Out of the D-Backs talented trio of pitching prospects close to the big leagues, Patrick Corbin was the first to get there.
However, if he has many more starts like yesterday at New York, Corbin might have to give up his rotation spot to either Tyler Skaggs or Trevor Bauer before too long. Corbin’s second major league start followed a similar formula to his first start. Early success followed by later struggles, however rather than beginning to struggle in the 6th inning, Corbin started to show signs of wearing down in the 4th inning Saturday against the Mets.
Corbin went the first 3.1 innings with allowing just 2 hits, however the next four hittings reached and Corbin was chased by the game. Josh Collmenter was unable to get the D-backs out of the mess without further damage–he allowed a 2 out, 2 run single Andres Torres–and Corbin’s line was complete. 3.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 BB and 4 ER. Corbin threw just 83 pitches.
Meanwhile, the most likely candidate to get the next shot at the rotation spot–Trevor Bauer–is pitch for the Double-A Mobile Baybears today against Jacksonville. Bauer has gone through his own struggles lately, allowing 8 earned runs his last two starts after posting a 0.40 ERA to begin the season, but he’s pitched two scoreless innings so far for the Baybears. Both Corbin and Bauer have no gaurantee at an immediate rotation spot should Daniel Hudson continue to heal up as expected.
Hudson is on the 15 day DL, but is close to returning. That would leave six starters for five rotation spots as rookie Wade Miley has come out of nowhere to become a fixture in the D-Backs rotation, filling in for Hudson.