azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley discusses the state of the Arizona Diamondbacks as Opening Day approaches.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller struggled with his fastball command Monday but says he’s ready for spring training to end. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up three runs in five-plus innings against the Chicago Cubs. He believes he is making progress toward Opening Day. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz breaks down the key headlines to watch during the final week of spring training.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale poses these questions that will be answered in the MLB regular season.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz recaps the championship between USA and Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium.
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Shot Clock: Why isn’t Paul Goldschmidt playing? Will Cardinals draft QB Mitchell Trubisky? Kurt Warner also had a Super Bowl jersey stolen? The Shot Clock tackles the burning topics in Arizona sports.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray gave up two runs in five innings, walking one and striking out six, vs. the Royals on Tuesday. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up one run in five innings against the Netherlands on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings vs. the Mariners but wasn’t efficient with his pitches.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray gave up two earned runs — both on a first-inning homer — in four innings against the Brewers on Thursday.
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Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke comments on his side session to minor leaguers at Salt River Fields on Mar. 13, 2017. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox but came away sounding upbeat. Video: Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Right-hander Taijuan Walker struck out eight in four scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks on Friday vs. the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke’s fastball was in the upper-80s on Wednesday at Salt River Fields.
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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller lasted 2 2/3 innings against the A’s, giving up six runs, on Tuesday. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings against the White Sox on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who is vying for a spot in the rotation, gave up two runs in three innings against the Padres on Saturday in Peoria.
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Diamondbacks right-handed Shelby Miller talks about his impressive outing vs. the Cubs. Miller struck out six in three innings.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley tossed three scoreless innings in his second start of spring training.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray was upbeat despite walking three in 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down the story lines to follow as spring training heats up.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers in Surprise. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Here are some longtime favorites about America’s favorite pastime.
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The MLB is changing up the intentional walk in an effort to improve the pace of play.
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The Brewers by position: Bullpen
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USA TODAY Sports has released its projected win totals for the 2017 MLB season.
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about his frustration with the MLBPA, which he said rebuffed the league’s efforts to make any of a number of rules changes at Tuesday’s Cactus League Media Day at the Biltmore. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Ken Kendrick discusses the team’s lawsuit with the Maricopa County Stadium District over over Chase Field maintenance costs at spring-training camp on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and his new team’s foundation at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how difficult it is to win back-to-back championships in the MLB on Tuesday at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how to prepare for this season in regards to overworking and injuries after last season’s championship run at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted fans to celebrate the start of spring training and the 2017 season at D-Backs Fan Fest at Salt River Fields on Monday. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney tosses a bullpen session at Salt River Fields.
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There are several MLB teams looking for new stadiums, while at least two are happy with their old-school dwellings.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker throws his first official bullpen session of spring training at Salt River Fields on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller tosses his first bullpen of the spring at Salt River Fields on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Ron Gardenhire, Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach, annouced on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the team’s spring training complex at Salt River Fields. Manager Torey Lovullo also spoke. Video: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on what he sees in his team and pitcher Shelby Miller heading into the first days of spring training at Salt River Fields. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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D-Backs pitcher Archie Bradley, sporting facial hair that he has not shaved since October 31st, reports to spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs skipper Torey Lovullo press conference at spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs pitcher Patrick Corbin reports to spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley talks about the excitement of getting spring training started, saying “I couldn’t sleep last night.” Video: Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks have faced tough seasons and payroll limitations, and it might cost them a beloved franchise player. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Proliferation of young talent in the game provides an abundance of inexpensive options to stock a roster.
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Are the Arizona Diamondbacks right to sue Maricopa County over Chase Field? Columnist E.J. Montini says no.
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With the longest championship drought in American professional sports, the Cubs have seen a lot change since they last won the World Series, in 1908.
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When Jasrado Chisholm talks about his swing, he mentions the smoothness of Robinson Cano and the explosiveness of Ken Griffey Jr. When he talks about how he wants to lead, he references the way Derek Jeter walked onto the field. When he talks about goals, his visions sound almost outrageous.
