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Height/Weight: 6-3/255 | Birthdate: 7/15/1990 | Birthplace: Miami Gardens, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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12/22/2014Phil Hughes, SP MIN
Peter O'Brien, C ARI
12/15/2014Patrick Corbin, SP ARI
Mike Fiers, RP MIL
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Robert Refsnyder, 2B NYY
 
 
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Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien seeing time in outfield

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/15) Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien spent his second consecutive day in the outfield during a minor-league game Thursday, and he hasn't been behind the plate since developing throwing problems earlier in March, the Arizona Republic reports.

"I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said.

While the team has been reluctant to publicly acknowledge O'Brien's catching issues, he's unlikely to be the long-term answer behind the plate, as general manager Dave O'Brien reportedly indicated in January. The Diamondbacks figure to roll with Tuffy Gosewisch as the team's primary catcher unless an addition is made.

Pete O'Brien, Danny Worth among seven Diamondbacks' cuts

by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/15) The Diamondbacks reassigned seven players to minor league camp on Sunday. 

Players cut from the Major League team included: 

Catcher/infielder Peter O'Brien, a former second-round draft pick acquired by the D-Backs from the Yankees last season. O'Brien hit .250 in 13 spring games. 

Infielder Danny Worth, signed as an offseason free agent after five years with the Tigers. Worth hit .286 this spring.

RHP Jake Barrett, a third-round pick in 2012. He had a 9.00 ERA in four spring games.

OF Danny Dorn, who hit .194.

OF Nick Evans, who hit .211

RHP J.C. Ramirez, who had a 6.00 ERA in five games. 

Utility man Jamie Romak, who hit .286. 

Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien working on throwing issues

by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/15) Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien has had plenty of throwing issues this spring, which is problematic considering the position he plays. 

Simple things such as tossing the ball back to the pitcher or throwing the ball to third base after a strikeout have been wild. Via the Arizona Republic, O'Brien said he is working on gaining better control when throwing the ball. 

"It's part of the game," O'Brien said. "We throw the baseball so much. I've been working on it, getting it under control and making sure I keep the tempo of the game up and keep working from there."

O'Brien chalked up the issues to playing a lot of different positions a year ago. Now that he's behind the plate, he said it's just a matter of repetition. 

"I played a lot of different positions last year and had a lot of different arm angles," he said. "Now being back behind the plate full time, it's making sure I keep my arm slot consistent back there and keep throwing it and keep the tempo of the game up.

Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien working on defense

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/15) Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien has been in Arizona since Jan. 6 working on his defense, MLB.com reports.

"I've always had a strong arm, but the biggest thing has been being able to use it," O'Brien said. "I'm trying to get a little more momentum going toward second base and that's definitely helped me out and my direction, just trying to shorten up those feet and trying to be more direct in line to second base."

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley, who has worked with O'Brien at Double-A Mobile and in the Arizona Fall League, has noticed the improvements in O'Brien's game.

"The improvements he's made catching, throwing guys out, his footwork, everything [is better]," Bradley said. "He's obviously a very gifted athlete, but to see him put in the work and to see the improvements he's made, it doesn't surprise me at all. He's improved a lot."

Battling to win the starting catcher job this spring, O'Brien is 4 for 9 with three walks in five games.

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. 

 
 
 

 
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