The Z Files: Monitoring National League Camps

The Z Files: Monitoring National League Camps

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Earlier in the week, a wish list for news coming out of American League camps was presented. Here's a similar review for the Senior Circuit.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Like the rest of the National League, how the playing time will be distributed at designated hitter is important. However, without exhibition games, unearthing the players who gain extra ABs, either in the field or at DH, will be difficult. Reports on Kevin Cron and Seth Beer will be especially useful as they're two prime candidates, along with Jake Lamb.

Mike Leake's decision to sit out the 2020 season helps clear up the rotation, though it's up in the air how long Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and Luke Weaver will be allowed to work early. Knock on wood, there will be reports on how many pitches each are throwing in bullpens or scrimmages.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves have announced Marcell Ozuna will be the primary designated hitter, opening up an outfield spot. With Austin Riley capable of playing third base and left field, where he sees the bulk of action in camp is a precursor to the likely lineup. If Riley mans the hot corner, Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall could benefit. If Riley spends more time shagging flies, that's a sign Johan Camargo will play more third base.

Atlanta has stated they plan to limit innings the first couple times through the rotation, using bulk relievers to follow the starters. The obvious repercussion is dropping Mike Soroka, Max

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