The Arizona Diamondbacks have chosen to shut down their two best pitching prospects for the remainder of the 2012 season.
A week ago, at the end of the Triple-A season, the team decided not to recall D-backs top prospect Trevor Bauer, ending his season. Bauer had dominated at the Triple-A level this season, and had a very roller coaster experience at the major league level as he struggled to maintain his consistency from start to start. Although he did show shades of the dominance and zip that was so widely reported throughout his college and minor league career, his velocity dropped towards the tail end of the season.
For Arizona’s second ranked pitching project, Tyler Skaggs found more immediate success at the major league level, as he accumulated only a 2.60 ERA over his first three starts. Similar to Bauer, Skaggs saw his velocity drop over his last three starts, at which point he saw his ERA inflate to 5.83 on the season. That led to Kirk Gibson and team management to make the decision to pull Skaggs from his scheduled start on Tuesday and shutting him down for the season. Josh Collmenter started in his place.
The organization is fortunate enough to be in a position to take their time with Bauer and Skaggs. The Diamondbacks are almost eliminated from postseason contention, which doesn’t force manager Kirk Gibson to force the envelope with the pair and re-evaluate the duo over the offseason.
With there being such high potential for both pitchers, the organization is taking every proper precaution to ensure they aren’t rushing the pair to the show too quickly.