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An Arizona Diamondbacks roster based entirely on spring stats

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What if spring training stats were the sole factor in deciding our Opening Day roster?

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The rules

  • Position players min = 14 PA
  • Starting position players = best at each position by OPS
  • Bench = backup catcher, middle infield, corner infield, outfielder and utility
  • Rotation = min 2 games started, top five by ERA
  • Bullpen = min 4 IP, top seven by ERA

Starting line-up

  1. David Peralta, RF (.480/.500/.640 = 1.140 OPS)
  2. Rey Fuentes, CF (.393/.469/.821 = 1.290 OPS)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (.421/.500/.579 = 1.079 OPS)
  4. Jake Lamb, 3B (.182/.208/.455 = .663 OPS)
  5. Yasmany Tomas, LF (.391/.481/.609 = 1.090 OPS)
  6. Ketel Marte, 2B (.400/.520/.600 = 1.120 OPS)
  7. Chris Herrmann, C (.400/.421/.667 = 1.088 OPS)
  8. Nick Ahmed, SS (.318/.375/.636 = 1.011 OPS)

Bench

  • Cesar Puello, OF (.400/.483/.560 = 1.043 OPS)
  • Christian Walker, CI (.303/.395/.576 = .970 OPS)
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker, UT (.150/.452/.500 = .952 OPS)
  • Kris Negron, MI (.222/.300/.370 = .670 OPS)
  • Alex Avila, C (.083/.214/.333 = .548 OPS)

Rotation

  1. Zack Godley: 8.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 8:4 K:BB
  2. Matt Koch: 8.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 4:2 K:BB
  3. Braden Shipley: 5.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4:0 K:BB
  4. Taijuan Walker: 6.0 IP, 6.00 ERA, 6:2 K:BB
  5. Patrick Corbin: 6.0 IP, 6.00 ERA, 5:2 K:BB

Bullpen

  • Fernado Salas: 6.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 6:1 K:BB
  • T.J. McFarland: 5.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2:3 K:BB
  • Joey Krehbiel: 6.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 5:1 K:BB
  • Antonio Bastardo: 4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 7:1 K:BB
  • Neftali Feliz: 4.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 3:1 K:BB
  • Michael Blazek: 8.0 IP, 3.38 ERA, 8:2 K:BB
  • Jake Barrett: 5.0 IP, 3.60 ERA, 6:5 K:BB

Overview

The starters are fairly close to what we will end up seeing, with most regulars having had good springs thus far. The major omissions are Chris Owings (.462 OPS), Daniel Descalso (.511) and A.J. Pollock (.640). A couple of the other catchers, Jeff Mathis and Michael Perez, didn’t quite have enough PA, but would be an OPS improvement over Avila. The rotation has a couple of notable names missing: Zack Greinke still only has 1.2 spring innings to his name, while Robbie Ray’s ERA will take some time to recover from his horrorshow outing against the Dodgers. The bullpen looks... different. No Archie Bradley (5.68 ERA), Brad Boxberger (3 IP), Andrew Chafin (12.00 ERA) or Yoshihisa Hirano (7.20 ERA).