PHOENIX -- With the World Series wrapping up, it's time to light the fire on the Hot Stove season, the first for the D-backs under the leadership of Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson.
Goldschmidt received a nomination for Hitting Performance -- specifically a record game against the Dodgers in May. In leading the D-backs to victory, the first baseman set a franchise record with four extra-base hits (two home runs and two doubles) while collecting six RBIs and scoring four runs, both of which were career-highs.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' struggles over the last few seasons and the recent changes in leadership have been well-documented.
It's time for a fresh start for chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, general manager Dave Stewart, senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson and manager Chip Hale, all new to their jobs.
PHOENIX -- Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa assembled his baseball operations point men in Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson during the final week of the regular season.
Together they have to find a way to lift a team that finished 2014 with the worst record in Major League Baseball.
Archie Bradley wasn't supposed to be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this year. The plan, coming into the season, called for the D-backs' No. 1 prospect to go to Spring Training with the D-backs to compete for a spot in their big league rotation. If the right-hander didn't make the club in April, he'd go to the Minor Leagues for more seasoning and be ready for his Major League debut later in the year.
At first, all went according to plan. Though he didn't break camp with the D-backs, Bradley pitched well in Spring Training and then held opponents to two runs on seven hits in 12 innings in his first two starts for Triple-A Reno as calls for his promotion intensified.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs recently added right-hander Enrique Burgos to their 40-man roster to protect him in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Now it's up to him to prove the team made a wise move.
Burgos is pitching for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters, and has pitched effectively early on.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.
Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley's dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life.
The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth-straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 8-1, on Friday afternoon.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Add another name to the list of outstanding young infield prospects for the D-backs. Brandon Drury is determined to find himself a spot on the big league roster sooner rather than later.
Drury, you might remember, was one of the players to land in Arizona from Atlanta in early 2013, when the D-backs sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Braves. Drury was a 10th-round Draft pick by the Braves in '10.
If only D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez had had a tree planted for every bat he broke during his career. Parks in Phoenix received such a bounty on Friday through the D-backs and Arizona Lottery's "Break A Bat, Plant A Tree" program.
"This program is a great concept and if it existed when I was here, there would be a lot more trees around the city because I sure broke plenty of bats in my career," Gonzalez said with a laugh. "I grew up in the inner city and a nice park like this provides a place of opportunity and a safe place for these kids to play and have a good time."
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The D-backs continued filling out their baseball operations department Thursday by hiring Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as special assistant to senior vice president of baseball operations.
Minniti spent the previous five seasons with the Nationals assisting GM Mike Rizzo. Minniti specialized in rules compliance, transactions, budgeting and contract negotiations.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Archie Bradley gazed into the distance and took a deep breath. It is football season, and nowhere is that more evident than in Bradley's home state of Oklahoma.
Bradley was a three-sport star at Broken Arrow High School and came oh so tantalizingly close to becoming the quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. But baseball beckoned with a louder call, accompanied by quicker and perhaps even better money than football likely would have brought, and certainly less wear and tear on the body. Still, Bradley wonders ... what it might have been like to play for the Boomer Sooners.
PHOENIX -- Former Major Leaguer and broadcaster Mark Grace joined the D-backs on Thursday to be assistant hitting coach, while Glenn Sherlock was moved from third-base to bench coach and Andy Green was named third-base coach.
In addition, Mike Harkey (pitching), Dave McKay (first base), Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (bullpen) and Turner Ward (hitting) will return to the coaching positions they held this past season, and Henry Blanco was reassigned from assistant hitting coach to bullpen catcher.
Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
After being summoned to the big league club in early August, Lamb finished the season hitting .230 with four doubles, a triple and four home runs among his 29 hits in 133 plate appearances. He had 11 RBIs. Lamb drew only six walks and struck out 37 times. He also stole one base in two attempts.
PHOENIX -- During his managerial interview with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chip Hale said his goal has been to try and make each player he has come in contact with 15 percent better.
D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, a Hall of Fame manager, immediately jotted that down on his notepad. The statement also drew the attention of general manager Dave Stewart.
Arizona Diamondbacks (Chip Hale): Hey everyone, glad to be here answering your questions for the next 30 minutes or so. -Chip
Lisa Tower: Pitching has been a huge issue this past season. What plan of attack can help us with that?
