The Diamondbacks have a solid Outfield for the now and future
The Dbacks have loads of OF prospects that are beginning to reach the MLB. I’m including Pavin Smith who also plays 1B since he has looked great in the OF corners.
- Ketel Marte is the star of the team. He’s our franchise corner-stone. We are going to build around him. He’s under contract for multiple years. If he had been healthy, he would’ve made the All-Star game this year for sure. He plays Center Field currently. However, he keeps suffering leg injuries. I think that he should go back to his normal positions of 2B and Shortstop. I really hope the Dbacks switch him back to the Infield full-time next year. We need his bat and him to be healthy. His stat-line this year in 39 games is .368, .414, .542, with 4 HR’s, 21 RBI’s, and 12 walks to 22 K’s.
- David Peralta: David has been with the team since 2014. The ultimate underdog comeback story is his. He began as a pitcher before having to retire from the Minor Leagues due to shoulder injuries. He started working at a McDonald’s to be able to keep playing independent ball. He got discovered by the Diamondbacks and the rest is history. He’s the leader of this team. His happiness and enjoyment of playing baseball infuses the team. He’s beyond devoted to the Diamondbacks, signing a contract extension to stay here. He’s even got an Arizona themed tattoo. Now he’s past 30 and is probably best suited for a platoon role. However, he’s more important to the team than just his playing. I hope the Diamondbacks keep him long-term if only to serve as a mentor and leader. His stat-line during this rough year is .246, .319, .387, 7 triples, 5 HR’s, 45 RBI’s, 36 walks, and 64 K’s.
- Pavin Smith: He’s our rookie of the year for the team. He’s been clutch filling in at 1B, CF, and RF when injuries have opened holes there. He’s struggled a bit in CF but has done well at the other two spots. He’s had a terrific bat and shown he belongs in the MLB. He’s also the first pick ever made by Mike Hazen back in 2017. He’s a future part of the team and I think best belongs in RF long-term. He’s been a bright spot on a rough team. His stat-line this year so far is .269, .330, .422, 9 HR’s, 32 RBI’s, 30 walks, and 70 K’s.
- Kole Calhoun: The home-town boy who grew up cheering for the Dbacks is in his most-likely final year in the desert. He’s got a team option for next year but I doubt the Diamondbacks pick it up. He’s been injured twice this year but is healthy now. Kole’s provided elite defense this year highlighted by an amazing catch against the Giants. He has great power to Right Field as well. His stat-line so far this year is .239, .297, .367, 3 HR’s, 10 RBI’s, 9 walks, and 26 K’s.
- Josh Reddick: A veteran OF who won the World Series with the 2017 Houston Astros has given valuable depth this year. He’s filled in when needed in the outfield. He’s a great mentor and teammate to the younger guys. This is likely his only year with the team. His stat-line this year is .258, .285, .371, 2 HR’s, 21 RBI’s, 6 walks, and 31 K’s.
- Stuart Fairchild: A rookie who was acquired from the Reds in the Archie Bradley trade is trying to establish himself in the MLB. He’s typically a corner-outfielder with good contact and some power. Stuart’s not played a lot in the MLB but should get a lot of playing time the rest of this year and in 2022.
The Diamondbacks are a mix of veterans and unproven youngsters. That will change next year as we will become a much younger team that is trying to find it’s way in the MLB. That’s going to be exciting as they will be hungry to play well, win, and establish themselves. Thanks to Baseball Reference for the stats and the stats are current through 08/04/21.
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