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Born and raised in Phoenix metro, Jesse’s sports broadcasting career began at the age of 12 when he impersonated D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte on FOX Sports Arizona as the Arizona Diamondbacks Kidkaster. He started writing and podcasting about the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, and has been doing it ever since. Now, Jesse is a podcast host and writer for PHNX Diamondbacks. Jesse has a math degree and a journalism minor from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Choosing which prospects to call up to the big-league club will be difficult for the Arizona Diamondbacks due to limited roster spots and a lengthy cast of worthy players.

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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker didn't get moved at the trade deadline.

From standing pat to potentially dealing one of the team’s young up-and-coming outfielders, there was always a wide range of possible outcomes for the Diamondbacks at this year’s MLB trade deadline. President and CEO Derrick Hall told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta less than a week before the deadline that any moves the team made would be aimed at improving...

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Luke Weaver is the latest addition to the list of promising Diamondbacks pitchers who struggled to produce consistently in the big leagues.

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David Peralta smiles after scoring a run at Oracle Park.

A day Arizona Diamondbacks fans have long dreaded but expected has arrived. On Saturday, the D-backs traded 34-year-old outfielder David Peralta to the Tampa Bay Rays for 19-year-old catcher Christian Cerda. After making some mechanical adjustments over the offseason, Peralta slashed .248/.316/.460 with 12 homers, 41 RBI and 1.5 fWAR for the D-backs this year in 87 games. His .212 ISO — a measure of raw power — was the second-highest of his career. In 20 games in the Florida Complex League for the Rays, Cerda was batting .315/.464/.519 in 69 plate appearances. The D-backs like his makeup, his ability to control the strike zone and his power potential. They figure to save about $3 million in the deal. Peralta…

PHNX Diamondbacks Podcast

Jesse and Jacob Franklin give their instant reaction to David Peralta being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. They discuss what the D-backs got in return, who could get called up and what Peralta has meant to the franchise for nearly a decade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ilA3mVbBqw&t=855s

PHNX Diamondbacks Podcast

Jesse is joined by long-time Diamondbacks writer and analyst Jeff Wiser to discuss the team’s second-half surge, what to expect at the trade deadline and updates from the minor leagues. MLB Network host and former Diamondbacks radio voice Mike Ferrin also joins the show to share his thoughts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-8EAn9RzG0&t=858s

Last month, MLB insider Jon Heyman wrote that the Arizona Diamondbacks “would entertain offers” for veteran lefty Madison Bumgarner leading up to the trade deadline on Tuesday. Should the Diamondbacks make such a move, Bumgarner’s start against the Atlanta Braves on Friday could be his last in Arizona. Nonetheless, all signs point to the lefty staying put, at least for now. On the surface, Bumgarner is exactly the type of player a contender would covet. He is a battle-tested veteran with a respectable 3.71 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a .257 batting average against in 2022. Those numbers may not jump off the page, but they are more than adequate for a team looking to improve the back end of its…

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