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Daniel Descalso | Third Baseman | #3

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: UC Davis
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (0) / STL
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Daniel Descalso launched his fifth homer Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ loss to Milwaukee.
Descalso left the yard with a two-run bomb off Brandon Woodruff in the first inning. The D’Backs were held scoreless after that and only managed three hits the rest of the afternoon. The Diamondbacks have dropped seven of their last eight but still hold a two-game cushion over the second-place Rockies in the NL West. May 16 - 7:47 PM

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Daniel Descalso drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to help the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday.

Descalso's only hit of the game was an RBI single to score Jarrod Dyson and give the Diamondbacks the victory on Tuesday. Descalso also drew a walk, and he has a solid .366 on-base percentage to go along with an excellent -- and surprising -- .493 slugging mark. Descalso probably can't keep this up all year, but if you need bench help in deeper leagues, his versatility can help. For now, anyway.
May 16 - 12:22 AM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-5 with a double in Thursday's 11-inning loss to the Nationals.

Descalso finished with his team's only extra-base hit in the extra-inning loss. The two-bagger was his eighth of the season. In addition, he's slashing .272/.366/.533 with four homers and 18 RBI for the campaign as a whole. The third baseman has doubled in four of his last five games.
May 11 - 2:19 AM

Daniel Descalso smacked a tiebreaking three-run home run in the top of the 12th inning in Tuesday's 8-5 victory against the Dodgers.

The homer was Descalso's fourth across 85 at-bats over 33 games and he is slashing .259/.362/.518 in limited duty. He has posted multi-hit performances in four of his past 10 outings while delivering six RBI across the past nine games. Descalso is a utility knife worth using in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues, but he has little use to mixed leaguers.
May 9 - 3:19 AM

Daniel Descalso drove in a pair of runs on Friday as the Diamondbacks topped the Nationals in Washington.

Descalso delivered a run-scoring double in the fourth inning to tie the score at 3-3. He then chipped in a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth to put the Diamondbacks ahead to stay. He finished the day 1-for-2 plus a walk, raising his season slash to a still putrid .197/.297/.426.
Apr 27 - 11:01 PM

Daniel Descalso led the Diamondbacks with a two-run homer and a two-run single in an 8-7 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Both of Descalso's homers this year have come against the Dodgers. Last year, he drove in eight runs against them, his most against any team. Descalso is a bad player these days, since he's no longer rangy enough on defense to make up for his modest offensive output. Still, the Diamondbacks are plenty fond of him, and they'll continue looking for ways to work him in after Jake Lamb returns.
Apr 14 - 1:59 AM

Daniel Descalso finished Tuesday's win against the Dodgers with a solo home run across four at-bats.

Descalso's solo homer was one of two long balls yielded by Clayton Kershaw, so that's pretty impressive. It was just Descalso's second hit across 10 at-bats (.200). The Swiss Army Knife is a favorite of fantasy owners in deeper NL-only leagues for his versatility from an eligibility perspective, but he has lesser value in mixed play.
Apr 4 - 1:52 AM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Diamondbacks' win over the Rockies in Cactus League play Sunday.

Descalso is hitting .295 with a .749 OPS in Cactus League play, and he's once again trending toward a high-usage utility role in Arizona. He played left field on Sunday, and with the club sending high-priced Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A, it suggests he could see time in the corner outfield during the regular season as well. He turns 32 this year.
Mar 25 - 8:34 PM

Diamondbacks exercised infielder-outfielder Daniel Descalso's $2 million option for 2018.

The money hardly matters, but the problem here is that manager Torey Lovullo likes Descalso way too much and gave him 398 plate appearances last season. The result was an 82 OPS+ that was practically identical to his career mark of 81, and mediocre defense at four positions. It'd be for the best if Descalso is treated much more like a 25th man next season.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:42:00 PM

Daniel Descalso belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Descalso took advantage of a rare mistake from Yu Darvish, who hung a slider that the second baseman deposited over the right-field wall. It was the second home run of the postseason for Descalso, who also went deep in the Wild Card Game. Unfortunately for the D'Backs, it represented the only run and one of just three hits they had on the night.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 01:46:00 AM

Daniel Descalso is starting at second base and batting seventh for the Diamondbacks in Monday's NLDS Game 3 against the Dodgers.

Brandon Drury started Game 1 versus Clayton Kershaw, but it's been Descalso in there the last two games. The D'Backs also have Jeff Mathis catching, which is the norm when Zack Greinke is on the hill. Their full lineup looks like this: David Peralta LF, Ketel Marte SS, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, J.D. Martinez RF, Jake Lamb 3B, A.J Pollock CF, Descalso 2B, Mathis C.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 04:35:00 PM

Daniel Descalso is starting at second base and batting fifth in Saturday's NLDS Game 2 against the Dodgers.

Descalso sat out Friday's Game 1 against Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw, but he's back in there against another southpaw, Rich Hill. He started at the keystone for the team's Wild Card Game win over the Rockies, homering and driving in two runs. The rest of the lineup goes as so: David Peralta LF, A.J Pollock CF, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, J.D. Martinez RF, Descalso 2B, Chris Iannetta C, Jake Lamb 3B, Ketel Marte SS, Robbie Ray P.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Daniel Descalso is starting at second base and batting seventh in Wednesday night's NL Wild Card Game.

The left-handed-hitting Descalso will get the nod over Brandon Drury with the Rockies throwing right-hander Jon Gray. Drury's career numbers against right-handed pitchers are still far better than Descalso's, so this decision is a little curious.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 03:51:00 PM

Daniel Descalso finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks and three runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Padres.

It's the first time in Descalso's career he has reached double digits in home runs, besting his previous best of eight homers set in 2016 with the Rockies. His 48 RBI are also a career best, easily eclipsing the 43 he posted in 2013 as a member of the Cardinals.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 03:21:00 AM

Daniel Descalso had a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter Friday against the Rockies.

Descalso has slumped for the most part since supplanting Brandon Drury as Arizona's second baseman against righties, but now he's 5-for-10 with two homers in his last four appearances. The homer tonight was his ninth, passing his career high of eight with the Rockies last year. It also gave him 45 RBI, two more than his previous high total of 43 from 2013.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 01:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
7Matt Koch
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Archie Bradley
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Silvino Bracho
9Randall Delgado