Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Diamondbacks Franchise Deep Three

Down to the two 1998 expansion franchises, both of which I plan to put up this month. Let's start with the one that's won a World Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks:

1stRandy JohnsonMiguel MonteroPaul GoldschmidtOrlando HudsonMatt WilliamsStephen DrewLuis GonzalezChris YoungJustin Upton
2ndCurt SchillingDamian MillerMark GraceAaron HillMark ReynoldsTony WomackGerardo ParraSteve FinleyDanny Bautista
3rdBrandon WebbChris SnyderTravis LeeJay BellJake LambAlex CintronEric ByrnesA.J. PollockDavid Dellucci

If you thought the 1993 teams had some slim pickings, how much more so teams with five fewer seasons! Right field and shortstop are both virtual wastelands after the top spots, and catcher, first base, and left field aren't all that hot either.

Second base surprised me. If we'd done a 4th Team, Junior Spivey could've been a solid choice. I wasn't expecting Orlando Hudson to claim the 1st Team spot, but it was hard to argue with his three strong seasons in the desert.

Center field is another good position. A.J. Pollock is currently on the 3rd Team, but with a few more good years, he could find himself on that 1st Team pretty quickly.

The best of all though, was pitcher. The 1st Teamer is in the Hall of Fame, the 2nd Teamer probably will be someday (deservingly), and the 3rd Teamer had the potential before an injury suddenly ended his career. After that, well...let's just say that a 4th Team would've diminished the impressiveness ratio.

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