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NL West Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta /
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What to look for in 2018

Key players: 

A.J Pollock and Steven Souza Jr.

These two players are very important for trying to fill the void left from J.D Martinez. If these two outfielders can stay healthy and put up good numbers in a lineup with Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, this offense can be almost as good as last years, maybe even a little better.

Archie Bradley

In 2017 Archie Bradley put up a fantastic season out of the Arizona Bullpen. Overall the bullpen was not great at all, but Bradley was an anchor and the most reliable arm in the ‘pen. Without any big bullpen moves outside of a Brad Boxberger trade, the D-Backs bullpen still houses a lot of question marks, and if Bradley takes a major step back, it could mean trouble.

The entire starting rotation

Its fair to say that the D-Backs starting rotation definitely exceeded expectations last year. For the past few years, the Diamondbacks Achilles Heal has been none other than their starting pitching. Boasting a fantastic offense year in and year out, whats held them back is their rotation. With an aging Greinke and question marks surrounding Ray, Walker, Corbin and Godley, the D-Backs rotation is far from guaranteed to repeat their success.

Prospects to watch:

With pitching having concerns and question marks, its only fair to assume we will see some D-Backs prospects get their shot at the big leagues this year. Some top pitching prospects who we could see in 2018 are RHP Jon Duplantier and another RHP Taylor Clarke. Both of these pitchers are two of the three top prospects for Arizona, and could force their way up onto the roster at some point this year. Clarke is believed to be farther along than Duplantier, and could get some looks middle of the year.

Another intriguing prospect that could get the call is infielder Domingo Leyba. Able to play both second and third base, Leyba is an exciting prospect that is versatile and could put up some solid offensive numbers. With his power increasing every year, he could force his way onto the D-Backs roster towards the end of the season.