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3 Ways the Arizona Diamondbacks Already Have Improved This Season

Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks finished with the worst record in baseball at 64-98. There were many glaring weaknesses with the team, but it was the 8-22 start that likely buried the D-backs’ playoff hopes before the month of May even began.

This season, Arizona looks much different. The players are healthy, there are fresh faces and new management. Entering Saturday, the D-backs are on a season-high three-game winning streak as their record sits at 13-14.

But it’s not just their record that has improved so far in 2015.

Here are three ways in which the Diamondbacks have already improved this season.

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3 Biggest Takeaways from the First Month of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Season

The first month of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season has shown a little bit of everything. 

The 2015 D-backs have gotten off to a much better start than the 2014 team, which started the season 5-18 through 23 games. This Arizona team sits at 10-12 entering their 23rd game this season.

There are areas in which the Snakes have improved from 2014, but there are also some recurring themes that could possibly limit the possibility of a postseason run.

Here are the three biggest takeaways from the first month of the D-backs’ season.

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Early Grades for All of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Offseason Acquisitions

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a relatively busy offseason entering 2015. Besides cleaning house in several areas of management, they made a number of acquisitions via signings and trades that have had an impact thus far.

The D-backs sit at 8-8 entering Saturday and have showed signs of improvement from their abysmal 2014 campaign. Some of the new players have assisted in that regard.

Here are the early grades for Arizona’s offseason acquisitions.

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Top Candidates to Enjoy Breakout Seasons for Arizona in 2015

Entering the 2015 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to be in a rebuilding mode but with a bright future.

Young players are dominating the D-backs rotation and starting lineup thus far in spring training. Chase Anderson (27), Rubby De La Rosa (26), Jeremy Hellickson (27) and Archie Bradley (22) are all confirmed as part of the rotation.

In the lineup, Chris Owings (23), Nick Ahmed (25) and Ender Inciarte (24) join Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo and A.J. Pollock as players under 30 who are entering the primes of their careers.

The abundance of youth will allow these players to grow and mature at the big league level right away. That bodes well for the future in Arizona.

Who among the young talent is poised to enjoy a breakout season in 2015? Let’s find out.

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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2015 Season

It’s not always easy to be optimistic for 2015 when your team finished the previous season with the worst record in MLB.

However, the Arizona Diamondbacks are not a typical last-place-caliber team. With most of the team returning strong, along with several key offseason acquisitions, anything less than an improvement from 2014 would be a disappointment.

Here are three reasons why the D-Backs should be optimistic as the 2015 season rapidly approaches.

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Final Prediction for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Key Spring Position Battles

The Diamondbacks have started well this spring despite tempered expectations in 2015. Entering Saturday, Arizona sported a 6-4 record and is one of only seven National League teams with a positive run differential (+4).

Several key position battles have not disappointed thus far. The catcher, left field and second base position have provided D-Backs fans with a glimpse of the future as well as players who could possibly break out this season.

Let’s take a look at the final prediction for these three position battles with the regular season approaching rapidly.

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Most Disappointing Arizona Diamondbacks Players in Spring Training so Far

The Arizona Diamondbacks began spring training games Wednesday, the first step toward getting ready for the 2015 campaign. 

Several players have opened eyes thus far in limited time such as Walter Ibarra, Peter O’Brien, Rubby De La Rosa and Archie Bradley to name a few. 

On the other hand, several big-name players who are supposed to contribute greatly during the upcoming season have not performed as predicted.

Will they pick it up before April begins?

Here are three D-Backs players who have been disappointing in spring training thus far.

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Projecting the Diamondbacks’ Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training

About a week has gone by since spring training officially started for the Arizona Diamondbacks. A fresh start is exactly what’s needed in the desert after producing the MLB‘s worst record in 2014.

Offseason acquisitions such as Yasmany Tomas and Jeremy Hellickson should have the fanbase confident that a turnaround isn’t too far away.

New manager Chip Hale and new general manager Dave Stewart also give the D-Backs a new-look beginning in 2015.

Now that spring training is underway, the active roster is starting to take shape.

Here is a look at what the D-Backs’ 25-man roster will look like on Opening Day.


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Under-the-Radar Arizona Diamondbacks Players Ready to Impress This Spring

Spring training is officially here. The Arizona Diamondbacks‘ pitchers and catchers reported to camp Feb. 19.

Coming off a season in which Arizona finished with the worst record in baseball, there are several under-the-radar players who have the potential to impress this spring.

The D-Backs are looking like a rebuilding team, making these players more likely to have an impact early on.

Who will step up and make a name for himself this season? Here are three under-the-radar players who will open some eyes during spring training. 


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Biggest Winners and Losers from Arizona Diamondbacks’ Offseason

The Arizona Diamondbacks are feeling optimistic after an active offseason. Change was certainly expected following a season in which the D-Backs finished 64-98worst in MLB.

With the addition of young pitching and Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the 2015 team has a new feel to it. 

The departure of certain players has opened up opportunity for others. On the other hand, offseason acquisitions should send certain players to the bench. 

Here are the biggest winners and losers from the Diamondbacks’ offseason thus far.

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