News: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that Tomas may open the season in the minor leagues, MLB.com reports. "Yeah, there's a definite chance," said Hale when asked about the possibility of Tomas starting off in the minors. "It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the Major League team."
Impact: Tomas is having a mediocre spring at the plate, and he has struggled to play third base. While the Diamondbacks still aren't sure whether the rookie will ultimately settle in third base or left field, Tomas should get a shot in the majors this season, even if he's not on the Opening Day roster. To be clear, the Diamondbacks still haven't ruled out the possibility of Tomas opening the season as their primary third baseman. The 24-year-old is shaping up as an even riskier commodity than first expected, but there's still a ton of upside to be had.
News: Reed (shoulder) said that he's felt normal during his live batting practice sessions and bullpen work this spring. Additionally, he's certain that he will be ready for the D-backs' Opening Day game against the Giants, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Last season, Reed struggled with the command of his slider, which could become a useful pitch for him again in 2015 if the mechanical adjustments he's made to his delivery allow him to repeat it more consistently. Additionally, the hope is that the adjustment will lessen the strain on Reed's shoulder. He's consistently available after the first 20 closers are taken off the board in drafts this spring, offering up profit potential if he's able to stay healthy and keep hitters from sitting back on his fastball this season.