With all eyes on call-up Patrick Corbin yesterday, the D-Backs most prized prospect gets the nod tonight–for Double-A Mobile.
Bauer Watch 2012 is officially on, as fans are becoming increasingly interested in seeing the talented prospect pitch for the Diamondbacks. So far Trevor Bauer has been holding up his end of the bargain. He’s been more than advertised at Double-A Mobile, posting a 5-0 record with a 1.26 ERA. Bauer has struck out 37 batters in 28.2 innings. His only blemish has been 17 walks. Bauer will be facing minor league journeyman Jose Lugo of the Mississippi Braves. According to the Bay Bears’ website, you can follow Bauer free with Gameday Audio–if you’re not in Mobile to see the game, that is.
Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin was solid in his first start for the D-Backs yesterday. Despite picking up the win he was likely stretched to the limit by Kirk Gibson as his performance began to suffer as the game carried on. After four innings of shutout ball, Corbin allowed three runs over his final 1.2 innings as his pitch count stretced to 99. That seems to be the upper limit that Corbin will be pitching for the immediate future–in fact, I was surprised he was brought back to start the 6th after allowing 2 in the 5th while qualifying for the win. Despite his late struggles, overall Corbin was very good–striking out 6 in his MLB debut.
With Corbin’s strong start and Wade Miley mowing down opponents, the D-Backs will have a very interesting decision once Daniel Hudson is available again. The log jam in the rotation might mean fans will have to wait much longer for Bauer than they’ve been hoping.