10 March 2010
After one week of spring training, the Diamondbacks are off to a 2-5 start. The pitching, especially the bullpen, has been the main culprit, sporting a ERA around 6.00. Spring training stats aren't very meaningful, and one week of stats is way too small of a sample size, but there have been some bright spots from the first week.
- .571/.625/.929, 8 for 14, 2 2B, 1 HR, and 4 RBI. Jackson is showing no effects from the Valley Fever that ruined his 2009 season. He will be the starting LF, and should be back to his typical .290 AVG, .370 OBP, .450 SLG season.
- .471/.471/.824, 8 for 17, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R. Defensively, Abreu has been playing SS for the first week, and has looked solid. Offensively, he's been spraying the ball around the yard, although he still doesn't walk much. With Kelly Johnson, Stephen Drew, and Mark Reynolds expected to be starting at 2B, SS, and 3B, respectively, there is no place for Abreu to play. Gerardo Parra, Chris Snyder and Ryan Roberts are expected to grab three bench spots, but there may be room for both Abreu and Ojeda on the 25 man roster. Or, if Abreu continues to impress defensively, he could push Augie Ojeda out of the utility IF role.
- .333/.500/.778, 3 for 9, 4 BBs, 2 2B, 1 3B. Allen has looked much better in the first week of spring training than he did in the Arizona Fall League. Still, with the signing of Adam LaRoche, Allen is destined for AAA this year.
- 0.00 ERA, 4.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Haren looks in good form already, and will be the Opening Day starter for the Diamondbacks.
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB. Jackson will be the #3 Starter for the D'backs (or #2 if Brandon Webb isn't ready for Opening Day).
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 0 K, 1 BB. Kennedy will be the #4 Starter for the D'backs (or #3).
- 7.20 ERA, 5 IP, 4 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 7 K. Buckner has had trouble with the Home Run ball, giving up two already. But he has struck out 7 while walking only 1. He should be the #5 starter (or #4).
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Mulvey has only pitched 2 IP in a split squad game so far, but he's the front runner for the #6/#5 slot in the rotation, mainly because his competition (Rodrigo Lopez, Bryan Augenstein) has struggled so far.
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP. Qualls has pitched 2 perfect innings for far, with 1 strikeout. Qualls will be the closer for the Diamondbacks again this year.
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K. Gutierrez has emerged as the likely setup man for Chad Qualls, as both Bob Howry and Aaron Heilman are off to slow starts.
- 0.00 ERA, 2 IP, 0 BB, 4 K. Mercedes will probably start the season in AAA, but he's got the stuff to be an impact reliever down the road.