D-Backs Claim Whitesell On Waivers

The Diamondbacks announced today that they claimed first baseman Josh Whitesell on waivers from the Nationals and placed him on their 40-man roster.

Whitesell, who turns 26 next month, has always been relatively old compared to his level since the Nationals drafted him in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. Whitesell is a patient, power-hitting first baseman with a propensity for striking out. He struggled in his first taste of Double-A in 2006 as a 24-year-old but performed well with Double-A Harrisburg last season.

JOSH WHITESELL 2005-2007
YEAR LEVEL AGE AVG OBP SLG SO BB PA
2005 Hi A 23 .293 .416 .524 125 74 474
2006 AA 24 .264 .354 .433 125 53 467
2007 AA 25 .284 .425 .512 107 87 487

The Diamondbacks optioned Whitesell to Triple-A Tucson and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating lefthander Bill Murphy for assignment.

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