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Goldschmidt will power an improved D'Backs lineup.
The Diamondbacks should be an improved offense this year with the return of Goldschmidt and the addition of Trumbo.
Goldschmidt terrorized National League pitching to the tune of 36 home runs, 125 RBI and a .302 batting average last season. Trumbo, in his first season in the NL, will look to post his third consecutive 30-plus home run season while protecting Goldschmidt out of the cleanup spot.
As important as Goldschmidt and Trumbo are, Arizona needs Pollock, Prado, Hill and catcher Miguel Montero to hit well around them to have any shot at a division title.
Pollock was a surprise contributor in 2013 after unexpectedly filling in for the injured Eaton. But Prado, Hill and Montero all had disappointing seasons, mainly due to injuries of their own.
If Pollock proves to be a capable leadoff hitter and the three veterans can bounce back this year, Arizona could have one of the league's better offenses.
Projected Arizona Batting Order:
1. A.J. Pollock, CF
Last year's surprise fill-in is looking forward to a breakout campaign in his first year as a full-time starter.
2. Martin Prado, 3B
A rough start to the 2013 campaign distorted Prado's overall numbers from last season. However, he hit .324 after the All-Star break, providing hope for a strong 2014 season.
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
What will Goldschmidt do for an encore after finishing second in the 2013 NL MVP race? Arizona would be happy with more of the same from the slugging first baseman.
4. Mark Trumbo, LF
Trumbo may struggle adjusting to better pitching in the NL West. However, that adjustment could also be offset by the move to a more hitter-friendly home park.
5. Aaron Hill, 2B
Hill was solid when he was in the lineup last season. However, injuries limited him to just 87 games in 2013.
6. Miguel Montero, C
After thriving at the plate in 2011 and 2012, Montero struggled to hit .230 in 2013. He'll need to return to his previous form if the D'Backs are going to contend in 2014.
7. Gerardo Parra, RF
Parra disappointed at the plate during his first season as a full-time player. Arizona needs the Gold Glove outfielder to swing a bat that matches the quality of his glove.
8. Chris Owings, SS
Owings won't face a ton of pressure to hit at the bottom of the lineup. However, he has to be much more than an automatic out to keep Gregorious from reclaiming the starting job.