Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 65-97

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Miguel Montero, Henry Blanco
  • Infielders: Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Melvin Mora, Juan Miranda, Geoff Blum, Russell Branyan
  • Outfielders: Justin Upton, Chris Young, Xavier Nady, Willie Bloomquist, Gerardo Parra
  • Starters: Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders, Ian Kennedy, Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga
  • Bullpen: JJ Putz, Juan Gutierrez, David Hernandez, Aaron Heilman, Esmerling Vasquez, Joe Paterson, Barry Enright

Notable Signings

  1. JJ Putz: 2 years, $10MM
  2. Armando Galarraga: Traded for 2 pitchers
  3. Xavier Nady: 1 year, $1.75MM
  4. Aaron Heilman: 1 year, $2MM
  5. Juan Miranda: Traded for 1 pitcher

Notable Losses

  1. Adam LaRoche
  2. Brandon Webb
  3. Mark Reynolds

Top Prospects

  1. Jarrod Parker – RHP
  2. Tyler Skaggs – LHP
  3. Chris Owings – SS
  4. Matt Davidson – 3B

Key Position Battles

  • First Base: Juan Miranda vs. Russell Branyan vs. Xavier Nady – I do not really consider Nady to be part of this competition as much because I believe he will end up as the starting in left field or will end up hurt. Juan Miranda is a young up and comer while Branyan is a seasoned veteran with a lot of power. The D’Backs are rebuilding and should go with the younger bat and utilize the 35 year old lefty off the bench. 1st Base Pick: Juan Miranda
  • 5th Starter: Armando Galarraga vs. Barry Enright vs. Aaron Heilman: Let’s be honest, despite the promises of a shot at the rotation Aaron Heilman has absolutely no shot to actually make it. Barry Enright showed some signs of promise last season but that will be trumped by the acquisition of Armando Galarraga. Unless he dominates this spring Enright will end up in the pen or at AAA. 5th Starter Pick: Armando Galarraga

The Diamondbacks were my 2010 NL Wild Card pick; I couldn’t have been more wrong eh? I have learned my lesson and I do not expect very much out of this bunch. They have a solid young offense behind the likes of Justin Upton, Chris Young and Stephen Drew. The two outfielders Upton and Young have all the talent in the world, it is just a matter of if they tap into it or not. If Upton can get back to his 2009 form and Young repeats last year they can certainly score some runs. However, their big issue may be the pitching. Although the average age of their starting rotation is 27 they are very inexperienced and not overly talented. Daniel Hudson has the potential to be a star but is still only 23 years old. I expect a ton of strikeouts out of him and for us to see shades of brilliance. JJ Putz will try to be the rock in an otherwise weak bullpen. Expect a closer shuffle for one reason or another this year.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 68-94

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