Five Major Questions for the 2016 Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Can Paul Goldschmidt and the crew turn in an offensive year to match 2015?

Some projection systems, like ZIPS, show a slight regression in offense, but a solid improvement in defense among position players. Still, with Paul Goldschmidt leading the way, David Peralta coming off a season in which he hit .321, A.J. Pollock at .315, Yasmany Tomas at .371, Jake Lamb at .263 and Welington Castillo at .237, there are some serious bats in the lineup, but the team lost Ender Inciarte, who is going to be sorely missed on both offense and defense in the outfield.

Others, like Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings, are young and growing. If they can step up and help push that run and RBI total back to 2015 levels, then it would take some of the pressure off the bottom of the rotation and the bullpen. Inciarte is the only big loss, so offensively the Diamondbacks have a lot of weapons, plus some new, young talent that could break out in 2016.

If Goldschmidt, Pollock and Peralta can drive their teammates to higher levels, there could be a lot of runs forthcoming. If, on the other hand, the youngsters hit any kind of sophomore slump, there could be holes in the lineup, and trouble.

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