Spring Training Job Battles: Early March Update
Spring Training Job Battles: Early March Update

This article is part of our Spring Training Job Battles series.

Games have been played, press conferences have been had and players have gotten injured. This week's article will look at which job battles have changed and which haven't through the first two weeks of spring games. All stats are through Thursday.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Rotation

Whether there's a battle here still hinges on Mike Leake's fractured non-throwing wrist. If he's forced to open the year on the injured list, that would leave just three names (Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and Luke Weaver) fighting for three spots. Manager Torey Lovullo said it could be tough for Leake to get ready in time, though the veteran continues to work through his throwing progression, pitching live batting practice Thursday. As for the others, Gallen owns a 5:1 K:BB and a 0.46 WHIP through 4.1 innings. Weaver has struggled, giving up six runs in just two innings, striking out five but walking four. Kelly has a 3:2 K:BB and a 2.00 WHIP in four frames. Alex Young and Taylor Clarke could theoretically be in the conversation, but there's been no indication that they're ahead of the aforementioned names.

Closer

Archie Bradley has yet to be named the team's closer but has thrown two scoreless innings while allowing just one baserunner. Hector Rondon owns a 6:0 K:BB in three innings and has allowed just one baserunner as well, though that baserunner came on a solo homer. Kevin Ginkel deserves a mention, as his 1.48 ERA and 29.2 percent strikeout rate in his

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