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Dbacks Roster Review: Willie Bloomquist

By Scott Allen

With now just 30 games left in the regular season, we are in the home stretch, the final quarter of the 2011 season. It is time to review the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster to look at what they’ve accomplished, where they are now, and what they can provide, if anything, in the final few weeks of the National League West pennant race. Next up: Willie Bloomquist

What he’s accomplished: He, like Ryan Roberts, started off red hot. Then he got injured and it’s not been the same, although he has contributed from time to time.

What he’s doing now: He’s hitting .258 with 4 HR and 21 RBI.  He’s not a big producer in terms of power numbers.  He is a good team player who can usually put the ball into play, although his batting average has dropped about 20 points since he took over for Stephen Drew at shortstop, thus leading the Dbacks to go out and get John McDonald.

What he means to the Dbacks run to the pennant: They’ll need him.  The intangibles, that’s what they need from him.  Stolen bases, running hard, making contact with the ball at the plate.  If he continues to do that on a part-time basis and not full-time, the Dbacks should be just fine with him.