So many new faces on the Diamondbacks roster right now! Who are they?
The Diamondbacks have undergone a large roster reconstruction from last year to Opening Day of this year to now. The team doesn’t look all that same with loads of new faces. I have seen multiple fans ask on Twitter about who are these players. So, I thought I would help the many fans who might not realize who is on our team. I’ll do this again in Spring Training of next year to compare just how many new faces there are.
One thing is for sure though, no matter who is on the Diamondbacks, we will support and cheer them on. If you would like to see the 40-man roster, click here.
The Diamondbacks starting rotation is near complete. All but Luke Weaver are healthy. Fans are finally getting to see what the rotation that should’ve been at Opening Day can do. There’s lots of hope surrounding the rotation. There had been a multitude of change in the rotation the first half of the season. Not now though as we got our big dogs healthy.
- Madison Bumgarner: Madbum has been doing better after returning from the Injured List (IL) a few weeks ago. His last three starts have combined for 18 innings pitched (IP), 13 hits, 4 earned runs (ER), 2 walks, 11 K’s, and a 1-1 record. Overall, this year has been up and down but better than his disastrous year in 2020. His overall stats this year are 6-6, 84.2 IP’s, 21 walks, 77 K’s, and a 4.57 ERA. He did throw an unofficial No-Hitter against the Braves earlier this year.
- Zac Gallen: The Milkman got off to a rough start after suffering a freak arm injury while swinging a bat at practice in Spring Training. He has not yet been able to stay healthy this year as he’s gone on the IL three times since the season began. He has the most talent in our rotation. I look forward to a fresh start next year with him. I expect him to dominate once again. He holds a record of the most consecutive starts to begin a career with 3ER’s or fewer given up. Overall, his stats this year are 1-5, 56.2 IP’s, 27 walks, 69 K’s, and a 4.61 ERA. He has thrown a shutout this year against the Braves back in April.
- Merrill Kelly: The workhorse of the rotation. He has not missed a single start this year so far. God Bless you Merrill. He has been the steady performer that gives the Diamondbacks a chance to win every time. He doesn’t do it flashy or pretty. Yet, he gets the job done nearly every single time. Kelly has 16 starts of 3ER’s or fewer given up. He has pitched past the 5th inning in 20 starts. In his last 9 starts, he is 5-2. Simply put, Kelly has been the hero of the rotation. He’s our Obi-Wan Kelly. Overall, his stats this year are a 7-8 record, 129.1 IP’s, 30 walks, 111 K’s, and a 4.38 ERA.
- Taylor Widener: Taylor has been a surprise in the rotation this year. He was originally supposed to be in the bullpen until Gallen’s injury. Taylor has been injured twice this year and only recently came back. He started the season off hot. However, since returning from the IL, he has not performed like he did at the beginning of the season. This could be explained by him being a rookie and teams are figuring him out. Give him time and I hope he will be able to adjust to hitters. I have faith in him. In 9 starts this year, he has 1-1 record with a 5.05 ERA, 41.0 IP’s, 19 walks, and 43 K’s.
- Caleb Smith: The man who started in the rotation, went to the bullpen and did awesome, and now is back in the rotation. He’s a power lefty who has been healthy all year for us. He is back in the rotation after doing great in the bullpen. He’s struggled of late but has eaten up valuable innings our rotation/bullpen while the others got healthy. Overall, his record is 3-8 with a 5.04 ERA, 85.2 IP’s, 47 walks, and 99 K’s. Let’s hope he can get his pitching back on track soon as he has great potential.