It’s still the first week of March, a time when baseball folks will tell you it’s too early to draw conclusions, at least if you’re talking about any alarming developments. But if it’s positives you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.
Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers has seen a lot to like from his club through the first 13 games of spring training, particularly as it relates to his offense.
They haven’t been scoring boatloads of runs or causing the folks on the lawn at Salt River Fields to scatter for home run balls. But it’s the little things that have Towers encouraged.
He’s seen a team more adept at moving runners from second to third on ground outs to the right side. And he’s seen runners scoring from third with less than two outs. He’s hoping he sees more of it come April1 and beyond.
“We’re scoring without hitting the long ball,” Towers said. “If we’re able to do that throughout the year — we’re still going to hit our home runs — but if we can score runs in other ways, we should be in a lot of ballgames. If our pitching is as good as I think it’s going to be, we’ll compete.”
What he’s seen from his team might not mean much since spring training games/results aren’t the best barometers for regular-season performance, but it sure beats the alternative. Besides, this was the kind of offense Towers had in mind when he went about constructing his roster in the off-season, envisioning prominent roles for contact-oriented players such as Adam Eaton and Martin Prado.
“It’s tough to rely on the home runs every time,” first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “Teams that do that are probably pretty hot and cold, I would guess. There are times when you are facing good pitching that you have to find a way to manufacture runs, whether it’s bunt or move a guy or small things like baserunning.”
Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers says offense will be more versatile
Arizona Republic | Mar 7