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Mr. Consistent

Jack Marguder -Premium Content

First baseman Josh Whitesell has been a model of consistency in his four full minor league seasons, and the Diamondbacks have seen it in his first year with them, too. "He swings the bat well, he plays good defense and he plays the game with a purpose," farm director A.J. Hinch said. "He has a plan when he goes up to the plate, and he has a certain slow-burn mentality that is a good approach for him. He puts up quality at-bats."

Majors | #2008#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Max Effort

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Righthander Max Scherzer made an immediate impact in his first major league spring training camp. Scherzer hit 96 mph on the radar gun in the Diamondbacks' exhibition game against the White Sox, his first time against major league hitters, and he topped out at 97 mph in his second appearance.

Majors | #2008#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Abreu-Like

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

It did not take long for sweet-swinging outfielder Gerardo Parra to draw comparisons to a more prominent Venezuelan countryman in spring training. In his first major league camp since being added to the 40-man roster this winter, Parra opened eyes immediately by getting six hits in his first six spring training at-bats.

Majors | #2008#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Adding Deception

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

The Diamondbacks had spoken to the Reds in previous years about lefthander Jon Coutlangus, so when the Reds designated him for assignment on Opening Day, it simply opened another door. The Diamondbacks acquired Coutlangus for minor league outfielder Daniel Perales on April 7, giving them another lefthanded reliever in an organization that remains a bit thin in that specialty.

Majors | #2008#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports