Dodgers: Sizing Up the NL West- Diamondbacks
By Jacob Rudner
The Diamondbacks’ lineup has a lot of talent on it and a lot of players to choose from when scouting them against the Dodgers. The easy pick here would be their first baseman known in Los Angeles as the “Dodger Killer”, Paul Goldschmidt.
But, everyone knows what the All-Star Goldschmidt can do so I will go with a player Dodger fans and Diamondbacks fans have not seen very much of: Steven Souza.
Souza is a great addition to a D-backs team hurting for a good outfielder. He has power and plays very good defense but is a strikeout machine. Last year, Souza struck out a total of 179 times, almost three times as many as Justin Turner.
If Souza can make more consistent contact and reign in his swing a little more to reduce the K’s, he can easily become the next thorn in not only the Dodgers’ sides but for the rest of the NL West teams. Souza has the tools to be a very good outfielder and teams will need to figure out a way to neutralize his quickly.
The question on Souza will remain how much discipline he will learn and whether or not his number will translate nicely from The Trop to Chase Field.