Diamondbacks Set 40-Man Roster

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that four players were added to the club's 40-man roster. The team selected the contracts of infielder Cole Gillespie, right-handed pitchers Roque Mercedes and Daniel Stange and left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto, bringing the roster to its 40-player limit.

Gillespie, 25, was acquired along with Mercedes on July 19 from the Brewers in exchange for Felipe Lopez. He hit a combined .273 this season, with 13 home runs and 63 RBI between Single-A Brevard County (Brewers), Triple-A Nashville (Brewers), and Reno. Gillespie hit .304 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and a .932 OPS for Reno. He also played in 20 games in the Arizona Fall League this season, hitting .333 (23-for-72) with a home run and seven RBI. Over parts of four seasons in the minors, he has hit .283 with 47 home runs and 235 RBI in 440 games.

Mercedes, 23, went a combined 2-1 with seven saves and a 1.78 ERA (12 ER in 60.2 IP) over 44 relief appearances with Single-A Brevard County (Brewers) and Double-A Mobile this season. Over parts of five minor league seasons, he has gone 21-22 with 10 saves and a 4.44 ERA in 130 games (53 starts).

Stange, 23, went 0-4 with 10 saves and a 4.88 ERA (28 ER in 51.2 IP) over 39 relief outings at Double-A Mobile this season. Over parts of four seasons in the D-backs' farm system, he went 12-13 with 41 saves and a 3.93 ERA (73 ER in 167.1 IP) in 131 relief appearances.

Norberto, 22, went a combined 4-3 with 4 saves and a 3.82 ERA over 48 relief appearances at Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile this season. Over parts of six seasons in the D-backs' farm system, he went 26-23 with 4 saves and a 4.20 ERA  in 134 games (70 starts).

All four players would have been elibible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft next month had they not been protected on the 40-man roster.

The D-backs also reinstated infielder Conor Jackson and right-handed pitchers Chad Qualls and Brandon Webb from the 60-day disabled list to complete their roster of 40.

Pitchers (21)
Bryan Augenstein
Blaine Boyer
Billy Buckner
Juan Gutierrez
Dan Haren
Aaron Heilman
Jose Marte
Roque Mercedes
Kevin Mulvey
Kyler Newby
Jordan Norberto (L)
Chad Qualls
Leo Rosales
Max Scherzer
Daniel Schlereth (L)
Leyson Septimo (L)
Daniel Stange
Cesar Valdez
Esmerling Vasquez
Brandon Webb
Clay Zavada (L)

Catchers (4)
Luke Carlin
John Hester
Miguel Montero
Chris Snyder

Infielders (9)
Tony Abreu
Brandon Allen
Pedro Ciriaco
Stephen Drew
Augie Ojeda
Mark Reynolds
Ryan Roberts
Rusty Ryal
Josh Whitesell

Outfielders (6)
Eric Byrnes
Cole Gillespie
Conor Jackson
Gerardo Parra
Justin Upton
Chris Young

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