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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||300.00||3.00||.237||22.00||22.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs St. Louis||5||2||0|| .400|| .400|| .400|
|vs Wainwright (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||74||17||1|| .240|| .351|| .230|
|Last 10 Games|
Blake Lalli battling for backup catcher spot with Diamondbacks
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/27/15) The Diamondbacks aren't sure if they're keeping two catchers or three, and the only certainty is that Tuffy Gosewisch is starting.
Entering the final week of spring training, Blake Lalli is battling Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for a roster spot.
"You just keep playing and try not to look into things, because it's impossible," Lalli said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I feel like if you do your job on the field, that's all you can do for sure. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. I try not to pay attention to decisions that aren't mine. ... You can look around and see and kind of figure you're in it."
D-Backs name Tuffy Gosewisch as starting catcher
|(3/23/15) The Diamondbacks announced Monday that longtime minor leaguer Tuffy Gosewisch will be their starting catcher on Opening Day, according to AZCentral.com|
Drafted in 2005, Gosewisch has spent virtually his entire pro career in the minor leagues, playing in 14 MLB games in 2013 and 43 in 2014.
"I don't know which other way we would go," Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said.
In his 55 career games for the Diamondbacks, Gosewich has hit .213 with one home run and 10 RBI in 174 at-bats.
Hale: Gosewisch, Laird leading D-Backs catcher competition
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/20/15) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale spoke about the team's catcher competition Thursday, proclaiming Tuffy Gosewisch and Gerald Laird as the current leaders, MLB.com reports.
"Tuffy, to me, is running with it, and so is Gerald," Hale said. "I would say they're the two guys that are leading the pack. We haven't decided anything yet."
One of the reasons Laird signed with the Diamondbacks was a legitimate chance to win a roster spot, and he's established himself as a viable option for the team.
"He has just come in and done everything we've asked," Hale said. "What's impressed me is his catching. He's done a good job handling our staff, and he's had some really good at-bats. He looks fresh."
Blake Lalli or Jordan Pacheco may also be able to stick on the roster as well as a third catcher, due to their ability to play other positions.
Eight catchers vying for Diamondbacks' job
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/7/15) Eight catchers are in Major League camp with the Diamondbacks, and manager Chip Hale said that any combination of them could make the final roster.
24-year-old Peter O'Brien is a former second-round draft pick of the Yankees, who was dealt to the D-Backs last season. He's one of the top prospects in the organization and will get extensive playing time, either at the Major League level or in the minors until he's ready to take the starting job on the big club.
35-year-old Gerald Laird is a non-roster invitee. He'll likely serve as a backup if he makes the roster.
"We know what Gerald can do," Hale told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "We just need to make sure that he's ready. If and when he makes the team, he'll have to catch. How much can he catch for us? We'll have to figure that out."
Tuffy Gosewisch has the most experience with the team and is likely to take one of the roster spots.
Rule V pick Oscar Hernandez needs to make the big club or be returned to the Rays. Hale praised his defense. ""He's really looked good behind the plate," Hale said. "He kind of makes it hard on the coaches and the manager because every ball he catches looks like a strike. ... He's got great hands back there and he blocks it."
Jordan Pacheco could make the squad based on his versatility at other positions.
Blake Lalli , Matt Pagnozzi and Mark Thomas will have a tough time beating out the five players ahead of them on the depth chart.
D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch ready to prove doubters wrong
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/18/15) Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who is considered the favorite to win the starting catcher job this spring, is not worried about the skeptics who don't believe he can handle being Arizona's top catcher.
"That's more motivation for me," he told The Arizona Republic. "All that matters to me is that the team believes in me. It seems like they do and I believe in myself. The more people that come out and say that, that's fine. That's just more motivation for me to go out and prove that I belong and I can do it."
Gosewisch is not known for his offense, but the Diamondbacks are comfortable with going with a defense-first catcher because they believe the rest of the lineup will help pick up the slack offensively.
"I know that in my position, my number one job is the pitchers," he said. "So 80 percent, 90 percent of my game has to be focused on them. Knowing what they do best and knowing what the other team does best and trying to come up with a game plan -- there's not a whole lot of stats that can be put on that part of the game.
"If I can just contribute to the team offensively, I think that's what they're looking for. I'm not saying I'm going to be an All-Star, but I'm confident in my ability to hit. I know there's a lot of people out there who doubt that, but I know I can do it and I know people here think I can do it."
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