The Long Game: Potential NL West Breakouts
The Long Game: Potential NL West Breakouts

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

Finally, this tour of possible keeper sleepers concludes out on the West Coast, and almost just in time for... err, Opening Day for the KBO? There's still no clear path forward for MLB to get its own season underway, just a lot of rumored plans and ways to try and make playing baseball as safe as possible for everyone concerned.

For the columns on prior divisions, click here for the AL East, NL East, AL Central, NL Central and AL West.

Now, let's take a look at some other possible breakouts in the NL West:

Diamondbacks

Shallow: Kevin Ginkel

One of the most popular closers in waiting this draft season, Ginkel not only has a dominant fastball-slider combo and a weird arthritic-old-man delivery that gives him extra extension beyond his long-limbed 6-4 frame, but he's on a team that has never seemed willing to commit to Archie Bradley as its ninth-inning man. Across all levels, Ginkel fanned 91 batters in 59.2 innings last year with a 1.66 ERA, and there's little reason to think big-league batters are going to figure him out any time soon. A compacted schedule that forces teams into more creative deployment of their pitching staffs could also open up more opportunities for someone like Ginkel to prove they can get the job done at the end of games.

Deep: Josh Rojas

The D-backs reinforced their outfield this offseason, bringing in Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun to join David Peralta,

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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