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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Arizona Diamondbacks

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Arizona Diamondbacks

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1 Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
2 Adam LaRoche, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
3 Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
4 Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
5 Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
6 Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
7 Conor Jackson, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
8 Chris B. Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
9 Justin Upton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
10 Edwin Jackson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
11 Brandon Webb, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
12 Dan Haren, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
13 Juan Gutierrez, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
14 Bob Howry, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
15 Chad Qualls, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4665412514740.268.354.410.764

Isolated power has climbed as Miguel Montero has approached typical peak power years. In his first year with regular playing time, he responded with a stellar second half. A decreasing flyball rate is from a small sample and partly mitigated by increasing HR/FB. We always knew he could hit, but don't get sucked in by the expectation of a duplicated leap.


Adam LaRoche, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4817012018713.249.343.410.753

Yin: Consistent over the years, great in second half, new ballpark could aid power spike from lefty bat. Yang: No real upside, terrible in the first half, wrong side of 30. Adam LaRoche is striking out a bit more, but otherwise, his batting average indicators are consistent. He's relatively safe but requires patience.


Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
373508318572.223.316.416.732

Serious spike in HR/FB, but concerns about average remain because Mark Reynolds doesn't make a lot of contact and liner rate has gone down. Thus, in part, his career-high stolen bases garner a little too much attention. Homers support his otherwise poor average. They're what you draft him for; consider the rest only a possible bonus.


Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
44855110216310.246.322.438.760

Minor injuries, inexplicable struggles versus righties and some bad breaks ruined Kelly Johnson's 2009. Did Atlanta Braves stifle his patience, or did Johnson take steps backward? Regardless, change of scenery, rising flyball rate and no glaring skills deficiency spell definite potential money earner.


Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4405710912585.248.328.423.751

Stephen Drew broke out in 2008 but regressed in 2009. How much, though? Drew showed more patience at the plate. His talent level isn't quite elite. He has posted inconsistent year-to-year performances in many indicators. Makings of better buy following a down year than a safe one following a good one. This year, he has upside.


Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4976713784011.276.331.408.739

Walk-to-strikeout ratio isn't encouraging, but Gerardo Parra's high average on balls in play was norm in minors. Homers were a fluke. Unexciting mixed league pickup given mild upside for steals. NL players have interest because of modest potential for playing time and, maybe, average, but don't feel like you're missing out.


Conor Jackson, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Illness sidelined Conor Jackson for almost all of 2009. He's a safe target in 2010: He still makes good contact and has a great batting eye. That has translated into around a .290-15-75 line in the past. He's only likely to return value in NL leagues, but his missed year could leave him under radar.


Chris B. Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
46669100175815.215.301.391.692

Chris B. Young's BABIP was unexpectedly low, and he has improved his batting eye two years running, but contact is going in opposite direction. Eight of his 15 homers came in September - sign of correction, or fluke? Playing time could be an issue if he struggles again. As a fifth mixed outfielder, Young could return value, but make it a wary investment.


Justin Upton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
575101157298214.273.356.485.841

Justin Upton, an elite talent, made a leap last year. He smoked 26 homers, but flyball percentage and second half didn't necessarily agree. Average should come down (poor batting eye, not enough contact). No doubt his ceiling is sky-high, but don't overpay in non-keeper formats. Greater potential than his brother, but like B.J., not a lock to live up to weighty expectations yet.


Edwin Jackson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9018218788591484.351.35

Edwin Jackson was abysmal in final two months of 2009, but overall, he made big strides in control - again - and command. Offsetting those gains are luck in hit rate against and move to Arizona mixed with climbing flyball rate, which wasn't an issue at previous stops. You likely won't get him for a safe price.


Brandon Webb, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Most see Brandon Webb's injury as red flag. It could also mean great value for former top, consistently reliable arm. Dominance was on the rise before breakdown, but so was control, so fantasy ace is likely unattainable in 2010. Remains groundball master, though. He'll still be effective, if healthy. Highlight his name.


Dan Haren, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017717073341553.711.15

Only Roy Halladay has exhibited better command in each of the last two seasons. Dan Haren has tailed off after break in each of last three years. His command was still impressive in second half last year, but hip problems contributed to poor location, and fatigue was his problem before. He's still legit No. 1 starter; fine-tuning, health mean whole new level possible.


Juan Gutierrez, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Juan Gutierrez's dominance advancement, particularly in the first half, and improved velocity (from move to bullpen, likely) raise intrigue. Minor improvement in control post-break is key, though. Flyball percentage says, in Phoenix, low home run rate is a fluke. Can go either way, but lean toward regression.


Bob Howry, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Bob Howry, snakes' new setup man, rebounded with San Francisco Giants after a terrible 2008 with Chicago Cubs. In 2009, he was masking his decline, though. Trends in command and flyball rate are negative, which is big negative in Arizona. All downside here.


Chad Qualls, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3460612419453.601.33

A dislocated kneecap ended Chad Qualls' 2009 season prematurely, but health looks fine for this season. No one to threaten his save opportunity dominance immediately. Qualls issues few free passes, although repeat of last year's K/BB is unrealistic. Still, this is prime spot for buying saves on the cheap.