Diving into the depths: Arizona Diamondbacks
This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Arizona Diamondbacks Rotation 1. Dan Haren 2. Brandon Webb 3. Edwin Jackson 4. Ian Kennedy 5. Billy Buckner 6. Kevin Mulvey 7. Rodrigo Lopez 8. Bryan Augenstein 9. Barry Enright 10. Matt Torra 11. Cesar Valdez The Diamondbacks should have the money to add one more pitcher, though whether it’ll be a fifth starter or another setup man remains to be seen. As is, I imagine Buckner would be the favorite in the competition with Mulvey and Lopez for the fifth spot. However, I’m not confident that any of the three would be adequate in that role. Considering that Webb and Kennedy are so far away from being sure things and there are no top prospects on the way -- Jarrod Parker is out for the season following Tommy John surgery -- adding a legitimate No. 5 should be a priority. Bullpen 1. Chad Qualls 2. Juan Gutierrez 3. Bob Howry 4. Aaron Heilman 5. Clay Zavada 6. Blaine Boyer 7. Esmerling Vasquez 8. Billy Buckner 9. Zach Kroenke 10. Leo Rosales 11. Rodrigo Lopez 12. Daniel Stange 13. T.J. Beam 14. Roque Mercedes 15. Jose Marte The bullpen lacks a true stud, but it contains four solid right-handers and plenty of potentially useful options after that. Bypassing Jose Valverde to sign Adam LaRoche and, hopefully, another rotation option was the sound strategy.
Catcher 1. Miguel Montero 2. Chris Snyder 3. John Hester First base 1. Adam LaRoche 2. Mark Reynolds 3. Conor Jackson 4. Brandon Allen 5. Jeff Bailey Second base 1. Kelly Johnson 2. Ryan Roberts 3. Tony Abreu 4. Rusty Ryal Third base 1. Mark Reynolds 2. Ryan Roberts 3. Rusty Ryal 4. Tony Abreu Shortstop 1. Stephen Drew 2. Augie Ojeda 3. Pedro Ciriaco 4. Tony Abreu If Snyder gets traded this spring, then Hester figures to take over as Montero’s backup. It’s just too bad the Diamondbacks haven’t found a taker for his contract yet, since doing so would give them a lot more flexibility in adding a starting pitcher. Left field 1. Conor Jackson 2. Gerardo Parra 3. Ryan Roberts 4. Cole Gillespie 5. Drew Macias Center field 1. Chris Young 2. Gerardo Parra 3. Evan Frey Right field 1. Justin Upton 2. Gerardo Parra 3. Ryan Roberts 4. Cole Gillespie 5. Drew Macias The move to release Eric Byrnes would seem to clear the way for Parra to get 350-400 at-bats, even though he’ll open the season in a reserve role. It looks like Roberts and Ojeda will join Parra and the backup catcher on the bench. The Diamondbacks could still carry Abreu as their 25th man, since Roberts can serve as a fifth outfielder, but it’d make more sense to add another true outfielder and let Abreu play regularly in Triple-A.