Diamondbacks Introduce Pair of Pitchers

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a big splash at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis Indiana last week when they acquired two starting pitchers – Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. It was a surprise move by the team and raised eyebrows throughout baseball.

Today the two newest Arizona Diamondbacks were introduced in a press conference at Chase Field. While both of these players will be asked to provide stability to the starting rotation, talk quickly turned towards offense.

With both pitchers coming from the American League, there were questions of whether either could contribute at the plate. That may seem like a strange series of questions but given the Arizona Diamondbacks struggles at the plate and their success having pitchers in the past that could help themselves, it was a valid question.

Last season Dan Haren was proficient at the plate and was able to extend an inning with his work at the plate. Before Haren there was Micah Owings who won a Silver Slugger during his stint with the Diamondbacks.

Neither Kennedy nor Jackson will find themselves in the role of pinch hitter off the bench but it would be great to have a pitcher that is not looked upon as an automatic out. Of the two, Jackson has more experience handling a bat.

He was an outfielder initially and converted to a pitcher. His minor league experience was with the Los Angeles Dodgers so he has experience hitting as well as pitching. During the press conference he seemed confident and defiant that he could produce offensively as well as on the mound.

Kennedy on the other hand seemed less confident about his ability to hit National League pitching. That being said he gave the impression it is a part of his game he plans on working on this off-season to be ready for Spring Training.

It was encouraging to see how important both of these players took their role on the roster and how excited they both were about being in Arizona. It is encouraging to see players this anxious to get started.

Hopefully this excitement will be contagious and the team will come to Tucson with high expectations of themselves and for the team. Having a hot April would go a long way to helping the psyche of a young Diamondbacks team.


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