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The best leadoff hitter for the D'backs on Opening Day

As everyone can tell by now, Willie Bloomquist just doesn't make a good leadoff hitter, yet he has primarily been used as one since he has been on the Diamondbacks.

The discussion about who the leadoff hitter should be starts with Willie Bloomquist. Willie in his career has not been able to get on base much, he has a career OBP of .317 and a .312 OBP as a lead off hitter. He does have speed though and has stolen 124 bases in his career while only being caught 37 times. Last year he did steal 20 bases, yet was caught 10 times. Back to Willie, he just doesn't appear to be a viable leadoff hitter who seems be destine to hurt the team more then helps. Chris Young is another player who might be considered as an option to be the leadoff hitter. Chris Young has a career OBP of .319 and .320 OBP at leadoff which is about average. These stats for CY are misleading though as he a a .336 OBP the last two years and a .337 at leadoff in that time period. He, as we all know, has the ability to steal bases, as he stole 22 bases while being caught 9 times last year. With CY in mind, he is at towards the top of the list as a leadoff hitter. Ryan Roberts is towards the top of the list as well. He had a break out season last year in his first season as a starter, he stole 18 bases, was caught 9 times and also had a .341OBP. He hasn't played much in his career, basically all of his playing time coming with the Diamondbacks. He has a .342 OBP while in a D'backs uniform, though he only had a .298 OBP as a leadoff hitter last year where he started 38 times at in 2011. He did have a .294 batting average with a .473 OBP and a .632 SLG batting 6th. It seems to be kind of a trend last year with every player who stole bases last year on the Diamondbacks had around a 70% success rate. Other players I don't think will be options as a leadoff hitter even if obvious are: Miguel Montero, Jason Kubel, Aaron Hill, Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt and the pitcher's spot. After what I have said, I believe even though he is a power hitter and would make a good number 6 hitter, I think CY would by far make the best leadoff hitter to start the year, if not the whole year. It does seem that Gibby will lean towards Drew being the leadoff hitter when he returns, but that discussion is for another day.

**UPDATE**

It could be worse, we could have as bad of an offense as the Phillies. Talk about the 2011 Giants all over again, well see, the Phillies AND the Giants are about to be the 2011 Giants all over again. Why the Giants? I just really don't like the Giants.

**UPDATE**

Hopefully due to my large contributions (yes, that is sarcasim) this will become a much bigger debate about how the whole lineup should be set up. Any ideas Fantasy Baseball Managers?

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