The Arizona Diamondbacks are a trendy pick to break out in 2023, but only if players like Jake McCarthy, Corbin Carroll and Alek Thomas help spur them into playoff contention. We discuss who the biggest X-factor is, which player we are most concerned about, and what the ceiling and floor could be for this team.


Derek Montilla, occasionally known as The Mayor of PHNX, has covered the Arizona Diamondbacks beat for over 10 seasons. He's a career .093 hitter as an amateur with more errors than runs scored, so everyone decided that the press box was a better fit. The Arizona native is a diehard fan of all Valley sports and can also be found roaming free ringside at local pro wrestling shows.