Josh Collmenter will be moved to the bullpen for the Diamondbacks opening up a spot in the rotation for one of the D-backs highly touted pitching prospects. However, instead of Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs, the D-backs have tabbed Patrick Corbin as the guy who will replace Collmenter.
Bauer and Skaggs are two of the top ten pitching prospects in all of baseball and are both projected to be top of the rotation starters sooner rather than later. And both are off to fantastic starts in Double-A Mobile for the D-backs.
Since the beginning of the season, D-backs fans were calling for one of them to take the spot from Collmenter who had a good season last year but was expected to falter this season. That turned out to be true but neither Bauer nor Skaggs were called up to take his spot in the rotation.
Corbin, a good prospect but not elite, will instead be inserted into the rotation. The writing was on the wall from the beginning, though, when Corbin was slotted to pitch for the Mobile team on the same days Collmenter would pitch for the D-backs. It was the best clue as to who would be the next in line for the D-backs and it ending up proving true.
Corbin has a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings for the BayBears so far this year. The biggest reason why Corbin was called up has to be his tremendous strikeout to walk ratio where he has a 3.13 k/bb in Mobile. In comparison, Bauer has a 2.18 k/bb ratio. However, Tyler Skaggs puts them both to shame with an outstanding 6.80 k/bb ratio. Roy Halladay has a career ratio of 3.69.
It’s a good problem for the D-backs to have but still a decision they have to get right considering their offensive struggles so far and the injuries they have sustained.
Corbin will have some pressure on him to pitch well with Bauer and Skaggs breathing down his neck. Sooner or later, Bauer and Skaggs will be in the D-backs rotation but when exactly that point comes is yet to be seen.