Yasmany Tomas “did not appear to have proper technique” at third base

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As of three weeks ago the Diamondbacks were saying $68.5 million Cuban rookie Yasmany Tomas looked good in the early stages of his transition to third base, but a funny thing tends to happen once outside observers actually get a look at players.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes:

Perhaps in the days and games ahead, he will look entirely capable of adequately handling the position. But on Wednesday Tomas looked like someone with work to do if he hopes to avoid being shifted to the outfield. … Tomas was rough around the edges. He bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique.

It’s very early, of course, but Tomas was primarily an outfielder in Cuba and plenty of people were surprised when the Diamondbacks announced he’d get an extended look at third base.