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Let's take a look at the other four teams in the NL West and compare them to the Diamondbacks:
Rockies: Rotation still has holes from the Ubaldo trade, Troy Tulowitski as the star, 3B Nolan Arenado is the top prospect, and the coaching staff is somewhat questionable. Projected finish, 4th
Dodgers: Rotation has Kershaw, Billingsley, but drops off badly after that, Matt Kemp is the leader, B+ top prospect in P Zach Lee, Coaching staff is on similar level with Arizona, but not exactly their equal. Projected finish, 3rd
Padres: Rotation is young but shows promise. Losses of Latos and Bell will hurt though. Hard to tell who the field leader is on the team, most likely Maybin. Minor league system is stockpiled with talent through trades, led by 1B Yonder Alonso. Coaching staff is not as good as projected. Projected finish: 5th
Giants: Rotation is one of the best in Major League Baseball with Lincecum, Bumgarner, Cain, Wilson, etc. Leader is Buster Posey, despite being lost for most of the season last year. Speedy OF Gary Brown is top prospect. Many Yankee alums make up Bochy's great coaching staff. Projected finish: 2nd
Arizona is the only team that fits all the criterion, as their rotation is young but excellent, they have a true leader in Upton, a top prospect in Bauer, and a coaching staff which accentuates all of the positive aspects of the team. Expect them to take the NL West by storm yet again.