Three reasons to watch the Diamondbacks in 2015
| Rob Neyer
Rotowire: Dec 12 / 9:55p ET
News: Updating a previous report, Collmenter was not officially named the Diamondbacks' Opening Day starter, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.
Impact: A previous report from Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder intimated that Collmenter would be Arizona's Opening Day starter, and that may very well end up being the case. However, nothing official has been determined, as general manager Dave Stewart just listed Collmenter first when acknowledging which starters had been penciled into the rotation for 2015. Still, the fact remains that Collmenter will be one of the first starters to take the ball for Arizona in 2015, and should offer a solid ERA and WHIP, while falling short of what fantasy owners typically look for in the strikeout department.
Rotowire: Dec 12 / 8:36p ET
News: Collmenter will be the Diamondbacks' Opening Day starter, Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder reports.
Impact: A lot can change between now and April, but it would seem that Collmenter will be the anchor of a lackluster pitching staff in Arizona in 2015. He certainly doesn't profile as a No. 1 starter, but he has posted an ERA under 3.70 and a WHIP under 1.30 in each of the past four seasons, so he has plenty of fantasy value. Unfortunately he has had a K-rate below 17 percent in two of the past four seasons, so he's not much help in that category.
Rotowire: Dec 12 / 11:14a ET
News: New Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that he views Collmenter as a starting pitcher, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The Diamondbacks are re-shaping their rotation, which includes a deal that will send Wade Miley to Boston. Collmenter will begin the season as the elder statesman in the Arizona rotation after tossing a career-high 179.1 innings to a 3.46 ERA last season.