Spring Training Job Battles: Past the Halfway Point
Spring Training Job Battles: Past the Halfway Point

This article is part of our Spring Training Job Battles series.

All stats updated through 3/11.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Catcher

Carson Kelly has gotten the most playing time this spring and has gone 5-for-19 with three doubles. The Diamondbacks likely want Kelly to be their catcher of the future, so he should have a chance to earn an expanded role if his numbers suggest he deserves one. Caleb Joseph is doing what he can to claim a roster spot, hitting 5-for-16 with a pair of homers. Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy have struggled in limited at-bats.

Outfield

A new battle has opened up in Arizona following the signing of Adam Jones. Jones isn't the player he once was, but his .281/.313/.419 line last season was still good for a roughly average 98 wRC+. That's not a great number for a corner outfielder but is perfectly playable in center, though the 33-year-old's glove has graded out quite poorly in recent years. The Diamondbacks had been planning on shifting Ketel Marte to center field, though Jones' arrival could shift him into a super utility role, potentially to the detriment of middle infielders Wilmer Flores and Nick Ahmed. Jones probably fits better in right field, where he'd be in a direct competition with Steven Souza, who struggled to a .220/.309/.369 line in an injury-riddled season last year. Both Jones and Souza hit right-handed, so there's no obvious platoon situation in right field.

Fifth starter

Merrill Kelly had a rough start to the spring, allowing five earned runs on five hits with

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