MLB MLB Team News NL West — 05 April 2010

2009 regular season record: 70-92, Fifth place, NL West

Major Offseason Acquisitions: Adam LaRoche (ATL), Edwin Jackson (DET), Kelly Johnson (ATL), Bob Howry (SF), Ian Kennedy (NYY)

Major Offseason Losses: Max Scherzer (DET), Chad Tracy (CHC), Daniel Schlereth (DET)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

  1. LF-Conor Jackson (.182 BA, .264 OBP, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
  2. SS-Stephen Drew (.261 BA, .320 OBP, 12 HR, 65 RBI)
  3. RF-Justin Upton (.300 BA, .366 OBP, 26 HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB)
  4. 1B-Adam LaRoche (.277 BA, .355 OBP, 25 HR, 83 RBI)
  5. 3B-Mark Reynolds (.260 BA, .349 OBP, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 24 SB)
  6. C-Miguel Montero (.294 BA, .355 OBP, 15 HR, 59 RBI)
  7. 2B-Kelly Johnson (.224 BA, .303 OBP, 8 HR, 29 RBI)
  8. CF-Chris Young (.212 BA, .311 OBP, 15 HR, 42 RBI)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

  1. RHP Brandon Webb (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 4.0 IP)
  2. RHP Dan Haren (14-10, 3.14 ERA, 229.1 IP)
  3. RHP Edwin Jackson (13-9, 3.62 ERA, 214.0 IP)
  4. RHP Ian Kennedy (AAA stats: 1-0 1.59 ERA)
  5. RHP Rodrigo Lopez (3-1, 5.70 ERA, 30.0 IP)

Closer: RHP Chad Qualls (3.63 ERA, 24 saves)

2010 outlook: The D-Backs didn’t have much going for them in 2009, especially after Brandon Webb’s season ended after just one start.

He and Dan Haren will be at the top of a completely remade starting rotation.

Edwin Jackson, who was solid last season in Detroit, was brought in to help solidify the starting five.

Ian Kennedy was also acquired in that trade, brought in from the New York Yankees.

Despite being one of their top prospects, he was never able to pan out for New York, and the Diamondbacks are hoping he’ll be able to find something in a new uniform.

The lineup, while not great, is decent top-to-bottom.

Mark Reynolds had a power breakout last season, on his way to 44 home runs.

Former top pick Justin Upton was their best overall hitter last year, and he’s projected to become one of the league’s absolute best in 2010.

The Diamondbacks still have a young team overall, and while they’ll be better than they were last year, contending for a division title doesn’t appear to be in the cards in 2010.

2010 prediction: 75-87, Fourth place ,NL West

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