After a 65-97 record and a last place NL West finish in 2010, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers has made several move in the off-season, already bringing in ten new players who could be on the opening day roster. Most notably, the Diamondbacks traded away 3B Mark Reynolds, and signed closer J.J. Putz. In addition, almost the entire bench and bullpen have been revamped for 2011.
When Towers were hired, he mentioned three areas that he thought needed to be improved, and all three have been addressed to some extent:
* The Bullpen - Finished with an ERA of 5.74, more than one run higher than any other NL team
* The Bench - Pinch hitters hit .225/.289/.279 in 2010, with 20 BB and 82K
* Strikeouts - A major league record 1529 for the team, breaking the previous mark of 1399 held by the 2001 Brewers. Still, the team's offense finished above average in both Runs Scored and OPS+.
New Additions for 2011:
Starting Pitching - Zach Duke
Bullpen - J.J. Putz, David Hernandez, Joe Paterson, Kam Mickolio, Brian Sweeney, Juan Jaime (minors)
Catcher - Henry Blanco
Infield - Juan Miranda, Melvin Mora, Geoff Blum
Outfield - Xavier Nady, Wily Mo Pena (minors), David Winfree (minors)
Key Losses from 2010:
Staring Pitching - Brandon Webb, Rodrigo Lopez, Kris Benson
Bullpen - Aaron Heilman, Blaine Boyer, D.J. Carrasco
Infield - Mark Reynolds, Adam LaRoche, Augie Ojeda
Outfield - Ryan Church, Rusty Ryal
In this post, we'll start with a look at the Diamondbacks' starting pitching outlook for 2011.