February is winding down and everyone knows what that means, baseball is just around the corner. Finally!
This year looks like it could be a good one for the 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks. They added some good pieces that can definitely help them this season.
So here are a few hopes for the D-Backs this season:
1. The acquisition of Mark Trumbo was a very good pick up for the Snakes. He adds some serious power to this lineup. More importantly, he can provide protection for Paul Goldschmidt, who will probably be frequently pitched around this season after his MVP-type year in 2013. My hope for Trumbo is that he can develop into a decent left fielder. He doesn't have to become a Gold Glover by any means, but good enough to be reliable out there in left. Trumbo is going to hit his share of home runs, that's for sure, but my hope is that he becomes comfortable in the outfield.
2. My second hope for this team is that Miguel Montero can turn his game around this year and forget about the year he had last season. It's been evident in the past...Montero can definitely hit. That's a big part of what landed him that big contract. Last year was a tough year for Miggy, plain and simple. Watching Montero during games, it just seems like he has trouble with swinging too hard at pitches, and that's not where he is at his best.
3. The bullpen looks like it can be pretty solid this year. They acquired the young closer Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Adam Eaton. Reed will compete for the closer role with JJ Putz and looks like he could take over the job if he has a good Spring. That seems like it would be the best result for the D-Backs since Putz is on the downside of his career and was inconsistent last year. Reed, however, is an emerging young closer who throws in the high 90s and can blow hitters away in the 9th inning.
4. Didi Gregorious proved to everyone last year that he can play great defense at shortstop. He needs to show that he can be consistent in the batter's box this year. Gregorious has potential to be the long term solution at SS for the D-Backs and he needs to show the coaching staff that he can be in the line-up everyday.
5. Last but not least, the starting rotation needs to step up this year. Aside from Patrick Corbin, it was a tough season for the starting rotation in 2013 due to injuries, inconsistency, etc. Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill need to have a solid season in 2014. It will be interesting to see how Bronson Arroyo will pitch this year, as well. The big story is if Archie Bradley will make the major league roster once Spring Training ends. If he does, look out. I sure hope to see him in a D-Backs uniform this year.
With all of that being said, here's to great 2014 season from the D-Backs!