This article is part of our Spring Training Job Battles series.
Opening Day is nearly upon us. Quite a few job battles have been decided over the last few days, though plenty are still up in the air. This final update of the spring will go over both the decided and undecided battles for those drafting in the final few days of spring training. The stats listed here are accurate through Friday's games.
An extra spot opened up in the Diamondbacks' rotation after Zac Gallen was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right forearm. It's not yet clear exactly how much time he'll miss, but he'll definitely be unavailable for the start of the regular season. With Corbin Martin optioned to Triple-A, that seemingly means Merrill Kelly and Luke Weaver are locked into jobs despite shaky springs, with Alex Young and Taylor Clarke battling for the final spot. Clarke owns a 10:2 K:BB in 12 innings, giving up three runs. Young owns a slightly stronger 11:2 K:BB over 10 frames but has given up five runs. He's appeared as a reliever in all four of his appearances, while Clarke has gotten the start once in four games.
This still appears to be a battle between Stefan Crichton and Joakim Soria, though neither has pitched all that well this spring. Crichton's 6:1 K:BB in four innings is strong, but he's also allowed three runs (two earned). Soria has allowed five runs in 3.2 frames, striking out three and walking one.
Atlanta still hasn't clarified