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Arizona Diamondbacks: Grading the Outfielders

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Chris Herrmann #10, Jake Lamb #22, Paul Goldschmidt #44 and Yasmany Tomas #24 afte Owings hit the game winning RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of the MLB opening day game at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after J.D. Martinez
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after J.D. Martinez /

The offseason plans for the Arizona Diamondbacks have begun much earlier than expected as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept them in the National League Division Series.

The focus for the team in the offseason is about building off a spectacular 2017 season in which they finished second in the NL West by compiling a 93-69 record.

This marked the first time since 2011 that they won more than 90 games in a season. A primary reason the club experienced success was that of their scoring prowess.

The Diamondbacks totaled 812 runs during the regular season, which was fourth in the NL. They were also one of the four teams in the Senior Circuit to score at least 800 runs.

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They received contributions from various players on the roster, but the group that stood out was the outfield.

The outfield for the Diamondbacks was ravaged by injuries in 2016, and it had a negative impact on the team’s performance.

They suffered more injuries to the outfield this past season, but the results were vastly different as they showed high resilience in the face of adversity.

The exciting part about the Diamondbacks corps of OFs is that there’s a mix of power, speed, and defense throughout.

The last component is crucial as having the outfield playing sound defense is hugely beneficial to the entire pitching staff.

The next slides that follow will focus on the outfielders for the Diamondbacks, and a grade will be assigned to each outfielder based on their on-field performance and impact they had on the team.

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