06/18/10 11:48 PM ET
D-backs sign second-, third-round picks
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Bradley, who posted a 12-0 record and 0.67 ERA in 63 innings for Nitro (W.Va.) High School as a senior, signed for $643,500.
Rowland, out of Cloverdale (Calif.) High School, received $395,000. Rowland, who drew comparisons to the Marlins' Josh Johnson, compiled a 0.32 ERA in 65 innings last year. He is the son of former Major Leaguer Rich Rowland
"Do they have a lot to learn about pitching?" D-backs scouting director Tom Allison said on the day the pair was picked. "Absolutely. But they've been successful and dominant at their level, and that's important. They know how to win. We expect that they're going to be Major League starters. Certainly, anytime you take high school starting pitching, there are risks, but these guys checked off a lot of boxes, and they're both truly very excited to start their careers."
Both will start their pro careers with Arizona's advanced Rookie League team in Missoula, Mont.
Reynolds takes break to rebuild confidence
DETROIT -- As expected, Mark Reynolds was out of the lineup Friday night with D-backs manager A.J. Hinch trying to give his third baseman a mental breather.
Reynolds is mired in an 0-for-15 slump with 13 of those at-bats resulting in a strikeout.
After Thursday's game against the Red Sox, during which he fanned all four times he came to plate and committed an error that led to a pair of runs, Reynolds sounded like a man who needed a break.
"I'm kind of timid at the plate right now," Reynolds said. "I've never felt this way. Even when I've been going bad before it's like I'll squeak in a blooper here and there. Right now, though, I just have no confidence. I was always confident in the past that I was going to overcome whatever struggles I've had. Right now the confidence isn't there. I really don't know how to describe it."
Hearing that, Hinch realized that his slugger needed a day off.
"I think you can see it is really bothering him," Hinch said. "I don't think it's breaking him, but I think it's cracked his confidence a little bit. So it's more of a mental day and a day to get away. I talked with him and joked with him a little bit to see what kind of spirits he's in. He'll be fine. He just needed a little bit of a break."
Hinch would like to get Reynolds back in the lineup Saturday believing, he said, that too much of a break can lead to more problems.
Reynolds is hitting .211 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs. The 15 homers rank him third in the National League.
Gibson has happy memories in Detroit
DETROIT -- Kirk Gibson has great memories of his time in Detroit and his playing days at Tiger Stadium. As for Comerica Park, the facility that replaced Tiger Stadium in 2000, that's a different story.
"My memories were at the old place," Gibson said. "We lost 119 games [at Comerica]."
Gibson was referring to 2003, when he served as bench coach for the Tigers.
The three days in Detroit will give Gibson, now the D-backs' bench coach, his first opportunity to sleep in his own bed since he left for Spring Training in February. He owns a house on the outskirts of town.
Gibson's best memories of Tiger Stadium came in 1984, when Detroit won the American League East going away with 104 victories and capped the season by beating the Padres in the World Series. Gibson hit a key homer in the Game 5 clincher.
"I loved that old place," Gibson said. "Tiger Stadium was like Fenway with all the history. The fans were right on you. It was great."
Tiger Stadium was finally torn down last year after sitting vacant after the team's move to Comerica.
"The sad part was watching it just sit there for all that time falling apart," Gibson said. "I miss it, but everything has its time. It was time for Tiger Stadium."
Mechanical changes help Gutierrez
DETROIT -- Has Juan Gutierrez finally turned the corner?
The 2010 season has been one of tremendous struggles for the D-backs reliever, who came into Friday's series opener against the Tigers with an 0-5 record and an 8.87 ERA.
That ERA is down from the 10.24 it was before he put together three scoreless innings over his last two outings.
"I'm feeling better," he said. "More comfortable. I've been working hard on my mechanics."
A pair of recent changes to those mechanics seems to have made a big difference.
First, Gutierrez went to pitching only out of the stretch, even when the bases are empty. Second, he shifted from the first-base side of the pitching rubber to the middle of it.
"Hitters could see the ball better when I was on the first-base side," he said. "This way they don't see it as good. I've been working very hard with [pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.] on my mechanics. I think it has really helped."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.