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Arizona Diamondbacks 2017 Grades: Assessing the infielders

By Joseph Jacquez
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Paul Goldschmidt #44 after beating the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Paul Goldschmidt #44 after beating the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 09: Daniel Descalso
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 09: Daniel Descalso /

Daniel Descalso

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.

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