Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Bold Predictions for Surprising Snakes in 2012

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Bold Predictions for Surprising Snakes in 2012
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Justin Upton is congratulated by Aaron Hill.

The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed the National League West title in 2011, shocking a lot of people in the process. The club's success came as a result of a large number of breakout performances from key players such as Ian Kennedy, Justin Upton and J.J. Putz.

I first started predicting breakout candidates for the Diamondbacks during the 2009-10 season when I predicted the emergence of Kennedy after a trade from the New York Yankees. He surprised me by getting even better in 2011—earning some National League Cy Young consideration.

There are a number of Diamondbacks players that could surprise a lot of people in 2012. Let's have a look at some of them.

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