February 27, 2013 posted by Paul Greco

Top 5 Questions for Arizona Diamondbacks

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Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks, 1B

Will Ian Kennedy split the difference between 2011 and 2012 this year?

Kennedy surprised everyone in 2011 by going 21-4 and striking out 198 batters. In 2012, he lost 12 games and increased his ERA and WHIP. So what can you expect from the 28 year old this year? Average out both season totals and the results will be pretty darn close. Two years ago he grossly overachieved and last year the former Yankee prospect did not pitch to his full ability. Draft him as a high end #2 in your fantasy rotation just don’t expect the CY Young caliber stats he posted in 2011.

Can Aaron Hill repeat last year’s performance?

Probably not, but he is still one of the better options at second base this year. He is in a hitter friendly park and if he can stay healthy he can hover in the top 5 of most offensive categories for second basemen. Hill will bat in the middle of a solid lineup which will provide him with plenty of RBI chances and runs scored. Though he very may well pop another 26 home runs this year, temper your expectations and prepare for a 20 home run, 70-80 RBI season with 10-12 stolen bases.

Will Paul Goldschmidt live up to the hype?

Everyone knows Paul Goldschmidt can hit, but who knew he could run? Last year Goldie stole a surprising 18 bases, a stat that skyrocketed his value in the fantasy world. Going into his second full year in the majors, fantasy owners should erase that total from their memory and just look at him as a power hitting first basemen which is exactly what he is. After 366 at bats in AA in 2011, Goldschmidt was called up to the bigs and has yet to look back. The fact that he will play half his games at Chase Field in the middle of a good lineup gives him the chance to hit around 30 home runs and knock in 100 RBI’s. Any stolen bases on top will be gravy.

Will Wade Miley be an All-Star again this year?

Miley surprised everyone last year when he came out and pitched so well right out of the gate he earned himself a spot on the NL All-Star team as a rookie. He ended up finishing the season with very solid numbers tallying 16 wins to go along with a 3.33 ERA and a WHIP of 1.18. In the second half of 2012 Miley came back to earth and pitched like the average pitcher I believe him to be. Expect more of a 3.50 ERA with a WHIP just under 1.30 in 2013.

Is Martin Prado Arizona’s fantasy MVP?

Though he may not put up better stats than everyone else in his lineup, Martin Prado is Arizona’s best fantasy option. Hear me out. In most leagues, Prado is still eligible at second and third base, shortstop, and the outfield.  He will not be the best in any of those positions; maybe just barely crack the top 10, but the fact that he can play anywhere is fantasy gold. He will score just about the same amount of runs as Ben Zobrist, hit for a higher average, and steal right around the same amount of bases. Prado is much more valuable to your fantasy team than most realize.

Paul finished the 2011-2012 Fantasy Football season as the #1 Weekly Rankings & Projections winner of the 411Fantasy Expert Challenge. He also finished 2nd in the Expert Draft Accuracy Challenge in 2011. Top 10 Finisher in the FSWA Fantasy Football Draft Projections. Paul is also apart of baseballs elite as a member of Tout Wars. You can follow me on Twitter @PaulGreco

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