Chisholm, who goes by the nickname “Jazz,” is viewed by some scouts as the Diamondbacks’ best prospect, a shortstop with smooth actions, a big swing, an infectious personality and no shortage of confidence.
“I think I can be a really great player in the big show,” Chisholm said. “I could play 15 years, 20 years (in the majors). That’s the goal that I set for myself. Like this season, I set a high goal to hit .400. That’s the goal. I set a lot of high goals for myself. … If you aim high, you miss high.”
Sitting outside the Diamondbacks’ facility at Salt River Fields, Chisholm, 19, spoke with a combination of confidence and nonchalance, smiling and laughing throughout. He plays the game with the same sort of flair.
During a recent minor-league game on a practice field, Chisholm was a ball of energy on the field. He always seemed to be in the middle of the action, whether the ball was hit to him or not. His at-bats were filled with aggressive swings, and though he didn’t hit one out, he was said to be among the Diamondbacks’ leaders in home runs during minor-league camp.
Signed out of the Bahamas two years ago, his professional experience amounts to a half-season (249 at-bats) in the rookie-level Pioneer League last season, when he hit .281 with 21 extra-base hits, including nine homers, for Missoula.
Despite having a ways to go in his development, Chisholm already has caught the attention of rival scouts.
“He’s their top prospect,” a scout with an NL club said. “I think he’s got a chance to be a true shortstop and he’s got a chance to hit.”
Listed at 5 feet 11, 165 pounds, Chisholm seems to relish the opportunity to show he’s got more power than his frame might suggest.
“A lot of games in spring training, when I came up and I was hitting third, everybody was looking like, ‘Huh, why is this little kid hitting third?’ ” Chisholm said. “Some guys on the team call me Cargo” – a reference to the Rockies’ big-swinging Carlos Gonzalez – “because of the swings I take. It’s just having fun. I love the hype. I love the attention.”
Said a scout with an AL team: “When you initially see him, he’s not very big. But I saw him hit a bomb in spring training and I’m like, ‘Damn, he’s got some bat speed,’ and he looks very hitter-ish in the box, very comfortable.
“I saw him take some balls that were pretty close and he was shaking his head before the umpire called them. He’s got a little swag to him, which I like. It’s not cocky; he’s confident over cocky, and that’s very important. He’s fun to watch.”
In a Diamondbacks system that’s viewed as light on high-end talent, Chisholm could be an exception. All the more impressive is how they were able to sign him.
In February 2015, Diamondbacks special assistant Craig Shipley was in Nassau for a workout showcasing another Bahamas native, infielder Lucius Fox. This was shortly after the Diamondbacks blew past their spending limits to land right-hander Yoan Lopez, a signing that limited their international spending to no more than $300,000 on any one player for the next two years.
Shipley knew Fox would cost more than $300,000, but there were a couple others players who caught his attention – one of whom was Chisholm, who was playing second base that day. A few weeks later, Shipley returned to Nassau for another workout.
“They ran a 60, hit a little BP, took some ground balls, and now Jazz was at shortstop,” Shipley said. “I was like, ‘Oooh.’ I actually liked him better at short than what I’d seen at second. You could see the hands better.
“They played a game. He had three at-bats, and when there was a strike, he hit it. He caught the ball, and his arm was easy.”
The following July, the Diamondbacks signed him for $200,000 – a number that looks like a bargain given how quickly his prospect status has risen.
“The signing bonus doesn’t really mean anything to me,” Chisholm said. “It’s something you get out of it, but I want to make my money in the big leagues.”
Chisholm, who is expected to open the season with Low-A Kane County, has drawn comparisons to former infielder Orlando Hudson – now a minor league instructor for the Diamondbacks – both for his play and personality. Hudson said he can see it but only to an extent.
“That kid has tremendous tools – tools out of tools,” Hudson said. “I see so much of me in him, but I didn’t have the tools he had. Definitely not. He’s a joy to watch, a joy to coach, but he’s definitely got a lot to learn still.”
First baseman Christian Walker, claimed off waivers on Tuesday, was outrighted to Triple-A Reno, meaning he cleared waivers and is now off the 40-man roster.