Diamondbacks Need to Find a Role for Josh Rojas in 2020

By michael obermuller
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Josh Rojas still has potential at age 26.
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Josh Rojas still has potential at age 26. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Josh Rojas got his first taste of the big leagues in 2019, and it didn't go spectacularly. In 41 games, he batted .217 with two home runs, 16 RBI and four steals. Still, the versatile prospect is just 26 and has the potential to play an important role for the Diamondbacks.

With the ability to play second base, third, and both corner outfield positions, Rojas adds to his value with Arizona as a possible utility man. This role has become crucial in the modern day MLB, as resting stars has become more and more popular throughout the long season. Ben Zobrist and Jeff McNeil are two recent players that have made major impacts, despite no defined position.

It would be tougher to break this starting lineup on an everyday basis, with many veterans in place, including Eduardo Escobar at third and Ketel Marte likely moving back to second. Starling Marte, David Peralta and Kole Calhoun occupy the outfield spots.

The weakest link is probably defensive shortstop Nick Ahmed. If he really struggled with the bat, Marte might be able to relieve him at short, which would open up a role at second.

Rojas is also competing with depth players like Tim Locastro and Ildemaro Vargas, but he has the most upside out of the three. In 2019, Rojas had a .410 weighted on-base average with 23 homers and a .332 average across Double and Triple-A. His 89.0 exit velocity in the majors was decent, but he has to improve on his ability to make contact with only a 6.2 barrel percentage on Baseball Savant.

If Rojas can battle his way into a role in 2020, even if it is as the super-utility man for the Diamondbacks, he can make an impact with his bat. Keep an eye on him this season.

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