The outfield is a major strength for the Diamondbacks.

With all-star A.J. Pollock and David Peralta at the top of the order and Steven Souza Jr. in the middle, it’s hard to say Arizona doesn’t have a more than capable outfield.

Add Chase Field, a known hitter’s ballpark, into the equation, and the Diamondbacks’ outfielders should score and drive in plenty of runs in 2018.

J.D. Martinez was the talk of the offseason. Would the Diamondbacks resign him? Who will replace him if he doesn’t re-sign? What will Martinez’s potential absence do to the Diamondbacks’ outfield?

The answers to those questions turned out to be: no, Souza, and time will tell.

Let’s take a deeper look at each outfield position and how everything is stacking up.

LEFT FIELD

David Peralta tops the depth chart and will probably lead off for Arizona this season. As a career .293 hitter with an above-average glove, Peralta is the perfect left fielder for the Diamondbacks.

Yasmany Tomas and his albatross contract would be better suited on the bench or released entirely to not take away from Peralta’s playing time.

CENTER FIELD

A.J. Pollock was an all-star and Gold Glove winner in 2015, and he returned last season from an injury-riddled 2016 campaign to play to a 2.9 WAR in 112 games.

The job is his, and there really isn’t anyone who has a legitimate shot at starting in center field unless Pollock goes down with another injury. Utility man Chris Owings or Jarrod Dyson could find some time in center when Pollock needs an off-day, but that’s about it.

Expect Pollock to bounce back from a down 2017 and get back to his typical performance.

RIGHT FIELD

Souza is tasked with replacing Martinez’s production.

The odds of him playing up to that level are low, but his power potential is intriguing. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb should carry the middle of the order, so Souza can be the fifth- or sixth-place hitter who doesn’t need to drive in the leadoff hitters all the time but consistently collects extra-base hits.

Like Peralta and Pollock, Souza has right field locked up.

Dyson was signed to a two-year deal and could see more playing time than any bench player because of his speed threat. Aside from him and potentially Tomas, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else who could crack the Diamondbacks’ outfield long-term.

Arizona’s outfield is set with three solid options who will provide plenty of offense over the course of the 2018 season.

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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.
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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.

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