Posted February 23, 2018 12:14:08 The Arizona Diamonds are in the midst of their Winter Training camp, and their attendance was not as high as they might have hoped.
They were in town for two days of drills, but not a single player was spotted during their day in Scottsdale.
A full day of work on Monday saw them have a total of nine players on the roster, with only two returning from last season’s All-Star break.
The team’s depth chart remains the same, as the team is expected to have a full complement of starters in place for this upcoming season.
But it is not a full-time rotation, with the Diamondbacks only adding two to their 53-man roster.
The biggest addition from the D-backs offseason was left fielder Dexter Fowler, who has played well in the minors, but his production has been limited by injury.
Fowler was placed on the DL for two weeks last season, and his return to the Diamonds has not yet been confirmed.
He is expected back for Spring Training, which begins in early February.
The Diamondbacks have also added two more position players: first baseman Tyler Anderson and right fielder Ryan Braun.
Both players are coming off strong seasons in Triple-A, with Anderson hitting .320 with nine home runs, 31 RBIs, and a .621 OPS in 106 games in 2017.
Braun, meanwhile, had a breakout season in 2017, hitting .333 with 27 home runs and a career-high 106 RBIs in 130 games.
Anderson will have his hands full with his new teammates, as he is the only player not named Justin Upton who is a free agent this offseason.
Anderson, who is under team control through 2020, is coming off a strong season in Double-A with a .281/.345/.482 line.
Braun is coming into his own after having a strong 2017 season in Triple and Double-B, with a career OPS+ of 113.5.
The D-Backs rotation is also getting new members, with third baseman Brandon Moss now joining the team.
Moss, who was the Diamond’s third-round pick in the 2017 draft, had an outstanding season in the Arizona Fall League, batting .318 with 15 home runs in 72 games.
He could start a bit of a rotation that could see the team compete for a playoff spot in 2019.
The rest of the team will not be returning for Spring Break, though, as they will only be playing in Phoenix this weekend.