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May was a great month for the Diamondbacks, as the team went 19-10 and moved into first place in the NL West. The bullpen, led by J.J. Putz continued their outstanding work, and the starting rotation improved after Armando Galarraga and Barry Enright were replaced by Josh Collmenter, Zach Duke, and Micah Owings. The offense saw the release of Russell Branyan, with Juan Miranda taking over as the starting first baseman. The hitting core of Justin Upton, Stephen Drew, and Miguel Miranda continued to produce, and Kelly Johnson and Chris Young added plenty of power. At third base, Ryan Roberts became the regular starter over Melvin Mora, and Gerardo Parra claimed the leftfield starting position with stellar defense.  Thirty-two players have now played for the Diamondbacks this season - here is my ranking of each player up to this point.

6/4 5/1 Player Comment
1 1 Ryan Roberts, 3B Leader in OPS/WAR, but only .729 OPS in May
2 2 Justin Upton, RF 3 walk-off hits, and 3 HR over 457 ft
3 3 Ian Kennedy, SP Has allowed 3 ER of less in 10 of 12 starts
4 6 J.J. Putz, RP 1.88 ERA, 16 for 17 in Save Opportunities
5 7 Miguel Montero, C .277/.363/.458 overall, .968 OPS w/RISP
6 8 Daniel Hudson, SP 4.22 ERA w/ 2.74 FIP, due to .338 BABIP, 67% LOB%
7 4 Stephen Drew, SS .798 OPS and solid defense at SS
8 13 Josh Collmenter, RP 1.25 ERA, allowed total of 4 ER in 5 starts
9 9 Gerardo Parra, LF Defensively, +12.3 UZR leads all MLB
10 10 David Hernandez, RP 1.71 ERA but 16BB in 26.1 IP
11 5 Chris Young, CF OBP only .290, but power and defense
12 11 Joe Paterson, RP 0.66 ERA, 1 ER in 13.2 IP, 24 Games
13 20 Juan Miranda, 1B OPS rose from .732 in April to .915 in May
14 25 Kelly Johnson, 2B .865 OPS in May after only .575 in April
15 21 Joe Saunders, SP 4.77 ERA, with at least 6 IP in 9 of 11 starts
16 18 Sam Demel, RP 1.72 ERA; on DL but should return in 1-2 weeks
17 15 Esmer. Vasquez, RP 2.86 ERA; only 1 of 8 Inherited runners has scored
18 23 Henry Blanco, C 4 of 9 hits have been HR; thrown out 3 of 6 stealers
19 - Zach Duke 1 great start (7IP/0R), 1 so-so; has 10K/1BB
20 - Micah Owings 2.51 ERA, gave team 2 decent starts
21 16 Xavier Nady, 1B/LF Only .695 OPS, but doe have 17 RBI in 95 AB
22 12 Willie Bloomquist, SS started 14 for 38, but .496 OPS after 1st 8 Games
23 17 Melvin Mora, 3B Only .578 OPS, but hit .379 with RISP
24 24 Kam Mickolio, RP 7K in 6.2 IP, but 10H, 5 ER, 3 BB
25 19 Barry Enright, SP Back in AAA fter 6.49 ERA in 6 starts
26 - Sean Burroughs 4-17; from 5/3/06 to 5/23/11 between hits
27 - Zach Kroenke Gave up 5H, 3ER in 3 IP
28 14 Russell Branyan, 1B released after hitting .210/.290/.339
29 26 Josh Wilson, SS now in Milwaukee; hit .200/.200/.300
30 27 Juan Gutierrez, RP Has allowed 16R (11 ER) in 18.1 IP; on DL
31 28 Aaron Heilman, RP 8.68 ERA, 30H and 18 ER in 18.2 IP
32 22 Arm. Galarraga, SP In AAA after 5.91 ERA, 13 HR in 42.2 IP