They have a new Manager in Chip Hale. This is his first big league manager’s job; new Coaches, Mark Grace and Andy Green; a new General Manager, Dave Stewart; and a new Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations, De Jon Watson; and begin their first full season with Chief Baseball Officer, Tony La Russa.
There have been numerous roster changes as well. Half of the 25 players on this year’s Opening Day roster were not part of the Opening Day roster in 2014.
Let’s take a look at what will need to happen in order for this to team to win more than the 65 to 70 games that the writers have predicted for this season.
One positive is that the Diamondbacks will have several players return from disable list after injuries suffered last season. With the return of Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo and A.J. Pollock, the lineup should be at full strength. The Diamondbacks’ lineup looks strong with hitting and power and young players eager to show they belong in the Majors. With little to no pressure to win, since most writers have picked them to be one of the worst teams in all of baseball, they should be able to relax and produce at the plate.
The Diamondbacks’ also made some offseason moves with their pitching, acquiring right-hander, Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson should help boost a rotation that needed another established starter. Right-hander, Rubby De La Rosa, was also acquired during the offseason. De La Rosa should be able to provide a power arm for the starting rotation, with his fastball hitting close to 100 MPH. Continue reading AZ Diamondbacks 2015 Preview