Top prospect Bradley bounces back in AFL

Right-hander throws four scoreless innings after struggling first three starts

Top prospect Bradley bounces back in AFL

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.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @boor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs prospect Drury testing his potential

Infielder motivated by atmosphere in Arizona Fall League, eyes bigs

D-backs prospect Drury testing his potential

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.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs plant trees for broken bats

D-backs plant trees for broken bats

If only D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez had a tree for every bat he broke. That's exactly what parks in Phoenix received 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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Katie Krause is the D-backs' manager of corporate communications. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs hire assistant GM Minniti from Nationals

Veteran scout Russell also added to baseball operations staff

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bradley honing his craft in Arizona Fall League

D-backs' No. 1 prospect is aiming to secure a rotation spot in 2015

Bradley honing his craft in Arizona Fall League

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.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Grace joins coaching staff; Sherlock moves to bench

Former Major League player, broadcaster hired to assist Ward

Grace joins coaching staff; Sherlock moves to bench

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Lamb in position to claim D-backs' third-base job

Arizona's No. 5 prospect played strong defense, hit .230 after callup

Lamb in position to claim D-backs' third-base job

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.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hale's plan: Make every player '15 percent' better

New manager's statement drew attention of La Russa, Stewart

Hale's plan: Make every player '15 percent' better

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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New D-backs manager Chip Hale answers fan questions on Facebook

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?

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Hale is D-backs' choice for skipper

Most recently A's bench coach, he managed six seasons in Arizona system

Hale is D-backs' choice for skipper

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."

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bradley encouraged by challenge of fall ball

D-backs' top prospect working on pitch repertoire at AFL, not focused on stats

Bradley encouraged by challenge of fall ball

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.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West

D-backs, Rockies and Padres shake up front office, dugout

Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West

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.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs happy with return from Draft picks at instructs

2014 selections Toussaint, Railey progressing steadily, give Arizona bright future

D-backs happy with return from Draft picks at instructs

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.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O'Brien sparkles in AFL opener

Bird, Austin combine for six RBIs in victory

O'Brien sparkles in AFL opener

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.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Owings undergoes surgery on shoulder labrum

Arizona expects infielder to be ready for Spring Training

Owings undergoes surgery on shoulder labrum

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

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.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs' front office ready to hit the ground running

D-backs' front office ready to hit the ground running

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:

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Injuries too much to overcome for D-backs in tough season

Injuries too much to overcome for D-backs in tough season

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stewart, D-backs look to bolster squad for '15

New GM focused on getting team back into contention following rocky season

Stewart, D-backs look to bolster squad for '15

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Towers decides not to remain with D-backs

Towers decides not to remain with D-backs

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."

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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First managerial moves made as offseason begins

Twins dismiss Gardenhire while Astros hire Hinch

First managerial moves made as offseason begins

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.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs to pick first in 2015 First-Year Player Draft

Astros to make second, fifth picks after not signing Aiken from 2014 Draft

D-backs to pick first in 2015 First-Year Player Draft

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.

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Collmenter makes case to remain starter

Righty allows one run in eight innings of loss to NL Central champions

Collmenter makes case to remain starter

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.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trumbo's pair of jacks help D-backs deck Cards

Three-run shot in 7th is pivotal blow after going back-to-back in 1st

Trumbo's pair of jacks help D-backs deck Cards

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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Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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New D-backs' front office will work in concert

GM Stewart, senior VP of baseball operations Watson introduced during press conference

New D-backs' front office will work in concert

PHOENIX -- An example of how the dynamic will work between chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, general manager Dave Stewart and senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson came during the press conference to introduce Stewart and Watson.

At one point, Watson leaned over and said something quietly to Stewart, who nodded.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs relieve Gibson, Trammell of their duties

La Russa says club needs to make fresh start heading into 2015 season

D-backs relieve Gibson, Trammell of their duties

PHOENIX -- When he went to bed on Thursday night, Tony La Russa thought he had reached a decision on what to do about D-backs manager Kirk Gibson.

When he awoke on Friday, La Russa was sure it was time to dismiss Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

D-backs need new leadership that can retain talent

D-backs need new leadership that can retain talent

This is a new version of limping off for Kirk Gibson. This is not 1988, when he perfectly followed the formula laid out by advance scout Mel Didier, ignored the pain in the hammy and knee and hit quite possibly the most memorable of World Series home runs.

This is 2014. And no matter how much appreciation we might have for Gibson as a lifetime baseball guy with a lengthy list of achievements and earnest old-school intentions, the emphasis on grit, the barbaric "eye for an eye" mindset and, most of all, the pileup of losses made him undoubtedly expendable for a D-backs club in transition.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stewart will command respect from players

Stewart will command respect from players

PHOENIX -- On the same day the D-backs ended one era in the dugout, they began a new one in the front office.

The D-backs on Friday introduced former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart as their new general manager and senior vice president, along with De Jon Watson as the club's new senior vice president of baseball operations, signaling a change to the players in the clubhouse.

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Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs announce affiliation with Kane County

Player development contract to last two years with Class A organization

D-backs announce affiliation with Kane County

MINNEAPOLIS -- The D-backs on Wednesday announced a two-year player development contract with the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League.

The D-backs had been affiliated with South Bend, but when their agreement expired this year, South Bend signed a deal with the Cubs.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Perez makes D-backs history

Reliever becomes the club's first pitcher to strike out four in one inning

Perez makes D-backs history

DENVER -- D-backs reliever Oliver Perez made history on Saturday afternoon, as he tied a Major League record by striking out four Rockies hitters in the seventh inning of Arizona's 5-1 loss.

Perez became the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, and it was the 44th time it had happened since 1998 -- with 43 of those coming in the regular season and one during the postseason.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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