Looking for a road trip to check out the D-Backs top prospects? Mobile, Alabama sounds like the place to visit as three of the Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospects are off to excellent starts for the Bay Bears.
If Trevor Bauer’s solid spring wasn’t enough to impress you, then his Double-A stats should catch your eye. The 6’1″ righty–who draws comparisons to Tim Lincecum–is 4-0 after 4 starts with Double-A Mobile. He’s pitched 22.2 innings and has allowed 1 run–that’s a 0.40 ERA. Yes, 0.40. Bauer has also struck out 28 batters good for a 11.1 strikeout per 9 rate and has only allowed 12 hits this season. If there is one knock on Bauer, it’s his walks. Bauer has walked 12 batters in his 22.2 innings, a rate the D-Backs brass would love to see decline. If Bauer continues to dominate Double-A hitters and can get his control in check a little, he’s a prime candidate to move up to Triple-A Reno and eventually move to the D-Backs rotation before too long. Look for him to make an appearance with the Diamondbacks later this season. He’s simply pitching too well to keep in the minors for long.
It’s not just Bauer that is pitching well for the Mobile Bay Bears, as fellow top prospect Tyler Skaggs has posted a respectable 3.63 ERA but has struck out a ridiculous 27 batters in just 17.1 innings. Additionally, Patrick Corbin–who nearly made the Diamondbacks out of spring–is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings pitched. He’s struck out 20 batters.
Finally, recent pickup–and former major leaguer–Brent Clevlen is off to a good start with the Bay Bears. He’s hitting .304 with a home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs and 2 stolen bases in 23 at-bats. Clevlen remains a good option for a call-up this season if injuries persist and AJ Pollock continues to struggle with the Diamondbacks.