First Round of Roster Cuts

Another beautiful day on tap in South Bend… we had record-setting temperatures yesterday. It appears we will be right around 80 again today. Just need this weather to stick around for the April 9 home opener in a few weeks. Heck, we could lose 10 degrees and still be doing mighty fine.

Yesterday the Diamondbacks made their first round of cuts, leaving 45 players at big league camp including 11 non-roster invitees. And by “cut” I mean they were either reassigned or optioned.

Among those include Konrad Schmidtwho was optioned to Triple-A Reno, where he spent all of 2011. He was a September call-up in 2010 and played with the Hawks a few years prior to that in ’08.

Infielder Ryan Wheeler hasn’t made his big league debut, but he’ll start ’12 closer than he’s ever been. The Diamondbacks reassigned him to Reno. Wheeler hit .345 in limited action for the Hawks in 2009.

Kevin Munson (’10) and Marc Krauss (’09) will start the year at Double-A Mobile, while first-rounder Chris Owings (’10) will begin in the California League with the Rawhide. Owings hit close to .300 with the Hawks two seasons ago, but saw his average slip down to .246 with Visalia in ’11.

Also worth noting that Tyler Skaggs (’10), a non-roster invitee, survived the first cut. He is one of the aforementioned 11 non-roster invitees still at big league camp. He is joined by prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. The Diamondbacks have been impressed with what they’ve seen from those two.

Roster cuts mean baseball is getting closer…



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