Sep 27, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo (15) looks on before facing the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Happy Halloween Diamondbacks fans! Its time for our first ever Dbacks mailbag. Its a new feature on this site that allows fans to ask questions about their favorite team through facebook, twitter, and the post on the site. Thanks to all of you that submitted questions. Its time for my colleague Tom Lynch and I to answer your questions. Lets dive in!
How do you think Mark Trumbo will perform in 2015?
Tom: I think Trumbo will have a big bounce-back season. Assuming he stays healthy, that should be the 30 home run, 100 RBI guy he was envisioned to be. When he came back from his injury, I thought that he tried becoming more of a complete hitter, going to right field more, shortening his stroke trying to get on base. He finished 2014 strong and was actually third on the team on RBI’s. Hopefully, a longer Spring Training with more time in left field can improve his defense.
Is Darron Sutton still under contract with the Diamondbacks?
Tom: Former Diamondbacks play by play man Darron Sutton is not under contract. He was suspended by the Dbacks in June of 2012 for reportedly wearing a suit during broadcasts, which is against the Dbacks policy for broadcasters. He continued to do games for Fox Sports, and when he was suspended, there was no specified time for his return. During his suspension, radio broadcaster Greg Schulte replaced him, and Jeff Munn did play by play on radio. In October of 2012, it was announced that Sutton would not be returning to the booth. He was replaced by Steve Berthiaume, who is still the play by play man for Fox Sports Arizona. The reasons for his departure were criticized by many.
How do you think David Peralta will perform next season?
Joe: Before I predict his 2015 season, Peralta had an amazing rookie year. Thanks to a number of key injuries at the wrong time, Peralta got a chance to play alot and he impressed enough to be a N.L. Rookie of the Year candidate. In 88 games last season, he hit .288 with 8 HR and 36 RBI’s. It just seemed like every game that he started, he made some kind of impact. What Peralta can do in 2015, depends on what kind of playing time he gets. The Diamondbacks OF situation is pretty complicated. A.J. Pollock in center-field is the only sure thing. If Mark Trumbo isn’t traded, he will be in left-field. That leaves Ender Inciarte, Cody Ross, and Peralta to compete for the spot in RF. I think Ross is the odd man out. Inciarte and Peralta might platoon in right, but I think it will depend on who wins the battle in spring training. If Peralta gets the majority of playing time, I think he can have a great impact.
Who do you see the new front office targeting in free agency?
Joe: Honestly, I dont see the Diamondbacks being very active this winter. Last offseason, the Dbacks were very active, but this new front office led by Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, General Manager Dave Stewart, and Vice-President of Baseball Operations DeJon Watson seems to take a different philosophy. Stewart has already said that the Dbacks dont plan on being very active in free agency, and they want to keep the farm system in tact which is probably a good thing given how much talent the Dbacks have given away for basically nothing in the past three years under Kevin Towers. Team President Derrick Hall says that 90 million is a reasonable number for the 2015 payroll. If the Dbacks do target somebody I think it will be a starting pitcher. I think Ervin Santana is a good option, but to me the Dbacks will probably wait to next winter when a ton of high level starting pitchers hit the market.
There you go! Start submitting your questions for the next mailbag by replying to this post, and we will answer your questions next Friday! As always you can submit your questions on Facebook and twitter. Enjoy Halloween Dbacks fans, and stick and stay with venomstrikes for the latest Dbacks news and analysis.