Fansided
Diamondbacks News

Arizona Diamondbacks: Five story lines from spring training

mbrown1
Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
2 of 5

Regarding middle infielders,  manager Torey Luvollo has decisions to make.

After starting shortstop Nick Ahmed went down with season-ending surgery on his hip last Aug. 25 and second baseman Jean Segura was dealt to Seattle in the off-season, the middle infield slots have been wide open.

Here past the half-way point through spring training, the starting shortstop position remains up for grabs but Brandon Drury seems a lock to open the season at second base. With the corners settled between Paul Goldschmidt at first and Jake Lamb at third, there are now several personnel decisions still to be made.

Vargas could be the sleeper here and the 26-year-old has played the last nine seasons in the minors.

At least one utility slot was filled when the Diamondbacks signed free-agent Daniel Descalso in the off-season. Depending on the amount of pitchers manager Torey Lovullo decides to keep on the final 25-man roster, that may open one additional roster spot.

In the battle for the starting shortstop position, Chris Owings seems to have the greater consideration, and he’s followed by Ketel Marte, whom the Diamondbacks acquired from the Mariners in the Segura deal.

Based on the play of Ildemaro Vargas, the field is now somewhat crowded. Vargas could be the sleeper here, and the 26-year-old has played the last nine seasons in the minors. The Diamondbacks signed the Vargas to a minor-league contract in May 2015.

facebooktwitterreddit