Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Gameday Inactives
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Red Zone Stats
Teams
Schedules
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Teams
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

2014 Fantasy Outlooks: Arizona Diamondbacks

  •  

For two years running, the Diamondbacks have sat on the fence with a .500 record. This offseason, they made an attempt to address two problem areas, but is it enough to lift them up from mediocrity?

The Snakes tied the Mets for the 25th-most home runs last season, clubbing just 130 of them, so Mark Trumbo and his 30-homer bat are welcome newcomers to the lineup. In addition to bringing some thump, Trumbo will provide some protection for Paul Goldschmidt, who emerged last year as the National League's most potent hitting first baseman. The former Angel will also add some stability to an outfield that included only one player -- Gerardo Parra -- who started more than 110 games as an outfielder in 2013.

The bullpen was another area that lacked stability, but general manager Kevin Towers acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox to handle the closing duties. Owners won't have to worry about whether J.J. Putz can stay healthy or if Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez or Heath Bell can handle the closer's role. Bell was dispatched to Tampa Bay, while Putz, Ziegler and Hernandez will set up Reed and be rendered as Fantasy afterthoughts outside of leagues that use non-closers in relief spots.

2014 Fantasy Outlooks
A.L. East N.L. East
Orioles Braves
Red Sox Marlins
Yankees Mets
Rays Phillies
Blue Jays Nationals
A.L. Central N.L. Central
White Sox Cubs
Indians Reds
Tigers Brewers
Royals Pirates
Twins Cardinals
A.L. West N.L. West
Astros Diamondbacks
Angels Rockies
Athletics Dodgers
Mariners Padres
Rangers Giants

In order to get Trumbo and Reed, the Diamondbacks had to part with three potential up-and-coming stars, Adam Eaton, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Davidson, so the team is clearly in win-now mode. They are counting on Aaron Hill to bounce back from last season's broken hand, Miguel Montero to snap out of a two-year power decline and Martin Prado to continue to provide steady production. Hill and Prado join Trumbo as solid middle-round Fantasy options, while Montero is better saved for two-catcher mixed leagues.

The starting rotation appears to be set, and Patrick Corbin will likely serve as the ace rather than as the No. 5 starter that he was on opening day a year ago. Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy look like locks to retains their spots, and free agent signee Bronson Arroyo will round out the rotation. Reinforcements are available, as Randall Delgado and prospect Archie Bradley could serve in starting roles. Daniel Hudson also lurks as a possible mid-season rotation addition, should he recover from his second Tommy John surgery in time to contribute in 2014.

Goldschmidt may be the Diamondbacks' only member of the Fantasy elite, but especially with the addition of Trumbo, Reed and Arroyo, they have a healthy contingent of players who can help owners in standard mixed leagues. It's probably not enough to make them competitive with the Dodgers in the National League West, but their core group could help to keep both the Diamondbacks and your Fantasy squad in contention this season.

Head-to-Head hero ... Martin Prado, second base/third base/outfield

2014 projected lineup
Player Name Position
1. Gerardo Parra CF
2. Martin Prado 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Mark Trumbo LF
5. Aaron Hill 2B
6. Miguel Montero C
7. Cody Ross RF
8. Chris Owings SS
Bench Eric Chavez 3B
Bench A.J. Pollock OF

Prado has never hit more than 15 home runs and only once has he stolen more than five bases or driven in over 70 runs, yet he is far more valuable in points leagues than those numbers would suggest. Eligible at second base, third base and outfield, Prado's versatility serves him well in any Fantasy format, but his aversion to strikeouts and penchant for doubles make him especially useful in standard Head-to-Head formats. Those qualities may go underappreciated in Rotisserie leagues, especially given his lack of a speed-power combination. Don't allow his lack of Roto cred to influence where you would take Prado in your non-category leagues, as he will probably fall just short of the elite ranks at second and third base in those.

Underappreciated ... Patrick Corbin, starting pitcher

Corbin's sensational sophomore season could easily be forgotten by some owners, as he limped to the finish line with a terrible seven-start stretch. Through his first 25 starts, Corbin got swings- and-misses on 11 percent of his pitches (per Baseball-Reference.com) and walked just 42 batters in 172 1/3 innings, contributing to a 2.45 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Over the final five weeks, Corbin's whiffs dried up, and while he had previously benefitted from a generous .261 BABIP, his luck more than evened out by allowing a .387 batting average on balls in play. Maybe fatigue set in, as Corbin did lose some velocity over those late-season starts, but regardless of the reason, he showed over a large portion of the season that he can be trusted as a must-start in virtually all formats. Though he may have left a bad impression by ending with a slump, it's still reasonable to expect Corbin to repeat as a top 30 starting pitcher in 2014.

