Two of the D-Backs top pitching prospects were on center stage Friday in a great day for the Diamondbacks. Phenom Trevor Bauer shined in a 6-1 win for the Mobile Baybears Friday night–striking out 9 while allowing just 1 earned run over 7 innings–but it was a fellow prospect who’s performance Friday had the biggest impact.
Patrick Corbin delivered a gem when the D-Backs needed it most–beating the San Francisco Giants by allow just 1 run over 7 innings. The once less than heralded prospect quickly fast-tracked his path to the majors with an impressive spring and an excellent start at Double-A. Corbin was solid in his first start for the D-Backs, unspectacular in his second, but was superb yesterday to help extinguish a five game losing skid that has had the D-Backs reeling in the NL West. The fact that the performance came against the rival Giants has all the more meaning as the Diamondbacks have run their season record to 4-0 against their division foes.
Corbin has certainly earned himself more starts, especially if Daniel Hudson’s DL stint continues to linger, but the likelihood of Bauer getting a call up definitely took a step back with Corbin’s performance and a slew of starters in his path. When Hudson comes back, Kirk Gibson has a decision to make between Corbin and fell0w rookie Wade Miley, who has had an impressive start to the season despite allowing 22 base runners over his last two starts. In addition Double-A Mobile’s Tyler Skaggs and Triple-A Reno’s Barry Enright are among the starters in the D-Backs system who have earned a shot at the rotation.
The crowded field of starters no doubt give the D-Backs some excellent trading pieces should they attempt to make a move for a bat at the deadline.