|C||Miguel Montero||SP 1||Dan Haren|
|1B||Adam LaRoche||SP 2||Brandon Webb|
|2B||Kelly Johnson||SP 3||Edwin Jackson|
|3B||Mark Reynolds||SP 4||Ian Kennedy|
|SS||Stephen Drew||SP 5||Billy Buckner|
|CF||Chris Young||CL||Chad Qualls|
|RF||Justin Upton||RP||Juan Gutierrez|
|IF||Tony Abreu||RP||Aaron Heilman|
|OF||Gerardo Parra||RP||Clay Zavada|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|SP||Edwin Jackson||Trade (DET)||SP||Max Scherzer||Trade (DET)|
|SP||Ian Kennedy||Trade (NYY)||RP||Daniel Schlereth||Trade (DET)|
|1B||Adam LaRoche||Free Agency||OF||Eric Byrnes||DFA|
Top Prospects: Jarrod Parker (SP), Brandon Allen (1B), A.J. Pollock (OF), Bobby Borchering (3B)
The Diamondbacks’ 2009 season started off poorly, and never really got any better. Opening Day starter Brandon Webb threw only 4 innings prior to leaving with an injury. That would be the only appearance he would make for the entire year. With the exception of Dan Haren, the rest of the rotation didn’t do much better. SP Doug Davis and SP Max Scherzer both posted ERAs over 4 and only had 9 wins each for their efforts, despite combining for 64 starts between them. The team finished 70-92, last in their division, but there were a few bright spots. On offense, 3B Mark Reynolds (44 HR, 102 RBI, 24 SB), OF Justin Upton (.300, 26 HR, 86 RBI, 20 SB) and C Miguel Montero (.294, 16 HR, 59 RBI) all performed very well. The bright spot in the rotation remained SP Dan Haren, who went 14-10 with a 3.14 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 229 innings. Their poor performance led to the shopping of veterans as the trade deadline approached, and were able to move IF Felipe Lopez and SP Jon Garland for prospects.
Team Outlook for 2010
The Diamondbacks are looking to build around their young core of players. 3B Mark Reynolds and OF Justin Upton were both signed to extensions during the offseason which will buy out their arbitration years. The biggest move of the offseason has to be the trade of SP Max Scherzer and RP Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers as a part of a 3 team deal that brought back SPs Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. The team also made some low level signings, bringing in 1B Adam LaRoche and 2B Kelly Johnson on 1 year contracts. Both of these could have some upside, and the potential to also be trade chips if they fall out of the race early.
Overall, I am not sure that they are ready to compete with the top teams in their division this year. Their starting pitching has a lot of questions, as Ian Kennedy has never pitched a full season in the Majors, and it remains to be seen when Brandon Webb will be making his first start of the year. They will need rebound efforts from Conor Jackson and Stephen Drew, among others for them to have a chance to compete.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
OF Justin Upton is a top 5 outfielder, with the potential to hit .300 and go 30-30. 3B Mark Reynolds will look to repeat his 40/20 season from last year, and SP Dan Haren is as consistent as it gets. C Miguel Montero is a top-10 catcher for sure, and has the upside to be top-5. For deeper leagues, I would look at OF Chris Young, who is not far removed from a 20-20 season of his own.
Prediction for 2010
The Diamondbacks are still building, but I don’t think that they have the pitching to compete effectively in their division. There are just too many question marks.
74-88, 4th in the NL West