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Ranking the Diamondbacks - May 2011 | May

After the first month of the season, the Diamondbacks stand at 12-15, five and a half games behind the division leading Rockies. Who has been the team's best player during the the month of April? Surprisingly, the answer is probably 3B/LF Ryan Roberts. Roberts was not expected to make the team out of spring training, but a hot bat in the Cactus League (.509/.603/.660) carried over into the Regular Season. Roberts leads the club in AVG, OBP, and SLG, and he has slugged 6 HR in only 67 AB.  He also has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio, with only 11K to go with 12 BB, and he has even chipped in 3 SB.  He has taken playing time away from Melvin Mora at 3B, and has also received starts at 2B and LF. Defensively, Roberts has not been as good, but his bat has been the team's best by far. It would be a surprise if Roberts kept this up all season, but at least for the first month of the season, he has been the team's best player.

On the other end of the scale, Kelly Johnson has been one of the team's biggest disappointment so far, hitting only .175/.261/.311, with 33 K in 103 AB.  Also struggling in the early going have been relievers Juan Gutierrez and Aaron Heilman, as well as starters Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, and Joe Saunders. Here is my ranking of the team's players so far this season:

# Player Comment
1 Ryan Roberts, 3B Team MVP so far, .328/.430/.642 with 6 HR
2 Justin Upton, RF .265/.356/.500; has 2 HR over 460 ft
3 Ian Kennedy, SP Leads SP with 3.92 ERA; only 1 bad start 
4 Stephen Drew, SS .306/.372/.506, leads team in RBI with 22
5 Chris Young, CF Good power and defense, but only .273 OBP
6 J.J. Putz, RP 6 for 6 in Save Opportunities
7 Miguel Montero, C .281/.354/.506, but leads team with 5 errors
8 Daniel Hudson, SP 5.30 ERA, but 8.9K/9, 0.5 HR/9 lead to 2.82 FIP
9 Gerardo Parra, LF OBP of .351 in 2011 with good defense in LF
10 D. Hernandez, RP 2.03 ERA and 3 for 3 in Holds
11 Joe Paterson, RP 0.00 ERA; only let 2/16 Inherited Runners score
12 W. Bloomquist, SS .974 OPS in 1st 8 games; .476 since then
13 Josh Collmenter, RP 1.74 ERA; 9K and 1 BB in 10.1 IP
14 Russell Branyan, 1B .781 OPS, 2 RBI in 46 AB; 0 for 11 with RISP
15 Esmer. Vasquez, RP 3.12 ERA, 7K/1BB; is now the 7th inning guy
16 Xavier Nady, 1B/LF No power so far, but does have a .371 OBP
17 Melvin Mora, 3B .271 AVG, but no power or walks
18 Sam Demel, RP 3.12 ERA, but 12H and 5BB in 8.2 IP
19 Barry Enright, SP Had first Quality Start last Thursday in 5 tries
20 Juan Miranda, 1B .340 OBP, but only 3 XBH in 42 AB
21 Joe Saunders, SP 2/5 in Quality Starts; struck out 8 in last start
22 Ar. Galarraga, SP 2/5 in QS; Has allowed league leading 11 HR
23 Henry Blanco, C Still looking for 1st Hit; thrown out 2/4 stealers
24 Kam Mickolio, RP Demoted after 5 ER in 5 IP, but had 6K/1BB
25 Kelly Johnson, 2B .175/.261/.311; leads team with 33K
26 Josh Wilson, SS Struck out in his only plate appearance
27 Juan Gutierrez, RP 12R (7 ER), 15H, 8BB in 11.1 IP (with 16K)
28 Aaron Heilman, RP On DL after 13H, 9 ER, 3 HR in 6.2 IP