A large portion of the Diamondbacks' 2007 roster looks identical to the 2006 Sidewinders roster that performed so very well in the PCL. But even after losing so much talent to the parent club, the Sidewinders still have some talent left in the cupboard.
Like most Triple-A squads, the team is filled with 30-year old veterans to impart their wisdom and serve as insurance policies should injuries bog down the major league squad. Dee Brown, Augie Ojeda, Donnie Sadler, Mark Johnson, Chad Harville, and D.J. Carrasco are some of the familiar names that will help draw fans to Tucson this year.
But many top prospects begin 2007 there as well, particularly in the infield. Chris Carter may well be the best hitter in the organization right now, but has no place to go with Conor Jackson and Tony Clark both looking fine in the majors. Danny Richar brings a lot of different skills to the table, and may be heir to Orlando Hudson at second base. Third baseman Jamie D'Antona has begun the year ablaze with 33 total bases in 36 at bats.
At outfield and pitcher positions, the Sidewinders will showcase some recently-acquired talent. Dave Krynzel, Dana Eveland, Yusmeiro Petit, Alex Romero, and Jeff Salazar were all acquired before the season began. They will battle with several players who spent time on the Diamondbacks last year to get that phone call to the bigs.