Descalso contributed in more ways than one to the success of the 2017 Diamondbacks.
On the field, the veteran set career highs in home runs (10) and RBI (51) with a .332 on-base percentage. In addition, Descalso played in the most games (131) since appearing in 143 contests with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Descalso hit .271 with seven home runs at Chase Field, and his .429 on-base percentage as a pinch hitter ranked fifth in baseball. After playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic last March, Descalso went on to log two of his four career walk-off hits in 2017 and 40 of his 51 RBI came with runners in scoring position.
Off the field, Descalso’s leadership helped a fairly young team get through the grind of a 162-game season.