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5 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
April 04, 2011
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April 04, 2011

5 Arizona Diamondbacks

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB
CF CHRIS YOUNG
R-R .257 .341 .452 27 91 28
2B KELLY JOHNSON
L-R .284 .370 .496 26 71 13
SS STEPHEN DREW
L-R .278 .352 .458 15 61 10
RF JUSTIN UPTON
R-R .273 .356 .442 17 69 18
1B RUSSELL BRANYAN
L-R .237 .323 .487 25 57 1
C MIGUEL MONTERO
L-R .266 .332 .438 9 43 0
3B MELVIN MORA
R-R .285 .358 .421 7 45 2
LF GERARDO PARRA
L-L .261 .308 .371 3 30 1
BENCH
OF WILLIE BLOOMQUIST
R-R .267 .299 .380 3 17 8
OF XAVIER NADY
R-R .256 .306 .353 6 33 0
IF JUAN MIRANDA
L-L .219 .296 .422 3 10 0

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A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE DIAMONDBACKS

They've got a tough road ahead of them. I'd be surprised if they finish in the top half of the division. Kirk Gibson was a questionable hire—how his fiery personality plays with this team will be the key.... A bright spot: Justin Upton hit a bump in the road last year, but he's playing harder. He's gotten bigger, and he's not moving as well defensively in rightfield, but he knows he's being paid to hit home runs, and he's driving the ball well.... Chris Young needs to make more contact, but sometimes aggressive hitters take some time to develop. I think that's the case with him and Upton.... The defense has looked terrible.... Xavier Nady, whose arm used to be a plus, is playing well below average after having Tommy John surgery. His swing looks awful long, and he isn't catching up to any velocity.... Stephen Drew is such a laid-back personality. He flashes so much talent at shortstop, but he's such a low-energy player, he'll never reach his potential.... They're definitely improved in the bullpen, and that's by design. G.M. Kevin Towers built his Padres team around his bullpens, and he's doing the same here. J.J. Putz hasn't been a closer in two years, but he's still got the stuff to do it. David Hernandez has been up to 95 in camp with a plus slider and good changeup.... The big concern is the rotation. Joe Saunders is at 86--87 mph with his fastball; he doesn't have a great feel for secondary stuff.... Until Daniel Hudson improves his slider, he's a two-pitch guy and more of a No. 3 or 4 starter.... Armando Galarraga is an enigma—we saw how good he can be with that near-perfect game last year, but he goes through stretches where he loses his control. He's a back end of the rotation guy at the end of the day.

THE LINEUP

WITH 2010 STATISTICS

MANAGER KIRK GIBSON

2ND SEASON WITH DIAMONDBACKS

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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