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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Review: Willie Bloomquist

By Scott Allen

So the mourning period for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 season is over. The postseason is finally over as well and now it is time to start looking ahead to 2012, especially since the season starts in like 18 seconds. It’s a short off-season. We are just shy of four months till pitchers and catchers report. So it is time to review the current roster, look at what they did in 2011 and what the prospects are for 2012. Next up: Willie Bloomquist

2011 review:  Bloomquist got off to a hot start in early April.  However after an injury sidelined him for more than a month, he appeared he would be nothing more than an occasional pinch hitter and spot duty.  Then the end of July came and Stephen Drew got hurt.  He was thrust into daily starts at shortstop.  He saw his batting average take a hit and it was clear the Dbacks needed to find a guy who could share the duties with him.  John McDonald was acquired in a trade and that probably turned out to be the best thing for Bloomquist.  He ended up hitting .318 in the NLDS with three stolen bases. 

2012 preview:  I can’t imagine Bloomquist not being a part of this team in 2012.  I see him as finding his way back to more of a role player/spot starter.  I think that’s where he is more valuable.

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