Diamondbacks want to become the new Atlanta Braves

Sep 16, 2011, 1:44 AM | Updated: 7:05 am

The Atlanta Braves dominated the 90s with a starting
rotation featuring Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John
Smoltz, among others.

That trio, along with Steve Avery, led the team to the
playoffs every year they were together, proving
good great pitching can carry a team.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping to follow a similar

Already with Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson pitching at the
Major League level, the team has youngsters Jarrod Parker,
Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer, Patrick Corbin, David Holmberg
and Archie Bradley in the farm system.

“I’m so excited about the future,” team president Derrick
Hall told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf. “We’ve got
so much talent, particularly in the
line of pitching that’s ready to come up here; they’re
knocking at the door.”

Hall said some of the top prospects will be competing for
a rotation spot in spring training, giving the team a
chance to have a young rotation that will grow – and
possibly dominate – for years to come.

“These are young arms that we’ve talked about for the last
couple of years that we have the possibility of creating
what the Atlanta Braves had,” Hall said, noting the
dominance of each of their starters. “That’s what every
team dreams of and I think we have an opportunity to get

It would be unfair to compare any D-backs pitcher to a
Maddux or Glavine, but the idea behind what the team is
doing is sound. If each of the prospects is as good as the
team thinks they are the Diamondbacks’ rotation will be
one of the best in the league, at least in terms of
quality depth, and that could carry them to the playoffs
each and every year.

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