PHOENIX -- The D-backs introduced Chip Hale as their new manager on Monday. A ferocious competitor, Hale replaces Kirk Gibson, who was dismissed with three days remaining in the 2014 season and the team on its way to a 64-98 record.
"It was just the completeness of his background and the way he presented himself," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said of Hale. "We were looking for a leader and a guy who loves baseball, and there wasn't a box he didn't have checked."
Archie Bradley could get used to pitching in Arizona.
The D-backs' top prospect -- rated No. 9 overall in baseball by MLB.com's Prospect Watch -- has been spending his fall in the desert, where he's pitching for the Salt River Rafters. Soon enough, he hopes to be spending more time in the area, but with the big league club.
As the Giants bid to win their third World Series title since 2010, most of the other members of the National League West have been busy restructuring in attempt to find the mix that might bring them the kind of consistent success San Francisco has gained with its stable and tenured management structure.
While Giants general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy both stand as the longest-tenured National League employees in their respective roles, three other NL West members -- the D-backs, Padres and Rockies -- have all recently hired either a new GM or manager.
With five picks in the first 100 selections of the First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs were busy in the early rounds of this year's event. They used all five of their top picks on players from the high school ranks, injecting several high-ceiling prospects into the organization.
That busy Draft in June has led to an important instructional league this fall, as the D-backs coaching staff has been able to work with the teenagers for an extended period. And player development director Mike Bell has been pleased with what he's seen from right-hander Touki Toussaint, the club's first-round pick, as well as outfielders Marcus Wilson and Matt Railey, left-hander Cody Reed and shortstop Isan Diaz.
With Archie Bradley and Tyler Glasnow on the mound as Salt River hosted Scottsdale on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League, the final game of the day was expected to be a pitchers' duel. But after early exits for both power pitchers, both of whom are the top prospect in their organizations, power bats took over the game Tuesday.
Led by Yankees prospects Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, Scottsdale outslugged Salt River, 7-4.
PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Chris Owings underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair the posterior labrum of his left shoulder. He is expected to be ready to go when Spring Training opens.
Owings initially sustained the injury June 20 while sliding into home plate and ended up on the disabled list until Sept. 2 with what the club said was a bone bruise.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs' baseball operations brain trust of Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson met with the media late Monday morning, one day following the end of the regular season.
Here is a look at what they had to say on a variety of key topics:
PHOENIX -- There really is no way around it: 2014 was a nightmare for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
They opened Spring Training filled with optimism, a club-record $110 million payroll and a vow that they would find a way to get over the 81-81 rut they had found themselves in the previous two seasons.
PHOENIX -- Former D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has decided not to remain in the organization and instead will pursue other opportunities within baseball.
"I thank Kevin for his time and hard work while here with the Diamondbacks," D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. "We considered a different role for him, but it would create an awkwardness for him and our existing staff. He is a tremendous professional with outstanding relationships and will be working with another team in no time."
One day after the regular season ended, the first managerial moves were made on Monday as the Twins dismissed Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons on the job and the Astros named A.J. Hinch their next manager.
And there figures to be more changes in the upcoming days and weeks. After all, coaches are usually the first casualties following disappointing seasons.
This year didn't turn out anywhere close to as well as the D-backs might have hoped. Their playoff aspirations dissipated quickly after a 5-18 start, and general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson both lost their jobs before the season ended.
Arizona did get a nice consolation prize after finishing 2014 with a 64-98 record, its worst in a decade. By virtue of finishing with MLB's lowest winning percentage (.395), the D-backs received the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The only other time they had the top choice was in 2005, when they selected Justin Upton.
PHOENIX -- Right up until 15 minutes before first pitch, it seemed like Sunday's D-backs-Cardinals game might just play a role in deciding how the National League Central race finished up.
But then the Reds beat the Pirates, clinching the Central for the Cardinals, and suddenly the game -- won by St. Louis, 1-0 -- had the feel of a Spring Training game.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs prevailed with some power hitting on Saturday night, as Mark Trumbo hit a pair of homers in the D-backs' 5-2 win over the Cardinals at Chase Field to even the three-game series.
Trumbo's second jack, a three-run blast in the seventh off reliever Seth Maness, proved to be the decisive blow and kept the Cardinals from clinching their second straight National League Central title -- for at least another day -- which was a fact Trumbo downplayed after the game.
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