March 2: D-backs Daily Recap
— The D-backs had their final workout before Spring Training games begin.
— The team did some fundamental drills and took batting practice in the Salt River Fields main stadium.
— GM Kevin Towers met with the media.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
— The D-backs are being extra cautious with Skaggs and Kirk Gibson went out of his way to say that Skaggs was much improved from Thursday to Friday, but the staff does not want to take any chances with such a prized prospect. Especially with it being the opener, Skaggs would certainly be at max effort.
— As the spring goes on and the team begins to make cuts, look for Towers to not always be in the main stadium.
“I’ll probably spend more time on the back fields watching our young kids and getting a better feel for what we’ve got in the pipeline,” Towers told us.
— Minor Leaguer Marc Krauss has made an impression on Towers so far after a disappointing 2011.
“Marc Krauss, his body is completely different from where he was last year,” Towers said. “He’s lost a lot of weight and is in great shape. I know coming into last year he was a name given to me to kind of keep your eye on. You can tell that he worked real hard this offseason to get his body back in shape. Body looks great, swing looks good. I see him in the weight room every day, he’s working real hard.”
— The D-backs could look to lock up their top two pitchers.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Towers has made it clear that they hadn’t approached the pair yet and that the club had no desire to negotiate in season. So we should know one way or the other sooner rather than later.
— The D-backs are still looking for catching help. Towers said that their efforts did not increase because of calling off the Montero extension talks.
“I think we were active even before that,” Towers said. “Not knocking what we have down below, but throughout the whole system that’s probably an area we’re as light on prospect talent. We were talking to clubs this winter trying to indentify young catchers that could be available just to add to the depth in our system. That hasn’t changed. We’ve targeted probably a handful of guys that we’ll scout not only in the spring, but probably throughout the Minor League season, more guys at Double-A/Triple-A that we think are close to give us protection just in case something doesn’t happen with Miggy at the end of the season.”
WHAT’S COMING UP:
— The D-backs play a split-squad game against the Rockies at Salt River Fields (1:10 p.m.) and the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium (1:05 p.m.)
Trevor Bauer will start the game against the Rockies with Patrick Corbin among those seeing action.
Josh Collmenter will start the game against the Giants with Wade Miley, Bryan Shaw and Charles Brewer among those expected to see work.
— Ian Kennedy will get the start against the Giants on Sunday at SRF.
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