Jack Magruder

Diamondbacks Shut Down Jarrod Parker

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

To say it has not been a good year for top starting pitchers in the Diamondbacks organization is understating the obvious. A few days after 2006 Cy Young winner Brandon Webb had season-ending shoulder surgery after making only one appearance this year, the club's top pitching prospect, righthander Jarrod Parker, was shut down for the season after feeling elbow pain during a July 31 start at Double-A Mobile.

Majors | #2009#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Diamondbacks Intriqued By Mercedes’ Bullpen Success

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

About this time last year, Roque Mercedes was moved to the bullpen after almost four fitful seasons as a starter in the Brewers organization. The move worked well, so well that the Diamondbacks identified Mercedes as the pitcher they wanted in a trade-deadline deal that sent second baseman Felipe Lopez to Milwaukee for Mercedes and outfielder Cole Gillespie.

Majors | #2009#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Rite Of Spring

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Players in extended spring training have only one mission: to graduate from the experience and earn a promotion to a full-season club. Instruction is a part of the deal — as is tedium — but depending on the player's situation, his daily routine can vary wildly.

Minors | #2009#Prospect Pulse