MLB National League West Arizona Diamondbacks 2022
2021 was a rough season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They finished a disappointing 52-110, 55 games back of the first-place San Francisco Giants.
Things aren’t expected to get much better in 2022, either. In fact, Arizona has the third-worst odds of winning the World Series heading into the season.
Clearly in the middle of a rebuild, the Diamondbacks have only added one player prior to the MLB lockout. They signed relief pitcher Mark Melancon to a two-year deal worth $14 million.
While the product at the majors may be less than competitive, the farm system is a positive for the organization. The Athletic’s Keith Law has the Diamondbacks ranked as the third-best farm system in all of baseball.
According to MLB.com, the top five prospects for the Diamondbacks are shortstop Jordan Lawlar, outfielder Corbin Carroll, outfielder Alex Thomas, pitcher Blake Walston, and pitcher Ryne Nelson.
With the exception of Lawlar (2024), the other four are expected to contribute either this season or next potentially.
As a Diamondbacks’ fan, don’t have too high of hopes for a competitive team in a brutally tough NL West but also understand that your misery may not last too much longer.
With one of the top farm systems in the majors, it may be within just a few years before the Diamondbacks regularly compete for the division and postseason glory. As a result, this year isn’t as much about winning as it is development.
MLB National League West Arizona Diamondbacks History
Not even 25-years-old yet, the Arizona Diamondbacks are the youngest MLB franchise in the National League. 1998 is the first season that the Diamondbacks played as they were one of two new expansion teams in MLB that year. The Rays were the other franchise in the American League.
On November 18, 1997, the two teams participated in an expansion draft, with the ability to pick players from either league. The Diamondbacks’ first pick (second overall) was left-handed pitcher Brian Anderson from the Cleveland Indians.
The rest of the top five picks for Arizona included pitcher Jeff Suppan (Red Sox), third baseman Gabe Alvarez (Padres), catcher Jorge Fabregas (White Sox), and outfielder Karim Garcia (Dodgers).
Some other notable picks for the Diamondbacks from that draft included Tony Batista (27th overall) and Damian Miller (47th overall), as both would later become All-Stars.
Since their inception, the Diamondbacks have been a part of the National League West division.
Given their brief history, they have only known one home, which is Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
Going back to their earliest season, the franchise is slightly under .500. In total, they are 1,840 – 1,946, good for a .486 winning percentage.