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Pos. Player No. 2008 stats

CF Chris Young 24 .248, 22 HR, 85 RBI

SS Stephen Drew 21 .291, 21 HR, 67 RBI

1B Chad Tracy 18 .267, 8 HR, 39 RBI

LF Conor Jackson 34 .300, 12 HR, 75 RBI

3B Mark Reynolds 27 .239, 28 HR, 97 RBI

RF Justin Upton 10 .250, 15 HR, 42 RBI

2B Felipe Lopez 2 .283, 6 HR, 46 RBI

C Chris Snyder 19 .237, 16 HR, 64 RBI


Pos. Player No. 2008 stats

RHP Brandon Webb 17 22-7, 3.30 ERA

RHP Dan Haren 15 16-8, 3.33 ERA

LHP Doug Davis 49 6-8, 4.83 ERA

RHP Jon Garland 52 14-8, 4.90 ERA

RHP Max Scherzer 39 0-4, 3.05 ERA


Pitcher No. 2008 stats

RHP Chad Qualls 50 17 saves, 4-8 record

LHP Scott Schoeneweis 60 2-6, 3.34 ERA, 1 save

RHP Tony Pena 56 3-2 4.33 ERA, 3 saves

RHP Jon Rauch 57 4-8 4.14 ERA, 18 saves

Rest of 40-man roster – Pitchers: 37 Travis Blackley, 33 Billy Buckner, 40 Jonathan Coutlangus, 36 Tom Gordon, 58 Juan Gutierrez, 44 Jose Marte, 61 Kyler Newby, 48 Yusmeiro Petit, 47 Leo Rosales, 45 Doug Slaten, 62 Leyson Septimo, 43 Cesar Valdez, 65 Esmerling Vasquez, 64 Clay Zavada. Catchers: 26 Miguel Montero, 25 James Skelton. Infielders: 63 Pedro Cinaco, 31 Tony Clark, 11 Augie Ojeda, 29 Josh Whitesell. Outfielders: 22 Eric Byrnes, 28 Alex Romero.


Games at 1:05 p.m., unless noted

Home: Tucson Electric Park

Date Opponent Site

Feb. 25 at Rockies Hi Corbett

Feb. 26 at Indians Goodyear

Feb. 27 White Sox TEP

Feb. 28 Rangers TEP

March 1 Athletics TEP

March 2 at Cubs Mesa

March 3 at Giants Scottsdale

March 4 Mexico TEP, 5:05

March 6 at Mexico Mexico

March 7 Angels TEP

March 8 Mariners Peoria

March 9 Padres TEP

March 10 at Dodgers Glendale

March 12 at Athletics Phoenix

March 13 Mariners TEP

March 14 at Royals Surprise

March 15 Cubs TEP

March 16 Rockies TEP

March 17 at Athletics Phoenix

March 18 Brewers TEP

March 20 at Angels Tempe

March 21 Royals TEP

March 22 at Padres Peoria

March 24 Giants TEP

March 25 at Rangers Surprise

March 26 at White Sox Glendale

March 27 Angels TEP

March 28 Indians TEP

March 29 White Sox TEP

March 30 at Rockies Hi Corbett

April 1 at Brewers Maryvale

April 2 Rockies TEP, 12:05

April 3 White Sox Chase, 6:40

April 4 White Sox Chase, 6:40


What’s set: Brandon Webb, Dan Haren and Doug Davis are set as starters. Chad Qualls is the closer for now. Conor Jackson will start in left field but could move back to first base to make room for Eric Byrnes. Stephen Drew has established himself at shortstop after hitting 21 home runs last season.

What’s not set: Who will fill the gap in middle relief? The candidates include Leo Rosales, Yusmeiro Petit, Tom Gordon, Billy Bucker and Juan Gutierrez.

Tony Pena and Jon Rauch are prime candidates for the setup role. Gordon is also a candidate if he’s healthy.

Top prospects

The Diamondbacks are set with young players at every position. Pitcher Max Scherzer was back and forth between Arizona and Triple-A Tucson last season. He’s expected to be the fifth starter.


“We’ve held first place 80 percent of the time the last couple of years, which is a point to be proud of. Obviously, we came up short last year. We’re confident we will turn things around and have some success.” – Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, on the upcoming season.

The bottom line

The Diamondbacks have the pitching, especially starters. But will their bullpen hold up? Where does Byrnes fit in with Jackson set to start in left field?

The Diamondbacks may not have enough firepower coming off the bench. Veteran Tony Clark, an ex-Arizona Wildcat, is the lone exception. Byrnes will also be available but he’s coming off an injury-plagued season.




• You pretty much know what you’re getting with Brandon Webb. He’s not the best pitcher in the game, but he’s in the top five or 10.

• Don’t draft Eric Byrnes, but keep an eye on him. He won’t begin the year as a starter, but could put up big home run and stolen base numbers if he eventually gets a chance.

• Max Scherzer should post strong stats, but be aware the D’backs hope to limit him to around 170 innings

• Stephen Drew was one of the best shortstops in the game the second half of last season, but can he do it over a full year?

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