time. If Jake Lamb begins hitting after his return, Tomas will most likely move the outfield and with Mark Trumbo gone, it’s an even easier move to make.