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Projecting Diamondbacks Home Run Power

By Scott Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a lot of moves this off-season.  They've been working hard to try to find the right combination of players to fill out their roster.  Of course not all final decisions are made and the Dbacks will have a lot to look at over the next couple of months before everything starts for real in April.

With all the moves from acquiring first baseman Juan Miranda from the Yankees to re-signing shortstop Stephen Drew, there is a lot of anticipation as to what this team will do in 2011.  One of the biggest questions is where the power will come from?  After losing Mark Reynolds and Adam Laroche, they dumped 57 home runs from last season right there.

1B - Juan Miranda, Geoff Blum - Miranda has 4 homers in 83 Major League at-bats.  Not too bad.  That's 1 homer out of  about every 20 at-bat's. Blum is a non-factor when it comes to power.

2B - Kelly Johnson - was last season's power surge an aberration? 26 homers may not come around again.

SS - Stephen Drew - 15 homers in 2010.  He was a late bloomer last season.  Let's hope he gets off quicker this season.

3B - Melvin Mora - only 7 homers in 2010 in 316 at-bat's.  He's had big seasons before.  Will 2011 be one of them?

OF - Justin Upton, Willie Bloomquist, Chris Young, Gerardo Parra, Xavier Nady - 17, 3, 27, 3, and 6 homer respectively in 2010.  The belief is there can be a lot more from this group, especially Upton.

C- Miguel Montero, Henry Blanco - 9 and 2 homers last season.  Not much to write home about, however Montero missed a couple of months last season.  He can provide occasional power.

So, as you can see, it appears the bulk of power will come from the outfielders.  General manager Kevin Towers has already come out and said he expects a lot of homers from that group.  I don't blame him.  I would just like to see some consistency.  I will say this though, as much as I love power, I love winning too.  Power does not equal good batting.  Just ask Mark Reynolds.  See what his 44 and 32 homers got him the past two seasons?  Yep - a one way ticket to Baltimore.