Fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks got a glimpse of both their present and future on Wednesday. The team played the first doubleheader in Chase Field history against the Miami Marlins with two rookies taking the mound. Tyler Skaggs (21) made his first Major League appearance and was the winner of game one and Wade Miley (25) was victorious in the nightcap collecting his 14th win. Both pitchers provided a glimpse of what the Arizona rotation will look like beyond 2012. Along with Trevor Bauer (also 21) and Patrick Corbin (23) there is no shortage of young, quality arms in the D-Back organization.
Of course, the fact that two first year players saved the series and perhaps the season for Arizona has to make the organization giddy about the club’s future. Miley has a real shot at winning Rookie of the Year honors in the National League. Skaggs pitched like he was a five year pro as evidenced by getting out of a first and second, nobody out jam in the sixth inning without allowing a run. Bauer, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, had a brief call-up in late June and while it was less than impressive, you can see that the potential is there for a wonderful career. Corbin has been solid both starting and relieving this season, pitching important innings out of the ‘pen in July.
The Diamondbacks may not make the playoffs this season after winning the National League West in 2011. If they do make a run, you can be certain all four of these rookies will have an impact. Miley is entrenched in the rotation and Corbin has become a key cog on the staff. Bauer may return to the Majors in September. Though Skaggs is the youngest of the group (by six months), he may get another four starts as his innings count stands at 129 innings after pitching 158 1/3 frames last season. Whatever happens between now and October, Arizona fans are excited about the present and the future.
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