Best Everyday Player
The Diamondbacks had a terrible season last year, but much of that can be attributed to youth and injuries.
Sure they are still young but they are maturing, and they should also be getting back perennial Cy Young candidate, Brandon Webb.
Speaking of Brandon Webb, the recovery isn't coming along as well as Arizona hoped.
I wouldn't worry too much though. He may start the season on DL but that could be a good thing.
Let him take his time and get back to the dominate pitcher he was.
Even without Webb the Diamondbacks still have one of the best pitchers in the league, Dan Haren.
Haren is ridiculously good and if he could be a little more solid in the second half of a season, he might earn a Cy Young award.
Edwin Jackson is one of the Diamondbacks new pitchers this year after he had his best season of his career last year with Detroit.
Again his second half was disappointing as well but he throws great stuff and should keep his team in every game.
Ian Kennedy is the other new pitcher of the rotation, and no one really knows what to expect.
He didn't quite live up to expectations in New York but was never given a true chance. A change of scenery may prove to be all he needs to become the pitcher many thought he would be.
Billy Buckner rounds out the rotation and won't necessarily be the starter all year, making the Diamondbacks look for the fifth starter all year.
The bullpen is a bit shaky even though they have some nice pitchers.
Chad Qualls is back as the closer, and even though he is solid, he isn't exactly your true shutdown guy.
Bob Howry and Aaron Heilman may be the best relievers on the team and although they are good, that isn't exactly what you want for your best.
Have to give mention to Clay Zavada, the best mustache in all of baseball.
Way to keep things interesting Zavada.
The Diamondbacks are a mixture of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on offense.
The good, is Justin Upton.
In fact, this kid is more than good, he is great and he hasn't even begun to hit is potential. Arizona did the right thing in locking him up to a long term deal.
The bad would go to Chris Young.
Now don't get me wrong, I used to like the guy a lot, but lets be honest, he just isn't as good as he was hyped up to be. Maybe he'll finally breakthrough this year.
The ugly goes to Mark Reynolds.
The guy has serious power but those strikeouts are brutally ugly.
The Diamondbacks added a couple of former Braves to the infield and that could be a nice boost.
Kelly Johnson really struggled last year but it wasn't that long ago that he was one of the better hitting second—basemen in baseball.
Adam LaRoche will never be a star, but he is a great veteran who plays solid and can get extremely hot at times.
LaRoche does seem to be trade bait every year, and if that is the case, then rookie Brandon Allen might be ready to step in and take the reigns.
Stephen Drew is back at short and although he may have been hyped too much when he came into the league, he is still a very good player.
I look for him to make more improvements in his game.
Conor Jackson will be in left field after only playing in 30 games last year.
People forget how effective he can be.
Miguel Montero broke out last year and could be an excellent catcher for years to come.
The Diamondbacks are a bit of a mystery.
They could be last place or first, so it's safe to put them right in between.
If Webb can come back to his old self it makes this team significantly better.