Live On Air

Streaming Now: The Lookahead

play Watch Live radio Listen Live

2022 MLB season preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com) 

USATSI_16795851

The Arizona Diamondbacks finished 55 games behind the Giants and 22.5 games behind the fourth-place Rockies last season. If you’re going to be bad, you might as well be really bad. The worst place to be is in the middle and the Diamondbacks don’t have to worry about that this season either. Take your high draft picks, trade away your players of value and try to be ready when the window creaks open. The problem with being in a division with the Giants, Dodgers and Padres is the window may not be open for a long time. Arizona might as well be on the five-year plan. That’s what made the timing of the Ketel Marte extension March 27 a little bit odd. Expectations are about as low as they can get in the desert this season -- losing 110 games will do that.

2022 VSiN MLB Betting Guide

Offense

Arizona’s offense ranked 26th in wOBA and 27th in wRC + . They struck out too much and didn’t hit for nearly enough power. To be fair, when 57 of your 162 games are against the pitching staffs of the Giants, Dodgers and Padres, you’re probably not going to have much offensive success.

The Diamondbacks were 3-16 against the Dodgers (outscored by 71 runs), 2-17 against the Giants (outscored by 53 runs) and 8-11 against the Padres (outscored by only three runs). They were also 4-16 in interleague play.

Offensively, the team just couldn’t compete. Arizona only scored 4.2 runs per game and allowed 5.5. Of the top 15 in plate appearances, only four hitters graded above average by wRC + . To make matters worse, Eduardo Escobar led that group with 400 plate appearances. Marte missed about 45% of the season and Carson Kelly missed 40%.

Of those four, Marte is the only one that was better than 3% above league average. Marte posted a 139 wRC + and deserves every cent of his new pay day. He slashed .318/.377/.532 and was the only Diamondback to bat over .270. He and Andy Young were the only ones to slug over .440 (Young only had 104 plate appearances).

The Diamondbacks made no upgrades on offense. They’ll hope guys with track records such as David Peralta and Christian Walker can bounce back, but I don’t see a whole lot of upside there. Jordan Luplow will hit lefties in a platoon role, but that limits him to playing about a third of the games or pinch-hitting. Kelly and Marte will have to carry this team and neither will be able to drag this offense to respectability.

Seth Beer has a great name and some decent minor league numbers, but we haven’t seen him against MLB pitching outside of 10 plate appearances at the end of last season. The Diamondbacks do have three top-100 prospects that are close. Infielder Geraldo Perdomo ranks 84th and outfielders Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll are top-25 prospects according to FanGraphs. Thomas should debut this season, but Carroll only played seven games at High-A before suffering a season-ending injury.

back to news


spacer_5

Ask VSiN Your Sports Betting Questions

Spell Check

Headlines

View All

Google Play
App Store
Close