Top 50 Arizona Diamondbacks

The city of Phoenix was awarded an expansion team in 1995 and the thriving desert city would see the Arizona Diamondbacks take the field in 1998.  The Diamondbacks would immediately become competitive and in 1999 they would make the playoffs by winning their division.  In 2001 they again made the playoffs and on the strength of Starting Pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling they would win the 2001 World Series, which made them the youngest franchise to win the title.

The Diamondbacks would return to the playoffs the following season but would regress in the following years until they returned to the post season in 2007 and again in 2011.   In recent years on the strength of superstar Paul Goldschmidt they have returned to prominence and were last in the playoffs in 2017.

As this is a new team (relatively speaking) this list will be very fluid in the years to come and with Phoenix being a vibrant sports town we can see Arizona doing well in the years to come.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades. 

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season.

Miguel Batista played for ten teams over his eighteen seasons in the Majors but it was clear that he was at his most productive as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was also the place where he had his most opportunities as a Starting Pitcher.
As of this writing, Robbie Ray has completed five seasons as a starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In his first two seasons with the D-Backs Ray would strike out a lot of batters but gave up quite a few runs and had losing records but 2017 was a significantly different story.
In terms of baseball history, Jay Bell is probably better known for his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he was an All Star in 1993, but it was in Arizona (where he was an All Star in 1999) where he would win the World Series.
Ian Kennedy had an interesting up and down career in the world of Major League Baseball but by far and wide the best season he ever had by far was in 2011.  That year Kennedy went 21 and 4 with a 2.88 Earned Run Average while finishing fourth in Cy Young voting.  He would secure 15 Wins the next year.
In 2001, Byung hyun Kim made history as the first Korean born player to win a World Series and though his performance in the Fall Classic was poor (0-1 with a 13.50 ERA), he was not a bystander in getting the team there.  Kim took over as the Diamondbacks closer that year and in 2002 he had his best regular season with 36 Saves (eight overall in the NL), a 2.04 ERA and his first and only trip to the All Star Game.  Kim would record 70 Saves for Arizona and will always be remembered in the desert for that…
In the first four seasons of Jose Valverde’s Major League career he seemingly was fighting for the closers role with the Diamondbacks.  When he would win it, injuries would take it away or a slump might have cost him the role.  In that time frame the Dominican reliever who would become known as “Papa Grande” would accumulate 56 Saves.  That wasn’t bad, but it was in 2007 where he was the undisputed closer of the team where he did more than enough to land him on this list.
A member of the Arizona Diamondbacks for only two years (the first two years of his Major League career) Ender Inciarte without a shadow of a doubt would show off increased statistical numbers after being traded to the Atlanta Braves.  While that is accurate, Inciarte was exemplary in his Diamondbacks tenure with his glove as he finished 5th and 4th overall in Defensive bWAR in those seasons.  While defense isn’t sexy, it was good enough to land him here on a franchise as young as the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brad Ziegler never started a game for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Actually he never started a game anywhere in the Majors. 
Damian Miller had a solid career in the Majors, where his best run occurred as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Miller was a workmanlike Catcher who was defensively sound and he would twice lead all National League Catchers in Range Factor per Game.  He was also named an All Star in 2002.
A very good control Pitcher who would lead the National League in BB/9 in 1998, Brian Anderson was the second pick in the 1997 Expansion Draft and an original Arizona Diamondback.  Anderson would go 41-42 for Arizona predominantly as a Starting Pitcher and would become a member of the 2001 World Series Championship Team.
As of this writing, Jake Lamb has completed six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is the only team that he ever played for.  The Third Baseman has shown good power for Arizona with 29 Home Runs and was exceeded by an even 30 Home Run season in 2017.  He was named an All-StarStar that year.  If Lamb can have a healthy season, he could return to form and rise up this list.
Aaron Hill had an up and down career in baseball and that was certainly reflected in his half-decade with the Diamondbacks.  Hill would suffer from multiple injuries during his time in Arizona but he would have one really food year in 2012 where he had 184 Hits, 26 Home Runs and batted .302.  The strength of that season and the accumulation of stats from the others land him on this list.
Josh Collmenter bounced back and forth from being a staring pitcher to a relief one.  Collmeneter would win 36 Games for the D-Backs and while he was never consider one of the top pitchers for Arizona during his stint there he was certainly one of the more recognizable ones with his signature over-the-top delivery.  Notably he was fifth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Omar Daal had a couple of decent seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In 1998 he only win 8 Games (with 12 Losses) but had a 2.88 ERA, which was good enough for fifth overall in the National League.  Daal had a much weaker ERA in 1999 but he did win 16 Games that year.
Chad Tracy played six seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks and arguably he lands on this list based on the strength of his second and third season (2005 & 2006) where he was a 20 Home Run hitter.  Tracy’s best season was in 2005 where he had 27 Home Runs with a .308 Batting Average, which was good enough for seventh in the National League that year.  Unfortunately for Tracy he never came close to replicating his two good seasons with Arizona and would be relatively mediocre for the three years after.
Mark Reynolds was certainly adept at hitting Home Runs and as a Diamondback he hit 121 of them including a 44 Home Run campaign in 2009.  His power puts him on this list but his game was not multi-faceted and it came with a lot of deficiencies.    Reynolds struckout in more than one third of his plate appearances and he exceeded 200 three times with Arizona, all of which were National League leading.  His 223 whiffs in 2009 remain a single season record.  Reynolds also made a lot of errors, as he was a league leader in that twice as…
Wade Miley was with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first four seasons of his career, and in his second season he had his best season in baseball.  In that year, Miley who was still considered a rookie put up 16 Wins and went to the All Star Game.  Miley was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year to Bryce Harper.


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As we are writing this (and you reading this) we want to remind you of two things. The first is that relatively the Arizona Diamondbacks have not been around for very long.
Doug Davis played for the Arizona Diamondbacks for three seasons (2007-09) where he would have a career high 13 Wins in his first season for Arizona.  Davis was not known for his control as he walked a lot of batters (he was the league leader in 2009) but was a constant in the Diamondbacks rotation and would eat a lot of innings.  He won 28 Games with 402 Strikeouts for Arizona.