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Daniel Descalso | Second 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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Daniel Descalso hit his seventh homer of the year Thursday in the win over the Astros.

Against right-handers anyway, Diamondbacks manager Torey Luvullo seems to prefer Descalso to Brandon Drury at second base at the moment. Drury has been the better hitter, but only by a bit. He's also graded out better defensively this year, though that too isn't exactly definitive. Descalso is hitting .240/.340/.400 in 258 at-bats.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Daniel Descalso went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Descalso came through with an RBI single off Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning for his lone hit of the contest. Overall, the 30-year-old second baseman is slashing an uninspiring .233/.341/.392 with six homers and 39 RBI in 89 games played this season.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Daniel Descalso went 1-for-2 with a bases-loaded walk and a double in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Descalso drove home the second (and final) run of the game for the Diamondbacks when he drew a bases-loaded walk against Lance Lynn in the second inning. He has picked up three extra-base hits in his last four games and is slashing .246/.353/.417 with six homers and 38 RBI across 83 games played this season.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer off Kenley Jansen to give the Diamondbacks their only runs Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Imagine hitting a three-run homer off the league's best closer and not even getting to be the hero; the Diamondbacks were down four at the time and still lost by a run. Descalso has been getting a whole lot of playing time with the Diamondbacks' injuries, and he has a .774 OPS that's really nice for him. Since he's no longer much of an asset defensively anywhere on the diamond, it still hasn't made him anything more than a replacement-level player.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 12:43:00 AM

Daniel Descalso hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning of Sunday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Descalso came through an RBI single off Edubray Ramos -- who had recorded the first two outs of the inning before getting himself into trouble -- to walk it off for the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 11th. He also doubled in the contest. Despite turning in a hero's day at the office on Sunday, the veteran outfielder is hitting just .216/.319/.388 in 143 at-bats this season.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 08:26:00 PM

Daniel Descalso posted three singles and two runs scored across four at-bats in Saturday's win against Philadelphia.

Descalso has raised his average from .205 to .225 while posting three RBI over the past six games, but he is still best used in the deepest of NL-only fantasy play. He does have some usefulness for his positional versatility from an eligibility perspective.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 02:25:00 AM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Saturday.

The 30-year-old veteran walked and scored in the third inning, doubled and was left stranded in the fifth and then delivered an RBI single and scored in the seventh. He has received a fair amount of playing time as a utility infielder for Arizona this year. He is batting .215/.326/.388 with five homers and 21 RBI in 141 plate appearances.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 09:56:00 PM

Daniel Descalso plated a pair of runs Thursday in the Diamondbacks’ victory over the Padres.

The D’Backs handed San Diego its fifth straight loss with a 15-run explosion on Thursday and Descalso was right in the middle of it. He provided two hits including a solo shot off reliever Kirby Yates in the seventh inning. The home run was his fifth of the season. Descalso has played sparingly this year but has been reasonably productive nonetheless, contributing 19 RBI with a .426 slugging percentage over 101 at-bats.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 07:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3Chris Herrmann
4John Ryan Murphy
5Alberto Rosario
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Daniel Descalso
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
3Yasmany Tomas
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
2Cesar Puello
3Daniel Robertson
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
R1Archie Bradley
2Brad Boxberger
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Randall Delgado
6Albert Suarez
7Silvino Bracho
8T.J. McFarland
9Michael Blazek
10Fernando Salas
11Jorge De La Rosa