Detroit Tigers Rank Highly in MCB’s First Power Rankings of 2017
#22 Arizona Diamondbacks
2016 Run Differential: -138
Best Offseason Move: Acquiring Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte
Worst Offseason Move: Letting Wellington Castillo Leave
It’s probably safe to say that the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t have the best season in 2016.
Not only did they manage a mere 69 wins, but the club finished with the third-worst run differential in baseball with an ugly -138 number.
Arizona also didn’t get full seasons out of A.J. Pollock and David Peralta, while Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke struggled mightily.
One of Arizona’s few bright spots was Jean Segura, who led all Diamondbacks with a 5.0 WAR while stuffing the stat sheet.
The infielder mashed 20 home runs while scoring 102 runs and driving in 64 more. He stole 33 bases while notching a 126 wRC+. Segura also posted a .319 batting average on the season.
It was a breakout year for the former Brewer, who was coming off consecutive seasons with wRC+ numbers in the 60’s (67 in 2014 and 63 in 2015).
Arizona dealt the shortstop to Seattle along with reliever Zac Curtis outfielder Mitch Haniger for starter Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte.
Both are young, controllable players with promising futures.
Walker in particular could develop into the ace Arizona was looking for when the team acquired Miller and signed Greinke.