NL West Notes: D’Backs, Mota, Padres

Let's check out the latest from the NL West…

  • The Diamondbacks are putting some serious money into upgrading their player development system, writes Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.  "We spend more now on scouting and player development than we ever have," said Jerry Dipoto, Arizona's senior VP of scouting & player development.  "We made that an internal focus, that these are areas where we can create an advantage in the industry. I don't think it's short-term. I think it's something we're going to do over and over for many years."
  • In another piece, Piecoro looks at "the interconnectedness" of the Snakes' coaching and development process throughout the organization, using 2009 third-round draft pick Keon Broxton as an example.
  • Guillermo Mota tells Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that the Giants' World Series victory last year was a major reason he chose to re-sign with San Francisco rather than accept one of the other four offers he received in the winter.
  • In his latest mailbag for, Mychael Urban looks at such Giants-related topics as how the team will shuffle its roster when Cody Ross is healthy.  Urban shot down a reader suggestion that San Francisco could release Mark DeRosa to make room.
  • Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly and Reymond Fuentes (the three prospects the Padres acquired from the Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez trade) are off to good starts in the minors, reports Gordon Edes of  Rizzo is at Triple-A, Kelly at Double-A and Fuentes is at Class A Lake Elsinore.   

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