Continuing in a series of ranking the Arizona Diamondbacks predicted position starters, number six checks in with left fielder Gerardo Parra.
Here’s how the list has shook out so far:
#8 – 3B – Ryan Roberts
#7 – 2B – Aaron Hill
#6 – LF – Gerardo Parra
While there’s a ton to like with Gerardo Parra, the biggest question surrounding the 2011 surprise is whether or not he will even start in left field to begin the season. In a curious move, the Diamondbacks went out and picked up underrated corner outfielder Jason Kubel. While the move gives the D-Backs tremendous depth in the outfield (Chris Young and Justin Upton join the duo) it creates an interesting dilemma. Who’s starts in the outfield with Young and Upton?
An underappreciated cog to the D-Backs machine in 2011, Parra hit .292 with 8 HRs and 46 RBI as well as a career best 15 stolen bases. While he’s not a slouch with the bat, he’s a tremendous fielder, winning a Gold Glove last season. What makes the Kubel move all the more surprising is that the Parra is only 24 years old and seems to be ascending rapidly in his career development. He’s shown no issues performing in the spotlight and because of this, I think he holds off Kubel and perhaps supplants Chris Young if the Diamondbacks grow weary of the centerfielder’s poor plate discipline and opt to move him.
Regardless what the Kubel signing means, Gerardo Parra is a big part of the D-Backs future. Even if he isn’t the starter in left to begin the season, his ability to play every outfield position and knack for getting on base all but ensures a 500 at-bat season…regardless of where it is.
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