|Brandon Allen is the odd-man out at first base this spring.|
The Arizona Diamondbacks set their opening day roster this afternoon, announcing that they're going to carry 12 pitchers, seven infielders, four outfielders, and two catchers to start the season.
Pitchers Sam Demel, Barry Enright, Armando Galarraga, Juan Gutierrez, Aaron Heilman, David Hernandez, Daniel Hudson, Ian Kennedy, Kam Mickolio, Joe Paterson, J.J. Putz, and Joe Saunders will take turns toeing the rubber for the Diamondbacks.
Willie Bloomquist, Russell Branyan, Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Juan Miranda, Melvin Mora and Ryan Roberts are set to play around the diamond, while Henry Blanco and Miguel Montero catch.
Xavier Nady, Gerardo Parra, Justin Upton and Chris Young will roam the outfield.
The roster move is sure to be controversial with fans and writers, who have been criticizing the Diamondbacks for their "elderly fetish" this spring.
The organization has come under fire for keeping Russell Branyan over Diamondbacks prospect Brandon Allen, with one writer comparing the team's construction to a "Get Off Our Lawn" movement.
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Branyan is an injury-prone power hitter who can contribute to a ballclub when he's healthy. Allen is an aging prospect who has done everything he can possibly do in the minor leagues and needs regular Major League playing time to increase his game. For now, he's going to have to wait for an opportunity to play for the Diamondbacks.
Keeping Branyan makes sense for the Diamondbacks, since he's more likely to hit major league pitching well than Allen.
Diamondbacks' top prospects Jarrod Parker and Tyler Skaggs will also start the season in the minor leagues. Keeping them in the minors makes sense as the two players need more experience, especially Parker, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery.
Scrappy utility infielder Geoff Blum will start the season on the 15-day disabled list alongside left-handed pitcher Zach Duke.