With the start of the season right around the corner, the Arizona Diamondbacks continue to trim down their roster to the 25 players needed for Opening Day.
The club announced on Sunday morning that they have reassigned seven players to their Minor League camp, meaning those guys will begin the 2015 season down in the minors.
There are really only two noteworthy names on this list and those are Barrett and O’Brien. Barrett was competing for a spot in the bullpen while O’Brien was the talk of camp battling it out for the catching job.
Barrett was having a bit of a rough spring. In four games, the former Sun Devil had a 9.00 ERA with three walks and five strikeouts. He’ll report to Reno and should be one of the first arms called up if there’s an injury in the D’Backs bullpen.
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O’Brien was having a solid spring. In 28 at-bats, the young catcher had seven hits and drove in a pair of runs. It remains to be seen what level he begins his season at, but with how well he hit at Mobile, it’s probably likely that he’ll be at Reno with Barrett.
Either way, we are going to see him sooner rather than later.
With O’Brien being sent down and the injury to Oscar Hernandez, it’s pretty much a slam dunk that Tuffy Gosewisch and Gerard Laird are going to be the two catchers the D’Backs will start the season off with. Expect Gosewisch to get the majority of the starts while the veteran Laird gives him breathers every now and then.
That combination is nothing to get excited about in terms of offensive production, but the D’Backs are hoping that both provide quality defense and help mentor what should be a young pitching staff.
Stay with Heat Waved as we will cover all the D’Backs roster moves heading into the season.