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D-backs Open SRF with First Workouts

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New D-backs closer J.J. Putz stopped to sign autographs for fans on Monday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.  Photography: Jordan Megenhardt
By Greg Dillard
For the first time in the 13-year history of the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitchers and catchers began Spring Training workouts in Scottsdale.
There was a new feel and sense of excitement surrounding Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Monday afternoon as pitchers and catchers moved among the practice fields on day one of Spring Training. 
It was a busy day for the D-backs as a clubhouse meeting kicked off the day at 8:30 a.m. 
The meeting was led by new D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson, and he stressed the importance of competing. 
“We’re just talking about competing,” Gibson said. “How do we do that? What does it mean to be a pitcher? For me, obviously we want to command the zone with all pitches at any time in the game. We all know that, we focus on that stuff. Fielding your position, being able to control the running game, your sequences, your picks, how to handle the bat.
“I want guys to be able to bunt. I want them to be able to slash. I would love to hit and run with them. I want them to be able to handle the bat and help themselves.” 
Aside from throwing bullpens, pitchers participated in the usual Spring Training exercises such as bunting and hitting practice, PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice), pickoffs and comebackers. 
“Well no matter how many times you work out, or how hard you work out in the offseason, you never can prepare for the first day,” pitcher Ian Kennedy said. “Then just going out there, standing on the field taking PFPs, running around field to field, and then to do conditioning and working out after. This complex is amazing.”
The D-backs catchers not only caught the bullpen sessions, but participated in defense and hitting drills as well. 
“It was a good day, fun,” catcher Miguel Montero said. “It’s an unbelievable facility. It was good, kind of easy. I’m sweating a little bit because I’m probably out of shape. I caught a couple new guys and they looked pretty good so far. From what I see it looks great.” 
While day one of pitchers and catchers consists of plenty of baseball activities, it is also a chance for the players to meet the new faces and reconnect with the returning faces. 
“Just have fun,” Kennedy said. “This is the first day, first time I get to see some guys from the east coast that haven’t been here. Seeing the guys is a good thing, it’s a fun day.” 
Several position players including outfielders Justin Upton, Chris Young and Xavier Nady, along with utility man Willie Bloomquist were spotted around the complex several few days before their report date.
The first full squad workout will be on Feb. 19. 

SUBWAY FanFest Already a Hit

Chase Field is already buzzing for FanFest!

 

The doors opened at 9 a.m. for early arrivals, with D-backs season ticket holders and SUBWAY Value Meals customers entering an hour early.

 

At 10 a.m., D-backs fans started streaming in, already in great numbers (with photos to come).

 

Daron Sutton is conducting a Q&A right now on the stage out at center field, and fans are purchasing autograph session tickets at the plaza ticket windows.  Also, check out the yard sale for all sorts of D-backs gear, as well as the memorabilia show for bobbleheads, posters, trading cards and more.

 

D-backs Training Centers personnel are throwing pitches on three fields located in the infield, and FOX Sports Arizona is filming great D-backs fans to air during broadcasts this season.

 

Sports 620 KTAR is broadcasting live, with Mark Reynolds and new first baseman Adam LaRoche on air right now. I just ran into Matt Williams downstairs, and he’ll be joining the crew soon. Justin Upton, Clay Zavada and Ian Kennedy are all hanging out together in the clubhouse, and all three will be participating in various activities soon.

 

You can listen to Sports 620 KTAR’s live broadcast here: http://den-a.plr.liquidcompass.net/player/flash/audio_player.php?id=KTARAM&uid=239

 

I’ll be back with a lot more, including photos, video and audio very soon!

 

 

Three Minutes with Kennedy and Jackson

A press conference is happening in a few minutes with new D-backs pitchers Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson, but in the meantime, both guys took a few minutes to talk to D-backs Insider

Ian Kennedy:
Edwin Jackson:
More to come. 

Heyman Calls D-backs Meeting Winners

Sports Illustrated reporter John Heyman listed his winners and losers from the Winter Meetings in a column Friday, listing the D-backs among the group that did well:

8. Diamondbacks: GM Josh Byrnes is right that special starting pitching is needed in the NL West, and to that end, Edwin Jackson gives them a superb top three along with Brandon Webb and Dan Haren, who’s one of the best No. 2 starters in baseball, if not the best. Kennedy wasn’t going to be able to hack it with his soft stuff in the AL East, but Arizona believes it will translate better in their far less powerful division. They weren’t sure Max Scherzer has a varied enough repertoire to become a star in the rotation, but others think otherwise. In any case, it’s always better to trade relievers for starters and the deal Byrnes instigated clearly helps them in the short run.

On Thursday, in his assessment of the trade, Heyman also addressed Ian Kennedy’s presence in the deal:

(Kennedy) showed in the recent Arizona Fall League that he still carries the potential to fill a rotation slot in the National League. Nobody sees the Arizona league more than the D-backs, and they obviously were impressed with Kennedy, who had 28 strikeouts and just five walks in 29 2/3 AFL innings, reaching the low 90s on the radar gun.

 

D-backs Land Jackson, Kennedy in Three-team Trade

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After patiently waiting for the last 24 hours, D-backs fans can exhale — the three-way trade with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers is complete.

The D-backs receive right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers, and right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Yankees.
 

The Tigers receive D-backs pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth, along with Yankees pitcher Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson. The Yankees receive outfielder Curtis Granderson.
 

Jackson threw a shutout inning in the All-Star Game this past season. In fact, 2009 seemed to be a real coming-out party for the one-time Dodgers super prospect. In 2003, Jackson made his Major League debut on his 20th birthday at Chase Field against Randy Johnson and the D-backs. He threw six innings that day, allowing one run and four hits en route to a 4-1 win. 
 

A few notes about Jackson:
 

– He had a stretch of 16 starts in 2009 (May 9 to Aug. 5) when he allowed three or fewer earned runs each start, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.46 ERA in that span. He was only the third Tiger (along with Mickey Lolich and Jack Morris) to have such a streak in the last 50 years.

– He finished seventh in the American League in ERA (3.62) and adjusted ERA (127) in 2009. 
 

– In 2009, held opponents to a .247 average with a .310 opponents’ on-base percentage.
 

– He raised his strikeout-to-walk ratio from 1.4 in 2008 to 2.3 in 2009.
 

Here’s a Q&A with Jackson by Baseball Prospectus’ David Laurila. 

 


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As for Kennedy, the 2006 first-round pick of the Yankees was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year as a member of the USC Trojans. He doesn’t have nearly the big league service time that Jackson has (only 59 2/3 innings for the Yankees in parts of the last three seasons) but he’s been fantastic in his minor league career.
 

In 46 minor league games (248 2/3 innings), Kennedy posted a 19-6 record with a 1.95 ERA, with 273 strikeouts and just 77 walks.
 

He missed the 2009 season because he needed an aneurysm removed from his right armpit, but he returned to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, and was able to show that he was healthy. He made seven starts and put up a 4.25 ERA, with 28 strikeouts and five walks in 29 2/3 innings.
 

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus noted that Kennedy, “looked sharp after missing most of the year following surgery” in the AFL this season.
 

Here’s a New York Times feature on Kennedy from 2008 Spring Training.

 

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