After the Arizona Diamondbacks finished last place in the NL West in their '09 campaign, they have made a few changes to their roster.
There were some good news and bad news last year, such as that Reynold found his bat but Webb missed almost the entire season. Arizona's biggest change was their rotation, and here's their projected starting pitchers for the 2010 season.
After having one of his most disappointing seasons, missing almost the whole year with a shoulder bursitis. But he is back healthy, and will lead the rotation. He was definitely the missing puzzle in last year's. He will have a rebound back year, maybe even compete for the Cy Young Award.
This guy was underrated last year, because the team didn't make much noise. But with Webb and Jackson, this team is improved, and will compete once again this year. He can lead the rotation, too and can help any team. This guy will be the difference maker for Arizona this year.
After being traded from Detroit in the 3 team trade, he signed to a 2 year, $14million deal. What does that tell us? The D-Backs are trying to lock up strong Starting Pitchers.
Jackson first proved himself with Tampa Bay where he was 14-11 with a 4.22 ERA, but in '09 he proved that he can be an ace of a ballclub, going 13-9 with an ERA of 3.62. If he keeps improving like this, this will be a dominant one-two-three order in the rotation.
Ian Kennedy was acquired with Jackson (No. 3 starter in this slideshow) via trade in the three-way deal this offseason. Even though he is yet to have his breakout season, he has a very high potential, and his stuff is there.
Is he the best No. 4 starter? No. But it will be interesting to see him as a full time starter at the Major League level.
There are many candidates for the #5 spot in the pitching rotation. It all comes down who has the best stuff, control, and stats by the end of this year's Spring Training.
But if there's a leading candidate, it is Bryan Augenstein. This guy went 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in seven games (two games started) but he has great potential.