The Arizona Diamondbacks enter 2016 with sky-high expectations.
The signing of ace Zack Greinke sparked the anticipation, and the moves from there only built through spring. With that done with and the regular season about to begin, the D-backs announced their 25-man, Opening Day roster on Saturday.
There were, of course, many familiar names.
Paul Goldschmidt and Greinke lead the way in terms of stardom. Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin, David Peralta and more command respect. There were surprises, to be sure. Infielder Brandon Drury made the cut as an up-and-comer, while veteran Rickie Weeks surprised by earning himself a spot on the Diamondbacks’ roster.
Injuries to familiar faces like A.J. Pollock and Josh Collmenter added complexities to the team and opened opportunities for others.
So here is a quick refresher of all 25 players (plus the aforementioned disabled list players) who made the Opening Day roster, plus how and where they project to help the D-backs as they chase their big dreams for the 2016 season.
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- D-backs’ pitchers get shelled in loss to the White Sox
- Zack Greinke won’t start for Diamondbacks on Opening Day