NL West Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses during photo day at the Diamondbacks spring training complex on February 19, 2009 in Tuscon, Arizona.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks fell short in making the playoffs last year with only 82 wins but with a low budget and aces like Brandon Webb and Dan Haren, the might be pretty competitive in the west. You can also look at rookie Max Scherzer who is coming up in the ranks.

The Diamondbacks signed Felipe Lopez to replace Orlando Hudson at second base and the Diamondbacks would love to have Mark Reynolds continue his power surge that he had last year except they do not want him to cool off. Chris Young and Stephen Drew also return looking for a playoff run.

Keep an eye on: Max Scherzer, sp/rp

Even though the D'Backs probably will start him off in the bullpen, I have him the rotation after Danny Haren. He could do the Joba Chamberlain thing though.

Projected Lineup
1. Felipe Lopez, 2b
2. Chris Young, cf
3. Stephen Drew, ss
4. Conor Jackson, lf
5. Justin Upton, rf
6. Chad Tracy, 1b
7. Mark Reynolds, 3b
8. Chris Snyder, c

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Brandon Webb, rhp
2. Dan Haren, rhp
3. Max Scherzer, rhp
4. Doug Davis, lhp
5. Yusmeiro Petit, rhp

Projected Bullpen
Chad Qualls
Tony Pena
Jon Rauch
Scott Schoeneweis
Leo Rosales
Billy Buckner
Travis Blackley

Top Prospects
1. Jarrod Parker, rhp
2. Daniel Schlereth, lhp
3. Gerardo Pena, of
4. Wade Miley, lhp
5. Cesar Valdez, rhp