NL Notes: Senzel, D-backs, Rockies, Giants
By Connor Byrne | February 28, 2020 at 12:58am CDTReds outfielder Nick Senzel might start showing in spring coaching video games subsequent week, per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Senzel has been working again from the shoulder surgical procedure he underwent final September, and although the Reds consider he’s versatile sufficient to deal with all three outfield positions, they’re solely going to play him in heart till he’s absolutely healed, in line with supervisor David Bell. “I do know he might do it however permitting him to concentrate on one spot could also be extra essential than any of our different outfielders simply because all of them have a lot extra expertise on the market than he does,” Bell mentioned of Senzel, a former infield prospect who spent his rookie season in heart. The 24-year-old’s certainly one of a number of outfielders for the Reds, who additionally rely Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, Shogo Akiyama and Aristides Aquino amongst their choices within the grass.
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Involved about the opportunity of “a structural emergency” of their present stadium, Chase Discipline, the Diamondbacks despatched representatives to Vancouver to discover the Canadian metropolis’s viablity as a short lived touchdown spot in 2018 and ’19, Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic studies (subscription hyperlink). Diamondbacks officers toured B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, which was certainly one of six potential locations Main League Baseball beneficial for the membership. “Whereas working at Main League Baseball, I supplied the crew with quite a few prospects, together with Vancouver,” Joe Garagiola Jr., who’s now within the D-backs’ entrance workplace, instructed Fitz-Gerald. “Membership executives visited there to find out the truth of constructing it a contingency plan.”In the meantime, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Corridor instructed Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports activities Station (by way of Kevin Zimmerman) that the membership did certainly ship officers to Vancouver. “Any crew that has a dome, particularly in a difficult climate ambiance, ought to have a minimum of a backup plan,” Corridor mentioned. “I imply, if that (Chase Discipline) roof received’t shut in the course of summer season, we are able to’t play right here. Most likely, the union wouldn’t permit it, we wouldn’t permit it.” Although Chase Discipline opened considerably just lately (1998), the Diamondbacks have made their unhappiness with the power identified over the previous few years. Nonetheless, the crew has “no intention” of leaving Arizona, Corridor mentioned.
Many of the Giants’ rotation seems set with Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gausman and Drew Smyly in line to comprise 80 p.c of it. The final spot’s in query, but it surely’s “doubtless” to come back all the way down to righties Tyler Beede and Logan Webb, Maria Guardado of MLB.com writes. For now, Beede appears to be like to be within the lead, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 26-year-old threw two no-hit innings and reached 98 mph on the radar gun in his Cactus League debut Thursday. Beede averaged simply over 94 mph on his fastball in 2019, when he struggled to a 5.08 ERA/5.03 FIP and posted 8.69 Okay/9 and three.54 BB/9 in 117 innings. Webb, 23, made his MLB debut in 2019 and put up numbers just like Beede’s over a smaller pattern of 39 2/Three frames (93 mph velo, 5.22 ERA/4.12 FIP, 8.39 Okay/9, 3.18 BB/9).
Infielder/outfielder Chris Owings has by no means performed first base in his profession, however he has been working there this spring in an effort to make the Rockies as a super-utility man, Jake Rill of MLB.com writes. Owings, whom the Rockies added on a minor league contract in free company, had a pair helpful seasons prior to now with division-rival Arizona. However neither 2018 nor ’19 handled Owings properly. Between the Royals and Purple Sox final season, he battled an unpleasant .139/.209/.233 (13 wRC+) in 196 plate appearances. But when he does earn a roster spot with Colorado, he may very well be a backup choice behind beginning first baseman Daniel Murphy.
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