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Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 11:02 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

If you're exhausted by the constant rumors we're circulating at the Winter Meetings, here's your fun little break. Today's installment of Homegrown brings the most powerful team in the bigs. Everyday in Chase Field would be like this past All-Star break's Home Run Derby. And the fans wouldn't even have to boo the entire time.

Lineup

1. Stephen Drew, SS
2. Miguel Montero, C
3. Justin Upton, RF
4. Carlos Gonzalez, CF
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Carlos Quentin, LF
7. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
8. Mark Reynolds, 3B

Starting Rotation

1. Jorge De La Rosa
2. Brett Anderson
3. Max Scherzer
4. Josh Collmenter
5. Chris Capuano

Both De La Rosa and Anderson had season-ending surgeries in the real 2011 season, so if they did, we'd have to turn to Brad Penny and Ross Ohlendorf. We also have first-rounders Jarrod Parker and Trevor Bauer waiting in the wings. And good ol' Brandon Webb, too.

Bullpen

Closer - Jose Valverde
Set up - Javier Lopez, Sergio Santos, Daniel Schlereth, Vicente Padilla, Esmerling Vasquez
Long - Penny, Ohlendorf, Micah Owings

Notable Bench Players

Rod Barajas, Chris Snyder, Lyle Overbay, Conor Jackson, Scott Hairston, Emilio Bonifacio, Gerardo Parra

What's Good?

Wow, that's some serious power in the lineup. If everyone stayed healthy for a full season, there's every reason to believe all eight hitters would have at least 20 home runs, with Montero and Drew really being the only questions there. A handul of them would hit more than 30. So, yes, the power of the offense immediately jumps out, but really everything is pretty good here. There is depth, a solid rotation -- albeit injury-riddled -- and a good closer with quality setup men.

What's Not?

Reynolds is a butcher at third base. If Anderson and De La Rosa both fell injured before Bauer and Parker were ready, the rotation would become awfully thin. Even if they stayed healthy, there isn't a bona fide ace. The outfield defense isn't great, with Gonzalez and Quentin, but it isn't awful either.

Comparison to real 2011

The real Diamondbacks went 94-68 and won the NL West before bowing out in Game 5 of the NLDS to the Brewers. This team would be every bit that good, if not better -- and again, being that this is a hypothetical exercise, we're hypothetically assuming health to the top two starting pitchers. If this team played like it was capable, it could very well be a World Series champion.

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Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

This is what happens when you let a computer stat geek run the show instead of a professional owner like Jerry Colangelo. Had Jerry not been forced out I believe 80-90 percent of this team would have played together. Instead half of these guys went to get D Harren and the other half were ran out of town too fast.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

I would pay to watch those guys play the field



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Ummm...Brett Cecil was drafted, and remains playing for, the Blue Jays.



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

hands down best homegrown outfield and may even be the best homegrown team



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Wish it were true.



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