Impact prospect ... Archie Bradley, starting pitcher

2014 rotation/bullpen
Player Name Throws
1. Patrick Corbin LHP
2. Wade Miley LHP
3. Bronson Arroyo RHP
4. Trevor Cahill RHP
5. Brandon McCarthy RHP
ALT Randall Delgado RHP
Bullpen Breakdown
1. Addison Reed RHP
2. J.J. Putz RHP
3. Brad Ziegler RHP
4. David Hernandez RHP
5. Joe Thatcher LHP

You know how we will sometimes say of a prospect, "he has nothing left to prove in the minors"? Despite a 1.97 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Mobile, that's not the case with Bradley. He walked 59 hitters in 123 1/3 innings, so at the very least, Bradley may need some time in Triple-A to work out his control issues. Earlier this offseason, it appeared that Bradley had an outside chance to make the team out of camp, but with the acquisition of Arroyo, the Diamondbacks can take their time to promote the 21-year-old. In the unlikely event he gets rushed to the majors, Bradley could evoke unpleasant memories of Trevor Bauer, but as Tony Cingrani showed last season, a lot of progress can be made in just a little time in Triple-A. If you don't grab Bradley as a reserve-round flyer, he could be worth eyeing as a mid-season waiver claim.

Prospects Report

Though Bradley almost certainly won't make the opening day roster, he could be in line for a midseason callup. If the opportunity for a promotion arises and Bradley isn't ready, Zeke Spruill, Charles Brewer or Chase Anderson could get a shot at the rotation, though all turned in disappointing seasons in Triple-A last year. ... Chris Owings could break camp with the big league club, and he could get the nod as the regular shortstop over Didi Gregorius. Further down the depth chart, 24-year-old Nick Ahmed could eventually overtake both shortstops, and he could be a stolen base threat. ... Davidson is gone, but the organization still has quality third base prospects in Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury. Both are probably at least a couple of years away. ... Braden Shipley, Aaron Blair and Jose Martinez have yet to advance beyond Class A, but all three are pitching prospects worthy of targeting in deeper dynasty leagues.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us on Twitter @CBSFantasyBB or Al at @almelccbs .

  •  
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Danny Santana plays role of hero in Wednesday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) Danny Santana owned the best average of all Twins starters Wednesday despite batting ninth in the lineup. He did nothing to change that with three hits in three at-bats as he raised his mark to a fine .325.

Santana tripled and scored in the first to tie the game, then singled and scored in the fith to give Minnesota a lead it would not relinquish.


Oswaldo Arcia helps Minnesota cause with homer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia gave his team a bit of breathing room Wednesday afternoon against the Indians with a solo home run in the sixth inning for a two-run lead.

Arcia added a single to his sixth blast of the year. He now owns a stat line of .222/.310/.378.


Dodgers without Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez again
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were both held out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Pirates due to hand injuries. Puig was sidelined a fourth straight game, while Ramirez missed a third straight game.

James Paxton to get another rehab start Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton will receive another rehab start Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Paxton got through his Tuesday rehab start with no issues. He's set to start Sunday at Triple-A Tacoma. If the Sunday start goes well, there's a chance Paxton will be ready to return to the majors. 


Eric Hosmer leaves after two at-bats Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer left Wednesday's game after just two at-bats.

Hosmer was dealing with a hand injury prior to the game, but managed to talk his way into the lineup. The club has not announced why Hosmer was pulled from the game, but that could be in play. Hosmer finished the game 0 for 2, with an RBI. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.


Carlos Martinez being moved back to bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is headed back to the bullpen as Shelby Miller will rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com. Martinez went 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA over seven starts since joining the rotation June 16.

Non-support dooms Trevor Bauer to defeat
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) A lack of run support continued to plague Indians rookie Trevor Bauer on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota.

Bauer wasn't lights-out, but he did manage to twirl his fifth quality start in his last six outings and give up three runs or less in his sixth straight. But he took the loss as the Indians provided him with just one run.

The right-hander yielded three earned runs on six hits, including a solo home run off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia. He walked two and fanned seven.

Bauer, whose record fell to 4-5, will try to even it up next Tuesday against visiting Seattle.


Shelby Miller set to rejoin rotation Saturday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller is returning to the rotation Saturday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com. Miller made one relief appearance, allowing two hits and one walk over a scoreless innings Sunday against the Dodgers.

Ryan Pressly called up Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly has been promoted to the majors Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has pitched well in the minors, posting a 2.98 ERA over 60 1/3 innings. He'll take the roster spot of Matt Guerrier. 


Matt Guerrier designated for assignment Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:33 pm ET) Twins reliever Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment following Wednesday's game.

The 35-year-old reliever has been solid for the club this season, posting a 3.86 ERA over 28 innings. He won't factor into the team's future, though, which may have been the reason for the DFA. The club will call up Ryan Pressly to replace Guerrier on the active roster. 


 
 
 
Rankings