VanMeter will start at second base and bat second Sunday against the Rockies.
VanMeter will be picking up his fourth start in a row Sunday, and he looks like he could be in store for regular playing time at the keystone until Arizona gets at least one of Christian Walker (oblique), Tim Locastro (finger), Ketel Marte (hamstring) or Kole Calhoun (hamstring) back from the injured list. The 26-year-old has yet to take advantage of the added playing time thus far, going 0-for-10 over his first three starts.
VanMeter went 1-for-1 with a walk and a three-run home run Wednesday against the Reds.
VanMeter entered into the game in the seventh inning to pinch hit for Nick Ahmed. He worked a walk to load the bases in his initial plate appearance, but he was stranded at first base. The highlight of his effort came two innings later, however, when he took Amir Garrett deep for a three-run, game-tying home run in the ninth frame. The shot was VanMeter's first long ball of the campaign. VanMeter has popped in and out of the lineup to this point, though he figures to serve primarily as a bench bat as the season progresses.
VanMeter started at second base and went 1-for-3 with a triple in Monday's 9-4 loss to Oakland.
VanMeter made a second consecutive start (both against righties) after he reached base five times Sunday. He was eventually removed for a pinch hitter when lefty Jake Diekman entered the game, as VanMeter is a career .143 hitter (.514 OPS) against southpaws. The Diamondbacks have several utility infielders rostered -- Wyatt Mathisen, Josh Rojas and Andrew Young -- which makes VanMeter a fungible piece.
VanMeter started at second base and went 2-for-2 with three walks and a double in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Reds.
VanMeter started for the third time in 10 games, sliding into the lineup for Asdrubal Cabrera. With the return of shortstop Nick Ahmed, infield at-bats will be fewer for players like VanMeter, Josh Rojas and Wyatt Mathisen. Rojas' slow start (2-for-27) after a torrid spring could open more chances for VanMeter among the three backups.
VanMeter started at second base Saturday and went 0-for-2 in a 7-0 loss to San Diego.
VanMeter made his season debut after Eduardo Escobar started the first two games at second base. The Diamondbacks have a few moving parts in the infield, so manager Torey Lovullo has some flexibility when crafting a lineup. On top of that, the Diamondbacks have infield injuries to shortstop Nick Ahmed (knee) and first baseman Christian Walker (face), which could lead to more maneuvering.
VanMeter went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in Sunday's spring game against the Giants.
VanMeter has belted three-run homers in two straight games, as the utility infielder appears to have found the timing of his swing. "I know he has been getting together with our hitting coaches and working hard to get balanced and stay through the baseball and finish his swing. I think naturally his timing has started to get better (with the benefit of more at-bats)," manager Torey Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The left-handed hitting VanMeter is heating up, but he may be considered redundant to Josh Rojas, who has been one of the best hitters in camp. The Diamondbacks may want to keep a right-handed bat, like Trayce Thompson or Wyatt Mathisen, instead of a second left-handed bat off the bench.
VanMeter started at second base and went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's spring game against San Diego.
VanMeter's blast was just his fourth hit in 23 Cactus League at-bats (.174). He's competing for a roster spot, but early camp struggles put him behind the main competitors -- both Josh Rojas (12-for-32, three HR, six RBI) and Wyatt Mathisen (5-for-15, five RBI) have outperformed VanMeter at the dish. The offseason addition of Asdrubal Cabrera presents another hurdle for VanMeter.
VanMeter went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and an additional run scored in Friday's 11-5 win over the Rockies.
VanMeter crossed home plate the two times he got on base -- he was hit by a pitch in the first inning and then launched a three-run bomb in the second. Despite the solid performance in the second half of the twin bill against Colorado, VanMeter has been struggling over the last few weeks and is only hitting .188 over his last 10 games.
VanMeter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
VanMeter finds himself on the bench for the third straight game, and he'll likely be limited to a reserve role during the Diamondbacks' season-ending four-game series with the Rockies following the recent return of Ketel Marte from the 10-day injured list. Before Marte rejoined the lineup in Tuesday's 7-0 win, VanMeter started in four of the Diamondbacks' preceding five games, going 2-for-16.
