Arizona Diamondbacks fans have longed to say it: “D-Backs Baseball is back!”
As part of the preseason tune-up routine, the Diamondbacks began intrasquad play that bore many fruits, both expected and unexpected. At the same time, many D-backs fans should have questions going into 2020.
Can the D-Backs Play Consistent Baseball?
Throughout Torey Lovullo’s tenure in Arizona, the Diamondbacks have had decent records throughout their first 60 games of the season. They recorded records of 35-25 (2017), 32-28 in 2018, and 30-30 in 2019.
In 2019, the D-Backs managed to stay above .500. posting a win percentage of .525, finishing the season at 85-77. Especially in the second-half of the 2019 campaign, the D-Backs looked poised to sneak into the Wild Card game. For whatever reason, they fell short. With a 60-game season, consistency will be on everyone’s mind. The D-Backs will do battle with not only the best of the NL West, but also the best of the AL West. If they are to earn a postseason berth, the D-Backs will need to locked in. They must play hot, and stay healthy as long as possible. With the addition of COVID-19, any extended injury can devastate a potential playoff run.
How will D-Backs Prospects fare this year?
Arizona’s staff and fans got a chance to see how highly anticipated prospects fared against major leaguers. In turn, they also saw opposing prospects in Spring Training. Through intrasquad games, prospects and major league rookies, continue to complete for a spot on the big league roster.
One of the prospects who seemed to draw attention was pitcher Levi Kelly, a 21-year-old out of Bradenton, FL. Kelly only struck out four of the six batters faced, doing so with ease in the first intrasquad scrimmage.
Another name to watch out for in 2020 will be pitcher Jeremy Beasley, who pitched impressively. Beasley worked an amazing fourth inning, but had to grind a little harder in the fifth.
Both Kelly and Beasley are just two of the many highly touted players in the D-Backs farm system. Both are likely to make an impact in the big league level, and may very well see action in 2020. It will be very interesting to see how they fare against the likes of Cody Bellinger of the LA Dodgers, and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, should they reach the big-leagues.
How will the Off-Season Acquisitions Play Out in 2020?
If the D-Backs farm system depth, bolstered by the front office led by General Manager Mike Hazen, wasn’t enough to excite the fan-base, the off-season acquisitions are sure to make Arizona a threat in 2020. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the season short, the impact left by veterans such as Starting Pitcher Madison Bumgarner and outfielder Starling Marte will be very significant.
Fans should also watch catcher Stephen Vogt and pitchers Hector Rondon and Junior Guerra, as they are signed on one-year deals. Whether these players are extended will be determined by the impact they make on the field. With a postseason in mind, there will be little room for mistakes against a stacked opposition.
Despite a schedule consisting of the NL West Champions LA Dodgers, AL Champions Houston Astros, and an LA Angels squad led by AL MVP Mike Trout, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be ready to compete in 2020. The 2020 season will prove to be a real test as to where the Arizona Diamondbacks stand, as well as to determine the course of action for future playoff runs.
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