Ariel Prieto hired by Diamondbacks to work with Yasmany Tomas

null Baseball The Diamondbacks have added former major league pitcher Ariel Prieto to their staff to work as both a coach and translator.Prieto is expected to work closely with 24-year-old slugging outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who defected from Cuba in June. Tomas signed a contract reported at six years and $68.5 million with the D-backs in November. Prieto handled a similar role with the Athletics from 2012-14, working with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.But Prieto brings more than just bilingual skills to Arizona. As the team’s press release notes, “he also h

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as the unique ability to throw ambidextrous batting practice.” Prieto posted a 15-24 mark with a 4.58 ERA in six major league seasons between 1995 and 2001.

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