VanMeter started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Dodgers.
The lefty-hitting VanMeter was called up Wednesday and immediately put to work Thursday against a right-hander. At-bats are available at second base after the Diamondbacks placed Ketel Marte (wrist) on the injured list. VanMeter plays multiple positions and could be moved around, like fellow utility player Josh Rojas, who also has experience at second base. Prior to joining Arizona, VanMeter batted .059 (2-for-34) over 14 games for the Reds.
VanMeter was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
VanMeter will join the Diamondbacks' active roster for the first time after being dealt from the Reds at the trade deadline. The 25-year-old should serve as utility depth after Ketel Marte (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
VanMeter was traded from Cincinnati to Arizona along with Stuart Fairchild in exchange for Archie Bradley, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
VanMeter was a fringe roster player with the Reds, but he could find at-bats in Arizona following the trade of Starling Marte that could lead to Ketel Marte getting the bulk of his starts in center field going forward. Andy Young, who is a similar player to VanMeter, bats right-handed while VanMeter is a lefty, so he could get playing time specifically against right-handed pitching. As things stand, the Diamondbacks would need to officially call up VanMeter from the alternate site.
VanMeter was optioned to the Reds' alternate training site Saturday.
VanMeter appeared in eight games during his most recent stint on the 28-man roster, but he continued to struggle as he hit .091 with 11 strikeouts over 22 at-bats during that time. As a result, he'll get work at the alternate camp after outfielder Mark Payton was called up in a corresponding move.
VanMeter was recalled by the Reds on Tuesday.
VanMeter was optioned Thursday but is back in the big leagues after a very brief absence. The utility man has accomplished very little so far this season, going hitless with seven strikeouts in 14 at-bats. Pedro Strop (groin) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
The Reds optioned VanMeter to their alternate training site Thursday.
The Reds already had five left-handed hitters in their regular lineup, so VanMeter was rendered somewhat redundant as a lefty bench bat. He didn't help his case for sticking around by going hitless in his first 14 at-bats of the season while striking out seven times.
VanMeter is not in the lineup Monday against Cleveland.
Although the Reds line up against righty Zach Plesac on Monday, VanMeter will sit for the third time in the past four games. Christian Colon will start at first base Monday, batting eighth.
VanMeter is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.
The Reds have an opening at second base after Mike Moustakas (illness) was moved to the COVID-19 injured list, and VanMeter is presumably viewed as the top replacement. However, the lefty-hitting VanMeter may end up settling into the strong side of a platoon at the position with the righty-hitting Kyle Farmer, who draws the nod at the keystone in Monday's series opener with southpaw Jon Lester starting for the Cubs.
VanMeter will be on the Reds' Opening Day roster, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
VanMeter had seemed to have an inside track on a bench spot, but that role was confirmed by manager David Bell on Tuesday. The 25-year-old hit a respectable .237/.327/.408 while appearing at five different positions last year.
VanMeter (shin) is feeling much better and is considered 100 percent healthy, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Whenever the Reds resume ramping up for the start of the season, the lower leg injury won't be an issue blocking VanMeter's quest for a roster spot.
VanMeter's lower leg injury has been diagnosed as an anterior muscle strain, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
VanMeter's roster status once the season begins was already up in the air before he suffered this injury during the last week of spring training. With the Reds dispersed and their Arizona facility closed, it might be difficult to get a progress report on him. He still could make the Opening Roster as the 26th man, given his positional flexibility.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/15||vs WAS||W 11-4||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/14||vs WAS||L 2-17||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/13||vs MIA||L 1-5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||vs MIA||L 2-3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/11||vs MIA||W 11-3||1||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|05/09||@ NYM||L 2-4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/07||@ NYM||L 4-5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2014||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||116||421||49||107||24||0||3||39||34||87||8||4||.254||.311||.333|
|2015||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||25||96||13||24||4||0||0||3||13||12||1||1||.250||.339||.292|
|2017||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||132||475||45||121||29||1||5||54||53||100||15||3||.255||.327||.352|
|2018||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||30||95||13||27||10||0||1||14||23||19||5||2||.284||.420||.421|