The Diamondbacks are just a few days into spring training so naturally the confidence level is gushing from all corners of Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. However, this year has a different feel for the club as this marks the first spring since 2008 that right fielder Justin Upton won’t be the opening day starter at his position.
As Upton was taken number one overall in the 2005 amateur draft the expectations for the now 25 year old were high from the moment he signed with the club. It was arguably ‘his’ team for each season that he was with the D’backs and he carried with him the pressure that ‘as Justin goes, so do the D’backs.’ Sure, these types of expectations for one player can seem unfair and they likely are, but this is simply the price of being drafted as the best overall player in a draft to become a major leaguer.
Diamondbacks Optimism High As Post-Upton Era Begins
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