The outfield is a major strength for the Diamondbacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.