Arizona DiamondbacksManager: Kirk Gibson
Stadium: Chase Field
2008 Record: 82-80 (2nd in NL West)
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-- Tim Kurkjian
HITTER TO WATCH:
Ryan Roberts may make the club as a utility player who can handle second, third or even catch. He's strong and has a little pop, but his hard swing leads to a lot of strikeouts.
PITCHER TO WATCH:
Juan Gutierrez might contribute as a spot starter or reliever with a four-pitch mix and a good changeup.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.
Is young Justin Upton ready to be the top right fielder in the National League? Is former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb prepared to win the honor for a second time in 2009? And with Webb and Dan Haren, do the D-backs have the NL's best starting rotation? Register your vote.
After some shoulder issues early in camp, Max Scherzer appears healthy and could become a top-50 starting pitcher this season, given his ability to get strikeouts by the truckload.
Eric Byrnes' hamstrings still aren't 100 percent, even after an offseason of rest and rehab, and he's going to have to fight for anything more than playing time as a platoon outfielder against lefties.
-- Jason Grey
Byrnes, formerly known for his speed, had a terrible 2008 when both wheels came off, as in both hamstring muscles were injured. Byrnes opted for a conservative treatment approach (meaning no surgery) and has recently been showing that his legs are healthy this spring. Although Byrnes is not currently slated to be an everyday player for the Diamondbacks, the ability to slot him in anywhere in the outfield makes him valuable off the bench. He still has plenty left in the tank, and is already looking speedier than before he was injured last year. Don't overlook him.
-- Stephania Bell
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