Win against Giants showcases Arizona’s youth

By Tyler Roberts

The Arizona Diamondbacks won another spring game, this time 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.  There were several young players who made good impressions during the game and fans got a sneak peak at the Diamondbacks of the future.

Pitching prospect Trevor Bauer got the start for the Diamondbacks and suffered his roughest outing to date, pitching three innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, and two strikeouts getting a no-decision.  Gerardo Parra was one of the bright spots offensively going one for three with two RBIs, and run scored and that hit being a home run.  The Diamondbacks won the game on a walk-off home run by outfield prospect A.J. Pollock.  Pollock is having a good spring hitting at a .346 clip, a .452 OBP, .500 slugging in 16 games.

Bauer wasn’t the only young pitcher to play in the game, a relatively unknown prospect, No. 8 on the D-backs prospect list, is beginning to turn heads.  That prospect is Patrick Corbin, a 22-year-old lefty.  He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Corbin has pitched sensational during spring training, throwing in four games, with a 0.84 ERA, giving up seven hits and one earned run, while striking out 12 batters.

He is in his fourth season, his second full season with the Diamondbacks and has a career 4.00 ERA in the minor leagues, with a 26-14 record as a starting pitcher and striking out 324 batters in 160 and 1/3 innings of work.  He may not be ready now but in a few years, Corbin is a guy to keep your eye on coming up from the farm system.

Corbin had his best season in Visalia (A+) of the Diamondbacks farm system, where he went 0-1, with a 1.38 ERA in eight games with a 1.00 WHIP, 30 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.  With the likes of Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Corbin anchoring the rotation of the future and Pollock in the outfield, the D-backs appear to be in good hands for many years to come.

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