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Following on from a run through the American League awards, here’s some sure to be wrong predictions for the senior league.
MVP – Justin Upton
When trade rumours began circling around Upton just over a year ago, there were some impressive packages of young talent being (theoretically) together as fans and analysis lined up to work out what it would take to acquire the Diamondbacks right fielder. Upton’s excellent 2011 stats offered a glimpse, and I believe it was just a glimpse, of what he’s capable of. Still just 24 and a couple of years away from his expected peak, Upton put up .289/.369/.529 line thanks to a career high in isolated power and a career low in strikeouts. Those are strong sides that Upton is maturing as a hitter and that there is more to come from an already outstanding player.
Also considered – Joey Votto, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzski, Matt Kemp, Ryan Zimmerman
Cy Young – Zack Greinke
After the season, team’s will have a rare chance to bid on three different young...
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If anyone in the Diamondbacks organization was starting to worry about Trevor Cahill's rough start to the spring, his solid outing Saturday night against the Royals had to ease their concerns a bit.
Though his night started with a rocky two-run first inning, Cahill recovered nicely with 3 23 scoreless innings and a final line of 4 23 innings, five hits,...
Key Stats: Justin Upton’s strikeout rate went down by 9% last season while he actually gained power. Upton was called up at age 19 and this is a classic case of a player developing at the Major League level. The decrease in strikeouts resulted in a 16 point gain in his average.
Skeptics Say: On the road last year Upton hit just .246 with an OPS of .767. Certainly ordinary numbers...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season.
After finishing first in the National League West last season (lost in the N.L. Divional Series to Milwaukee), Arizona is looking to prove that 2011 wasn’t just a fluke. After a few roster changes during the off-season, Arizona is ready to show what they can do in 2012.
One of the main...
The Diamondbacks sent much-hyped pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to the minors on Friday, one of eight moves as the team continues to trim its camp roster leading up to Opening Day.
Bauer, the No. 3 pick in last year's MLB draft out and the subject of much discussion in D-backs camp this spring, was optioned to Double-A Mobile. The move did not come as a surprise since manager...
PEORIA, Ariz. Josh Collmenter looked and felt like himself Sunday, justifying manager Kirk Gibsons earlier decision to assure him a spot in the starting rotation while seeming to allay Gibsons fears about lingering health issues.
Collmenter gave up two runs in five innings in the Diamondbacks 4-3 loss to San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex, both his most effective and longest...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to Double-A Mobile and made seven other moves to trim their roster in the closing days of spring training.
Right-handers Sam Demel and Barry Enright, along with outfielder David Winfree were optioned to Triple-A Reno. Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas and infielder Rusty Ryal were reassigned to Reno.
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The first base position is loaded at the top, but there are a ton of interesting options that we all can agree are intriguing sleepers… unless you are Starbonell and Justin Occhionero. You see, these two are ready to come to blows over their difference of opinions on Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt, so rather than settle the...
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