One other flurry of strikes is not anticipated this offseason. Lovullo says the D-backs have the items in place for a turnaround.
“We’re a very good baseball workforce,” Lovullo stated. “We’re a very good group with good baseball gamers and I need that to shine by way of subsequent 12 months.”
The Diamondbacks did have some vibrant spots in 2020. Proper-hander Zac Gallen completed ninth within the NL Cy Younger voting after ending with a 2.75 ERA over 72 innings. Calhoun hit a team-high 16 homers. First baseman Christian Walker had 18 doubles and 7 homers to solidify his function in the midst of the batting order.
However others want a giant bounce-back 12 months, together with Bumgarner, who was an enormous disappointment in his first season within the desert. The four-time All-Star had simply his worst 12 months within the massive leagues, ending with a 1-4 report and a 6.48 ERA. His fastball velocity was down within the upper-80s and he was routinely hit arduous.
Lovullo stated they labored with Bumgarner to formulate an offseason exercise to verify the frustration was a one-year blip.
“I do know he works arduous it doesn’t matter what, he is at all times completed that,” Lovullo stated. “However this (exercise) was a little bit extra focused in sure areas. So I do know he is been understanding, working at it, and I am actually anxious to see how he comes again to us in spring coaching every time that could be.”